Independent Curators International Presents Fax and Project 35

Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
© Courtesy of the Artist and South London Gallery
Independent Curators International Presents Fax and Project 35

65 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH
United Kingdom
September 29th, 2011 - November 27th, 2011
Opening: September 28th, 2011 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

020 7703 6120
Tu,Thu-Sun 11-6; Wed and last Friday of the month, 11-9


New York-based Independent Curators International (ICI) presents two exhibitions, FAXand Project 35, alongside a reading room, in the SLG's new galleries in the Matsudaira Wing. ICI Executive Director Kate Fowle spent a period in residence in the SLG's Outset Artists' Flat devising the format of the exhibitions in the SLG's spaces.

Based in New York and working internationally, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists and institutions to generate international collaborations and produce exhibitions, events, publications and curatorial training. Project 35 is a programme of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators, each choosing one work.FAX is an evolving exhibition that is reconfigured each time it is presented, for the SLG ICI have invited three curators, David Ayala Alfonso from Bogota, Columbia; Oyinda Fakeye from Lagos, Nigeria; and Zane Onckule from Riga, Latvia, to add to João Ribas's original selection.

Drawing on ICI's extensive network of curators, Project 35 traces the complexity of regional and global connections among practitioners. For example, a curator from Egypt, now working in Brussels has selected a piece from an artist based in Israel, while a curator from Mexico invited an artist from New Zealand, now living in Berlin, who made a work about an island off the coast of Panama. Together, the broad selection of works reveal the diversity of approaches to video that artists are now taking, using various animation techniques, as well as borrowing from the language of cinema, performance and even YouTube to produce pieces that weave between documentary and fiction. At the SLG, Project 35 is presented in four instalments, with a new video programme presented periodically throughout the exhibition.

FAX started at the Drawing Center in New York when João Ribas invited 100 multigenerational artists, architects, designers, scientists and filmmakers to submit faxed works to the exhibition.

Since then the show has been presented in 13 galleries in Europe, Latin America and Asia, as well as North America, with over 200 more artists from all over the world invited to participate by the host curators. On each occasion, collaborators sent their work to the venue's fax and the accumulation of information, including the inevitable junk faxes and errors of transmission as well as drawings and texts were permanently added to the project, reflecting ideas of reproduction, mutation, obsolescence, distribution, and mediation both in content and form.

The show at the SLG is the first time FAX has been presented in the UK and on this occasion three curators are collaborating on the project, each inviting up to 20 artists to fax in an art work at any time during the show. David Ayala Alfonso is the curator for Project For Empty Space: Bogota, and Chief Editor of {{em_rgencia} magazine, as well as a collaborator with the Group 0,29; Oyinda Fakeye is an independent curator and the co-director/founder of The Video Art Network (VAN) in Lagos, Nigeria; and Zane Onckule is an independent curator and writer, as well as the director of KIM? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Latvia.

Providing contextual material on ICI's recent projects, as well as the curatorial training programmes, a reading room at the SLG features two publishing projects. Martha Wilson Sourcebook is the first in a new publication series by ICI that offers a fresh perspective on social, political and cultural issues impacting on and inspiring artists' practices. Each compendium is comprised of articles, letters, newspaper cuttings and images that an artist selects from their own archive and annotates with personal commentaries on the themes that arise.

DISPATCH is an online quarterly journal authored by a different curator each issue. Contributors are hosted on ICI's website for three months and invited to publish texts, images, and videos about current developments in contemporary art that they see as pressing in the places where they live and work. To date, DISPATCH has focused on Mexico City, Ho Chi Minh City, San Francisco, Mumbai, Berlin, Athens and Beijing, with forthcoming issues from Warsaw and Johannesburg. Many have generated content on topics that are otherwise unpublished.