International jurors for the ISCP artist residency in New York
Kari Conte John Riepenhoff Zane Onckule Karin Laansoo
Kari Conte has been the Director of Programs and Exhibitions at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York since 2010. At ISCP, she leads residencies, exhibitions, and public programs in which she collaborates with more than a hundred artists each year. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations by Jennifer Tee, Eva Kot’átková and Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens and the group exhibitions Concrete Truth: Art and the Documentary, The Animal Mirror and Aqueous Earth. She has also curated exhibitions for the Aichi Triennale and Performa Biennial, among others.
As a writer, she is interested in the intersection of art and politics as well as institutional and exhibition histories. She published Seven Work Ballets, the first monograph on artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles (Sternberg Press, 2016) and has contributed to numerous other books and journals. Upcoming publications in 2018 include Localizing the Contemporary (JRP|Ringier, Switzerland) and Socially Engaged Art: A New Wave of Art for Social Change (Film Art Inc., Japan). Before joining ISCP, she was based in London, where she worked at Whitechapel Gallery and received an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art.
John Riepenhoff was born in 1982 in Milwaukee, WI where he lives and received a BFA from the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Riepenhoff is also a curator and co-owner of The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, co-organizer of Milwaukee International and Dark Fairs, is an inventor of artistic platforms for the expression of others and regular food ideator. His recent exhibitions and curatorial projects have been presented in New York, London and all around the States. He also continues a program of the John Riepenhoff Experience at various locations around the world, most recently at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Misako and Rosen, Tokyo. He was the 2015 Milwaukee Arts Board Artist of the Year, co-chairs Friends of Blue Dress Park, founded Milwaukee’s first Beer Endowment for artist-run organizations, runs The Oven at The Open in Milwaukee, and sits on the board of Riverwest Radio.
Zane Onckule was born in 1982 in Latvia. She has studied Art History at The Art Academy of Latvia and Communication Science at University of Latvia, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Banking Institution of Higher Education in Latvia. From 2010 to 2017 she was a curator and Programme Director at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga where she has organised, curated and co-curated exhibitions, public programme as well as edited publications and other corresponding materials in collaboration with wide range of artists, curators and theoreticians. She was a co-commissioner of Latvian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Selected curatorial projects: The Shakiest of Things by Rodrigo Hernandez (kim?, Riga, 2017); Sea of Living Memories by Ieva Epnere (Art in General, New York, 2016); Le Fragole del Baltico, group exhibition (together with curator Simone Menegoi), CareOf, Milan (2015); Sink Down Mountain, Raise Up Walley! by Ulla von Brandenburg (kim?, Riga, 2015), etc. She is currently a student of Class of 2019 at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard).
Karin Laansoo is a curator and Director of the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center(ECADC)and Outset Estonia. Since receiving her MA in Art History from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2002, she has worked as a producer and gallery manager in Tallinn and New York. From2008 to 2013 she wasdirector of PointB, an international artist residency in Williamsburg, New York. She has curated numerous exhibitions and projects in both the United States and Europe. In 2013 the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs honored Karin Laansoo for her work in introducing Estonian contemporary culture in New York, and the Estonian National Endowment awarded Karin and her colleague Kadri Laas its annual main prize in visual art for 2017.