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Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at Artists Space and in Rotterdam.

January 12-March 2, 2002
Opening reception: Saturday, January 12, 6.00 -8.30pm
Artist Talk January 12, 3pm
Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, NYC

Context and Conceptualism
Siemon Allen, Melissa Gould, Coco Fusco
In a 1996 article titled "Altered States: The Art of Kendell Geers," Okwui Enwezor questions what happens to context when artists negotiate conceptualism under the influence of institutional interests in 'new internationalism.' In the case of South Africa, he interrogates the particular problematic of working "across cultural and contextual borders."

Siemon Allen appropriates materials specific to South Africa's political history and cultural legacy, engaging with larger discursive narratives of global conceptualism. His installation Stamp Collection marks the artist's own mediation on personal and political histories.

Melissa Gould's From Adler to Zylber, an installation as Holocaust memorial, is comprised of pictograms that represent visual translations of German-Jewish names from an Auschwitz list. Gould's project addresses historical memory and territory.

Coco Fusco produces a documentary-style video entitled Els Segadors (The Reapers) that questions notions of nation, citizenship, language, and identity particular to the context of Barcelona. Hiring actors to sing traditional Catalan songs, including the anthem, Fusco's direction entails performing one's Catalan identity for the camera. Interested in the hybridized and globalized populations of Spain, Fusco is invested in "how old ideas about who belongs are being shattered by the changing realities of a new Europe."


Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum is pleased to present:
Unpacking Europe
December 13 2001 until February 14 2002
Curated by Salah Hassan and Iftikhar Dadi

Participating artists:
Willem Boshoff, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Heri Dono, Coco Fusco, Ni Haifeng , Fiona Hall, Isaac Julien, Rachid Koraichi, Ken Lum, Nalini Malani, Johannes Phokela, Keith Piper, Anri Sala, Yinka Shonibare, Vivan Sundaram, Nasran Tabatabai, Fred Wilson, Shi Yong.
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