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IDEA 008: Conversation with Tomm El-Saieh

Tomm El-Saieh in his studio. Photo: George Echevarria

IDEA 008: Conversation with Tomm El-Saieh

Friday, March 21, 2018

ICA Miami hosted a conversation between emerging Haitian-born, Miami-based artist Tomm El-Saieh, ICA Miami Deputy Director and Chief Curator Alex Gartenfeld, and Associate Curator Stephanie Seidel.

Tomm El-Saieh (b. 1984, Port-au- Prince) studied at the New World School of the Arts, Miami, and currently directs the El-Saieh Gallery in Port-au-Prince. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Michael Jon & Alan, Miami (2016); Central Fine, Miami Beach (2015); and the Haitian Heritage Center, Miami (2008).

Part of ICA Idea 008: The Studio

Although many contemporary artists have broadened the term “studio” to encompass any space where they work and even where they present this work to an audience, The Studio program wants to propose a view from the other side: How have socioeconomic changes, the mutation of labor, and the increasing role of media in everyday life of society transformed the possibilities of the studio? In post-Fordist times, as our cognitive and affective capacities are constantly put to work, what becomes of the studio?

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Installation view of Tomm El-Saieh at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Installation view of Tomm El-Saieh (Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Dec 1, 2017 – Oct 22, 2018). Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Installation view of Tomm El-Saieh at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Installation view of Tomm El-Saieh (Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Dec 1, 2017 – Oct 22, 2018). Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Installation view of Tomm El-Saieh at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Installation view of Tomm El-Saieh (Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Dec 1, 2017 – Oct 22, 2018). Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.
Installation view of Tomm El-Saieh at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
Installation view of Tomm El-Saieh (Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Dec 1, 2017 – Oct 22, 2018). Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.