Curating outside the institutional context_ Motel Trogir in Chisinau

EKKM in 2019 with works on permanent display by Neeme Külm “House”, 2015, Kirill Tulin “IDA “(East), 2017 and Sigrid Viir “Holiday”, 2019

Curatorship outside the institutional context – 3 public lectures with Nataša Bodrožić (Zagreb), Maja Ćirić (Belgrad) & Anders Härm (Tallinn)
February 26, 27 and 28, 2020, 7 pm
place: Zpace (Zemstvei Gubernial House, 103, Sciusev str., Chisinau)

Feel invited to join the series of public lectures dedicated to curatorial practice outside the institutional context with participation of Nataša Bodrožić (Zagreb), Maja Ćirić (Belgrad) and Anders Härm (Tallinn).
The invited curators will share their own work experience gained in various international projects, such as The Venice Biennale, Mediterranea Young Artists Biennale, etc., will present the contexts in which they operate and topics of public interest, bringing examples of new platforms made available to artists and audience interested in contemporary art.

February 26, 2020, 7pm
Performing the Institutional, Becoming the Museum
The Case of the Self-Appointed Museum of Contemporary Art of Estonia (EKKM) – public talk with Anders Härm (Tallinn)
Zpace (Zemstvei Gubernial House, 103, Sciusev str., Chisinau)

There is no better catchphrase for EKKM than “fake it ‘till U make it”. Started in the November 2006 as a squat run by four artists/curators (Neeme Külm, Marco Laimre, Elin Kard, Anders Härm) and a bunch of enthusiastic art students from different faculties of the academy, the do-it-yourself art museum is now one of the most important non-institutions of art in Estonia. Born out of the dissatisfaction with the local art scene and the sincere wish to do things differently, EKKM created itself out of the blue as a punk gesture approximately at the same time when the Estonian Art Museum opened its new headquarters in the spring of 2006 – the new and fancy Kumu art museum did not satisfy the establishers of EKKM conceptually nor ideologically, so they decided to provide a different curatorial as well as artistic platform for the international and local art workers as a counter-public non-institution using impudently the detourned title of the art museum and the symbolic capital, that quit unexpectedly, came with it.

February 27, 2020, 7pm
The Institution of Art Et Cetera – public lecture with Maja Ćirić (Belgrade)
Zpace (Zemstvei Gubernial House, 103, Sciusev str., Chisinau)

The lecture draws from the vast legacy of curating, as a form of instituting values by the means of specific curatorial and social methods but focuses on the current narratives and attitudes that inevitably and progressively expand the role of an art institution within the contemporary society. The possibility of an idealistic, non-toxic, non-corrupt, context-responsive, eco-conscious, non-dependable and hyper-active institution will be discussed from the curatorial point of view.

February 28, 2020, 7pm
Consumer Culture Landscapes in Socialist Yugoslavia – book presentation & talk with Nataša Bodrožić (Zagreb)
Zpace (Zemstvei Gubernial House, 103, Sciusev str., Chisinau)

„Consumer Culture Landscapes in Socialist Yugoslavia” (publishers: Slobodne veze/Loose Associations (Zagreb) and Onomatopee (Eindhoven) is the latest publication produced within the Motel Trogir project, which since 2013 deals with critical reinterpretation, evaluation and preservation of the mid 20th century architectural modernism in Croatia and wider region of ex Yugoslavia. Besides presenting the book, Nataša will try to reflect on the last (almost a) decade of being active in the field more and more labeled as „heritage activism“ through the Motel Trogir project, with a special focus on curating and art production, which makes one of its important segments.

This program of public lectures is organized in the frame of the Winter Curatorial Course addressed to students and educators, emerging and established artists and curators, interested in curatorial practice in the field of contemporary art: 

Edu-Art is a program organized by Oberliht Association in collaboration with the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, and Design (AMTAP), the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design (UPS I. Creangă), the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning (UTM), the College of Fine Arts A. Plamădeală, and is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova


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