Contemporary Art Practices at Times of Crisis.
10th CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators. Continental Breakfast 2022.
Venice, Academy of Fine Arts, Dorsoduro 423
Friday, 22 April 2022
– KONSTANTIN AKINSHA, Ukraine.
Founding Board Member of The Avant-garde Art Research Project (U.K.).
Konstantin Akinsha is an art historian, curator, and art journalist. The field of his expertise is cultural property looted and destroyed during WW2 and East European modernism. Since 2014 he curated several exhibitions of Ukrainian contemporary art. He runs a blog Culture in Peril. Destruction of the Cultural Property of Ukraine by Russian Occupiers (knstantin.akinsha.com).
– CRISTIANO CARLONI and STEFANO FRANCESCHETTI, Italy
Cristiano Carloni and Stefano Franceschetti studied animation and painting in Urbino (Italy). They are teachers and artists, authors of videos and installations, focusing on the use of techniques designed to explore the optical procedures of vision in the transmutation of material and the temporal shift of the memory.
The long collaboration with Romeo Castellucci and Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio brings their works to the most important avant-garde theaters in the world. Their works have been shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Louvre, Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, Strasburg, La Biennale Teatro, Venice, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, Oxo Tower, London, Martin Segal Center, New York.
– INESE DABOLA, Latvia
Director of strategic partnerships, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.
She is interested in critical thinking, art, cultural and social projects, participatory practices, and artistic interventions. She studied Culture Management at the University of Latvia. She worked for Diena – the biggest media group in Latvia, as a head of the Marketing and Communication department. She founded the Riga-based agency HUGE specialising in cultural and non-commercial projects. Over the last six years, she has been involved with the RIBOCA. Additionally, she has initiated and organised corporate social projects and fundraising campaigns to help children in need. For more than ten years, she was a member of the board of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.
– LORENZO FUSI, Italy
Lorenzo Fusi is an Italian-born and UK-based art historian, contemporary art curator, cultural manager and educator with an interdisciplinary background and twenty-year international experience in the cultural sector. His work to date has focused on social justice and inclusivity, talent development, culture-led regeneration, community-focused placemaking, large scale art festivals and curatorial experimentation.
– MARINA GRŽINIĆ, Slovenia/Austria
Grzinic is a philosopher, theoretician and artist. She works as a Research Advisor at the Institute of Philosophy of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since 2003 she has been a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria.
– BERAL MADRA, Turkey
Working as a critic, curator she founded and directed Gallery BM (1984-1990) and BM Contemporary Art Centre (from 1990), and worked as a partner and the artistic director of BM Suma and Kuad Gallery (2005-2016). Among the international exhibitions she has curated are the 1st and 2nd Istanbul Biennales; the Pavilion of Turkey in the 43rd, 45th, 49th, 50th, and 51st Venice Biennales; the Central Asia Pavilion in the 53rd Venice Biennale; the Azerbaijan Pavilion in the 54th Venice Biennale; the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sinopale; and the 3rd, 4th and 5th Çanakkale Biennials.
– RUTH NOACK, Germany
Ruth Noack, an art historian, writer, teacher and exhibition maker, became known to the global art world as curator of documenta 12. Between 2019 and 2022, she acted as Executive Director and Curator of The Corner at Whitman-Walker in Washington, D.C. Leader of a Roaming Academy at the Dutch Art Institute (2015-19) and Head of Curating Contemporary Art at The Royal College in London (2012/2013), Noack has taught at universities and academies for more than 20 years. Her essays have been published in catalogues and journals, such as Afterall and Camera Austria. In 2002/3, she served President of the Austrian AICA.
– ROBERTO PACI DALÒ, Italy
Roberto Paci Dalò is an Italian performance artist, visual and sound artist, composer, and researcher. His work, that explores a remarkable range of media, is presented in museums, theatres, festivals, and biennials worldwide and has been appreciated and supported, among others, by Aleksandr Sokurov and John Cage. He teaches Exhibit and Experience Design at Unirsm where he is founding director of Usmaradio – Research Centre for Radiophonic Studies. His latest book is Ombre (Quodlibet 2019).
– ANDA ROTTENBERG, Poland
Anda Rottenberg is a Polish art historian, art critic, writer, former director of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), International “Manifesta” Foundation and the International “Germinations” Foundation (excerpt from Wikipedia).
– JANKA VUKMIR, Croatia
Janka Vukmir is an art historian and an art critic and curator based in Zagreb. She is a co-founder and the president of the Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb, after having been the director of the former SCCA Zagreb. She is the co-founder of the Radoslav Putar Award. She was or is engaged in various organisations such as being a president of CIP Croatian Independent Publishers, executive director ZGRAF 10, member of the executive board of AICA Croatia. Author, editor and contributor to various books and publications, her curatorial work has been presented in Croatian and internationally.