20 March – 25 March 2017
Maria Hlavajova (b. 1971, Slovakia) is Artistic Director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands, an institution that advocates for the critical role of art in society through various programmes of education, exhibitions, and publishing. Hlavajova is also initiator and artistic director of FORMER WEST, an eight-year long transnational research, education, exhibition, and publication project organised and coordinated by BAK. Other curatorial projects include Call the Witness, Roma Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy (2011); Citizens and Subjects, part of the Dutch presentation at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Italy (2007); and co-curator of Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2000). She regularly contributes to numerous critical readers, catalogues, and magazines internationally. In addition, Hlavajova is co-founder of tranzit, a network established in 2002 that supports contemporary art practices and exchanges in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania. She serves on the Advisory Board of Bergen Assembly, Norway.
Responding to the concept of The Making of an Institution, Maria Hlavajova will discuss the notion of “instituting otherwise” using BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, in Utrecht, an institution of which she is the founding director, as an example. Dedicated to thinking about, with, and through art, BAK engages in long-term research trajectories engaging with the urgencies that define our contemporary, including issues of social and environmental justice and the relevance of digital technologies. Hlavajova will draw upon her research within a number of interrelated projects she is involved with, including Former West (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2014–ongoing), all the while exploring the shifts within our existing conceptual lexicon for artistic, intellectual, and activist practices.
Drawing upon the practice of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht (Netherlands), where she is the founding artistic director, Maria Hlavajova will discuss the notion of “instituting otherwise”. Dedicated to thinking about, with, and through art, BAK develops long-term research trajectories addressing the urgencies that define our contemporary, including issues of social and environmental justice as well as the impact of digital technologies on the present. Hlavajova will speculatively expand upon a number of interrelated projects she has been engaged with, such as FORMER WEST (2008–2016) and Future Vocabularies (2014–ongoing), all the while exploring the shifts in our existing conceptual lexicon within artistic, intellectual, and activist practices.
This talk is part of the public programme of The Making of an Institution.