Panel Discussion: Art and Crisis

Panel Discussion: Art and Crisis
Thursday, January 17, 2013

ICI Curatorial Hub @ TEMP Art Space
57 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013

ICI and INPUT Journal are pleased to announce a panel discussion on the occasion of the book release for INPUT #5: Blockhouse (Winter 2013). Under the curation of guest creative director Avelino Sala, “Blockhouse”—as a metaphor for a bunker—explores the capacity of artists to confront crisis, and to question the symbolic function of art and the role of creation during a critical moment of metaphorical entrenchment.

Panel Participants:
Renée Vara (Moderator), editor, INPUT Journal; curator; NYU professor
David Maroto, Spanish artist based in The Netherlands
Imma Prieto, Professor, ERAM (Girona University); art critic and curator
Avelino Sala, artist; editor, Sublime magazine; curator in the group Commission Curatorial Collective

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with INPUT in the subject field.

INPUT #5 is printed in English and Spanish and available in a limited edition of 150 copies.

Featured artists:
AES+F, Marc Bijl, Fernando Bryce, Paco Cao, Josechu Dávila, Wim Delvoye, Democracia, Mounir Fatmi, Carlos Garaicoa, Daniel García Andújar, Chus García Fraile, Kendell Geers, Goldiechiari, Regina Jose Galindo, MK Kaehne, Rogelio López Cuenca, Teresa Margolles, David Maroto, Mateo Matè, Pepe Medina, Jorge Mendéz Blake, Eugenio Merino, Santiago Morilla, Antonio Muntadas, Dan Perjovschi, PJSM, Anri Sala, Avelino Sala, Santiago Sierra and Pelayo Varela.

Featured art critics:
Fernando Castro Flórez, José Luis Corazón Ardura, Blanca de la Torre and Imma Prieto.

To order a copy of INPUT #5 or for more information, please visit, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

INPUT is an avant-garde nonprofit journal founded in 2009. The journal seeks to preserve the book form as a space for artistic experimentation and collaboration in the field of art publishing. For each limited edition, a guest art director is invited to approach the space of the book in a curatorial fashion, using it as a means to explore current cultural conditions without commercial interruption. INPUT has been featured at the New York Art Book Fair, The Armory Show, and Printed Matter.

This event is sponsored by Spain Culture New York- Consulate General of Spain, member of the network Spain Arts & Culture. Special thanks to all the participating artists and critics for their support.

January 17, 2013


Renée N. Vara

Renée N. Vara, AAA, Vara Fine Arts, NY, is the Director of a full service art advisory and curatorial firm specializing in Post-War and Contemporary art and design. For a decade, she was the National Fine Arts Specialist at Chubb Insurance, where she served as the private curator and valuation expert for Artnews’ “Top 100 Collectors” with collections valued up to 1B. As an expert, Vara has been cited in publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Dow Jones, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Artnews, Art & Antiques, CNN, Town and Country, US News and World Report, and Crain’s. She has a graduate degree in art history from CUNY and is an Adjunct Professor at NYU SCPS. She has also served as Lecturer at the Guggenheim Museum (NY) and as an Adjunct at Sotheby’s Institute. Vara is Executive Editor for the avant-garde art journal, INPUT, an Executive Board Member of POWArts (Professional Organization of Women in the Arts), and a Board Member of the Appraisers Association of America. She regularly lectures and curates international emerging art shows including Art Miami Art Basel, Scope, Frieze, and the Istanbul Biennale.

David Maroto

David Maroto (b. 1976) is a Spanish artist based in The Netherlands. His wide-ranging practice has led him to exhibit his work on psychoanalysis at the Freud Dreams Museum in St Petersburg. His 8-year research to create a board game lead to the inclusion of his project Disillusion at the Internationale Spieltage in 2006 (Essen, Germany) and other game fairs worldwide. In 2011, he held a six-month residency at ISCP in New York, during which time he published his art project in the form of a novel, entitled Illusion. In 2012, Maroto took part in the 11th Havana Biennial and carried out a solo project in Artium (Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain) called Illusion-Disillusion. His work has been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions: S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Extra City (Antwerp), Sign exhibition space (Groningen), ECAT (Toledo, Spain), EFA Project Space (NYC), Tina B Festival (Prague), TENT (Rotterdam), and W139 (Amsterdam). Currently, Maroto is collaborating with curator Joanna Zielinska in a long term research project on artist novels, called The Book Lovers, which is structured in different stages: a collection of novels written by visual artists, an online database, a number of exhibitions, and a symposium, in collaboration with M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium), De Appel Arts Center (Amsterdam), EFA Project Space (NYC), and Museum of Modern Art of Warsaw. He is also currently enrolled in the MFA program of Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem).

Imma Prieto

Imma Prieto is an art critic, independent curator, and Professor of Contemporary Art and New Media at Eram, University of Girona, and in the Master’s program of New Media and Curatorial Studies at the University Ramon Llull, Barcelona. She writes regularly for the La Vanguardia supplement, cultura/s, Bonart art magazine, and the electronic art magazine A* Desk. She is a member of the research groups, “Contemporary art theories” at the UdG, “Political files in contemporary artistic practices” of the MEC, and has been manager of the European research group ELAA (European Live Art Archive), formed by the University of Girona, the University of Oxford, and the artists residence Glaugair in Berlin. She is also a member of UdG’s Department of Contemporary Art and Culture, the AICA (International Association of Art Critics), and the IAC (Spanish Art Institute).

Avelino Sala

Avelino Sala is an artist, editor of Sublime magazine, and curator in the group Commission Curatorial Collective. His work takes on reality and political context, rethinking the social and cultural in terms of poetics and post-romantic point of view. His work has been featured in many different museums and galleries, among the most recent are the Museo Arte Contemporaneo of Vitoria, (Detente!, 2010); Virgil de Voldere Gallery, New York, (Hostil, 2009); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Reencontres Internacionales, 2009); X Bienal de la Habana, (Comunicacionismos, 2009); A Foundation, London (Off the Street, 2009); October Contemporary, Hong Kong (Insert Coin, Spanish Young Art, 2009); Tina B, Prague Biennial, (Small Revolutions, 2008); and the Chelsea Art Museum (The Promised Land, 2008). He received a grant from Real Academia de España en Roma, and worked in Rome, and he is currently in residency at Le Lait space in Toulouse, France.

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