Silvia Kolbowski: A Few Howls Again

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Silvia Kolbowski, After Hiroshima Mon Amour, video still, 2008.

A Few Howls Again
Silvia Kolbowski

Exhibition Dates: March 20 – April 25, 2020
Due to growing concern regarding COVID-19, and based on the caution being advised by Health Authorities, we have decided to cancel the opening reception scheduled on March 20.
The curatorial walkthrough scheduled for March 21 will be postponed until further notice.

Curated by Jared Quinton, Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe and Magdalyn Asimakis
Co-presented with Images Festival

Silvia Kolbowski: A Few Howls Again presents film and photographic works by Argentine-born New York-based artist Silvia Kolbowski. Kolbowski’s research-based visual and textual practice addresses questions of temporality, historicization, political resistance, and the unconscious. In this exhibition, films by the artist examine contemporary issues around political narrativization and power structures through historical figures and film history. This exhibition will create a space to nurture the multiple dialogues embedded in Kolbowski’s practice and explore its capacious ability to gesture outward to our present political moment. In collaboration with the artist, the curators have selected fragments from Kolbowski’s archive that frame both the broad and personal stakes of her work. As Kolbowski is also a prolific writer on art and politics, A Few Howls Again will extend into written word through the inclusion of selected texts.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

Silvia Kolbowski (New York) is a time-based media artist, who addresses questions of historicization, political resistance, and the unconscious. The structures of spectatorship — psychical and political — are a central concern of all her projects. Her work has been exhibited in many contexts, including The Taipei Biennial, The Whitney Biennial, and The Hammer Museum.

CURATOR BIOGRAPHIES:

Jared Quinton is a curator and critic based in Chicago. He has organized exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Terremoto La Postal (Mexico City), and his writing has appeared in BOMB, Artforum, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe is a writer and curator based between London and Berlin, her work is focused on performance, documentary and artist moving image. She has curated exhibitions and programmes at PS120 (Berlin), ESSEX STREET GALLERY (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Kitchen (New York), Auto Italia (London), Jupiter Woods (London), Arcadia_Missa (London) and ma ma (Toronto). She is currently a Phd candidate at Birkbeck University, working on British portrait photography of the 1970s and 1980s.

Magdalyn Asimakis is a curator and writer. She has organized exhibitions and programs in Toronto and New York, and co-founded the project space and collective ma ma in 2018. Her writing has been published in art magazines such as Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers, Artforum and Canadian Art Magazine, as well as exhibition catalogues for the New Museum and SFMoMA. She is currently a PhD student at Queen’s University where she is studying the display of global modernisms in museums.

Jared, Alexandra and Magdalyn have been collaborating since 2016 when they met at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. This is the second exhibition they have organized together since the 2017 group show That I am reading backwards and into for a purpose, to go on: held at The Kitchen.

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Silvia Kolbowski, After Hiroshima Mon Amour (still), 2008, video/16 mm black-and-white film, sound, 22 minutes 14 seconds.

Arguments in Space: A Curatorial Workshop
Wednesday, March 25, 6-9PM
Instructor: Magdalyn Asimakis

Curating is a fairly new discipline that is constantly evolving. In the context of the current exhibition, this workshop will explore strategies of critical curating with a focus on spatial dialogues. Rather than asking, do these art works illustrate my argument? This workshop will ask, how can you foreground an artist’s intent? How do specific spaces interact with art? How can you create visual and spatial dialogues between artworks that are honest and generative without overshadowing the work? What are curatorial ethics? How do I develop a curatorial practice?

Participants are encouraged to bring questions, examples, and in-progress projects to the workshop, as this will enrich the dialogue. This program is open to all interested in curating, but will be geared towards new or emerging curators.

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