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New Museum 2012 Triennial Artists
New York, NY...The New Museum today announced the list of participating artists in the 2012 Triennial, the only recurring exhibition in the United States devoted to presenting young artists from around the globe. Opening to the public on February 15, the Triennial will feature thirty-four artists, artist groups, and temporary collectives, totaling over fifty participants, born between the mid-1970s and mid- 1980s, many of whom have never before exhibited in the US. This second New Museum Triennial, titled “The Ungovernables,” is curated by Eungie Joo, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Programs. The exhibition will be on view throughout the entire Museum until April 22, 2012. The exhibition’s title sponsor is the Joe Fresh brand, a new-to-New-York fashion line.
“The Ungovernables” is an exhibition about the urgencies of a generation who came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Joo conducted primary research for the Triennial in more than twenty countries over the course of eighteen months, visiting hundreds of artists in the process. “In many ways this generation was formed by the instability of a period marked by military dictatorships, the IMF crises of the 1980s and 1990s, the spread of global capitalism and the rise of fundamentalism,” Joo says. “But what I encountered were artists whose practices demonstrate remarkable resiliency, pragmatism, flexibility, and hopefulness.” Through both materials and form, works included in “The Ungovernables” explore impermanence and an engagement with the present and future. Many of the works are provisional, site-specific, and performative reflecting an attitude of possibility and resourcefulness. In the sculpture of Adrián Villar Rojas, monumentality is juxtaposed with transience. Rendered in clay, the works depend on cracks on their surfaces—the inevitable failure of the object, of meaning, and the guaranteed transformation of all ideas and objects back to dust. But it is dust that is then repurposed, reimagined, and re-formed. When Danh Võ learned that the Statue of Liberty is simply a steel armature covered by a copper skin the thickness of two pennies, he researched the hammering process that gave her shape, then employed craftsmen to replicate the statue’s skin for his work WE THE PEOPLE. Julia Dault manipulates materials of modernity such as Formica and Plexiglas in temporal arrangements that can never be repeated. In her works, the artist’s labor is dependent on the conditions of a certain space, her strength to execute a work at a particular time, and the uncontrollable accidents her materials determine. House of Natural Fiber, a new media collective and alternative space, has recently combined microbiology and art to teach locals about safe ways to brew homemade fruit wine while amplifying and sampling the sounds of the distillation process to make electronic music. Jonathas de Andrade’s Ressaca Tropical (Tropical Hangover) is an installation of over one hundred photographs linked to pages of a romantic diary found in the trash. In isolation, the components of Ressaca are historical documents. However, pieced together, they comprise a larger fiction of what a city is and can be—how the past can remain alive, not through conservation, but instead through the invisible energy of living.
“The Ungovernables” is testimony to the breadth and vitality of cultural production outside of familiar, Western market centers,” says Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director. “The New Museum recognizes that this signals an important paradigm shift for the twenty-first century.” The exhibition title takes its inspiration from the concept of “ungovernability” and its transformation from a pejorative term used to describe unruly “natives” to a strategy of civil disobedience and self-determination embraced by the African National Congress in South Africa in 1986. “The Ungovernables” is meant to suggest both anarchic and organized resistance and a dark humor about the limitations and potentials of this generation.
Artists and Collectives in “The Ungovernables” Mounira Al Solh (b. 1978, Beirut. Lives and works in Beirut and Amsterdam) Jonathas de Andrade (b. 1982, Maceió, Brazil. Lives and works in Recife) Minam Apang (b. 1980, Naharlagun, India. Lives and works in Mumbai) CAMP (Founded 2007, Mumbai) Shaina Anand (b. 1975, Bombay. Lives and works in Mumbai) Ashok Sukumaran (b. 1974, Sapporo, Japan. Lives and works in Mumbai) Julia Dault (b. 1977, Toronto. Lives and works in New York) Abigail DeVille (b. 1981, New York. Lives and works in New York) House of Natural Fiber (Founded 1999, Yogyakarta) Venzha Christ (b. 1973, Banyuwangi, Indonesia. Lives and works in Yogyakarta); Tommy Suryo (b. 1976, Bojonegoro, Indonesia. Lives and works in Yogyakarta); Irene Agrivina (b. 1976, Yog yakarta. Lives and works in Yogyakarta) Hu Xiaoyuan (b. 1977, Haerbin, China. Lives and works in Beijing) Invisible Borders (Founded 2009, Lagos) Emeka Okereke (b. 1980 in Aba, Nigeria. Lives and works in Lagos), founder Kemi Akin-Nibosun, Unoma Giese, Emmanuel Iduma, Ala Khier, Chidinma Nnorom, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, Amaize Ojeikere, Ray Daniels Okeugo, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Tom Saater, and Jumoke Sanwo Iman Issa (b. 1979, Cairo. Lives and works in Cairo and New York) Hassan Khan (b. 1975, London. Lives and works in Cairo) Kit Lee (b. 1978, Hong Kong. Lives and works in Hong Kong) Cinthia Marcelle (b. 1974, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Lives and works in Belo Horizonte) Dave McKenzie (b. 1977, Kingston, Jamaica. Lives and works in New York) Nicolás Paris (b. 1977, Bogotá. Lives and works in Bogotá) Bona Park (b. 1977, Seoul. Lives and works in Seoul) Gary-Ross Pastrana (b. 1977, Quezon City. Lives and works in Manila) Pratchaya Phinthong (b. 1974, Ubonratchathani, Thailand. Lives and works in Bangkok) Amalia Pica (b. 1978, Neuquén Capital, Argentina. Lives and works in London) Rita Ponce de León (b. 1982, Lima. Lives and works in México City) The Propeller Group (Founded 2006, Ho Chi Minh City) Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Sài Gòn. Lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles); Matthew Lucero (b. 1976, Upland, California. Lives and works in Los Angeles and Ho Chi Minh City); Phunam Thúc Hà (b. 1974, Sài Gòn. Lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City)
Public Movement (Founded 2006, Tel Aviv) Dana Yahalomi (b. 1982, Tel Aviv. Lives and works in Tel Aviv), group leader Gabriel Sierra (b. 1975, San Juan Nepomuceno, Colombia. Lives and works in Bogotá) Rayyane Tabet (b. 1983, Ashqout, Lebanon. Lives and works in Beirut and San Diego) Slavs and Tatars (Founded 2006, Eurasia) Pilvi Takala (b. 1981, Helsinki. Lives and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul) Mariana Telleria (b. 1979, Rufino, Argentina. Lives and works in Rosario) Wu Tsang (b. 1982, Worcester, MA. Lives and works in Los Angeles) José Antonio Vega Macotela (b. 1980, México City. Lives and works in Amsterdam and México City) Adrián Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina. Lives and works in Rosario) Danh Võ (b. 1975, Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu, Vietnam. Lives and works in Berlin) Kemang Wa Lehulere (b. 1984 Cape Town. Lives and works in Johannesburg) Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977 London. Lives and works in London)Ala Younis (b. 1974 Kuwait City. Lives and works in Amman)