Curating Spaces of Representation
Lecturer: Dr Antonio Cataldo
Course dates: 20 Apr + 27 Apr 2024, 2–6pm (CEST)
Maximum participants: 20
⮕ Enrol here until 13 April 2024
Special Fee: 280 CHF
We live in a significant historical turning point to unveil the disconnection of the museology of art, its archival eliteness, and the holding of spheres of power in the hands of a few people and universal narratives in public and private spaces, museums, and white cubes. Such holdings, though, as all spaces of power, contain the very traces of the possibility of their destruction.Dr Antonio Cataldo is a writer and curator. Since August 2018, Cataldo has been the Artistic Director of the Fotogalleriet Foundation in Oslo, an independent and publicly-funded institution, the oldest kunsthalle in the Nordic region devoted to problematizing photographic art and visual culture and contributing to the critical discourses around image production. Cataldo has actively challenged institutional models at the foundation and organized exhibitions with artists Andreas Angelidakis, Bouchra Khalili, Dora García, Daisuke Kosugi, Fin Serck-Hanssen, Brittany Nelson, Julie Poly, and Victoria Verseau. He is the author of Curating Labour (2022) and has edited numerous books, including Conversations on Photography (2021).
How do we integrate or disintegrate these archives with dissenting forces not to speak in place of the other but with the other, to give voice and claim space? How do we provide concrete images to assert the unavoidable violent expression they constantly carry? How can we speak about class, migration, equality, and civic platforms to recuperate or create spaces within art that consciously or unconsciously alter normativity and linearity? The course will focus on practical and theoretical tools to support structural change.
Cataldo completed his Master’s degree with philosopher Giorgio Agamben in Venice, Italy, and holds a Ph.D. from ZHdK in Switzerland and the University of Reading in the UK. He chairs the board of The Association of Norwegian Kunsthalles and seats on the Sandefjord Kunstforening Art Award jury. A Steering Committee Member of the European Assembly of Contemporary Art Centres, over the last two decades, Cataldo held curatorial and other positions at OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway; La Biennale di Venezia, where he also co-curated the Nordic Pavilion in 2015; and Iuav, University of Venice.
AFTERLIFE (2020). Photo: Fotogalleriet/Jon Gorospe
Image: Andreas Angelidakis,
Preparation for the course:
Please use a headset (or headphones) and stay in a quiet place with a stable internet connection. Please read the texts which you will get access to once you have booked the course.
This intensive two-part direct live teaching course will be held over Zoom on two consecutive Saturdays, 2–6pm CET. Please prepare a very short introduction of yourself. The first session will be used for an in-depth introduction to the topic, and workshop research. Assignments will be given for the second session. Feedback and evaluation will be given in the second session. After successful completion, a certificate with 1 ECTS point will be handed out.
Download the Zoom application. You will find a detailed installation guide here. Zoom can be also used in a browser window on a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone. You will find a Zoom invitation with a link to access the workshop.