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LIVING FOR THE CITY  /  June 30, 2005 – August 5, 2005  /

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Installation View, 2005

Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art (BICA)
Living for the City
Curated by Isolde Brielmaier and Trevor Schoonmaker
New International Contemporary Arts Center Will Hold First Show
in June 2005 at Jack Shainman Gallery
Brooklyn, New York (June 4, 2005) – The Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art (BICA) is pleased to announce that it will present its first exhibition, Living for the City, on June 30, 2005 at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. Living for the City is a multi-media exhibition featuring new and recent work by established and emerging artists from around the world that captures a particular vision, experience or memory of the artists’ cities of residence or origin.
The artists, many of whom have seldom or never before been seen in New York, explore a range of urban global experiences drawing on painting, photography, video, installation, and sculpture. Participating artists include: Kader Attia (Paris/Algiers), Kevin Ei-Ichi deForest (Montreal/Kyoto), Jean-Ulrick Désert (Port-au-Prince/Berlin/New York), Dario Escobar (Guatemala City), Theo Eshetu (Rome/Addis Ababa), Alexis Esquivel (Havana), Kianga Ford (Los Angeles), Patrick Hamilton (Santiago), Satch Hoyt (New York/London), Taiyo Kimura (Tokyo), Sara Maneiro (Caracas), Senam Okudzeto (Accra/Basel/London/New York), Mark Powell (Mexico City/Detroit), Thomas Rapai (Detroit), Sa’dia Rehman (New York/Islamabad) and Lila Subramanian (New York/Mumbai). Their works creatively and innovatively engage the ways in which urban settings around the world have shaped and are transformed by the artists’ ideas of community, globalization, immigration, industry, exile, trans-nationalism, politics and popular culture. Living for the City also includes sonic work by DJ Eddie Stats (Brooklyn) who mixes the sounds and cultures of Brooklyn and the world.
Living for the City is the inaugural exhibition of BICA (Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art), an international contemporary arts center founded by Isolde Brielmaier and Trevor Schoonmaker, scheduled to open in Brooklyn in late 2007. In the interim, BICA will stage a series of exhibitions and programs at available venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Living for the City will be on view at and hosted by the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City from June 30 until August 5 (513 West 20th Street in Manhattan). BICA will travel it to Centre International d’exposition de Larouche (CIEL) in Quebec, Canada where it will be on view from October 2005 to January 2006.
Additional information about Living for the City as well as BICA’s upcoming summer and fall programs can be found online at
Jack Shainman Gallery contact: 212-645-1701 /
BICA contact: Liz Bigham, Jack Morton Worldwide, 212-401-7212 /
About the Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art (BICA)
BICA is where art meets global culture. It is about new ideas and new audiences that reflect and draw upon the varied communities and resources of Brooklyn and the world beyond. With eyes on the world’s contemporary art scenes, cities, cultures and trends, BICA brings you what’s happening on the ground—in Brooklyn, in Cairo, in Mumbai, in Sao Paolo, in Johannesburg, in Beijing or in Moscow—while encouraging, supporting and presenting artistic experimentation in sound, video, film, electronic media, design, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, performance and installation. There are no boundaries. BICA’s team is dedicated to enhancing the visibility and accessibility of international contemporary art. We present dynamic exhibitions and public programs that bridge the gap between the art world and urban culture and bring the work of artists from culturally-diverse backgrounds to the attention of the broadest possible audience. Bringing the world of contemporary art to Brooklyn. BICA. Beyond Boundaries.
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