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"International Friendship Exhibition"

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International Friendship Exhibition | Opening Reception – Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | 5 PM

“For as opposed to it, identity is only the determination of the simple immediate, of dead Being; while contradiction is the root of all movement and life; only insofar as it has a contradiction in itself does anything move…” - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

(Miami, FL) October 2014 – Primary Projects (“PRIMARY”), in association with FAMILY, presents “International Friendship Exhibition,” a group show of 19 artists—including Autumn Casey, Jim Drain, Gavin Perry, Asif Farooq, Magnus Sodamin, Cole Sternberg, Cody Hudson, and Michael Vasquez—titled in reference to Kim Jong-il’s gift pavilion of the same name. On view during Art Basel Miami, with an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m., the exhibition pays homage to the nature of contradiction, a concept ironically exemplified in the aforementioned kitsch-and-propaganda-filled pavilion in North Korea.

While gifts from the Communist party and Michael Jordan-signed basketballs are hardly fair guise for North Korea’s complex history, the interplay of tawdry and fear is a testament to the power of contradiction itself—its own history has informed the very fabric of the universe, from mathematical equations to politics and philosophy. Presenting the concept of contradiction microcosmically and sometimes self-referentially, the works at PRIMARY’s “International Friendship Exhibition” instigate an open conversation about contradiction: both in meaning and for society’s ongoing need for it.

“While ‘International Friendship Exhibition’ is an examination of a complicated idea,” said Books Bischof, Primary Projects founder and curator, “it’s at its core a display of actual familial community, local artists and non-Miamians alike, learning from each other.”

Participants include :

Zachary Balber, Autumn Casey, Jim Drain, Asif Farooq, Andrew Horton, Cody Hudson, Jessie Laino, Beatriz Monteavaro, Andrew Nigon, O,Miami, Kenton Parker, Gavin Perry, Bayne Peterson, Magnus Sodamin, Karen Starosta-Gilinski, Cole Sternberg, Alex Sweet, Reed Van Brunschot, and Michael Vasquez. 

“International Friendship Exhibition” is curated by Books Bischof, Typoe and Cristina Gonzalez of PRIMARY. Gallery hours during Art Basel are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, or by appointment with

More about Primary.

PRIMARY is a multidisciplinary project space in Downtown Miami that explores and promotes multiple forms of aesthetic expression from established and emerging artists. Utilizing extensive and wholly specific experience in producing public and private curatorial endeavors, the creative forces behind PRIMARY unite the commercial and critical efforts of artists, curators, critics, professionals, and patrons. The result is the vital presence of an intelligent, alternative arts environment with a bold urban sensibility delivered through a diverse range of media. For more information, please visit the website at

More about Family

FAMILY is a home for artist development, dedicated to the support of emerging creators and cultural movements. For more information, please visit the website at

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