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Ahmad Fuad Osman: Archipelagic Alchemy

Dec 12 Through Mar 29 | Tue |
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Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 12, 6–8pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) presents Ahmad Fuad Osman: Archipelagic Alchemy, an exhibition that addresses the history of the empire by looking at relationships between seas and islands. Presenting an installation titled Run for Manhattan, by Ahmad Fuad Osman, this exhibition is curated by Carlos Quijon, Jr. for ISCP’s first floor project space. The installation gathers archival clippings, popular culture materials, and a newly commissioned speculative video. All pertain to an episode of colonial history involving an exchange of islands in the seventeenth century between two colonial powers. The English traded Pulau Run, one of the Spice Islands, present-day Moluccas, in exchange for New Amsterdam, present-day Manhattan, traded by the Dutch.

The exhibition’s focal point will be an expansive image of the signing of a treaty in 1667 that ended the Second Anglo-Dutch War, and included a provision about the exchange of these two islands. Osman’s work shows a moment in colonial history, European exceptionalism and its postcolonial implications.

Venue: International Studio & Curatorial Program