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Issue 04

The political potential of curatial practise

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An increasing number of contemporary curators are utilizing their authorial role for political purposes, aiming to change societal structures through art. Political exhibitions can hardly be considered a new phenomenon, but the way today’s curators express their political concern certainly is. Making use of processual and often participatory means, they turn the curatorial strategies into meaningful and politically charged forms in their own right. But what is the critical potential of this new kind of curatorial practise? And is it at all in the power of the curator to change the world?

These questions will be approached in issue 04 of ON-CURATING.ORG, featuring comprehensive interviews with forthcoming artistic director of Documenta 13 Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Turin, Italy); curator, artist and writer Paul O’Neill (London, England); curator and critic Simon Sheikh (Berlin, Germany) and art historian Mary Anne Staniszewski (New York, USA).

Concept, edit and interviews by Gerd Elise Mørland and Heidi Bale Amundsen. The issue is supported by the Postgraduate Program in Curating, ICS, at the University of the Arts, Zurich, ZHDK and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA).