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.
Every 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 centers on the theme 'Working with Communities' and features Yves Makongo as its second speaker.
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?
Yves Makongo, born in 1984 in Douala, Cameroon, currently serves as the Artistic Assistant and Project Manager at the contemporary art center doual'art. He holds a degree in human geography from the University of Douala, where he completed his Master's in Environment in 2009. Yves is highly versatile, effortlessly transitioning from hands-on tasks like woodworking to intellectually demanding work involving new technologies.
Since joining doual'art in January 2011, Yves has gained extensive experience working alongside Didier Schaub (1952-2014). His responsibilities include assisting with scenography and exhibition setups, creating neighborhood monographs, conducting questionnaire surveys, managing supplies, and overseeing various projects. Yves has been instrumental in the success of two editions of the public art festival SUD, organized by doual'art: SUD2013, Douala Métamorphoses, and SUD2017, The Place of Human Dimension.
Yves Makongo is an alumnus of Asiko Addis Ababa 2016 and Asiko Accra 2017, where he honed his curatorial skills. He is also an alumnus of The Museumslab in 2022. Yves is passionate about various causes, including human rights, art and culture, migration and boundaries, health and the environment, all intertwined with issues of identity.