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Project 35

Jun 22, 2011 – Jul 22, 2011
In the Main Space


Project 35 is a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work from an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting selection is released in four installments, and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues.

Drawing on ICI’s extensive network of curators to trace a complexity of regional and global connections among practitioners, Project 35 demonstrates the extent to which video is now one of the most important and far-reaching mediums for contemporary artists.

*Some content contains adult material.

List of works:

1. Mai Abu ElDahab (Egypt/Belgium) selects:

Guy Ben-Ner (Israel) Berkeley’s Island, 1999 Single-channel color video and sound 15 mins. Courtesy of the artist

2. Mami Kataoka (Japan) selects:

Yukihiro Taguchi (Japan/Germany) Selections from Moment, 2007-08 Single-channel video excerpts: “Moment-performative installation,” 2007, color with no sound, 2 mins., 25 secs.

“Moment-performative spazieren,” 2008, color with no sound, 4 mins., 30 secs. “Moment-making,” 2007, color with sound, 3 mins., 23 secs. Overall running time: 10 mins., 18 secs.

Courtesy of the artist

3. Kathryn Smith (South Africa) selects:

Dan Halter (Zimbabwe/South Africa) Untitled (Zimbabwean Queen of Rave), 2005 Single-channel color video and sound 3 mins., 33 secs. Courtesy of the artist

INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (ICI), 799 BROADWAY, SUITE 205, NY, NY 10003 www.ici-exhibitions.org4. Lu Jie (China) selects:

Zhou Xiaohu (China) Utopian Machine, 2002 Single-channel color video and sound 8 mins. Courtesy of the artist

5. Franklin Sirmans (United States) selects:

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (United States) Topic 1: Contemporary Art, 2006 Single-channel color video and sound 8 mins., 50 secs.

Courtesy of the artist

6. Zoe Butt (Australia/Vietnam) selects:

Tu!n Andrew Nguy”n and Phù Nam Thúc Hà (Vietnam) Uh…, 2007 Single-channel color video and sound 7 mins.

Courtesy of the artists

7. Constance Lewallen (United States) selects:

Kota Ezawa (Germany/United States) Lennon Sontag Beuys, 2004 Single-channel color video and sound 2 mins., 10 secs.

Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco


8. José Roca (Colombia) selects:

Edwin Sánchez (Colombia) Clases de cuchillo (knife lessons), 2006-07 Single-channel color video and sound 8 mins., 16 secs. Courtesy of the artist

9. Raimundas Malasauskas (Lithuania/France) selects:

Robert Cauble (United States) Alice in Wonderland or Who is Guy Debord?, 2003 Single-channel color video and sound 23 mins., 20 secs. Courtesy of the artist

This is part one of four – the other three will be presented at SPACE during the next year.

Curators include:

Mai Abu ElDahab (Egypt/Belgium), Magali Arriola (Mexico), Ruth Auerbach (Venezuela), Zoe Butt (Australia/Vietnam), Yane Calovski (Macedonia), Amy Cheng (Taiwan), Lee Weng Choy (Singapore), Ana Paula Cohen (Brazil), Joselina Cruz (Philippines), Sergio Edelsztein (Argentina/Israel), Charles Esche (UK/Netherlands), Lauri Firstenberg (U.S.), Alexie Glass- Kantor (Australia), Julieta Gonzalez (Venezuela), Anthony Huberman (Switzerland/U.S.), Mami Kataoka (Japan), Lars Bang Larsen (Denmark), Constance Lewallen (U.S.), Lu Jie (China), Raimundas Malasauskas (Lithuania/France), Francesco Manacorda (Italy), Chus Martinez (Spain), Viktor Misiano (Russia), David Moos (Canada), Deeksha Nath (India), Simon Njami (Cameroon/France), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Switzerland/UK), Jack Persekian (Palestine), José Roca (Colombia), Bisi Silva (Nigeria), Franklin Sirmans (U.S.), Kathryn Smith (South Africa), Susan Sollins (U.S.), Mirjam Varadinis (Switzerland), and WHW (Croatia)

Presenting Venues include:

Al Hoash Gallery (Jerusalem, Palestine), 2nd Annual Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival (Downtown Greenfield, MA), Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (Lagos, Nigeria), ceroinspiración (Quito, Ecuador), The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland), E Për7shmja (Tirana, Albania), The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Götenborgs Konsthall (Götenborg, Sweden), Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, Indiana), LAXART (Los Angeles, California), Lifehouse, 33 Sinari Daranijo, Victoria Island, (Lagos, Nigeria), Mobile Museum of Art (Mobile, Alabama), New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, Louisiana), North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, North Carolina), Press to Exit Project Space (Skopje, Macedonia), Qendra Social (Social Center) (Tirana, Albania), The Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery (Conway, South Carolina), Saint Joseph College Art Gallery (West Hartford, Connecticut), San Art (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Serialworks (Capetown, South Africa), TheCube Project Space (Taipei, Taiwan), Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), William Benton Museum of Art (Storrs, Connecticut), Yaba College of Technology, Yaba (Lagos, Nigeria)

Project 35 recalls the founding initiatives of ICI. As a fledgling organization, ICI was an early proponent of video as an art form—the first ICI show in 1975 was organized for the São Paulo Biennial, presenting a survey of video works that included Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Keith Sonnier, Steina Vasulka, Bill Viola, and others; artists who were pioneers working in a medium that was just beginning to gain traction in the field of contemporary art. For this significant anniversary, iCI is inviting curators from its past and present exhibitions as well as other leading professionals in the field today, aiming again for

Project 35 is produced and circulated by ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by grants from the Cowles Charitable Trust, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Foundation To-Life, Inc., the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and The Toby Fund; the ICI Board of Trustees; and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson. Project 35 also benefitted from donations made to ICI’s Access Fund, created to widen the reach of ICI programs – Burt Aaron, Bobbie Brown and Steven Plofker, Jim Cohan, Phillip Drill, Leslie Fritz, Marilyn and Stephen Greene, Agnes Gund, Ken Kuchin, Gerrit and Sydie Lansing, Jo Carole Lauder, Janelle Reiring, Patterson Sims, Bill and Ruth True, August Uribe, Frank and Margo Walter, Helene Winer, and Virginia and Bagley Wright.

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. Working across disciplines and historical precedents, the organization is a hub that provides access to the people, ideas, and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.