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Uppdaterad: 28 november 2018

About CuratorLab

Curatorial course for professionals in Arts, Crafts, Design & Architecture.


Joanna Warsza: CuratorLab Program Director, senior lecturer.
Independent curator for visual and performing arts and architecture. Currently artistic director of Public Art Munich 2018, curator of the Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, Public Program of Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg

Term 2018/2019

Maria Lind, guest lecturer since 2018
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Uppdaterad: 8 november 2016
Sidansvarig: Pia Schenkmanis Rämö