Dialogues in Contemporary Art: Take 2

When 8 May 2012
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Where The Curatorial Hub at ICI
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY
United States

Mariam & Ashraf Ghani Afghanistan: A Lexicon Prints from dOCUMENTA(13) “100 Notes - 100 Thoughts,” 2012. Courtesy of the artists

May 8 2012, 7-8:30pm

Press Release:

Miriam Ghani and Leeza Ahmady speak about their contributions to the dOCUMENTA(13) “100 Notes – 100 Thoughts” notebook series, and share their perspectives on the recent influx of international art activities in Kabul, Afghanistan.  This event will also launch Ghani and Ahmady’s Notebooks in New York.

Ghani’s notebook, presented in the form of a lexicon, describes the cycle of repeated collapse and recovery that Afghanistan underwent in the twentieth century. It comprises seventy-one mostly illustrated terms that include figures, places, and words that carry specific (political) meaning.  It begins with a reflection on the reign of King Amanullah Khan, followed by a series of terms related to the now ruined Dar ul-Aman Palace, which, as part of Amanullah’s design for a “new city,” has become a potent political symbol characterizing Afghan planning policy.

Ahmady’s notebook focuses on Vyacheslav Akhunov, an artist who has been actively conceptualizing and producing artworks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan since the early 1970’s.  Though his artistic oeuvre spans many media, Ahmady hones in on Akhunov’s vast archive of personal notebooks containing some 3,000 pages of drawings and text recorded between 1974 and 2000.  Often unable to realize physical art projects during the strict Soviet Regime, these notebooks became Akhunov’s primary mode of unrestrained expression, invention, critique, and exploration.  Ahmady’s dOCUMENTA(13) contribution contextualizes and shares excerpts from this massive index of one artist’s unrelenting creative momentum for the first time in an international forum.

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