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Panel Discussion on Adel Abidin’s exhibition I’M SORRY

I'm sorry

Adel Abidin I'M SORRY (2008)                                

Is it possible to defy the politics of cultural identity in an art world loaded with stereotypes and prejudice?

This panel will discuss the work of Adel Abidin and its insertion in contemporary practices using humor and sarcasm to address timely issues related to fundamentalism, religion and nationalism. Questioning familiar visual representations, Adibin’s work speaks from the diasporic condition and its place of mediation and unpredicted possibilities.

Thursday, May 27 at 7PM at Location One
Panelists: Adel Abidin, Carol Becker, Sam Bardaouil
Moderator: Claudia Calirman
Free and open to the public

Adel Abidin was born in Baghdad in 1973 and lives in Helsinki since 2001. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki receiving a MFA in new media in 2005. He represented Finland in the 2007 Venice Biennale Nordic Pavilion with the internationally acclaimed piece Abidin Travels: Welcome to Baghdad. In 2010 he had a major solo exhibition at Kiasma, Helsinki’s Museum of Contemporary Art. His work is represented in major museum collections in Finland and has been featured in numerous exhibitions including On the Margins (2009, Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis); and the 2008 Cairo Biennale. He has held many solo exhibitions throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East.

Carol Becker is Professor of the Arts and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts. Prior to this appointment she was Dean of Faculty and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for many years where she was also Professor of Liberal Arts.She holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from State University of New York at Buffalo as well as a PhD from the University of California at San Diego in literature as well.

She has lectured widely in the U.S., South Africa, South America, Canada, Europe, and Asia and she is the author of numerous articles and several books including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change (with many foreign editions); Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety; Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art, The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility—an edited edition, and the most recently; Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production.

Sam Bardaouil is the co-founder and curatorial director of art reoriented, a curatorial and art consulting practice specializing in contemporary art from the Middle East. He has over ten years of experience as a curator, theater practitioner and an academic in the Middle East region and beyond. Sam has curated numerous exhibitions with a wide range of international institutions such as the Fondazione Volume in Rome, Tashkeel in Dubai, the Goethe Institute in Berlin, and the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, where he launched the East West Project which featured several exhibitions and public programs including ItaliaArabia and Iran Inside Out. He has also lectured in art history and theater practice at a number of universities including the American University of Beirut, the American University in Dubai, La Sorbonne and the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

In addition, Sam collaborated on creating partnerships and public programs with renowned arts organizations such as AretEast, The New York Public Library, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Rooftop Films, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, The Farjam Collection Hafiz Foundation and many others. Sam has contributed to several art publications and academic journals and is currently working on a book about collective memory in Modernist and Contemporary Art from the Arab World.

Claudia Calirman is the Chief Curator at Location One and Assistant Professor at John Jay College, CUNY. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. She was the 2008-09 Lemann Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University. Claudia teaches Latin American art, Modern art and Contemporary art at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and taught for many years at Parsons The New School of Design, New York. She has curated several exhibitions such as “Adel Abidin: I am Sorry” and “Yes, But…” at Location One and “Elizabeth Jobim: Endless Lines” and “Informed by Function” at Lehman College Art Gallery. Claudia has a forthcoming book on Brazilian Art under Dictatorship: Antonio Manuel, Artur Barrio and Cildo Meireles by Duke University Press in 2011.

Location One is extremely grateful to FRAME: Finnish Fund for Art Exchange and The New York State Council on the Arts for making this exhibition and the artists' residencies possible. Special thanks to media sponsor OneArtWorld.com

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Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.