Events Around the World
The song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’ by Pete Seeger, heard on repeat as part of the flowers artwork, is listed as one of the top 20 most influencing political songs and an anti-war song from the 60s era. It is inspired by Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel The Quiet Flows the Don, and by three lines of an Ukrainian folk song: ‘where are the flowers, the girls have plucked them. where are the girls, they’ve all taken husbands. where are the men, they’re all in the army.’
Composed of the word ‘flowers’ in rose coloured neon light writing mounted on the simple cardboard box of a popular Vietnamese instant noodle brand, the work exudes a gentle and tender air. the noodle box is nostalgic and humble, an allusion to childhood years in the subsidized period, when the artist’s mother sold coffee and food to earn a living in hard times. Coming out from the box, a small set of headphones play the song like an echo; its sound creating a heady audio essence that emanates from within. Together, in a modest ode, these elements accentuate the interchange between the physical and intangible factors at play in the work, and slowly unfurl the complex notions of beauty and peace.
about the artist:
Tran Minh Duc (b.1982, Vietnam) is a visual artist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam working with the mediums of performance, photography, collage and installation. through a multidisciplinary approach, Tran seeks to explore collective memory and cultural archives by investigating historical narratives, the effects of colonialism and imperialism, and the lasting impacts of war and migration. He is interested in the interactions between the collective and individual, and the local and the foreign; his work forms a personal interrogation of what it means to be Vietnamese in the intricate fabric of contemporaneity. Tran graduated with a BA in painting from the College of Culture and Arts of Ho Chi Minh City, and has since exhibited widely in Vietnam and internationally. Tran is an alumnus of ACC -- in 2017, he received a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to be in residence at Art in General in New York City, USA. His artwork flowers was previously exhibited with MoT+++ in 2015, and is part of the Post Vidai, a Vietnamese Art Collection.
Grantee: Tran Minh Duc
ACC alumnus Firoz Mahmud, Bangladesh; Sarah Mihara Creagen, Canada; Woomin Kim, South Korea; Yue Nakayama, Japan; Anna Parisi, Brazil; Shimpei Shirafuji, Japan; Catalina Tuca, Chile; Ramyar Vala, Iran
The Extraordinary is a group show of eight artists who are individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. The exhibition seeks to bring transparency to the immigration process and at the same time, inspect the system, which requires those selected to have “distinction” and be “renowned” in the arts—a subjective and complicated qualification.
Complimentary public programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, support group meetings with other visa seekers and awardees, artist talks and tours, among other relevant events.
Taking place at Hunter East Harlem Gallery (HEHG),the exhibition is generated from an open call where 123 artists applied hailing from 40 different countries.
Eight artists were selected by the prestigious jury made of:
✦ María del Carmen Carrión, Project Manager, Cisneros Institute at MoMA
✦ Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs, The Shed
✦ Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions & Curator, Queens Museum
✦ Javier Telles, internationally recognized artist
Grantee: Firoz Mahmud
ACC alumnus Nam June Paik’s experimental, innovative, yet playful work has had a profound influence on today’s art and culture. He pioneered the use of TV and video in art and coined the phrase ‘electronic superhighway’ to predict the future of communication in the internet age.
This major exhibition is a mesmerising riot of sights and sounds. It brings together over 200 works from throughout his five-decade career – from robots made from old TV screens, to his innovative video works and all-encompassing room-sized installations such as the dazzling Sistine Chapel 1993.
Born in South Korea in 1932, but living and working in Japan, Germany and the US, Paik developed a collaborative artistic practice that crossed borders and disciplines. The exhibition looks at his close collaboration with cellist Charlotte Moorman. It also highlights partnerships with other avant-garde artists, musicians, choreographers and poets, including John Cage, ACC alumnus Merce Cunningham and Joseph Beuys.
NEW ASIAN FUTURISMS
ARTISTS: Saks Afridi | Melissa Chen | Amir-Behan Jahanbin | Firoz Mahmud | JiSoo Lee | Leeroy New |Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth:The Queer Intifada | Eva Wǒ
WORKING GROUP: Ching-In Chen | Wit López | Atif Sheikh | Li Sumpter
September 27 – December 6, 2019 | Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm
Opening Reception: First Friday, October 4, 6-9pm
Closing Reception: First Friday, December 6, 6-9pm
Mainstream fictions, especially science fiction of doomed futures and metaphors for oppression often evoke fear. Instead, what if we repaired the imaginations of fragmented pasts and accepted the new formats of allegory, dialogue, expression; accepted the post-human biome. A shift in perspective and observing multiple histories of diverse communities can inspire us to look forward to looking forward. What if we could use a new futurism to create a narrative of hope?
In New Asian Futurism, we asked artists to imagine a place beyond time and space, a backdrop for the imagination of queer, differently abled, of multiplicity of thought; to continue the journeys embarked upon by Afrofuturists like Samuel R. Delaney, Sun Ra and most importantly, Octavia Butler. What if we made the traditional purview of science fiction more inclusive; unapologetically naturalist, spiritual and healing. Responding to these questions with existing media, New Asian Futurism is a public arts program to showcase visual art, digital media, poetry and performance.
The Congo Biennale is a Congolese contemporary festival of art, which will take place over 33 days in public spaces, a fine Art Institute, gallery spaces, Kin Art Studio space, the French Institute and Bilembo art center. More than 40 artists, designers, architects, art historians, curators, art critics and others from 5 continents, have been invited to propose a project that will be realized and presented as part of this international event in the cosmopolitan city of Kinshasa. ACC alumnus Firox Mahmud is one of the participating artists.
ACC alumna Tiffany Chung (Vietnam/USA) is noted for her cartographic drawings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and theater performances that examine conflict, migration, displacement, urban progress and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory.
Grantee: Tiffany Chung
The Berkshire Art Museum is presenting a group show: “Not Just Another Pretty Picture.” Featured Artists are ACC alumni Firoz Mahmud and Kevin Bubriski, James Allen, Sandra Moore, Saira Wasim, Dan Wolf.
Some artists create for content - and not to make art that looks pretty above the living room couch. Art can be disturbing, but good art prevails. Also exhibiting: “Dark Matter” – Works by the Berkshire Museum Advisory Board Members, and “Death of a Loved One” - 1890s Fashion: Collection of Greg Lafave.” along with ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collection, including Eric Rudd’s huge Iceberg Installation, Robotic Sculpture, and Berkshire Art Museum Annex – A Chapel for Humanity - a massive sculptural epic with 150 life-sized figures, 250 low-relief ceiling figures and a September 11 Memorial Garden, first opened in 2001.
ACC alumnus Trần Minh Đức was born 1982, nearly 7 years after the American War (internationally known as Vietnam War) in Ho Chi Minh City (formal name was Saigon pre 1975), Vietnam. Đức grows up with his none understanding of the wartime and only with random stories from his own family relatives, grandparents and parents who directly got involved in such time. Along with his own memories with changes every day every year in the largest city in Vietnam located in the South side of Vietnam, war remnants to him were redesigned war objects to be household facilities within family, neighborhood playgrounds with friends at not yet renovated center of city's streets and tastes of out of expiry date foods and sweets.
Trần later joined and graduated from College of Culture and Arts of HCMC. Practising and experimenting as a visual artist in the city with the slow growth of contemporary art flows, he more and more put more interest to the narration of history by informal resources of information, word of mouth tales and shared personal memories.
During this 3 month time in Jeju Island, Đức put himself's view at a position of a Vietnamese child who was born after Vietnam War, seeing hearing reading information lines about Jeju 4.3 incident, with the end of WW2 that happened with the involvement of the Japanese, the American the Russian then later the split of North and South Korea - which is similar to Vietnam’s situation in the past.
The composition of the exhibition - presentation is with installations of found objects from Vietnam war surplus market and recorded sounds and voices of survivors in videos displayed at Jeju 4.3 Peace Park Museum. The most visible visual is created by the parachutes bought from war surplus market located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, they are parachutes from illuminating flare remnants. The are sold in the market by vendeurs with introduction of specific words for Vietnam War objects aiming to collectors and foreign tourists. With his project, Đức colors all the parachutes into pink color as an action of putting layer upon history stories and objects, it is like the aims of war market vendeurs of making stories on all products that they sell whatever that are true or false. That is also similar to history and all what happened in the past, there are always lies and truths, also secrets that are hidden to all people that we all could not find the answer.
The presentation of art works is like a wish of harmony between places and spaces, where there would be no separation of geography border nor discrimination of colors and symbol of festive occasion, places and spaces where at spring time, pink flowers would blossom everywhere with the great harmony of happiness.
Grantee: Tran Minh Duc
The Perfect Image
ACC alumnus Firoz Mahmud at The Local Project Gallery New York
On view at The Local NYC September 13 – October 26
Opening Reception Friday September 13, 6-9pm
Exhibition hosting local artists in the medium of photography.
Participating Artists :
Ana Reza, Andranik Aroutiounian, Annalisa Iadicicco, Aya Rivera, Caroline Allegrante, Christy Becker, Dana Stirling, David Rivera, Demetrius Gooden, Dre Raq, Ed Grant, Elaine Norman, Emma Milligan, Firoz Mahmud, Fulvia R Zambon, Isabelle Schneider, Janette Mochnacz, J-m Guyaux, Jennifer Holtz, June Kosloff, Laurel Lueders, Lisa DiClerico, Margaret McCarthy, Maria Sochaniewicz, Matti Havens, Maura Therese Barthel, Mo Gelber, Orestes Gonzalez, Paul Katcher, Paul Jan, Percy Holmes, Priscilla Stadler, Raymond B. Normandeau, Rhasaan Oyasaba Manning, Rita Frazier Normandeau, Robin Porter Van Sise, Salvador Espinoza, Susan Spangenberg, Wanda von Bremen, Yoav Friedländer.
Curated by Carolina Peñafiel and John Baber