Kari Conte (International Studio and Curatorial Programme, USA)
Dar Al Nadwa
This presentation will consider how residencies can best support artistic and curatorial practice in a post-studio condition and how programming can extend this multidisciplinary, intercultural confluence. The complex ecosystem and proliferation of residency programmes necessitates a closer look at how artists and institutions can negotiate the expectations of funders, the merits of research versus production models, how programmes can build lasting networks and the ways in which residencies act as catalysts for socio-political engagement and meaningful cultural exchange. This presentation will also briefly introduce the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), its history and move from Manhattan to Brooklyn, its recent collaborations with organisations working in the Middle East and new exhibition, commissioning and publication initiatives.
Kari Conte is a curator, writer and Director of Programmes and Exhibitions at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, a non-profit, residency-based contemporary art institution for artists and curators. Prior to this, she was based in London, where she worked at the Whitechapel Gallery and received an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art. She has organised over 30 international exhibitions and has lectured on the history of exhibitions at Bard College and the Royal College of Art, as well as on residencies at the Goethe-Institut and Independent Curators International (ICI). She recently curated a new commission by Ursula Mayer for Performa 11, New York and is currently working on the first monograph of artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles, to be published in 2012 by Kunstverein, Amsterdam.