In 2010, Independent Curators International (ICI) launched Project 35, a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who each choose one work from an artist they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting selection was presented simultaneously in more than thirty venues around the globe, inspiring discourse in places as varied as Skopje, Macedonia; Lagos, Nigeria; Tirana, Albania; Cape Town, South Africa; Storrs, Connecticut; New Orleans, Louisiana; Berlin, Germany; Los Angeles, California; and Taipei, Taiwan.
The diversity of venues mimics the list of participating curators, whose selections reflect their current interests and research, and most often their local regions. Collaborating with and drawing from various international perspectives and universally sharing ideas is core to ICI's mission. What better way to do so than through an exhibition of video, which is one of the most important and far-reaching mediums for contemporary artists today? Though surprisingly still absent or not adequately understood in many institutions, video art offers broad access and connection to artists' works and ideas. Video, which has been in existence even longer than ICI, is the ideal medium for increasing the visibility of international artistic practices and expanding networks.
Traveling video art is not new to ICI. Video Art USA, curated in 1975 by Jack Boulton (then director of the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio) and Suzanne Delehanty (then director of the Institute of Contemporary Art of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia) was the first exhibition organized by ICI and was the first international video art exhibition to tour Latin America, providing an important bridge between the Latin American and Euro-American art worlds.
With Project 35: Volume 2, ICI again draws from its extensive network of curators to trace the complexity of regional and global connections among practitioners and the variety of approaches they use to make video. The works presented in this volume, produced between 2001 and 2012, explore the contemporary concerns of international curators. Many focus on memory and change; notions of place and identity; fiction and history; and performance and documentation. Though the works are rooted in the artists' homelands and derive from personal experience, their impact resonates globally.
Artists: Marwa Arsanios, Zbyněk Baladrán, Michael Blum and Damir Nikšić, Deanna Bowen, Pavel Brăila, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Park Chan-Kyong, Josef Dabernig, Elena Damiani, Shezad Dawood, Jonathas de Andrade, Annika Eriksson, Antanas Gerlikas, Annemarie Jacir, Lars Laumann, Reynier Leyva Novo, Aníbal López (A-1 53167), Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Basim Magdy, Cinthia Marcelle, Ivana Müller, Ahmet Öğüt, Jenny Perlin, Agnieszka Polska, Sara Ramo, Sona Safaei, Heino Schmid, Prilla Tania, Alexander Ugay, Wok the Rock, Sun Xun, Jin-Me Yoon, Dale Yudelman, Helen Zeru, Chen Zhou
Curators: Leeza Ahmady, Meskerem Assegued, Daina Augaitis, Defne Ayas, Regine Basha, Valerie Cassel-Oliver, Rosina Cazali, Stuart Comer, Veronica Cordeiro, Christopher Cozier, Maria del Carmen Carrión, Rifky Effendy, Özge Ersoy, N'Goné Fall, Amirali Ghasemi, Vit Havránek, Hou Hanru, Virginija Januskeviciute, Abdellah Karroum, Sun Jung Kim, Pablo León de la Barra, Maria Lind, Yandro Miralles, Srimoyee Mitra, Nat Muller, Sharmini Pereira, Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, Kathrin Rhomberg, Mats Stjernstedt, David Teh, Philip Tenari, Christine Tohme, Raluca Voinea, Jochen Volz, Adnan Yildiz
April 19 - 28: Part One
May 1 - 10: Part Two
May: 11 - 22: Part Three
May: 23 - June 2: Part Four
Download details about each part from the links below.
Project 35 Volume 2 is a traveling exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Robert Lehman Foundation; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI's Access Fund.