#askacuratorday with Manifesta 9 Curators!
Today Katerina Gregos, Dawn Ades & Cuauhtémoc Medina will be participating in the worldwide 'ask a curator day'.
Cuauhtémoc Medina (Head Curator Manifesta 9)
Dawn Ades (Associate Curator Manifesta 9)
Katerina Gregos (Associate Curator Manifesta 9)
Q: what is best way 2 present proposal 4 show of noted artist who died. Was in Who's Who in American Art 4x among other thing
A1: Find the museum or gallery with best collection of his/her work, and propose a small exhibition to commemorate the artist, building on their existing collection with loans. 15-20 works. DA
A2: There is no rule to present an exhibition project. It depends on the way institutions choose their programs. Find the place it should be shown, and approach the curators! CM
Q: Did your image/idea of production change, while working - with the artists - on this exibition?
A: You start with an idea, but maybe without a proper "image". It is the interaction with artworks and artists that make the project take a specific look. It is unlikely that in a biennial you can impose works and artists a plan. CM
Q: What object or artwork in your collection makes you laugh?
A: In Manifesta 9 the Wear series by Tomaz Furlan is as humorous as it can get. His look at labour today is as absurd and critical as Buster Keaton. I do also find Marge Monko's video quite entertaining. Not that there is no humour in the rest of the works. CM
Q: How do you deal with dust?
A: Dust in Waterschei has been a big nightmare. The historical galleries filter it, so as to protect the loans, but we need to dust the contemporary works and the heritage contributions very often. Works like Emre Huner's installations can´t be entirely cleaned, though. CM
Q: Manifesta also aims to experiment with innovative curatorial models and methodologies".Can you give one example,please?
A: In the past, Manifesta has worked with collectives, made exhibitions that operate in several cities, and even tried to create (unsuccessfully) an artschool rather than a show in a complex border situation. For Manifesta 9 we are producing an assemblage of a historical and heritage initiatve, besides a contemporary show, which breaks the rule of contemporary mega-exhibitons. CM
Q: is there life after Manifesta for the Limburg art scene? what are the expectations from your point of view?
A: We tried to lend local artistic and heritage communities visibility and, thus, a basis for their future operations. We also hope M9 has produced a more eager audience that would be more easily involved in cultural production. It would be unreasonable to predict to which extent the Limburg art scene would be developing, but I believe it is demanding a bigger role. M9 was, in fact, a symptom of that ambition.
Q: Do you allow visitors to take pictures inside your manifestation ?
A: Except for the historical galleries where some of the lenders restricted the photography of their works, we have an open photography policy in Manifesta 9. In fact, we encourage people to send us their photographs for our website. We are not purists in that regard: exhibitions are both experiences in site and experiences mediated by image reproductions. CM
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