Frieze X ICA Philadelphia: Collectives and Residencies

In collaboration with Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Sarah Workneh, Gesyada Siregar, and Mg Pringgotono examine the role of collectives and residencies

in Collaborations , News , Videos | 12 MAY 22
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How can art collectives and art residency programs disrupt the infrastructure of the art world? What does it mean to think of institution building as an artform? How do residencies and arts schools help breed a new paradigm structure in the art world that is not driven by the expectations of the marketplace or academia? How do you navigate the interpersonal politics of being part of a collective? How do go about building long-lasting relationship with artists, curators, community members and institutions? How do collectives and artists residencies support artists individually and how do they create an ecosystem that champions solidarity and promotes lively debate? 

A conversation with:

Sarah Workneh, Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

Gesyada Siregar, GUDSKUL

Mg Pringgotono, GUDSKUL

Moderated by Terence Trouillot, Senior Editor, frieze 

Introduced by Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator, ICA

This panel is part of the public programming for Raw Académie at ICA: Infrastructure, Artistic Director Linda Goode Bryant, organized by Linda Goode Bryant, Alex Klein, Koyo Kouoh and RAW Material Company.

Sarah Workneh has worked in alternative education spaces for artists for over 20 years. She has served as Co-Director of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture since 2010. Primarily focused on the educational program, and off-season programming with alumni, Workneh leads all efforts to support artists in the expansion of their practices. Understanding the holistic nature of the program, she oversees the admissions process, facilities usage and expansion under Skowhegan’s Master Plan, as well as the educational daily life on campus. Workneh has lectured widely as a Visiting Artist/Critic at schools & programs around the US and has served as an advisor to both academic and residency programs, particularly around issues of equity. 

Gesyada Siregar is a curator, writer, and art organizer. She is subject coordinator for articulation and curation at GUDSKUL: Collective Study and Contemporary Art Ecosystem, Jakarta, Indonesia. She is interested in supporting young artists, the rereading of Indonesia art writings from the period of the 1940s to the 1990s, and how she can intertwine them. 

Mg Pringgotono is the Director of GUDSKUL: Collective Study and Contemporary Art Ecosystem. Pringgotono has also contributed to several art exhibitions as art director, exhibition designer and curator.

GUDSKUL: Collective Study and Contemporary Art Ecosystem, an educational platform was founded by three Jakarta-based art collectives: Grafis Huru Hara, Serrum and ruangrupa. They are an artistic contributor to documenta 15 with their collective study program Sekolah Temujalar taking place from June 28 until August 16, 2022.

Terence Trouillot is senior editor of frieze

About ‘Raw Académie at ICA: Infrastructure’ 

Based in Dakar, Senegal, RAW Académie is a residential program for the research and study of artistic and curatorial practice and thought that is rooted in the question: ‘How do we learn from each other?’ For the ninth session of its Académie, RAW relocated its staff and organization to Philadelphia in an experiment in institutional exchange, alternative pedagogy and hospitality. The session, Infrastructure, is directed by artist, curator, activist, and filmmaker Linda Goode Bryant. Over the course of seven weeks, Goode Bryant worked to reimagine the possibilities for an alternative arts infrastructure with an interdisciplinary roster of visiting faculty – including Gudskul, Arthur Jafa, Louis Massiah, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Bryant Wells, and Sarah Workneh – and a group of international fellows – Rehema Chachage, Ibrahim Cissé, Dale Lawrence, Baptiste Manet, Moad Musbahi, Matthias Mushinski, Dani Kyengo O’Neill, Ana Garzón Sabogal, Aziz Sohail, Sanaz Sohrabi, and Chantal Vorobei Thieves.