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An Archaeology of a Profession. A Series of Portraits of Exhibitions and Curators



An Archaeology of a Profession. A Series of Portraits of Exhibitions and Curators

An Archaeology of a Profession. A Series of Portraits of Exhibitions and Curators

CuratorLab 2020/2021 Final Online Programme, 26-27 May 2021

Presented by: Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, Giulia Floris, Edy Fung, Julius Lehmann, Marc Navarro, Simina Neagu, Hanna Nordell, Tomek Pawłowski-Jarmołajew, Marja Rautaharju, Erik Sandberg


26 May, 18:00-19:30

Assuming Asymmetries. Conversations on Curating Public Art Projects of the 1980s and 1990s. Moderated by Joanna Warsza

27 May, 18:00-19:30

Archeology of a Profession in Sweden. Curating Beyond the Mainstream with Carlos Capelán, Elisabet Haglund, Gunilla Lundahl, and Jan-Erik Lundström. Moderated by Maria Lind


Curatorial assistant: Vasco Forconi

In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm

The event is in English and will be livestreamed on CuratorLab Facebook page here


During this complicated academic year, marked by the pandemic, CuratorLab has dealt with the archeology of the field of curating and its blind spots. Looking, talking, interviewing, analysing and sharing the legacy of some under-researched practitioners and projects was at the core of the course. The many live encounters, archival visits, and even more Zoom interviews, led to two sibling books, Archeologies of a Profession, co-published by Konstfack Collection and Sternberg Press in collaboration with MIT Press, planned for 2021.

The first publication led by Maria Lind and entitled "Archeology of a Profession in Sweden. Curating Beyond the Mainstream" is based on meetings and interviews with curators and institutional directors such as Elisabet Haglund (Kulturhuset in Stockholm and Borås Konstmuseum), Gunilla Lundahl (Independent Projects), Jan-Erik Lundström (Fotografiska Museet and Bildmuseet in Umeå) and Carlos Capelán (Artist as Curator), as well as archival research connected to their work.

The second one, led by Joanna Warsza under the title "Assuming Asymmetries" focused on questions like: How to work culturally and ethically with the asymmetries?; how can artworks create meaning from the place where they are produced?; how have the notions of situated or embedded knowledge changed over the years?; what were the early attempts at de-monumentalising art outside of the museum? The focus was on exhibitions and projects like Culture in Action curated by Mary Jane Jacob in Chicago in 1993; Sonsbeek 93 curated by Valerie Smith; Endlichkeit der Freiheit, an exhibition initiated by Heiner Müller and Rebecca Horn on both sides of the Berlin wall and realised after it had fallen down; Construction in Process, an artist-initiated site-specific exhibition in Łódz in the early ‘80s, Five Gardens curated by Carlos Capelán in 1996 in Simrishamn and Ystad, INSITE in San Diego and Tijuana, Galerie des Locataires, and U-media curated by VAVD Editions (Peter Andersson and Måns Wrange in collaboration with Lars Ahlström and Hans Anders Molin) in Umeå in 1987.


CuratorLab 2020/21 participants are:

Anna Mikaela Ekstrand is collaborative, at times she is slow to respond but mostly she is prompt. Her CV is extensive. Please find her. PS. Cultbytes

Giulia Floris, Rome, is an art historian and researcher based in Rome. She is currently collaborating with Instituto Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este - VILLÆ in Tivoli as Exhibition Coordinator, with CASTRO Projects in Rome as Grants and Public Programme Manager and with ArtVerona art fair as appointed curator for LAB1, the section dedicated to non-profit experimental realities.

Edy Fung, Hong Kong/Stockholm, is an artist and curator from Hong Kong, currently based between Stockholm and Derry. Her work focuses on the intersection of visual art, sound and technology.

Julius Lehmann, Münster, is an art historian and historian working on public art. From 2017-2020, he worked as research assistant at Skulptur Projekte Archives, Münster.

Marc Navarro, Berlin/Barcelona, is a curator and writer based in Berlin. He is currently curating the exhibition series Gira tot gira (Turn it all turns) at Fundación Joan Miró (Barcelona).

Simina Neagu, Bucharest/London is an arts administrator, curator and writer. Her research-based practice often facilitates critical reflection and collective learning. Based in London, she works at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) on public programmes, exhibitions, publishing projects and residencies.

Hanna Nordell, Uppsala/Stockholm, is a curator, art historian and cultural worker with a special interest in collaborative practices and transdisciplinary research, combining contemporary art, text, and academic research. She works at Tensta Konsthall with exhibitions and programmes inside the institution as well as in the public sphere.

Tomek Pawłowski-Jarmołajew, Białystok/Poznań, is a curator and a cook.

Marja Rautaharju, Helsinki, is a cultural worker and architect based in Helsinki, currently working in the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Erik Sandberg, Stockholm, is an art historian, curator and editor for the poetry and art focused magazine Tydningen.


More information on CuratorLab website here


Ph Credits: A passer-by looks at one of 100 monuments to Chicago women as part of Suzanne Lacy’s work Full Circle for “Culture in Action” (1993), curated by Mary Jane Jacob. By honoring women who contributed to the social fabric of the city the project combatted the overrepresentation of men in public space. Courtesy of Sculpture Center


Data: Da Mer 26 Mag 2021 a Gio 27 Mag 2021

Orario: Dalle 18:00 alle 19:30

Organizzato da : CuratorLab - Konstfack University

In collaborazione con : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Stoccolma

Ingresso : Libero


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