TITAN: Nairy Baghramian
Jumbled Alphabet

kurimanzutto, New York

February 4–March 13, 2021
February 24, 2021
6th Ave & W 53rd St
New York City, NY

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kurimanzutto is pleased to introduce the second phase of TITAN, an ongoing project series in a solitary phone booth, conceived by the artist Damián Ortega and Bree Zucker. Initially launched as a group exhibition, the TITAN project now begins a new stage, focused on a single kiosk, like a pin on a map, at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 53rd Street in New York City. During the course of the year, six individual voices will each present a solo project, using the phone booth kiosk as they see fit.

Nairy Baghramian inaugurates the solo project sequence, with the debut of Jumbled Alphabet, 2021. On view from February 4 to March 13, 2021, three portraits capture a child’s face turning away, giving the viewer the proverbial cold shoulder. Composed as a radiographic study, the girl’s grumpy expression embodies the poetic streak of an unruly child, suggesting this position as a creative, critical state of mind, to be extended.

This work is presented in tandem to Baghramian’s upcoming exhibition, Misfits, curated by Bruna Roccasalva at Fondazione Furla and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan in 2021. Nairy Baghramian is represented courtesy of Marian Goodman, New York / London / Paris; Galerie Buchholz, Berlin / Cologne / New York; and kurimanzutto, Mexico City / New York. We extend our special thanks and gratitude, to Marian Goodman Gallery, for its collaboration in this project.

The TITAN project takes as its premise that a gallery may exist as an open space, free for all viewers, at any hour, even in the middle of the night. It aims to open a space for experience, imagination, and dialogue during a decisive time of great potential change. Like a newspaper, or public bulletin board, the solo series of the TITAN project continues kurimanzutto´s ongoing dialogue with a broad audience in the public sphere. Since its inception in 1999, kurimanzutto has consistently promoted projects and exhibitions outside of a traditional white cube to stimulate cultural dialogue. Previous projects have included exhibitions and performances in local markets, floating gardens, parking lots and airports, alongside the recent billboard project Sonora 128, in Mexico City. TITAN marks the first citywide project by kurimanzutto in New York.