For this Artists at Work, ISCP artist-in-residence Akshay Sethi will speak about his practice and be interviewed by NYC-based artist and activist William Chan. A Q&A with the audience will follow.
Sethi will begin the program with an overview of his recent book projects, leading into a closer examination of his work Situational Irony of a Stick. He and Chan will then discuss perspectives on rising political extremism in India and the United States, and the roles that artists, cultural organizers, and activists can play in advocating for social change.
Akshay Sethi is a Delhi-based artist whose practice explores the complex relationship between the personal and political. He contemplates the ordinary and delves into the vast reservoir of normally unnoticed, trivial, repetitive actions and the uneventful in everyday life, through his drawings, zines, graphic narratives and installations.
William Chan is a mutual aid organizer, activist, and artist. His works on Iraq are held at public libraries such as the Tim Hetherington Library at the Bronx Documentary Center, New York; Tate Modern, London; Yale University, Connecticut; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Harvard University, Massachusetts, among others. He is the founder of Home Gallery, a window gallery in Lower Manhattan and the co-director of Transmitter Gallery in Brooklyn.
This program is supported, in part, by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council District 33; New York City Council District 34; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; James Rosenquist Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.
Accessibility information: Please note that the entrance to ISCP has seven steps and a ramp, which is ADA compliant. There are seven artist studios and one exhibition space which can be accessed on the first floor of ISCP. There is an accessible bathroom on the first floor at the end of the hallway, up one step, where the artist studios are located. To access the second floor there is a
A staircase with a grab bar installed on the right side with 22 steps. The second floor has 22 artist and curator studios, one exhibition space, and a lounge where remarks by our guest speaker will take place. To access the third floor there is a staircase with a grab bar installed on the right side with 24 steps. The third floor has five artist and curator studios. ISCP can access a freight elevator to bring visitors between the first and second floors on request.
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