Maria Hlavajova. Negotiating Social and Political Urgencies in the Field of Artistic Practice: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst as a Case Study

School for Curators and Critics of Contemporary Art
Season 13
2nd Year (September 2010–May 2011)

Series of Lectures on Curatorial and Institutional Practices

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 20.00
SCCA Project Room, Metelkova 6, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 19.00
City Gallery Nova Gorica, Trg Edvarda Kardelja 5, Nova Gorica

Maria Hlavajova, artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht) explores the potential of the art institution to serve as a public site for criticality and dialogue using the example of BAK, which she founded in 2003.

The artistic and intellectual framework of BAK as a "space for art and thinking" serves as a case study for articulating ideals for an art institution striving to respond to the challenges articulated by the flux of artistic practices.

Maria HlavajovaMaria Hlavajova (1971) is also initiator and artistic director of the project Former West (2008-2013), a research, education, publication, and exhibition undertaking, realized through an international collaborative effort involving a dense network of researchers and art institutions. In 2008 Hlavajova co-curated Once is Nothing (with Charles Esche), the joint contribution of BAK and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven to the Brussels Biennale 1. She curated the three-part project Citizens and Subjects, the Dutch contribution to the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. She also regularly edits and contributes to numerous critical readers and catalogs internationally.

The event itself is part of series of lectures about curatorial and institutional practice within World of Art. School for contemporary art.

Maria Hlavajova will also give lecture in the City Gallery Nova Gorica, with which World of Art reestablishes longterm collaboration. The lecture is part of the Encounters with contemporary visual arts.


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