Radical Relations: Curatorial Strategies for Social Justice

In light of increasing inequality, neoliberal urbanization, migration, and rising nationalism, art carries the potential to function as a “counterpractice“ (Deutsche,1996) — but such critical artistic and curatorial practices are often isolated, dispersed, occurring off the radar of the art world. In this momentum, curating as a critical spatial practice establishes relationships between dispersed agents and diverse “counterpractices”; it can arguabley function as a highly potent form to formulate demands, visibilize urgencies and to foster transparency and coherence in demanding social justice. My PhD research will investigate how curating can function as a practice of care, and how it produces strategies to address issues of social justice in response to territorial, political and cultural urgencies. I will specifically look at curatorial networks with a social justice agenda as a manifestation of a “radical relational practice” (Krasny, 2015), focusing on their structure, socio-geographic context and transformative propositions. I intend to develop a curatorial platform that fosters visibility and connectivity amongst relevant, critical agents of care.

Sascia Bailer is an interdisciplinary researcher, curator and urbanist; she has been appointed the position as Artistic Director of M.1 Hohenlockstedt by the Arthur-Boskamp-Stiftung for the upcoming curatorial cycle (2019-2020). Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Dorothee Richter, Dr. João Florêncio (Department Art History and Visual Culture, University of Exeter)