Upcoming Exhibitions

Atlas Unlimited: Acts VII-X
Karthik Pandian & Andros Zins-Browne with Zakaria Almoutlak

featuring
Ganavya Doraiswamy & Aliana de la Guardia

October 10 – November 3, 2019

Thursdays 4–8pm
Fridays 4–8pm
Saturdays 4–8pm
Sundays 2–6pm

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Atlas Unlimited: Acts VII-X is an exhibition which renders the life of Zakaria Almoutlak, a Syrian sculptor and refugee currently living in Belgium, through sculpture and vocal performance. Artist Karthik Pandian and choreographer Andros Zins-Browne have been working with Almoutlak since 2017, incorporating fragments of his rich and complicated life story into previous exhibitions in Belgium (Netwerk Aalst, Precarious Pavilions, 2018) and Chicago (Logan Center Exhibitions, 2018).

In this final iteration of the project, Pandian and Zins-Browne invite visitors to 80WSE to experience an ongoing duet by acclaimed vocalists Ganavya Doraiswamy and Aliana de la Guardia. Filtered through the respective South Indian and Western operatic vocal traditions that Doraiswamy and de la Guardia are trained in, the two vocalists will sing Zakaria’s narrative in the gallery for the run of the show. The stories oscillate between the textures of an artist’s life in, and fleeing from, a country ripped apart by civil war, and an abstraction that evokes Almoutlak’s absence in the exhibition itself. Despite the 2018 travel ban, which forbids entry by Syrian nationals into the U.S., Almoutlak will participate in the exhibition by commenting on the performance on Instagram live; the singers in turn will incorporate his comments into their songs, creating a live, virtual, feedback loop.

Acts VII-X are performed within a mise-en-scène of sculptures in limestone and wood, patchwork theatrical backdrops and carved screens, several of which have been destroyed, conserved, or which will undergo transformation during the four weeks of the exhibition.

Atlas Unlimited: Acts VII-X is made possible by the generous support of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Follow the project and watch live-streamed performances on Instagram @atlasunltd

Karthik Pandian (b. Los Angeles, 1981) has held solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Betonsalon, Paris, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis and White Flag Projects, St. Louis, amongst others. His work was featured in the inaugural Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum and La Triennale: Intense Proximity at the Palais de Tokyo as well as in group exhibitions such as Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015 at Whitechapel Gallery; Film as Sculpture at Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; and the 4th Marrakech Biennial, Higher Atlas. In 2016, he premiered his first stage performance, Atlas Revisited, a collaboration with choreographer Andros Zins-Browne at EMPAC in Troy, NY and has since been collaborating with Zins-Browne on Atlas Unlimited. Pandian holds an MFA from Art Center College of Design and a BA from Brown University. He lives in Harvard, MA and works in Cambridge, MA where he teaches video, sculpture and performance at Harvard University.

Andros Zins-Browne (b. 1981, New York) is a choreographer who lives and works between New York City and Brussels. His work- at the intersection of installation, performance, and dance- twists the categories of virtuality and embodiment. His solo performance Already Unmade, where he practices the ‘unmaking’ of his own performance archive, was commissioned by the Boghossian Foundation and has been performed at BOZAR Museum, Brussels; The Whitney Museum in New York, the Rockbund Museum in Shanghai, and the Fondation Galeries Lafayette for Festival d’Automne in Paris. In collaboration with choreographer Will Rawls, Andros has recently presented two 'remixes' – one on the work of video artist Tony Cokes, commissioned by the 10th Berlin Biennial and of ‘See-Saw’ by avant-garde choreographer Simone Forti at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Atlas Unlimited - a series of exhibitions in collaboration with artist Karthik Pandian- addresses movement, destruction, and re-construction through sculpture and performance. Other group and solo shows both on stage and in exhibition spaces include a.o.- Centre Pompidou, Paris; De Singel, Antwerp; EMPAC, Troy, NY; ICA, London; Kaaitheater, Brussels, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. In 2013, Andros founded The Great Indoors, an association for artistic research and production.

Zakaria Almoutlak (b. Homs, 1986) is a Syrian sculptor with refugee status in Brussels, Belgium. He worked with his father in an atelier in Homs sculpting in the Palmyrene tradition until the civil war broke out. Zakaria was imprisoned and tortured by the Assad Regime, and later fought for the Free Syrian Army. His father’s cousin is Khaled Al-Assad, the archeologist and head of antiquities in Palmyra who was infamously beheaded by ISIS in 2015. After suffering an injury during a bombing in his home city, Zakaria began his journey to Europe and in early 2017 received refugee status in Belgium. He is a volunteer for several organizations that work with refugees, and a board member of the Brussels-based non-profit organization Refugees Are Not Alone (RANA). In collaboration with artists Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne, Zakaria has been a key collaborator in the series of exhibitions, Atlas Unlimited in Brussels, Antwerp, Chicago and now, New York City.