International collaborations with Clark House Initiative

International collaborations with Clark House Initiative


Nil Yalter & Theo Lesoualch, Mime Programme from Paris to Istanbul, to Tehran to Bombay, 1956–1959. The image on the right is taken outside the former opera hall near Clark House, which will become the National Gallery of Modern Art. 
Image courtesy Nil Yalter.

January 28, 2014

And I laid traps for troubadours 
who get killed before they reached Bombay

February 7–April 23, 2014 

Clark House Initiative
c/o RBT Group, Ground Floor, Clark House building
8 Nathalal Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road),
Bombay 400039

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With Francis Alÿs, Liz Ballard, Yael Bartana, Yogesh Barve, Kemi Bassene, Judy Blum, Sachin Bonde, Kennedy Browne, CAMP, Ceal Floyer, Aurélien Froment, Grupo Etcetera, David Horvitz, Poonam Jain, Jamboys, Mangesh Kapse, Ben Kinmont, Lawrence Liang, Simon Liddiment, Scott Myles, Open Circle, Prabhakar Pachpute, Amol Patil, Rupali Patil, Justin Ponmany, Tatiana Pozzo Di Borgo, Prasad Nikumbh, Roman Ondak, Pratchaya Phinthong, Prajakta Potnis, Nikhil Raunak, Société Réaliste, Zied Ben Romdhane, Caecilia Tripp, Nil Yalter, Carey Young

Workshop at the Printmaking Studio of the Sir JJ School of Art, a pedagogical project by Aurélien Mole. 

A collaboration between Kadist Art Foundation & Clark House Initiative
This association is one of a series of curatorial collaborations between Kadist’s venues in San Francisco and Paris and institutions abroad. These collaborations utilize the Kadist collection as a resource and point of departure to be articulated and contested in shifting cultural conditions. Each exhibition is developed through dialogue between a multi-institutional curatorial team.

The image of Nil Yalter above tells a history, impossible today, travelling from Istanbul to Bombay, by trains and road, crossing several national borders. The exhibition’s title, taken from a song by the Rolling Stones, is Lucifer’s amoral recount of evil in history. Mick Jagger’s ‘Bombay’ ironically conjures all the exoticism of the East for those on the sixties hippie trail.

Recalling alternatives, the economies of the social contract, of gift-exchange, and the commons, in the face of rising exclusive nationalism, And I laid traps for troubadours who get killed before they reached Bombay is an exhibition of cultural transference: how ideas travel through objects and how the meaning of artworks will change and accrue, when brought into the context of Bombay’s political and social realities, and imaginaries. The exhibition uses the Kadist collection as a starting point to open to collaborations. Works exist in situ: the travel experience, more than importing a pre-existing meaning, gives them the possibility to multiply their possible interpretations in the light of a new context. Clark House, once a shipping office, a political refuge, and an antiques’ storage—a historical place for the circulation of objects and ideas—therefore becomes a site of works in conceptual and aesthetic shift. 

This exhibition is the second part of a project started in Paris in 2013 with the exhibition L’exigence de la saudade, curated by Zasha Colah and Sumesh Sharma then in residency at Kadist. 

Also in 2014:

A Guest Without A Host Is A Ghost, a collaboration between Kadist and Beirut
April 2014–April 2015
The first institution to host the Collection in residency project, Beirut (Cairo) addresses the absence of public or private collections of contemporary art in Egypt. It will comprise an evolving exhibition and a public discursive program spread across different institutions in Cairo (Beirut, Contemporary Image Collective, and Cimatheque), along with new artists commissions and a specially designed blog documenting the project.

Infinite City 
February 26–May 11
The Zabludowicz Collection (London) presents Infinite City, a group exhibition combining works from the Zabludowicz Collection and Kadist Art Foundation. The exhibition focuses on the city as material, site and situation for the contemporary lived experience. The exhibition travels to London after its premiere in San Francisco at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, under the title City of Disappearances
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May 24–July 20
Opening at the Times Museum in Guangzhou, China, an exhibition co-curated by Ruijun Shen (Times Museum), Betti-Sue Hertz, (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) and Xiaoyu Weng, (Kadist Art Foundation). Combining works from the Kadist Collection with loans and new commissions, the exhibition will travel to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, in October.

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