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Curator Conversations: a new book looking at curating


Curator Conversations is a collection of interviews with leading curators working within contemporary photography today. It offers precious insights into key modes of thinking behind the curatorial practices that have resulted in influential and landmark exhibitions at galleries and museums across the globe, including MoMA, Tate Modern, Pompidou Centre,Fotomuseum Winterthur, Finnish Museum of Photography, Zeitz Museum of ContemporaryArt AfricaMOCAA, Instituto Moreira Salles and SCôP: Shanghai Center of Photography,among others.

Set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, when many institutions were forced to close to the public, these interviews provide wide-ranging discussions and a strong sense of critical self-reflexivity to explore the various ways curating mediates our experience and understanding of the photographic image. Among the fundamental questions engaged in the book are the medium specificity of photography; exhibitions as ‘artwork’; critical contexts for imagery; the curator’s role; collaboration and community; notions of ethics, responsibility and care; relationships between artists and curators, museums and audiences; as well as propositions for ‘decolonisation’ through forms of curatorial activism.

Ultimately, this volume sheds light on the aesthetic, political and personal concerns of creative individuals involved in exhibition-making, generating new pathways for thinking about the display and dissemination of photography.

FeaturingSarah Allen, Mariama Attah, Yves Chatap, Clément Chéroux, Charlotte Cotton, Christine Eyene, Louise Fedotov-Clements, Yining He, Tom Lovelace, Roxana Marcoci, Renée Mussai, Thyago Nogueira, Azu Nwagbogu, Danaé Panch aud, Alona Pardo, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Holly Roussell, Kathrin Schönegg, Urs Stahel, Lisa Sutcliffe, and Duncan Wooldridge

Curator Conversations
Edited by Tim Clark
Published by 1000 Words

ISBN: 978-1-5272-7913-1
Available using the link here


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© Luc Boegly. Claudia Andujar: The Yanomanmi Struggle. Curated by Thyago Nogueira at Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris.

Curator Conversations cover / Curator Conversations, page spread.