About CuratorLab

CuratorLab is a one-year international course for young professionals. We are exploring radical approaches to engagement, debating pertinent issues of our times, practicing curating beyond exhibition making, having collective fun and applying horizontal learning.

CuratorLab presents The Trial - II Processo, 2010-2017 of Rossella Biscotti at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2017

Every year we work around one common topic. In recent years, we have: traced an archeology of our profession by studying the legacy of some of the forerunners of our field; tested advocacy as a curatorial form standing for socially engaged art in the Visible Temporary Parliament; traced the topic of migration in the public collection of the Malmö Konstmuseum; co-edited a reader on love and revolution drawing on the legacy of the Bolshevik revolutionary Alexandra Kollontai together with the artist Dora García at Tensta Konsthall and re-staged the "Operaist Trial 1977-78" with the artist Rossella Biscotti.

CuratorLab is the oldest curatorial education in Sweden, established in 1999, and remains a platform open to everybody with curiosity to challenge and present new curatorial practices.


Program director: Joanna Warsza is a curator and editor interested in how art functions in the society beyond the white cubes. She was an Artistic Director of Public Art Munich 2018, curator of Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale among many other projects. She is also an editor of several books.

Curatorial assistant: Vasco Forconi is an independent curator and CuratorLab alumnus


A series of public art exhibitions, Construction in process, Łódź, Poland, early 80s

Term 2020/2021

CuratorLab embarks on a year-long research tracing the professional archaeology of some of the senior ground-breaking curators. We will dig into a number of instrumental exhibitions and other projects, which on the one hand introduced decolonial and other non-hegemonic approaches in Sweden, and on the other hand anti-monumental and anti-extractivist curating in the public realm in Europe and the US. We will meet and interview practitioners who have made a mark on both art and curating of their time, and still remain less known. This year research will lead us to sketch an exhibition and a book honoring and problematizing their legacy.

Maria Lind: Guest lecturer since 2014
Maria Lind is a curator, writer and educator. She was the director of Stockholm’s Tensta konsthall 2011-18, the artistic director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale, the director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2008-2010) and director of Iaspis in Stockholm (2005-2007). In 2020, Maria Lind was appointed councillor of culture at the embassy of Sweden in Moscow, where she is based.

Participants Anna Mikaela Ekstrand / Stockholm / New York, Giulia Floris / Rome, Edith Fung / Hong Kong / Derry, Julius Lehmann / Münster, Marc Navarro Fornos / Barcelona, Raluca-Simina Neagu / Bucharest / London, Hanna Nordell / Uppsala / Stockholm, Marja Rautaharju / Helsinki, Erik Sandberg / Stockholm.

An Archaeology of a Profession. Conversations with ground-breaking senior curators.

A two-day online program with: Valerie Smith, Mary Jane Jacob, Elisabet Haglund, Carlos Capelán, Jan-Erik Lundström.

4-5 September 2020

Link: www.konstfack.se/en/News/Calendar/2020/An-Archaeology-of-a-Profession/

2019 Visible Temporary Parliament, Hôtel de Ville, Paris, photo by Benoit Laurent

Term 2019/2020

In autumn 2019 CuratorLab participants acted as advocates for socially engaged practices shortlisted for the 2019 Visible Award. We tested advocacy as a form of care and responsibility defending artistic projects of Richard Bell, Cooking Sections, Luke Ching, Forensic Architecture, Daniel Godínez-Nivón, Trampoline House, Emily Jacir, Marisa Morán Jahn, Otobong Nkanga,  Jasmeen Patheja. This experience made us raise the question of how can art institutions and practices be reformatted beyond display towards agency and engagement? Over the course of the Covid-19 crisis, our frenzied world has morphed into a global stagnation. The sweet fruits of connectivity, cheap travel, and breakneck production and consumption have been put on hold overnight. In this turbulent time, we ask ourselves: what is indispensable for Translocal solidarity and collective action? Which materials, ways of doing, and values can be prioritized over national or supranational apparatuses, and which strategies of curation, activation, and conservation can we craft as artists and curators?

Matteo Lucchetti: guest lecturer
Curator, art historian, and writer. His main curatorial interests are focused on artistic practices that redefine the role of art and the artist in society. Since 2010, Lucchetti is chief curator, with Judith Wielander, the Visible project, a research endeavor and the first European biennial award devoted to socially engaged artistic practices in a global context, initiated and supported by Pistoletto Foundation, Biella and Fondazione Zegna, Trivero.

Judith Wielander: guest lecturer
An independent curator based in Brussels. Her main curatorial research is focusing on the intersection of Art and Social Engagement. She has been curator at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto from 2002 to 2010. Judith Wielander has initiated in 2009 in dialogue with Michelangelo Pistoletto the Visible Project and co-curates it since 2010 with Matteo Lucchetti.

Participants Alba Martinez Folgado / Uppsala, Benjamin Thomas / Bristol / London, Carlota Mir / Vienna / Stockholm, Carolina Lio / London, Claudia Stübi / Basel, Pia Würthwien / Berlin, Sara Alberani / Rome, Sofia Steinvorth / Lisbon, Tal Gilad / Stockholm.

Democracy and Dramaturgy, Notes on Curating Socially Engaged Art

CuratorLab final online program 3-4 June 2020

Link: www.konstfack.se/en/News/Calendar/2020/Democracy-and-Dramaturgy/



Sonia Delaunay, Rythme couleur, Migration: Traces in an Art Collection, Tensta konsthall

Term 2018/2019

Maria Lind, guest lecturer since 2014
Director of Tensta konsthall since 2011 and has carried out exhibitions as a co-curator at the gallery, including Frederick Kiesler: Visions at Work, annotated by Celine Condorelli and six student groups; The New Model with Dave Hullfish Bailey, Magnus Bärtås, Ane Hjort Guttu and Hito Steyerl; Tensta Museum: Reports from New Sweden and many more. in 2016 she was a curator of the 11th Gwangju Biennale. 

Participants Jeong Chae / Stockholm & Seoul, John Heffernan / Hull, Vasco Forconi / Rome, Lotte Løvholm / Copenhagen, Jari Malta / Malmö, Raquel Villar Pérez / London, Eva Seijas / La Coruña, Kasia Sobczak / Lisbon / Gdańsk

Topic 2018/2019

What do we have in common?
For the academic year 2018/2019, we invite you to work together with curator Maria Lind and Tensta konsthall on rethinking how to work curatorially with a public art collection, responding to notions of the public, publicness, the commons, the counter-public, the private, the shared and the owned. Every participant will be invited to engage in the conceptual and hands-on research around the history, present and the future of the third biggest collection in Sweden, that of Malmö Konstmuseum run by director Cecilia Widenheim. We will out up together the research topics and reading groups, ask what is the role of the curator in actualizing and problematizing the collections and we will contribute with the public program around the resulting exhibition at Tensta kontshall in Spring 2019. Each participant is invited to conceptualize a project in relation to the topic and common research and will be granted a production budget of 15.000 SEK as well as a fee for her/his personal advisor, access to all the facilities of Konstfack, Tensta konsthall and Malmö Konstmuseum.


Dora Garcia, Red Love, exhibition view, Tensta konsthall

Term 2017/2018

Michele Masucci: Guest lecturer
Artist, researcher and Ph.D. candidate at Karolinska Institutet and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, as well as translator of Italian political philosophy into Swedish, including Paolo Virnos 'Grammar of The Multitude'.

Participants: Federico Del Vecchio / Napoli, Alexandra Grimes / Birmingham, Nicholas Jones / Oslo, Alessandra Prandin, Paris/Venice, Dimitrina Sevova, Zurich/Sofia, Malin Sujeewa Huber / Stockholm, Sofio Tabatadze, Tbilisi/Berlin, Martyna Nowicka-Wojnowska / Krakow, Hannah Zafiropoulos / London

Topic 2017/2018
- Reports from the LIAF Lofoten International Arts Festival

- Reading Aleksandra Kollontai in preparation of Dora Garcia's spring exhibition 2018 at Tensta konsthall, www.tenstakonsthall.se/?reading-aleksandra-kollontai

An introduction to the life and work of Russian revolutionary feminist, political activist, writer and diplomat Aleksandra Kollontai (1872–1952), at a time when universal emancipation again is on the agenda. Kollontai was a pioneer of political engagement and writing on sexual politics, at the same time as she fought for workers' rights advocating a participatory organization of production. While leading a highly unconventional life for a woman of her generation, she worked directly with women workers during the years leading up to the October Revolution engaging with social issues, critiquing bourgeois family relations and arguing for example for the right to divorce and abortion. As the first female ambassador in the world, Kollontai served as the Soviet representative in Stockholm 1930–1945. How can we today relate to, portray and engage critically with this historical figure and her deeds? What is to be learnt from Kollontai's political practice and personal life? Each reading session will host guests bringing their suggested reading, presentations and topics for discussion.


CuratorLab presents The Trial - II Processo, 2010-2017, Rossella Biscotti at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2017, photo by Maeshelle West Davies

Term 2016/2017

Participants: Florin Bobu, Domna Gounari, Madelene Gunnarsson, Nikki Kane, Jérôme Malpel, Christine Langinauer, Saima Usman

Common projects:
-Reports from the 11th Gwangju Biennale

-In January 2017 CuratorLab develops with Tensta Konsthall and Italian artist Rossella Biscotti the Stockholm itineration of The Trial, as well as a conference presented at the Konstfack Research Week

Guest lecturers 2016/2017: Petra Bauer, Rossella Biscotti, Doreen Mende, Suhail Malik, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Annika Eriksson


Iaspis Open House Spring 2016

Term 2015/2016

Anna Tomaszewska: Visiting Lecturer.
Curator, producer, researcher, former deputy director of the Polish Institute in Stockholm, where she was responsible for visual arts, architecture and design. Board member of Swedish organisation Mossutställningar, which focuses on public art.

Participants: Rowan Geddis, Thomas Hare, Sookyoung Huh, Carin Kallenberg, Alexandra Laudo, Raquel Benito Machtus, Sheena Malone, Maryam Omrani

Common projects:
Iaspis Open House Spring 2016 curated by CuratorLab





Term 2014/2015

Frederick Kiesler: Visions at Work at Tensta  konsthall, photo by Jean-Baptiste Béranger


Frederick Kiesler: Visions at Work Annotated by Céline Condorelli and Six Student Groups including CuratorLab at Tensta konsthall
In winter 2015 Tensta konsthall showed the first exhibition in Sweden of Frederick Kiesler's genuinely transdisciplinary work. Kiesler (1890–1965) was an architect, artist, scenographer, pedagogue, theorist and - not least - a groundbreaking exhibition designer. CuratorLab participants developed own public program of the show spanning from an exhibition in the shop windows in the shopping mall nearby, via reading groups on friednship to the selection of the reading material at the library.

The exhibition featured models and documentations of  Kiesler's designs for exhibitions, buildings, interiors, shop-windows, etc. from various periods. The exhibition also included prototypes, including those of his Mobile Home Library and the mass-produced so-called correalist furniture, among others. The focus was on  Kiesler's interest in the intersection between art and life and how this manifests in his works. The artist Céline Condorelli, who has a long-time interest in exhibition design and modes of presentation, contributed to the spatial design of the project.

Student groups from KTH Tensta, KTH School of Architecture, Mejan Arc at the Royal Institute of Art, Interior Architecture & Furniture Design and CuratorLab at Konstfack, and a fifth grade at Askebyskolan in Rinkeby were all involved with the exhibition.

Participants: Chiara Nuzzi, Dorota Michalska, Jacob Hurtig, Josefin Vargö, Kalliopi Tsipni Kolaza, Kim Mcaleese, Patrik Haggren, Samuel Perry, Valentina Sansone, Valeria Mancinelli

Individual advisors: Roger Connah, Celine Condorelli, Hadrian Garrard, Marina Grzinic, Luigi Fassi, Laura Hatfield, Peter Köhler, Nina Möntmann, Andre Lepecki, Maria Lind, Emily Pethick, Olivia Plender, Jenny Richards, Fredrik Svensk, Claire Tancons

Working groups on:
-Contributing to the creation of Frederick Kiesler’s exhibition at Tensta Konsthall
-A study trip to St. Petersburg including a project in the Winter Palace
-Collaboration with Creative Time Summit in Stockholm

CuratorLab blog: curatorlab2014.wordpress.com


Previous individual advisors

Advisors 2015/2016
Sara Arrhenius, Behzad Khosravi, Camilla Larsson, Magdalena Malm, Martí Manen, Robin McGinley, Maria Lind, Niclas Östlind, Jacek Smolicki, Anna van der Vliet, Malin Zimm

Guest lecturers 2015/2016
Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Martin Fritz, Stefanie Hessler, Behzad Khosravi, Annika Larsson, Isabel Löfgren, Benjamin Noys, Patricia Reed, Emily Roysdon, Tai Shani, Fredrik Svensk, Anna Tomaszewska, Olav Westphalen

Individual advisors in 2014/2015
Roger Connah, Celine Condorelli, Hadrian Garrard, Marina Grzinic, Luigi Fassi, Laura Hatfield, Peter Köhler, Nina Möntmann, Andre Lepecki, Maria Lind, Emily Pethick, Olivia Plender, Jenny Richards, Fredrik Svensk, Claire Tancons

Andjeas Ejiksson, Carles Guerra, Ekaterina Kalinina, Pablo Lafuente, Maria Lind, Elin Lundgren, Marina Vishmidt, Mattin, Harm Rensink

Magnus Ericson, Annie Fletcher, David Inglis, Maria Lind, Barbara London, Marti Manen, Shannon Mattern, David Reinfurt and Lars Bang Larsen.

Richard Dyer, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Maria Lind, Marti Manen, Boyan Manchev and David Morley.

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbit, Maria Lind, Edi Muka, John Peter Nilsson and Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez.


In the past years CuratorLab has collaborated with:

Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm: Moderna Bar, NLH Space, Copenhagen, Form Museets Vänner, Stockholm, National Museet, AndPublishing, London, Stockholm Rumanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm, Vessel, Bari; Filmhuset/Svenska Filminstitutet; Andquestionmark, Stockholm, Konsthall C, Stockholm; The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm, Cigarrvägen 13; Stockholm; Konstapoteket, Stockholm; Leaders in Software and Art, New York; CoCAin Art Review, Poland; Mobile Art Productions, Stockholm; Röda Sten, Gothenburg; Point Ephémère, Paris; Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Onomotopee, Eindhoven, Apexart, New York; Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; les presses du reel, Paris; Riksutstallningar, Gotland; Färgfabriken, Stockholm; Slakthusateljeérna, Stockholm, Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv, Manifesta7, Bolzano, Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, Creative Time Summit Stockholm

Visiting Lecturers

Beatrice von Bismarck, Petra Bauer, Eva Gonzalez-Sancho, Lena Jonson, Janna Graham, Jesper Nordahl, Rasmus Nielsen, Tone Olaf Nielsen, Emily Roysdon Maria Lind, Binna Choi, Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, Marta Kuzma, Annika Enqvist, Warren Neidech, Kim West, Barbara London, Mark Fisher, Olivia Plender, Annie Fletcher, Lars Bang Larsen, Nina Möntmann, Goldin + Senneby, Mattin, Charlotte Bydler, Raimundas Malašauskas, Paul O'Neill, Martí Manen, Andre Lepecki,  Rick Lowe, Andrea Philips, Maria Lantz, Marc Herbst, Chris Dercon, Gabi Ngobo, Carol Tulloch, Chus Martínez, Søren Grammel, Gavin Wade, Anthony Huberman, Lívia Páldi, Diana Baldon, Andrea Phillips, Elena Tzotzi, Chris Dercom, Gabi Ngobo, Stealth.unlimited, Martin Schibli, Lisa Rosendahl, Laurel Ptak, Sofia Victorino, Abdellah Karroum, Staffan Lundgren, Mats Sternstadt, Power Ekroth, Azat Sargsyan, Sinziana Ravini, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Petra Bauer, Fredrik Liew, Rebecca Gordon Nesbit, Helena Selder, Edi Muka, Markus Degerman, Zoran Eric, Magdalena Malm, Fredrik Svensk