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From Revitalizations series
© Wojciech Gilewicz, 2009
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York


curated by Marco Antonini and Sandrine Canac

Friday, October 1, 2010 - Sunday, October 24, 2010

ISCP, Brooklyn
1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Admission: Free; Tel: 718.387.2900
Hours: Fri - Sun, 2:00 - 6:00 PM
and by appointment at

Opening reception
Fri, October 1, 2010,
7:00-9:00 PM

There Has Been No Future, There Will Be No Past: Challenging Cultural Profiling in Central and Eastern European Contemporary Art has been conceived as a platform for self-representation and dialogue, in the face of cultural stereotypes of Central and East European art. The curators invited eight ISCP alumni from Central and Eastern Europe whose work does not attempt to address the social and political history of their countries. Additionally, each of the artists in the project nominated a peer to take part in the exhibition in an effort to expand the geographic context and ambit the project. There Has Been No Future, There Will Be No Past exhibition deliberately avoids the creation of paradigms for the interpretation of contemporary art from the region and emphasizes the network of intellectual exchanges among individual thinking artists, highlighting the fragmented complexity of an unpredictable group portrait.

WOJCIECH GILEWICZ (b. 1974) graduated from the Warsaw and Poznan Academies of Fine Arts. He is a painter, photographer, and creator of installations and videos. His practice invites reflection on the mechanisms and cultural determinants of our vision. In 2008, the artist participated in ISCP residency within the Polish Cultural Institute's POLAND-U.S. ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE EXCHANGE PROGRAM.

MARZENA NOWAK (invited by Gilewicz) was born in Poland in 1977. She paints, produces video and creates installations. She was invited by Miroslaw Balka to take part in the "Absolute Generations" project at the Venice Biennale. Her sensitivity to everyday occurrences and their relation to her own physicality often represent the thematic departure point for her artistic practice (Gregor Podnar, Galerija Podnar, Berlin).

Participating artists:

Rada Boukova (Bulgaria), Eric Stephany (France), Igor Eskinja (Croatia), Andreas Fogarasi (Austria), Wojcieh Gilewicz (Poland), Marzena Nowak (Poland), Jan Mancuska (Czech Republic), Jiri Skala (Czech Republic), Svatopluk Mikyta (Slovakia), Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova (Romania & Slovakia), Kader Muzaqi (Kosovo), Svetlana Mircheva (Bulgaria), Irgin Sena (Albania), Ellie Krakow (United States), Tehnica Schweitz (Gergely Laszlo & Peter Rakosi, Hungary), Katarina Sevic (Serbia), Katarina Zdjelar (Serbia), Maziar Afrassiabi (Iran)

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is the premier residency-based contemporary art center in the United States for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world. Founded in 1994, ISCP has hosted over 1,000 artists and curators from more than 50 countries, including the United States. To advance its core mission of supporting artists in producing and exhibiting a wide range of contemporary, often experimental, artistic approaches, ISCP recently launched a series of innovative exhibitions and public programs both on- and off-site. ISCP's programming engages audiences in meaningful ways while fostering the institution's relationship to its community. Each year, over 100 artists and curators are in residence at ISCP and approximately 10,000 individuals attend ISCP's public programs.

There Has Been No Future, There Will Be No Past is presented by ISCP, with support from the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Czech Center New York, the French Cultural Services in New York, +421 Foundation and Supreme Digital.

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