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John Menick and Yusef Misdaq

Independent curator Leeza Ahmady brings together artists John Menick and Yusuf Misdaq. While from widely different backgrounds, both artists have made works that are simultaneously process-based, conceptually vigorous and span across mediums: writing, sound, film and more.

Menick's socio-psychological explorations of people, time and place are established through video and audio, as well as essays and fiction. His recent contributions to dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel marked the first time he had exhibited both as a visual artist and a writer with a collection of short stories and essays, a film and an audio work. Crisscrossing through media, Menick employs fantastical characters, re-appropriations of well-known things and people, criticism and cinematic examinations to produce empirical plots that often skirt the line between storytelling and documenting.

Misdaq's work across mediums has the unapologetic and direct aim of connecting people with themselves and each other. His work harnesses "primal arts" such as storytelling, music, oil painting, performance, poetry and natural clay sculpture, alongside more contemporary art forms such as digital art, observational documentary and film. Imaginative and exploratory in nature, Misdaq propels his work forward with poetic analyses and predictions of existence and culture. His practice embodies sincerity as he applies humanity to the process from the development of an idea to the promotion of a final product.

The Dialogues in Contemporary Art series is part of an ongoing effort by AhmadyArts to disseminate broader, more thorough knowledge of art communities and artists' activities both inside and outside of Asia.


Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art


In collaboration with Clocktower Radio (formerly, Leeza Ahmady, independent curator and director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), conducts interviews with artists, curators, critics, and experts working both inside and outside of Asia. The program will include Ahmady's reports from around town and will feature select recordings of conversations, talks, and panel discussions across venues in New York City.

Born in Afghanistan and based in New York, Ahmady is an independent art curator, educator, and noted specialist in art from Central Asia. As the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society, Ahmady brings together leading New York City galleries and museums to participate in special exhibitions, receptions, lectures, and performances citywide.

Asian Contemporary Art Week connects leading New York City galleries and museums in a citywide event comprised of public exhibitions, receptions, lectures and performances. The Week focuses on the broad spectrum of artworks produced by Asian contemporary artists working in their home countries and abroad. Asian Contemporary Art Week is organized by Asian Contemporary Art Consortium. Clocktower Radio is a media sponsor for the events and the recordings collected over the years are available in this section of the archive.

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Independent Curators International (ICI)


Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. Working across disciplines and historical precedents, the organization is a hub that provides access to the people, ideas, and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art. Headquartered in New York, ICI is a small non-profit with a large purview. Over the last 35 years, ICI has produced 118 traveling exhibitions and profiled the work of more than 3,700 artists, working with 621 museums, university art galleries, and art centers in 48 states and 29 countries worldwide, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. Experienced by nearly 6 million people, the exhibitions and events have attracted extensive local, national, and international press, and are placed in a critical framework through accompanying catalogues and books published by ICI.