in Curating, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Curatorial Practice: Founding an Institution
Friday, 6 April 2018, 6pm
OnCurating Project Space
Sergio Edelsztein funded the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv 20 years ago.
In this lecture Sergio will recount the development of the CCA from a small operation “parasitizing” other institutions, to the prime contemporary art institution it is today – focusing on the developing curatorial approaches and institutionalizing processes that accompanied it.
Sergio Edelsztein was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1956. Studied at the Tel Aviv University (1976-85). Funded and directed Artifact Gallery in Tel Aviv (1987-1995). In 1995 funded The Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and has been its director and chief curator since then. In the framework of the CCA he curated seven Performance Art Biennials and five International Video Art Biennials – Video Zone. Also curated numerous experimental and video art screenings, retrospectives and performances events. Major exhibitions curated for the CCA include, among others, shows of Guy Ben Ner, Boaz Arad, Doron Solomons, Roee Rosen and Jan Tichy – and international artists like Rosa Barba, Ceal Floyer and Marina Abramovic. Since 1995 curated exhibitions and timebased events in Spain, China, Poland, Singapore and elsewhere. Curated the Israeli participation at the 24th Sao Paulo Biennial (1998) and the 2005 Israeli Pavilion at the 51st Biennale in Venice. Lectured, presented video programs and published writings in Israel, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Austria, Germany, China, the USA, Argentina etc. Writes extensively for catalogues, web sites and publications.