Shared Projects

OnCurating Project Space: De Colonizing Art Institutions

Artists: Maria Thereza Alves, Song-Ming, Ang, Priscila Arantes, Stefan Baltensperger + David Siepert, Fabiana de Barros, Mabe Bethônico, Flavio Cury, Jimmie Durham, Gabriel Flückiger and Vera Leisibach, Hikaru Fujii, Szuper Gallery, Patrick Hamilton, Taloi Havini and Gabriella Hirst, Ana Hupe, Balz Isler, Daniel Jablonski, San Keller, Astrid S.Klein, Michael Leung, Marinka Limat, Nkule Mabaso, Filippo Minelli, Lisl Ponger, Raghavendra Rao K.V., Roee Rosen, Sally Schonfeldt, Katrin Stroebel and Simo Laouli, Túlio Tavares, Navid Tschopp, Lucie Tuma, Maíra Vaz Valente, Katie West, Claire Wintle, Casa da Xiclet, Zou Zhao

Curatorial Team: Giovanna Bragaglia, Emilie Bruner, Ronald Kolb, Miwa Negoro, Swati Prasad Dorothee Richter, Silvia Savoldi, Regula Spirig, Laura Thompson

We invited artists to react to our short concept, all the comments, concepts and responses will be published as one issue of, and all concepts and images could be printed out at OnCurating Project Space. Once published in OnCurating, in principal everybody could everywhere set up his, her, their own exhibtion.

Art institutions, fairs and museums in “Western” countries are likewise being called upon to reconsider their ways of addressing their public, and not solely because in the face of the diverse migration movements, cultural processes are in a constant state of change, as G. Spivak pointedly observed. Culture as such is something that exists in a constant movement, in the merging different formats, contents, messages and heritages.

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: “What people call transculture is culture as it happens. Culture alive is its own counter-example. Transculturation is not something special and different. It is a moment in a taxonomy of the normality of what is called culture. To assign oneself the special task of cultural translation or plotting cultural translation has therefore to be put within a political context.”