Cinematheque19

When 9 Jan 2014 - 1 Mar 2014
Where Lombard Freid Gallery
518 West 19th Street
New York City, NY 10011
United States
Enquiry 212.967.8040

During January and February, Lombard Freid is excited to present Cinematheque19, a platform for presenting video and film by artists from our roster, dedicating the entire gallery space to individual works. With a rotating schedule, each week will focus on a different artist, showcasing the importance of film and video to their individual practices and the gallery’s program at large.

Building on Lombard Freid’s long tradition of exhibiting contemporary photography and video, Cinematheque19 features a range of work by Nina Yuen, Mounir Fatmi, Cao Fei, Tameka Norris, Haig Aivazian, and The Propeller Group. As many of the pieces have not been screened in New York before, Cinematheque19 presents a unique opportunity to view them in a gallery setting. Cinematheque19 additionally provides the rare occasion to view video works on a large-scale in a site-specific screening environment.

Additional screenings, special events, and panel discussions will be announced at lombardfreid.com.

Opening Week: Thursday, January 9 – Saturday, Jan. 19

Nina Yuen (born 1981, Hawaii) mines past histories of anonymous and known characters and creates poetic narrative short film works, which captivate the viewer both visually and orally. Creating her voiceovers from a collage of false personal memories, literary texts, and pop culture sources, Yuen creates mysterious and beautiful narratives that often examine history, memory, and identity. Yuen has had recent exhibitions at the Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, and the Stedelijk Museum and will have a solo show at the De Appel Arts Centre this year.

Week 2: Tuesday, January 21 – Saturday, Jan. 25

Mounir Fatmi (b. 1970, Morocco) currently lives and works between Paris and Tangier. His work address contemporary socio-political issues through the construction, activation, and destruction of spaces and everyday objects. Fatmi’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Migros Museum für Gegenwarskunst in Zürich, Switzerland, the Picasso Museum, the FRAC Alsace, and the Contemporary Art Center Le Parvis. Additionally, he has participated in exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Art and Design, and Museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf, as well as the Venice, Sharjah and Dakar Biennials.

Week 3: Tuesday, January 28 – Saturday, February 1

Cao Fei (b. 1978, Guangzhou) is one of the most significant and innovative young artists to have emerged on the international scene from China. Her multi-media projects explore the lost dreams of the young Chinese generation and their strategies for overcoming and escaping reality, often blending socio-political critique with elements of digital and youth culture. Cao has exhibited extensively around the word, recently at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Pinchuk Art Center (Kiev), Mobile M+ (Hong Kong), Ashkal Alwan (Beirut), the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the 54th Venice Biennale.

Week 4: Tuesday, February 4 – Saturday, February 8

Tameka Norris (b. 1979, Guam) is a New Orleans-based visual and performance artist whose practice investigates identity politics, arts education, and contemporary forms of communication and media. Norris’ brash and witty style draws attention to materials, process, and form, while addressing larger socio-cultural anxieties and concerns. Recent exhibitions include Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at The Studio Museum in Harlem and The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston and a solo exhibition at The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Additionally, Norris will participate in this year’s Prospect 3 Biennial, curated by Franklin Sirmans.

Week 5: Tuesday, February 11 – Saturday, February 15

Haig Aivazian (b. 1980, Beirut) uses performance, video, installation, and sculpture, his work weaves together personal and geopolitical narratives, searching for ideological loopholes and short circuits. Aivazian’s practice often investigates the politics of urbanism and the architectural development of the Middle East. His work has been shown at Videobrasil 2013, Ashkal Alwan (Beirut), Parisian Laundry (Montreal) and the 9th Sharjah Biennial. Additionally, he was Associate Curator of the 10th Sharjah Biennial in 2011 and is involved in the Gulf Labor artists’ coalition.

Week 6: Tuesday, February 18 – Saturday, February 22

The Propeller Group (formed by Matt Lucero, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, and Phunam in 2006, Ho Chi Minh City) uses mass media as a platform to combine seemingly contradictory phenomena: advertising and politics, history and future, and public and private. TPG often pushes their work back into the public sphere, using commodities as a form of public art. As an integral part of their practice, TPG has cultivated the guise of an advertising agency—a public relations firm that confuses the brand and the brand message. Their work has recently been shown at the Guggenheim Museum, The New Museum Triennial, The Museum of Modern Art, The Hammer Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Guangzhou Triennial, and The Singapore Art Museum. In 2007, the group co-founded Sàn Art, an artist-initiated contemporary art platform in Vietnam.

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