Ecologies of Collaboration: A conversation with artist Ofri Cnaani and curators Roxana Fabius and Patricia M. Hernández
Artis presents Ecologies of Collaboration, a discussion between artist Ofri Cnaani and curators Roxana Fabius and Patricia M. Hernández on methodologies of being together through practice. Collaborations are rooted in the strength of the bonds formed among each of the individuals involved. They are dialectical, dynamic, and ever evolving. Here, art becomes a platform from which to facilitate and mediate the smallest patterns of change. Referencing recent projects that were developed with one other, Cnaani, Fabius, and Hernández address questions such as, what is the role of collaboration within art ecologies? How does the surrounding cultural and political environment impact methods of collaboration? What is the value of doing things together?
This program was created as part of Interregnum: between emergence and contamination, an exhibition in the form of an online publication and film program presented by curator Patricia M. Hernández, and produced during her participation in Artis’ Curatorial Residency Program. Interregnum invites the reader to reflect on the in-betweenness of the present condition, featuring a dialogue about the practices of international artists, including artists from Israel. Building on Antonio Gramsci’s definition of the interregnum as a period of crisis or an in-between time, the liminal spaces described in the curatorial text and works in the publication are caught between what has yet to collapse and that which cannot yet manifest.
Ofri Cnaani is an artist, currently living in London. She works in time-based media, performances, and installations. Cnaani is currently a Ph.D. researcher and an Associate Lecturer at the 'Advance Practices' program in the Visual Cultures Department, Goldsmiths, University of London. Cnaani’s work has appeared at Tate Britain, UK; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Venice Biennale of Architecture; Inhotim Institute, Brazil; Israel Museum; Amos Rex Museum, Helsinki; Kiasma Museum, Helsinki; PS1/MoMA, NYC; BMW Guggenheim Lab, NYC; The Fisher Museum of Art, L.A.; Twister, Network of Lombardy Contemporary Art Museums, Italy; Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; Moscow Biennial; The Kitchen, NYC; Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Arnolfini, Bristol; Tel Aviv Museum; and Prague Triennial . Prior to her recent move to London, Cnaani was based in New York City, where she was faculty at the School of Visual Arts’s Visual and Critical Studies. At SVA, she also ran the 'City as Site: Public Performance + Social interventions' program and co-founded the ‘Unforgettables Reading/Working Group’ at A.I.R Gallery. www.ofricnaani.com
Patricia Margarita Hernández is a curator and researcher based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work, which is often grounded in collaboration, focuses on the intersections of design, climate change, and feminist theory. Most recently, she was an assistant curator at Dia Art Foundation, New York, NY. Hernández also held the position of Associate Director at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Collaborative projects include Alliance of the Southern Triangle (A.S.T.), a platform for artists and architects focused on speculative urbanism and climate change. She has organized exhibitions, public programs, and projects at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Dia Art Foundation, Beacon, New York; the Pérez Art Museum Miami; P!, New York, NY; and the Sharjah Biennial 13, UAE; among others; and online as part of Strelka Magazine and Institute, Moscow, RUS; SFMOMA's Open Space, San Francisco, CA; Art Papers, Atlanta, GA; and The Miami Rail. Hernández holds a master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Roxana Fabius Rozenbaum is a Uruguayan curator and art historian. She currently lives and works in New York City and serves as Executive Director at A.I.R. Gallery, the first artist-run feminist cooperative space in the U.S. During her tenure at A.I.R. she has organized programs and exhibitions with Gordon Hall, Elizabeth Povinelli, Jack Halberstam, Che Gosset, Regina José Galindo, Lex Brown, Kazuko, Howardena Pindell, and many others. She has also organized programs and exhibitions at the Judd Foundation, NYC, The Park Avenue Armory, NYC, The Hessel Museum, New York, Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Zona Maco, Mexico D.F., Art Port, Tel Aviv, Centro Cultural de España, Montevideo, and Museo Zorrilla, Montevideo. Her research is focused on the intersection of aesthetics, art, design, technology, and feminist theory.