ASIA CONTEMPORARY ART WEEK (ACAW) October 5 -26, 2017
Reception at C24 Gallery: October 12, 6-8pm
C24 Gallery is pleased to participate, along with 30 other museums and galleries, in the 12th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW). ACAW is a dynamic platform that brings together leading New York and Asia-based art institutions, museums and galleries to present the largest showcase of cutting-edge group exhibitions and public programs including screenings, performances, and symposia.
Center stage to the week is the 5th iteration of FIELD MEETING, an exhibition in the form of an exclusive art forum curated by ACAW director Leeza Ahmady. There will be 30 keynote artists and creative figures staging newly conceived performances, talks, & lectures-performances hosted at Asia Society Museum & School of Visual Arts Theatre.
As an extension to FIELD MEETING, a series of pop-up exhibitions are organized across a network of select venues in New York City to showcase long term process-oriented artistic endeavors, in and out of the region today. These pop-up exhibitions also highlights the vibrancy of ACAW’s growing community of Asia-based consortium partners. C24 Gallery will present the work of İrfan Önürmen (Istanbul), Sumakshi Singh (Delhi) and Nadiah Bamadhaj (Petaling Jaya). There will be a Reception to celebrate the project on October 12, from 6pm - 7pm at C24 Gallery
İrfan Önürmen is an artist living and working in Istanbul, Turkey and represented by C24 Gallery in New York. Önürmen graduated from the Istanbul Fine Arts Academy (now known as Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University), Department of Painting, in 1987. His work reveals the relationships and discrepancies between personal and public experience as seen through the lens of contemporary media. Önürmen addresses the impact of mass media on human experience and its visual representation through collage, painting, and sculpture. His selected exhibitions include “9 Contemporary Turkish Painters,” Brussels, Belgium, in 2004; “Made in Turkey,” Kulturdezernat der Stadt, Frankfurt, Germany, in 2008; “New Baghdad Museum and Terror Factory,” Thessaloniki Contemporary State Art Museum, Greece, in 2009; the 10th Istanbul Biennial; “6 positions in critical art from Istanbul,” Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin, in 2009. His recent solo shows include “Gaze” at Pi Artworks Galatasaray, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2011; “Dis-order” at Katara Art Center in Doha, Qatar in 2012 and “Pendulum” at C24 Gallery, New York, USA in 2016.
The artist’s works are in numerous private and public collections including Istanbul Modern Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, Leon Black Collection, United States
Sumakshi Singh is an artist and an educator who has taught for five years at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectured at Oxford University, Columbia University and The Chicago Humanities Festival among other museums and colleges. She has mentored residencies for the Victoria and Albert Museum, TheWhyNotPlace 2010 and 2011 and was a visiting artist advisor at KHOJ Delhi.
Her interactive installations, paintings, drawings and sculptures have been presented in solo and curated group exhibitions in galleries and museums in India, China, USA, Canada, France, Italy and Switzerland. Recent venues include Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, Kochi Biennale, Kochi, India, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France, MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy, UCCA Beijing, Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA, Van Harrison Gallery New York, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, Illinois State Museum, IL, Kashya Hildebrand Galerie, Zurich Halsey Gallery, Charleston, SC and ArtHouse Texas, TX.
She was awarded a Zegna Grant in 2009, an Illinois Arts Council award in 2007 and Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award in 2005. Her shows have been reviewed in Younger Than Jesus – the New Museum Catalogue, Art in America, the Village Voice, ArtLovers, Austin Chronicle, Chicago tribune, Reader, Chicago Arts Critics Association, Charleston City Paper, New Haven Register, Platform magazine, Art Etc., Take on Art and Andpersand among other journals and papers. Artist residencies include Mac Dowell Colony- USA, Skowhegan – USA, Djerassi
Foundation -USA, Fondazione Pistolleto – Italy, Camargo. Foundation – France, CAMAC – France and Sculpture Space – USA. She was a finalist for the Rolex Mentor Protege Award 2014 & the Rijksakademie in 2006. Singh received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a BFA from Maharaja Sayajiro University, Baroda, India.
Nadiah Bamadhaj (b. 1968, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) was born in Malaysia and trained as a sculptor at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Now she produces drawings, sculptures, installations and digital images. She has worked in nongovernmental organizations, lectured in art, and has written on both Malaysia and Indonesia. In 2000, she began her full-time art practice and was awarded the Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship in 2002, electing to spend her fellowship period in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where she currently lives with her husband and son. Her artwork continues to focus on the social intricacies of Yogyakarta’s society, using myth, architecture, and dwelling to articulate her observations.
Leeza Ahmady is noted for her foundational curatorial work and research concerning unknown artists of Central Asia and the Middle East while complicating categorical representations of Asia in its entirety. A recent dOCUMENTA (13) Agent/ Curatorial Team member in Kassel Germany and Kabul Afghanistan (2010-2012), Ahmady directs Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) platform in New York, which brings together leading New York and Asia based institutions for exhibitions and programs citywide, with over 2000 presented artists in 8 editions. She has organized 4 iterations of ACAW’s acclaimed annual forum for arts professionals FIELD MEETING to contextualize practices thru timely newly commissioned performances, lecture-performances and discussions; hosted at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Asia Society, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Hunter College Art Galleries (2014-2016) and The Venice Biennial. (2015)
She has curated numerous exhibitions and public programs at other notable local and international venues including: The Venice Biennial (2005, 2015) and Istanbul Biennial (2005 & 2007) Queens Museum & Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University (New York 2009 & 2010) ICI-Independent Curators International, (New York 2012-2014) MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York 2013 & 2014) Eslite Gallery (Taipei, Taiwan 2013) Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha Qatar 2014) Seattle Art Fair (2015), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York 2015) Tyler Rollins Fine Art, (New York 2014 & 2016) among others.
Ahmady has lectured presenting talks at local and international academic institutions, fairs & events, including Asia Art Archives (Hong Kong) Sharjah Foundation March Meeting UAE, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art Washington DC USA, Singapore Art Fair, Duke University, Art Basel Hong Kong and Miami, The New Museum New York, Osage Foundation Singapore, Center for Contemporary Art (CCAA) Afghanistan, Soros Contemporary Art Center Almaty, Kazakhstan
She has contributed texts to publications such as Flash Art, ART21, ArtAsiaPacific, Ibraaz, Creative Time Reports, Manifesta Journal and more.
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