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Curatorial Seminar Public Symposium


Curatorial Seminar Public Symposium
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
3–7pm

SALT Galata
Bankalar Caddesi 11 

Karaköy 34420 İstanbul Türkiye
T +90 212 334 22 25

The public symposium in Istanbul will present the research of the following seven international curators brought together for the Curatorial Seminar: Özge Ersoy, Mónica Espinel, Nazli Gurlek, Olga Hatzidaki, Kate Martin, Anna Santomauro, and Claire Shea.

Developed by ICI in collaboration with SAHA, the Curatorial Seminar focuses on Istanbul as a case study, exploring a number of key issues that challenge our understanding of what constitutes an emerging art scene, the strengths and pitfalls of working within such a context, and questions of how to develop a curatorial practice that supports the development of artists and local infrastructure within the international art world.

Between June 25 and September 20 the seminar was conducted via online sessions that included lectures from curators (Hou Hanru, Zoe Butt, Kate Fowle, and Sally Tallant), roundtable discussions, reading groups, and workshops to explore each participant’s research topic. Between September 21 and 25 the seminar will be held in Istanbul, and includes site visits to artists’ studios and selected venues, seminar sessions with guest curators, and an in-depth study of the 13th Istanbul Biennial. Four months of research culminate in a presentation by each participant in this daylong public symposium at SALT Galata. The research will be presented in its current state, and participants will continue to work on their research papers post-Seminar, with the advisement of the Seminar faculty.

This event is free and open to the public.

September 25, 2013

SALT Galata
Bankalar Caddesi 11 

Karaköy 34420
İstanbul Türkiye

presenter

Özge Ersoy

Özge Ersoy is a curator and writer based in Istanbul. She holds a MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a BA in International Relations from Bogazici University and Binghamton University. Ersoy worked in the curatorial departments of various nonprofits in New York, Istanbul, and Cairo, and combined this experience with her work at foundations that aim to support the growth and stability of the arts field through resource creation and capacity building in the U.S. and the Middle East. Her writings have been included in The Journal of The Society of Architectural Historians, Domus Magazine, Bidoun, Ma’arav, Ararat Magazine, and Nafas Art Magazine, among others. In 2010, Ersoy edited and produced a publication entitled How to Begin? Envisioning the Impact of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. She participated in the AICA Summer Seminars in Yerevan, geoAIR in Tbilisi, and the A&P Residency at the Delfina Foundation in London. Özge is currently the Project Manager at Collectorspace, a New York-based nonprofit that opened its first venue in Istanbul.


Mónica Espinel

Monica Espinel (b. Bogota, Colombia) is an independent curator and writer based in New York. She is the editor of Carmen Herrera’s catalogue raisonné, in progress. Selected curatorial projects include Black Milk: Theories on Suicide, Marvelli (2004), Then & Now: Abstraction in Latin American Art, Deutsche Bank (2010), Memory Leaks, Creon (2010), Rituals of Chaos, Bronx Museum of the Arts (2012), The Skin I Live In, Curatorial Lab, SP-Arte (2013) and Hybrid Topographies - Encounters from Latin America, Deutsche Bank (2018). She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Florida International University, Miami and an M.A. in Art History from Hunter College, New York. She participated in seminars such as ICI’s Curating Context, Instituto Inhotim; 13th Istanbul Biennial, Mom Am I a Barbarian, Istanbul; and the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, Gwangju, Korea. Her writing has been featured in artist catalogues and ArtNexus, Arte al Dia, Flash Art and Artforum.com.


Nazli Gurlek

Nazli Gurlek is an independent curator and writer based in Istanbul, where she is Vice President of AICA Turkey. She obtained an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths College in London (2008), and a BA in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence (2006). She was Assistant Curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), and curated a number of solo and group exhibitions including BENGÜ BURAK VOLKAN ALP ELMAS İZ (Maçka Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, Sept 2011–June 2012), Shared (5533, Istanbul, 2012), The Riot Act (Galerie Mor Charpentier, Paris, 2011), İnci Eviner (Nesrin Esirtgen Collection, Istanbul, 2011), Rehearsal (Gallery Non, Istanbul, 2011), and Fold (Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul, 2011). Recently Gurlek curated DIYALOG: Art From Turkey at the Vienna Fair, The New Contemporary (September 2012); and co-organized an AICA Turkey event, a series of talks entitled CONTEMPORARY ART IN TURKEY FROM 1980’s TO PRESENT: TESTIMONIES AND SHARED EXPERIENCES at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Istanbul. Her writings have been published in Flash Art International, Sanat Dünyamız, and Frieze Blog, among others. Gurlek is the author of Sarkis and When Attitudes Become Form, soon to be published by SALT Istanbul. She is going to be the curator-in-residence at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw in July 2013, and also currently working on an exhibition that will open at Nesrin Esirtgen Collection in Istanbul in December 2013.


Olga Hatzidaki

Olga Hatzidaki is a curator and cultural producer based in Athens. She is currently the General Coordinator of the Biennial Foundation and coordinated the first edition of the World Biennial Forum in Gwangju (South Korea) and served as the Editorial Assistant for Forum’s publication, Shifting Gravity. Hatzidaki is also an Associate Curator for Artist Pension Trust (APT). Previously she was the Director of AMP gallery in Athens, which frequently produced large-scale exhibitions. Recent curatorial projects include a gathering (co-curated with Maria-Thalia Carras), a collaboration with international artists, where artworks were printed as offsets and exhibited around Athens, and culminated in one exhibition at the Athens Festival. The exhibition was then presented in Thessaloniki (Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art) and TedX, Athens. Her next project will involve highly acclaimed architect Christos Papoulias, which involves developing a narrative about the neighborhood of Metaxourgio, on the occasion of ReMap4, a biannual platform of contemporary art, taking place in Metaxourgio, Athens. Hatzidaki holds an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art with a concentration in Contemporary Art Theory and is a scholar of the Onassis Foundation.


Kate Martin

Kate Martin is the Founder and Director of Contemporary Art Exchange in Berlin, which is a curatorial and arts education platform that produces international projects and exhibitions of young and emerging artists. She has curated and organized several exhibitions, including Through the Looking Glass Dimly at the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2012; Life:Death:Edinburgh:And presented at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in 2010; and Neither Here Nor There at The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh, UK in 2010. Previously, Martin was a freelance arts educator at various institutions and organizations such the National Galleries of Scotland, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Edinburgh City Council, and Glasgow University. She received her Masters of Cultural Heritage in Museum Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.


Anna Santomauro

Anna Santomauro is an independent curator based in Andria, Italy, and is the Co-Founder and Chief Curator of Vessel in Bari, Italy, a non-profit arts organization devoted to developing critical discourse around pertinent contemporary social, political, and economic issues. She has developed several projects and curated multiple exhibitions such as The Pacifist Library – Sarajevo, a project by Valentina Curandi and Nathaniel Katz (2013); Giant Step, a collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno, Wales, and Galeria Labirynt in Lublin, Poland (2012); and For an Ecology of the Museum at the Museum of Villa Croce in Genoa, Italy (2012). In early 2013 she taught a research seminar at Newcastle University on independent curation. Santomauro received her Master’s in Visual Arts at Bologna University, graduating with honors in 2012.


Claire Shea

Claire Shea is currently the Director of the Cass Sculpture Foundation in West Sussex, UK. She has curated several off-site exhibitions, including a show of Tony Cragg’s works at Exhibition Road in 2012. She is also a Selection and Steering Committee Member at Bold Tendencies in London, nominating and selecting artists for their annual exhibition. Previously, she co-founded and served as the Curator of Displaced, a contemporary art space in Venice. Shea has written for publications such as Whitehot Magazine, V&A Magazine, and edited the catalogue The Cass Sculpture Foundation: 20 Years of Commissioning Large-Scale Sculpture published by Hatje Cantz in 2012. She received her M.Litt in the History of Art and Connoisseurship, focusing on modern and contemporary art, at Christie’s Education in London, UK in 2006.


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