Cheon pyo Lee: Alibi of Autonomy

12 Oct 2017 – 17 Jan 2018

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The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces ISCP Ground Floor alumnus Cheon pyo Lee’s residency and ongoing project, Alibi of Autonomy at El Museo de Los Sures.


Cheon pyo Lee will organize a variety of activities in the space and continue his studio practice with weekly open hours. Over the course of three months, these activities will include a screening of videos on the subject of second languages in collaboration with Video Snack; an exhibition of design products intended to enhance childhood development; a collective mapping session with the Queens College MFA program, Social Practice Queens; and a food related program with the School for Poetic Computation. Lee’s residency will close with the premiere screening of videos from his multi-year project, Alibi of Autonomy. Lee initiated this project in collaboration with writers Razmig Bedirian and Amir Ahmadi Arian, developing a book of short stories involving his collection of receipts from artist residencies in Basel and Swansea. These stories serve as material for the Alibi of Autonomy video works that Lee will produce during his residency.

Cheon pyo Lee (born 1980, South Korea) has a multidisciplinary practice that involves the creation of films and installations, and organizing curatorial projects with the curatorial collective, AGWF. AGWF’s projects address a variety of themes, and are stylistically marked with absurdity, play, and experimentation. Lee completed his undergraduate studies at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago and his MFA at Yale University.

The events mentioned above will be announced periodically on ISCP's event webpage

The first project Impossible Child, a collection of child wares by Arthur Brum, Erik Gonzalez, and Diego Leclery, will take place from October 14–28, 2017. Impossible Child fosters autonomy in early childhood, promotes physical and spiritual risk-taking for young bodies and minds, and arms those in the earliest stages of development.

This residency is coordinated by Juliana Cope, Director of Development and Programs Manager.

El Museo de Los Sures was founded by Southside United HDFC-Los Sures former Executive Director Ramon Peguero along with colleagues from Cornell University and Churches United for Fair Housing to preserve the history of the neighborhood’s residents.

This project is the ninth collaboration between Los Sures and ISCP. It is made possible in part, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council District 34, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Cheon pyo Lee’s 2016 Ground Floor Program residency at ISCP was supported in part by Yoko Ono, Alice and Lawrence Weiner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and New York City Council District 34.

Opening reception of the Impossible Child: Saturday, October 14, 5-8pm.

Closing Reception: Thursday, January 11, 6–8pm

All the events are free and open to the public.

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Cheon pyo Lee


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