Yvette Mutumba

Curatorial Talk

21 February 2020 18:0019:30
ZHdK, Room 6.K04

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Yvette Mutumba is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the art magazines Contemporary And (C&) and Contemporary And América Latina (C& AL) and guest lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts. Mutumba was part of the curatorial team of the 10th Berlin Biennial (2018) and guest professor for Global Discourses at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2017-2018). From 2012 to 2016 she was curator at the World Cultures Museum in Frankfurt am Main. Here she co-curated the exhibitions “Ware & Wissen – or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger” (2014-15), “El Hadji Sy: Paintings, Performance, Politics” (2015) and “A Labour of Love” (2016; 2017, Johannesburg Art Gallery). The latter was nominated for the 2016 Global Fine Arts Award. In 2016 she co-curated the “Focus: African Perspectives” of the Armory Show, New York. Mutumba studied art history at Freie Universität Berlin and received her doctorate at Birkbeck, University of London. As author and editor she has published numerous texts and books on aspects of contemporary art and art history.

In her contribution, Yvette Mutumba will talk about her practice as an art historian, curator and editor-in-chief, which is dedicated to the visibility as well as the networking of and discourse on contemporary art from various perspectives. Through a selection of her projects, Yvette will reflect on the issues and challenges of methods that attempt to navigate complex historical as well as contemporary scenes, practices, works and debates. This will be accompanied by a constant reflection on how to initiate and make visible “counter-narratives”.