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MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies "Ludlow 38" presents “New-Self-Portrait-Paradox”. Nina Tabassomi Curator 2016.

New York. From February 7, 2016 on, the galleries of Ludlow 38 will present a new project. During the Sunday afternoons of both February and March, the Goethe Institut, together with MINI, will show “New-Self-Portrait-Paradox”, a series of films curated by Nina Tabassomi as part of this year’s MINI/Goethe Institut Curatorial Residencies programme.

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From February 7, 2016 on, the galleries of Ludlow 38 will present a new project. During the Sunday afternoons of both February and March, the Goethe‑Institut, together with MINI, will show “New-Self-Portrait-Paradox”, a series of films curated by Nina Tabassomi as part of this year’s MINI/Goethe‑Institut Curatorial Residencies programme. All films share a distinctive approach to the genre of artists’ portraits as their focus is redirected to a new politicisation of the private sphere.

For the remainder of this year’s programme, Tabassomi announced her planned projects to date: starting in March, Berlin painter Anne Neukamp will show her site-specific work created exclusively for the gallery’s rolldown gate. On view until the end of the year, this outdoor painting radicalises the visual rhythm of the gate to emphasize the change in modes of communication. Later in March, Paris-based artist Arash Hanaei will stage his first solo exhibition in the US, and the latest works of Berlin and Lagos-based artist Emeka Ogboh will be showcased in June. This year’s visual identity of Ludlow 38 was developed by Leipzig-based graphic artist Leila Tabassomi, whose concept articulates the recurring themes of the new curatorial year.

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Nina Tabassomi (born 1977 in Berlin) is this year’s fellow at MINI/Goethe‑Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38. She studied theatre, German and French philology in Berlin, Potsdam and Paris. Until recently, she was responsible for the exhibition programme of the museum’s tower at the Fridericianum in Kassel, where she worked as curator. From 2011 to 2013, after having served as curatorial assistant at the exhibition “Based in Berlin”, Tabassomi worked as project manager at Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

Ludlow 38 is the Goethe‑Institut New York’s space for contemporary art. Located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, it has been a site for curatorial experiments in the tradition of the German “Kunstverein” since 2008. Since the launch of MINI/Goethe‑Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 in 2011, the course of its exhibitions has been set by annually rotating German curators. This project is supported by MINI and as such part of BMW Group Cultural Commitment. With hundreds of projects worldwide, BMW Cultural Commitment has been an integral part of corporate communications for almost 50 years. In its cultural commitment, BMW Group focuses on modern and contemporary art, classical music and jazz as well as architecture and design. In all projects supported by BMW Group, absolute artistic freedom is paramount as it is key for unlocking creative potential – in pioneering works of art as much as in major innovations of a successful corporation. MINI is partner for numerous cultural institutions, art and design fairs and festivals worldwide. As such, MINI cooperates with Salone del Mobile in Milan and the London Design Festival.

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