Or Gallery Spring Talks

April 9 at 6pm — April 16 at 7pm, 2019

As part of ongoing organizational collaboration and exchange with Berlin-based art centres, Or Gallery has invited curators Chiara Figone (Archive/Kabinett) and Paz Guevara (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) to present on recent projects and initiatives at their respective institutions. For Or Gallery, the convener of this gathering, the intention is that these discussions will share curatorial, discursive, and networking strategies as part of an ongoing project to develop anti-colonial and socially and politically progressive exhibition practices. This visit will also provide an opportunity for curators to directly engage with and compare contemporary art contexts with their Canadian peers, while taking into account the development of Vancouver as comprised of diverse cultural diasporas in the historical context of the colonial dispossession of Indigenous peoples, on whose unceded territory the city occupies and operates.

Events held at Or Gallery

Tuesday April 9th, 6:00pm
Curator talk by Chiara Figone, Founder/Director/Editor, Archive/Kabinett

Tuesday April 9th, 7:00pm
Curator roundtable with Chiara Figone and Paz Guevara.

Wednesday April 10th, 7:00pm
Curator talk by Paz Guevara, Curator and Research Fellow, Department of Visual Arts and Film, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Curator Bios

Paz Guevara is a curator, cultural critic, and author who lives between Berlin and Latin America. She studied literature and linguistics at the Universidad de Chile, in Santiago, where she was assistant professor of literature theory (2001–04). Paz has realized curatorial projects based on research and contingent problems, such as indigenous contemporary positions, strategies of cultural translation, and rewriting history. Paz was curator of the exhibition on cultural translation In Other Words: The Black Market of Translations—Negotiating Contemporary Cultures at NGBK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg in Berlin (2012); co-curator of the Latin American Pavilion at the 55th and 54th Venice Biennale (2013 and 2011); co-curator of the 1st Montevideo Biennial, in Uruguay (2013); co-curator of the 6th Curitiba Biennial, Brazil (2011); and curator of Comunidad Ficticia in Matucana 100, Santiago (2009), among others. During 2010-13, Paz researched in more than eighteen Latin American cities, as co-curator of the Goethe-Institut Latin American program, realizing new commissions, collaborative projects, and exhibitions at several art institutions on the continent. For the 7th Berlin Biennale in 2012, she conceived the workshop “Curating in Times of Need” for the “Young Curators’ Workshop,” a nine-day program of analysis and reflection on the artistic and curatorial contingent positions that emerge from political and cultural changes—from the Arab revolutions, through various Occupy movements, to the students’ protests in Chile—and the pressing need to imagine alternative civil societies utilizing the means of art.

Chiara Figone was born in 1976 in Genoa. She is a Berlin-based editor, researcher, agitator, cultural producer, and editorial designer. She is the founder and artistic director of Archive – a publishing house and non-profit organization for cultural research and production – she is editor in chief of Archive Journal and associated editor of No order magazine. Since 2007 she is professor of Art Publishing and design at NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. Among others, she has collaborated in different forms with organizations such as Arsenal Cinema, Akademie der Kunst, Arge/kunst, Dak’Art Biennale, DEPO, District, documenta 14, Cinenova, Casco, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Savvy Contemporary, The Showroom, Steirischer herbst, Venice Biennale and Tate Modern.

Savvy Contemporary Image: Solveig Maria Ebbinghaus
Haus der Kulturen der Welt Image: Sebastian Bolesch

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