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CuratorLab​, Konstfack, Stockholm

September 2, 2019 - May 30, 2020

Visible curators, Judith Wielander and Matteo Lucchetti, will be the guest tutors of 2019 CuratorLab in Stockholm, upon the invitation of course director Joanna Warsza. The topic we will be investigating in 2019/20 is “Socially Engaged Curating in Post-Democratic Times” and the selected participants for the course will work closely on the ten shortlisted projects and will be part of the Temporary Parliament in Paris in Fall 2019, developed in partnership with Lafayette Anticipations. We will engage in the questions of which curatorial methodologies need to be developed around socially engaged artistic practices. And how can art institutions and art formats be reformatted to go beyond exhibition and display towards agency and engagement?

CuratorLab​
Socially-engaged curating in post-democratic times
Take part in a temporary parliament and defend art for social change. 

For the academic year, 2019/2020 CuratorLab invites you to take part in a long-term jury and the temporary parliament of the Visible Award, a research platform devoted to socially engaged artistic practices in the global context. It supports art that has become visible as something else: in the fields of law, environment, politics, migration or economy—such as The Silent University, Conflict Kitchen, or the Karrabing Film Collective. This kind of expanded forms of art demands also an expanded understanding of curatorial skills.

CuratorLab participants are invited to work in response to the shortlisted projects for the 2019 Visible Award edition, contextualizing their practices and participate in the public jury as their defendants. The debate will be held in Paris in fall 2019, in partnership with Lafayette Anticipations. We will ask which curatorial methodologies need to be developed around socially engaged artistic practices? How can art institutions go beyond exhibition and display towards agency and engagement? What is and could be a place for curators in this process? Each participant will work with a chosen artist or a collective and will be granted a small budget to develop public programming. Join us to explore how could art and socially engaged practices work together in an ethical, sensitive and complex way?

CuratorLab expands the ideas of the curatorial beyond the exhibition format. We have worked on public programs with Tensta Konsthall, where we re-staged the Operaist Trial with the artist Rossella Biscotti, or co-edited a reader on love and Alexandra Kollontai with artist Dora García and curator Maria Lind. CuratorLab is open to everybody with curiosity to challenge new curatorial practices. We meet 4 times per year for 10 days sessions in Stockholm and Paris.

Head of the program: Joanna Warsza
Guest lecturers: Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander (Visible chief curators) and Maria Lind
Visible Project by Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna in partnership.