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Exhibition / Vietnam

Flowers

April 4, 2019 - April 4, 2020

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.

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Grantee: Tran Minh Duc

Exhibition / United States

Art, Artists & You (2nd spell)

June 8, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Children's Museum of Manhattan
Firoz Mahmud is in a group exhibition at CMOM, New York
Art, Artists & You (2nd spell)
June 8 to December 31, 2019

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Exhibition / United States

NEW ASIAN FUTURISMS

September 27, 2019 - December 6, 2019

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.
#AAINewAsianFuturisms

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Grantees: Firoz Mahmud, Jan Leeroy New

Special Event / United States

Cultural Conversation with Mark Wasiuta and Felicity Scott

December 4, 2019

Join ACC's community of grantees, staff, alumni, and peers as scholars Mark Wasiuta and Felicity Scott discuss their 2017 ACC Fellowship to Cambodia, Japan, and Vietnam to research the architectural legacy of Vann Molyvann, Cambodian architect who transformed the country's built environment in the post-independence period.

About Cultural Conversations: Cultural Conversations provides ACC alumni a platform to share their experience and expertise with a broad network of artists, cultural practitioners, and beyond. We have an exciting lineup for fall 2019.

To RSVP click HERE.

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Grantees: Felicity Scott, Mark Wasiuta

Exhibition / DR Congo

Congo Biennale, ‘Transition’

October 20, 2019 - November 21, 2019

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.

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Exhibition / United States

Tiffany Chung: Passage of Time

September 12, 2019 - November 2, 2019

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. 

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Grantee: Tiffany Chung

Exhibition / United States

Not Just Another Pretty Picture

June 27, 2019 - October 30, 2019

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.

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Grantees: Firoz Mahmud, Kevin Bubriski

Exhibition / United States
September 13, 2019 - October 26, 2019

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

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Special Event / Taiwan

臺南公園的身體地圖一百日行走 Body Map in the Tainan Park -100 Days Strolling

October 18, 2019 - October 20, 2019

In recent years, choreographer CHOU Shu-yi has been exploring urban spaces with his body. As the artist-in-residence at the Scarecrow Contemporary Dance Company in Tainan for the last two years, CHOU explores the potential of developing a site-specific performance in the unique historical and cultural space in Tainan. He interacts with local residents in their everyday lives and invites them to collaboratively articulate the rich and layered daily life of Tainan.

“Having spent the last year exploring Tainan, I decided to begin from my everyday experiences of Tainan Park. Giving myself up to 100 days, I listened, observed, walked in the park and talked to people in preparation of a site-specific performance. Through my encounters with local residents, the past of the city is connected with its present and future. By crossing the boundaries between performance and living space, we search for the body image of the Tainan Park.” – CHOU Shu-yi

http://tnaf.tnc.gov.tw/2019/program.php?id=21

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Grantee: Chou Shu-Yi

Performance / Mexico

Huang Yi & KUKA - Festival Internacional Cervantino

October 11, 2019 - October 12, 2019

ACC alumnus and dancer/choreographer Huang Yi is the creator of an unprecedented show in which he takes the stage to dance with KUKA, a machine programmed in his image and likeness and that imitates human emotions.It’s a poetic piece of amazing precision that makes possible the harmonious coexistence of modern dance, visual arts and mechanical engineering. In words of the choreographer, “KUKA is a process that embellishes the pain and sadness that I experienced in my childhood. It’s the expression of loneliness, lack of confidence and self-realization.”

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Grantee: Huang Yi

Exhibition / United Arab Emirates

Vantage Point Sharjah7 (VPS7),

July 6, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Vantage Point Sharjah 7
6 July—6 October 2019
Gallery 1 & 2, Al Mureijah Square
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Museum

Vantage Point Sharjah 7 (VPS7) is the seventh iteration of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual photography initiative. The open call was extended not only to residents of the UAE and other GCC countries but also to international applicants. This initiative aims to foster photographers’ development and creativity and encourage their engagement with the wider cultural community.

Over 200 applicants with a variety of professional backgrounds, skill sets and interests, responded to VPS7 open call. The exhibition features the work of 36 photographers from over 20 countries, including Republic of Congo, France, Nigeria, Sudan, Russia, South Africa, United States of America and the United Arab Emirates among others. The selected photographs offer viewers a unique perspective on various subjects by using different styles, such as conceptual photography, street photography, land and cityscapes and portraiture. These images further demonstrate a wide range of techniques in both digital and 35mm photography, such as montage, collage, archival reconstruction, infrared and light painting.
The foundation announced its first open call for submissions during the summer of 2013, inviting GCC-based photographers to submit works that fell under the theme ‘Life and Landscapes of Sharjah’. Themes of other Vantage Point exhibitions have included ‘Self-Portraiture’, ‘Performance’ and ‘Architecture and Urban Landscape’. 

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Grantee: Firoz Mahmud

Special Event / United States

Grow Your Own Natural Plant-Based Dyes

October 5, 2019

Did you know that many common garden herbs and flowers can be used to make natural dyes? Join ACC alumna Sajata Epps, an urban farmer and artis,t to learn the basic techniques for using plants to create beautiful colors.

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Grantee: Sajata Epps

Exhibition / United States

Stitching Boundaries

September 7, 2019 - October 3, 2019

The Topography of Living

In describing boundaries, the works of artists Ged Merino and Aze Ong refer to the qualities of textile and thread - fibrous. Boundaries are fibrous in structure and in system. They are constructs emerging from personal, cultural, and political domains spun together into solid lines on the maps. And like these solid lines they are drawn to suggest and identify, but in reality, never to actually define. Exploring boundaries through fabric and thread is a method of contrasts. Fiber diffuses as much as it filters. Ged and Aze ask: what are the limits of boundaries?

The artistic practices of Ged and Aze are as much narrative as they are material. Their experiences of a life in transit has them familiar with a particular kind of map, one that grows, shrinks and changes through footsteps that are not always their own. Ged’s work draws from the metamorphic act of memory, where fabric both protects and changes the current experience of the past. Aze’s work is experiential in its dynamic forms, enacted through the dedication in her craft and the further layers she creates in her performance. Both artists incorporate external elements into their work: found objects, other people’s objects of recollection and images.

Steadfastly rooted in the condition of living, the artists navigate and create spaces of exchange ever-present at the edge of the boundaries. In their work, each stitch is a wall as much as a window, and every thread a line of connection.
-Nicole Decapia

“Stitching Boundaries “is made possible by a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York State Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council
with support from The Drawing Room Contemporary Art and The National Commision for Culture and the Arts

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Grantee: Aze Ong

Performance / United States

"Fulfillment" Album Release Show

October 3, 2019

The debut album release of jazz composer, saxophone and shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) player Zac Zinger, also an ACC alumni from 2016. All original American jazz compositions incorporating elements of Japanese and Chinese traditional music. Joined by:

Sharik Hasan - Piano
Adam Neely - Bass
Luke Markham - Drums

Two sets, starting at 8:00 and 10:00
$18 cover + $20 food/drink minimum
Call (212) 885-7119 to make a reservation!

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Grantee: Zachary Zinger

Exhibition / United States

Stitching Boundaries : The Topography of Living

August 25, 2019 - September 27, 2019

A collaboration by Ged Merino and Aze Ong both working with textiles "The GedAze Project" creating an interactive and immersive installation of an imaginary map using crochet, knotting and repurposed textiles incorporating photo images of "Places-Objects-Relationships-Memories via a participatory process through social media. A performance by Aze Ong using her crocheted installations will activate the opening exhibit

"Stitching Boundaries" is made possible by the Queens Council of The Arts from The New York City City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council with support from the Drawing Room Contemporary Art

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Grantee: Aze Ong

Special Event / United States

Cultural Conversation with Susie Ibarra

September 25, 2019

Join ACC's community of grantees, staff, alumni, and peers as we learn about composer/percussionist/sound artist Susie Ibarra's 2018 ACC Fellowship researching and recording along the Ganges River as part of her ongoing project Himalayan Glacier Soundscapes.

About Cultural Conversations: Cultural Conversations provides ACC alumni a platform to share their experience and expertise with a broad network of artists, cultural practitioners, and beyond. We have an exciting lineup for fall 2019.

To RSVP, click HERE.

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Grantee: Susie Ibarra