Aziz + Cucher: Some People
Aziz + Cucher: Some People features a new body of work by the New York-based collaborative of Anthony Aziz and Sammy Cucher. Working together since 1992, Aziz + Cucher are widely recognized as pioneers in the field of digital imaging.
Through the use of digital animation, performance, video, and sound, Some People situates recent and current conflicts into a never-ending narrative that exists outside of a specific place and time. The outbreak of war between Israel and Lebanon in 2006 profoundly affected the artists, who have cultural and familial ties to the area. This conflict, in addition to witnessing firsthand the catastrophic events of 9/11, inspired Aziz + Cucher to embark on a new body of work exploring a cycle of tragic and absurd inevitability begun in antiquity that continues today. Some People was inspired in part by the late Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska’s poem by the same name first published in 1998.
New York-based Anthony Aziz (American, b. 1961) and Sammy Cucher (Venezuelan, b. 1958) have created an accomplished body of work over the past two decades. While Some People consists solely of video installations, Aziz + Cucher’s body of work also spans photography and sculpture. Their work has been widely exhibited internationally and they have been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; Stiftelsen Art Center, Bergen, Norway; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Photographer’s Gallery, London; and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City. In 1995 Aziz + Cucher represented Venezuela at the Venice Biennale.
Aziz + Cucher have participated in numerous group exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan; Hayward Gallery, London; International Center of Photography , New York; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Rijksmuseum Twenthe, The Netherlands; List Visual Arts Center, M.I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
Works by Aziz + Cucher are held in permanent museum collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Jose Museum of Art; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museo de Art Contemporáneo, Leon, Spain; Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; National Gallery of Australia; Denver Museum of Art; and Galeria de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela.
Aziz + Cucher have received numerous awards, including the Ruttenberg Award from the Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco, as well as grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Etants Donnés/The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Art Matters Inc. and Western States Art Federation/NEA.
Aziz + Cucher: Some People will be accompanied by a catalogue published by the IMA in conjunction with Hatje Cantz, Germany. This publication is edited by the IMA’s Senior Curator and Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art Lisa D. Freiman with contributions by Tami Katz-Freiman, an independent curator based in Miami, and Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history and fine arts at the University of Southern California.
The catalogue can be purchased here.
A corresponding digital catalogue will offer exclusive multimedia material, including video, images, external links, and audio components, to create an immersive and interactive reading experience. Developed in close collaboration with the artists and through a fellowship with Parsons The New School for Design, the digital catalogue will also be available in Winter 2013.
Generous support for the catalogue provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.