Friday 17 October 2014

RECAP | Curatorial Roundtable 03 | A Moveable Feast: Itinerancy and Curatorial Practice

[From left] Farah Wardani, Vera Mey and Ahmad Mashadi.
The establishment of international curatorial networks follows the growing proliferation of curatorial residencies around the world. For some, this has helped encourage horizontal movements across the so-called global south by curators in their practice and research. Curatorial Roundtable 03 explored the issues and potentials of itinerancy in curatorial practice from the perspective of curators based around the region. This discussion brought together Farah Wardani, director of the Indonesian Visual Art Archive, and Vera Mey, curator of residencies at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore. The talk was moderated by Ahmad Mashadi, Head of NUS Museum.

About the moderator
Ahmad Mashadi is currently the Head of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Museum. Before joining the NUS Museum, Ahmad served as Senior Curator at the Singapore Art Museum focusing on Southeast Asian Art. Recent exhibitions curated include Archiving Apin (2013) and Camping and Tramping through the Colonial Archive: The Museum in Malaya (2011).

About the speakers
Vera Mey is a curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (CCA), a research centre of Nanyang Technological University. She was Assistant Director of AUT University’s ST PAUL St Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand from 2011 - early 2014 where she also convened the AUT University Master of Arts Management Curatorial Strategy program. For 2013, Vera was curator in residence at Arts Initiative Tokyo, Japan. Last December with Erin Gleeson, Sa Sa Bassac, Phnom Penh she curated the non-productive nomadic residency FIELDS: an itinerant inquiry across the Kingdom of Cambodia (2013). This involved a group of 17 artists, curators, and researchers traveling together for 20 days questioning the intersection between contemporaneity, archaeology and the politics of memory rooted in mutual unknowing within the context of contemporary Cambodia.  She completed her Masters in Museum & Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2010) and most recently was a participant on the 8th Berlin Biennial Young Curators Workshop (2014). 

Farah Wardani completed her MA in Art History (20th Century) from the Department of Historical & Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, London, UK, in 2001. She has been active as a teacher, researcher, writer, curator and art organizer since 2001 in her home country, Indonesia. She is the co-author of a book titled Indonesian Women Artists: The Curtain Opens (Indonesian Fine Arts Foundation, 2007). Her recent and ongoing projects include being the consulting curator for the exhibition Indonesian Eye: Fantasies & Realities at Saatchi Gallery, London, 2011; and Artistic Director for Biennale Jogja XII 2013. From 2007 until present she positions as the executive director of Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with works include the IVAA Digital Archive, the first digital archive of contemporary art in the country.

Curatorial Roundtable 03 | in photos

Curatorial Roundtable 03 | in video

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