Exhibit: Open Rehearsal of an Exhibition, Curated by Sumesh Sharma

Sun, March 12, 2017 4:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Sponsored by Alwan for the Arts and 3rdi NY

Free and open to the public

Rehearsal of an exhibition. Time: 4-9 P.M.

The Rehearsal as an exhibition conception leaves the processes of art-making open to chance. To explore the indeterminacy and the process of the time-based form of the intervention—a form which rarely cuts into the history of a sheltered space — we invite artists to make a non-thematic exhibition. Bita Razavi, Tran Minh Duc, Aki Inomata, Shubho Saha, and Vahid Sharifian come together to foreground the art of a place. If Algebra was the paradigm of rationality that allowed Europe the possibility of secular pragmatism, let us imagine how Alwan allows the happening of a fluxus situation. What we ask here is ‘how do we bring the process-based, non-object-oriented practice of the intervention to bear on the market driven, object-oriented space of the NYC scene?’. ‘What curatorial urgency permits artists from Iran, Japan, Bangladesh, and Vietnam to present together in absence of any (apparent) shared material or conceptual concerns?’ We conspire an Open Rehearsal of an exhibition.

Sumesh Sharma(1983) is an Indian curator informed by alternate art histories, socio-economics and politics. Immigrant Culture in the Francophone, Vernacular Equalities, Movements of Black Consciousness in Culture are his areas of interest. He co-founded the Clark House Initiative, Bombay in 2010. His Masters in Research at the Universite Paul Cezanne (2008) was an Inquiry into Artist Careers, and he was part of the Gwangju Biennale Curators Course, 2010, as well as the first Independent Curators International's Curatorial Intensive in Bombay. He has been a resident at ISCP New York (2012), Kadist Art Foundation Paris (2013) and the Manifesta Online Residency (2013), Casa Masaccio Tuscany (2013), San Art - Ho Chin Minh City, Vietnam (2014), Para Site Hong Kong (2014). He is presently one of the curators of of Dak'Art 2016. He was ICI's 2014 Curatorial Fellow, in Senegal where he researched how the funding mechanisms in culture and institutional support of art institutions utilise the power structures put in place by colonial laws.

For artists information, see links below.

Bita Razavi

Tran Minh Duc

Aki Inomata

Shubho Saha

Vahid Sharifian

Sumesh Sharma


3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our film screenings and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.


Last updated: 2017-03-10 07:03:52

Bita Razavi
Bita Razavi
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Shubho Saha

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