Eva Birkenstock, Simone Neuenschwander, Kristina Scepanski
Visiting Curators from Germany
Wednesday, October 12, 7PM
The Or Gallery is pleased to partner again with the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver) to present visiting curators from Germany. Please join us Wednesday, October 12 at 7PM for short presentations followed by questions and a small reception for the curators.
Eva Birkenstock is director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen in Düsseldorf. After studying Art History and Cultural Anthropology in Cologne, Berlin and Havana, she worked at the Kunstverein in Hamburg and co-directed Halle für Kunst Lüneburg. From 2010-2016 she was curator of the KUB Arena, the KUB Billboards, and the KUB Projects at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria. In 2014 she was curator of Mini / Goethe Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow38 in New York, since 2015 she has been curating the LISTE Performance Project in Basel.
Simone Neuenschwander has been director of the Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft since 2013. She studied art history and German philology at the University of Basel. In 2004 she began
working at Kunsthalle Basel and was curator there from 2007 to 2009. During this time she curated the group exhibitions “Poor Thing” (2007) and “Rooms Look Back” (2008) with alternating “Inserts” (co-curated with Annette Amberg), among others. Since 2010 she has worked as a freelance curator in Basel and Berlin, organizing the event series MOVES (with Andreas Reihse) at the film and concept store Image Movement in Berlin. From 2011 to 2013, she and Christiane Rekade directed the program of the independent exhibition space OSLO10 in Münchenstein/Basel. At the Kunstverein Nürnberg she has curated projects with Kirsten Pieroth, Tamara Henderson, Reto Pulfer, Nevin Aladag, Diango Hernández, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Olga Balema and Elif Saydam.
Kristina Scepanski (*1982) is a curator and art historian from Cologne, Germany. After receiving an MA in Art History, German and English Philology at the University of Cologne in 2009, she has worked for the European Kunsthalle in Cologne, a discursive platform without a physical location, and the Kunstverein in Düsseldorf. In 2011/2012, she was Helena Rubinstein Fellow in the Curatorial Program at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, where she co-curated a group show at The Kitchen. Since 2013 she is the artistic director of Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, where she has curated solo shows with young international artists including Liz Magic Laser, Virginia Overton, Peter Wächtler, Nicolas Party, Camille Henrot, Magali Reus, and Jon Rafman.
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