Curatorial program open call

Curatorial program open call

What Could/Should Curating Do?

Visual identity: Sasa Tkacenko.

February 13, 2020
Curatorial program open call

Application deadline: March 8, 2020, 5pm
What Could/Should Curating Do?
11000 Belgrade
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The 2020 program will run from August 1 to October 29, 2020.

WCSCD continues to value and emphasize forms of curatorial practice that are active at the margins of the mainstream art world, yet that contribute to the global perspective. The program maintains an international purview while proposing consideration of what it means to be international within the abovementioned theoretical parameters. 2020 mentors for the program, include Ekaterina Degot (Director and Chief Curator of steirischer herbst), Lisa Rosendahl (Associate Professor of Exhibition Studies at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and Curator of GIBCA—the Gothenburg biennial in 2019 & 2021), Chus Martínez ( director of the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel), Luca Lo Pinto (director of MACRO in Rome), Suzana Milevska(curator and a visual culture theorist), Jelena Vesic (independent curator, writer, and lecturer), Xiang Zairong(scholar), Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (independent curator, editor and writer), and ruangrupa ( artistic directors of Documenta 15) among others.

For this iteration, the curatorial program WCSCD 2020 will have a specific focus on women curators or directors of institutions with ties to the former Yugoslavian cultural field from the 1970s, which challenged mainstream approaches to art.

Program participants will conduct interviews, engage in archival practices around their research into these practitioners, all while thinking about modes of archiving in and of itself and discussing different curatorial histories. 

As the educational-curatorial platform WCSCD enters its third year, it is of note to point out that the majority of attendees of the program thus far have been women, with enrollment of only 20% men. This poses an important question on the role of gender in relation to curatorial practices and positions within different institutions of art. By revisiting the historical moments cited above, we intend to contextualize and reflect on the current situation within our working contexts as well.

–Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger
–No prior degrees in art or art history are required
–The course fee is based on the monthly average salary of the country from which you hail, for which you are a passport holder (we use online reference of most recent average salary data of successful applicants)

Please note that the fee does not include accommodations or travel costs. International participants will be provided assistance with finding accommodations in Belgrade—such accommodations are approximately 180 EUR per month. The standard course fee also does not cover travel and accommodations for research trips. Successful applicants should prepare an allowance of approximately 300 EUR to cover these additional costs.

How to apply:
Applications should include the following items as a single Word or PDF document, sent by email to [​at​] with the subject line: Curatorial-Course-WCSCD 2020 by March 8, 2020:
–Letter of Interest (500 words maximum, explaining your interest in curatorial practices and specific research interests)
–Description (300 words maximum, the working methodology you propose with regard to the project) 

Based on the quality of the submitted documents, up to 15 participants will be selected to attend the course. Selected applicants should plan to arrive in Belgrade no later than August 1, 2020. The final list of participants will be announced in the first week of April 2020. 

This year WCSCD introduced the possibility for distance education and participation in the mentoring session with price 400 euros for program duration for more information how to apply for it pls write to us with subject WCSCD online program.

The WCSCD curatorial course is a long-term project initiated by Biljana Ćirić, with the support and collaboration of the following partner institutions: The Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade;  the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Belgrado; the Austrian Cultural Forum; Institut français de Serbie, Swedish Embassy in Belgrade and Hestia Art Residency & Exhibitions Bureau. 

For other queries, please send to the following email address: [​at​]

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