Curatorial Studies

Curatorial Lectures: Cédric Fauq

Curatorial Vulnerability Session

12.05.2022, 20:00

Vandenhove Centre, Rozier 1, 9000 Ghent



Each academic year, S.M.A.K., Ghent University and Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium School of Arts co-organise the Curatorial Lectures series, presented by renowned curatorial practitioners in relation to a specific theme. Following ‘Working with Artists’ (2017-18), ‘Learning from Artists’ (2018-19), ‘Working with Collections’ (2019-20), and ‘Working with Space’ (2020-21), this year’s series casts a wide eye on curatorial practices that lie at the nexus of change by inviting reflective and engaged curators and scholars to bring fresh outlooks and expand our insights about a wide array of topics in relation to the curatorial.

Curatorial Lectures is a lecture series co-organised by S.M.A.K. and the Curatorial Studies postgraduate programme at KASK & Conservatorium in Ghent, Belgium.

In the lead-up to “Barbe à Papa” (Cotton Candy), an exhibition that will open later this year at Capc musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, I will introduce the project and share thoughts and doubts about the process of exhibition-making, following a protocol I am calling “curatorial vulnerability session”. This should enable conversations around the “atmospheric exhibition”, the celebratory death of display strategies and how I am trying to make my love for artists compatible with institutional labor.


Cédric Fauq is currently chief curator at Capc musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (since September 2021). From 2020 to 2021, he worked as a curator at Palais de Tokyo, where he developed the exhibitions Antibodies and Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema. Previously, he worked as exhibitions curator at Nottingham Contemporary where he set up shows (Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance; Sung Tieu: In Cold Print; Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio), performances (Okwui Okpokwasili; Steffani Jemison; Lou Lou Lou Sainsbury) and publications. He also writes, and develops freelance projects [DOC, Paris (2018); Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna (2018); Nir Altman, Munich (2019); Atlantis, Marseille (2020); Futura, Prague (2021); VEDA, Firenze (2021); Frieze London (2021)]. He co-directed in London (2016-2018); and was a member of the Baltic Triennial XIII curatorial team (2017-2018).