State of Independence: A Global Forum on Alternative Practice

When 23 Jul 2011 - 24 Jul 2011
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States
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Borges Libreria, Guangzhou, China, 2011. Courtesy of Borges Libreria and REDCAT

July 23-24 2011

Press Release:

This two-day international forum convenes artists and curators from Asia and Latin America for discussion and debate on the state of independent spaces and alternative practices.

The conference engages the relevance and sustainability of alternative practice today in regions where art, commerce, and cultural infrastructure are taking new forms. Alternative spaces grow out of necessity and in response to local conditions. They are experimental by nature, often temporary and operate as a provocation to the status quo. As such, the forum examines various independent strategies (spaces, archives, schools, events) as innovative models for imagining curatorial practice and artistic production, while looking closely at specific local situations in Asia and Latin America, in regions where art infrastructures are still developing, to question the possibility of more sustainable futures.

Organized by outgoing REDCAT gallery director/curator Clara Kim with the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the forum is the culmination of a six-month research project conducting fieldwork throughout Asia and Latin America; visiting established and informal independent spaces and organizations; and interviewing a range of artists and curators. The conference is by no means intended to offer a comprehensive view of this expansive and heterogeneous terrain, but rather one that aims to learn from specific and varying case studies in order to unpack and complicate the definitions of “alternative” and “independent.”

Preliminary list of participants: artist and director of SOMA Eduardo Abaroa (Mexico City), founder of El Bodegon Victor Albarracín (Bogota), Mirwan Andan of ruangrupa (Jakarta), artist and director of Watts House Project Edgar Arceneaux (Los Angeles), Lauren Bon of Metabolic Studio (Los Angeles), artist Paulo Bruscky (Recife), co-director of Sàn Art Zoe Butt (Ho Chi Minh City), Janet Chan of Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), Amy Cheng of Taipei Contemporary Art Center (Taipei), artist and founder of La Galeria de Comercio Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico City), artist and founder of Helena Producciones Wilson Díaz (Cali), Nuraini Juliastuti of Kunci Cultural Studies Center (Yogyakarta), Eric Kim of Human Resources (Los Angeles), director of art space pool Heejin Kim (Seoul), artist and editor in chief of East of Borneo Thomas Lawson (Los Angeles), independent curator Carol Yinghua Lu (Beijing) along with moderators Rita Gonzalez, Eungie Joo, Catalina Lozano and Kyong Park.

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