is proud to support
in CULTURAL TRANSFERENCE
Friday, June 15, 2012 - Friday, July 27, 2012
Friday, June 15, 6-8pm
Firelei Baez, Matthew Cowan, Hubert Czerepok, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Pablo Helguera, Christopher K. Ho, Yoko Inoue, LoVid, Umesh Maddanahalli, Dread Scott and Kyle Goen, Allison Smith, Juliana Irene Smith, Shinique Smith, and Elisabeth Smolarz.
Curator: Sara Reisman
EFA Project Space
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor, NY, New York
Cultural Transference presents recent artwork by sixteen international and New York-based artists whose practices are actively engaged with the transformation of culture in contemporary art and everyday life. Through transactions and exchanges - social, spiritual, economic, and political - artworks featured in the exhibition collectively express how cultural practice is reciprocally changing and being changed by its context. Depending on the mobility of those in the role of producing culture and those who consume it, the transmission of culture can move quickly or slowly through space and time.
The exhibition features video, sculpture, performance, installation, collage, and craft-based projects by artists who draw from the cultural references and contexts of Afghanistan, the Caribbean, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, and the United States, among other places. Together, the artists' projects communicate the areas where cultures and cultural production mutate, are appropriated, and remixed resulting in experiences that push against stereotypes, and defy the logic of accepted cultural mores.
Polish artist Hubert Czerepok is presenting two works - his video Lux Aeterna (2011), juxtaposing the soaring inspirations of Romantic poetry and landscape imagery with the ravings of tyrants and madmen, such as Anders Breivik who listened to a loop of Clint Mansell's musical work, Lux Aeterna during his murderous rampage on the Norwegian island of Utoya, and a companion light installation Everything is Darkness. A 2011 alumnus of the Polish Cultural Institute's Artists-in-Residence program at OMI International Artists Residency, Ghent, NY, Czerepok explores the connections between fiction and truth in the telling of history through the media of drawing, painting, photography, installation, and video.
Cultural Transference is presented by the EFA Project Space at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Hubert Czerepok participation is made possible by the Polish Cultural Institute New York and Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
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