Each academic year, Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium School of Arts, S.M.A.K., and Ghent University co-organize the Curatorial Lectures series, inviting curators to share certain aspects of their practice. Following ‘Working with Artists’ (2017-18), ‘Learning from Artists’ (2018-19), ‘Working with Collections’ (2019-20), ‘Working with Space’ (2020-21), ‘Curating at the Nexus of Change’ (2021-22), and ‘The Curated Institution’ (2022-23) this year’s series ‘Working with Communities’ invites practitioners to discuss the role of curating in shaping communities and relationships. How can curatorial work reveal power dynamics and offer alternative social imaginaries?
Past speakers in the Curatorial Lectures series have included Cosmin Costinas, Cédric Fauq, Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide, Simon Njami, Zoé Whitley, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Karen Archey, Cecilia Alemani, Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, Luca Lo Pinto, Joanna Mytkowska, Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Penelope Curtis, Mathieu Copeland, Anthony Huberman, Jean-Hubert Martin, Chus Martínez, Gabi Ngcobo, Marie Hélène Pereira, Susanne Pfeffer, Kasia Redzisz, Nicolaus Schafhausen and Adam Szymczyk.
Each academic year, S.M.A.K. Ghent, Ghent University, and the Curatorial Studies program at KASK & Conservatorium School of Arts collaborate to organize the Curatorial Lectures series. This year's series focuses on the theme 'Working with Communities' and features Antonia Alampi as its second speaker. The event will take the form of a workshop and will open for registration later this year.
Curators connect communities with cultural institutions. They engage with communities, ensure accessibility, address social issues, and build trust between different stakeholders. This year’s series ‘Working with Communities’ invites practitioners to discuss the role of curating in shaping communities and relationships. How can curatorial work reveal power dynamics and offer alternative social imaginaries?
Antonia Alampi is a curator, researcher, and writer originally from Southern Italy, currently residing in Berlin. Since mid 2020 she is the founding director of Spore Initiative, co-founded by Hans Schoepflin and Osvaldo Sanchez and is a member of the curatorial team for the quadrennial Sonsbeek 2020-2024. Prior to this, she served as the Co-Artistic Director of SAVVY Contemporary.
Between 2017 and mid-2019, she was curator of Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp, with a three-year program focused on the manufacturing of the notion of European Citizenship. She co-founded, together with Caroline Ektander, Simone Müller, the Hazardous Travels group from the Rachel Carson Center and SAVVY Contemporary, a research platform - Toxic Commons - that brings together cultural practitioners and academic researchers in the sciences to address environmental injustice by unraveling the complex nature of toxicity.
In 2016, she initiated together with Iliana Fokianaki the research project Future Climates and from 2012 to 2015, she was a curator of Beirut in Cairo.
Spore is a cultural initiative facilitating programs on regenerative ecological practices through experiences of intergenerational learning. The institute explores common grounds that exist between communities, organizations, and people who may be geographically or culturally far from one another but are linked through practices of care for the earth.