Curatorial Studies

Samuel Saelemakers

Samuel Saelemakers

Graduation Project

samuel.saelemakers@hogent.be

Samuel Saelemakers is a curator, currently working as curator of the Public Art Collection of the city of Antwerp, affiliated to the Middelheim Museum. In Antwerp, Saelemakers has worked with artists such as Sammy Baloji, Lili Dujourie, Mekhitar Garabedian, Tramaine de Senna, Ken Lum, and Goshka Macuga on both newly commissioned permanent public artworks and temporary projects. Prior to this position, from 2012 to 2019 he was curator at (FKA) Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. He holds an MA in Art Philosophy and Aesthetics from the Université Paris IV–Sorbonne and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Antwerp. Before joining Witte de With he was a research assistant to curator Jean-Hubert Martin and a project assistant at SAM Art Projects, Paris. Saelemakers has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, many of which included the production of newly commissioned work, publications, and international institutional partnerships. Amongst these are solo projects and exhibitions by Tramaine de Senna, Irene Kopelman, Federico Herrero, Judy Radul, Goshka Macuga & Ahmet Ögüt, Douglas Coupland, Qiu Zhijie, Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, Mark Geffriaud, Charlemagne Palestine, and a series of commissioned solo presentations by Camille Henrot, Germaine Kruip, Mahony, Zin Taylor, Ozlem Altin, Freek Wambacq, and Xu Zhen. Group exhibitions he (co)curated include topical projects on the epistolary form in contemporary art and Chinese contemporary art in the 1980s and ‘90s.