European Course for Contemporary Art Curators

European Course for Contemporary Art Curators

Fondazione Antonio Ratti

April 8, 2008
European Course for Contemporary Art Curators
Visiting ProfessorVisiting Artist

9 – 19 October 2008
Milan, Italy
Deadline for the applications: 16 June 2008

The Province of Milan, the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, and the Delegation of the European Commission in Milan promote the second edition of the European Course of Contemporary Art Curators (CECAC). The course, curated by Roberto Pinto and Gabi Scardi, offers young European curators the opportunity to work side by side with an internationally renowned Visiting Professor, approaching a critical analysis of theoretical and practical aspects of curatorship and of the contemporary art scene. The course also represents an occasion to establish new connections between young operators from different European countries, set up a working platform that may enable the participants to develop further curatorial projects, and encourage international circulation of cultural initiatives.

Course Structure
The course has a 10 days seminar structure, featuring an intensive schedule of theoretical and practical lessons held by the Visiting Professor, presentations of the participants’ projects and visits to exhibition spaces and institutions of the territory. The students also spend one day with a Visiting Artist invited by the Visiting Professor. Classes are full time, attendance is compulsory. A catalogue/essay collection with texts by all the participants will be published following the course.

Charles Esche is the Visiting Professor of the 2008 edition. The programme will address the following issues: how art museums and other art institutions can function within a city and with particular communities; how creative communities in diverse parts of the world can connect, learn from each other and break down nationalistic or regional barriers to a global, but differentiated, cultural sphere; the objectives and purposes of a city art museum in the twenty-first century, in a society where global cultural exchanges, local communities, public identities, singularity and the public sphere become the main questions.

Visiting Professor
Charles Esche currently directs the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and is co-Editor of Afterall Journal and Afterall Books. Among his recent research and curatorial activity: curator, Istanbul Biennial 2005 (with Vasif Kortun, Esra Sarigedik Öktem, November Paynter); director, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden (2000-2004). Among his other most recent exhibition projects: Nedko Solakov, Rooseum, Casino Luxembourg, OK Centrum, Graz, 2003-2004; Surasi Kusolwong, Rooseum, 2004.

Visiting Artist
Since the beginning of the 1990s, Nedko Solakov (1957, Tcherven Briag, Bulgaria) has exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States. His work was featured in Aperto ’93 (Venice Biennale, 1993); Venice Biennale (1999, 2001, 2003, 2007); Istanbul Biennale (1992, 1995, 2005); São Paulo Art Biennale (1994); Manifesta 1 (1996); Gwangju Biennale (1997, 2002); Lyon Biennial (2000), Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem (2001), Cetinje Biennale (2002, 2004), Lodz Biennale (2004); Sharjah Biennial (2005); Tirana Biennale (2005); Seville Biennial (2006); Moscow Biennale (2007) and Documenta 12 (2007). Recently Solakov had solo shows at the Museu do Chiado, Lisbon; Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam; CCA Kitakyushu, Japan.

How to Apply
The call is open to citizens of the European Union over 18. No study certificate is required. English essential. The applications must be posted by 16 June 2008 to: European Course for Contemporary Art Curators (CECAC), Ufficio Arti Visive – Settore Beni Culturali Arti Visive e Musei – Provincia di Milano, Via Vittorio Veneto 2, 20124 Milan, Italy. Applications must include a complete cv, a copy of the most relevant publications, reports of realized curatorial projects and a motivational statement (max 4.000 characters). The material will not be returned. The selected applicants will be contacted via email by 1 July 2008. Attendance and accommodation during the course are free. According to art. 13 of d.l. 196/03, personal data of the applicants will be exclusively used for the course selection procedures and not communicated to others.

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Info: Fondazione Antonio Ratti 39 031 233111 / Provincia di Milano 39 02 77406341

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