Open call 2023/24

Open call 2023/24

What Could/Should Curating Do?

Nebojša Yamasaki Vukelić, O.: The Making Of An Unsplit Garden. Graphic novel.

March 10, 2023
Open call 2023/24

Open call: What Could Should Curating Do educational program 2023/2024
Duration of the program: two months in 2023 starting in September  and one month in spring 2024
Deadline for submission: April 7, 2023

We will contact shortlisted candidates for interviews between April 10 and April 15, 2023.

From 2023/24, we invite you to collectively research, think, practice and imagine a format of an art institution that is ethically and economically sustainable. We invite you to discover with us what it means when an art institution becomes the custodian of the land.

Canadian indigenous scholar Donald Dwayne reminds us that issues of climate change and sustainability are not problems that science and technology can solve. They are problems of cultural and spiritual origin. We change things not by telling people what they should do but by changing the way they live. The way we live.

What Could Should Curating Do from 2023 is starting a self-reflective process developing a model of institution between urban and rural ecologies connected to the plot of land in central Serbia with the question: What does it mean for an art institution to become the custodian of the land? What are the sustainable practices that reflect the practice of caring for the land and caring for culture? These questions will be at the core of this educational program.

This self-reflective process will be realized through an educational program and the long-term engagement of the program’s mentors, invited collaborators, educational program participants, local communities, WCSCD, and alumni.

Our partners and mentors are INLAND (Madrid, Spain), Casa delle Agriculture (Puglia region, Italy), Green Network of Activist Groups (ZMAG) [Zagreb, Croatia], Zoma Museum (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Madeleine Collie (Food Art Research Network), Manuel Borja-Villel (Museo Reina Sofia), Škart Collective (Belgrade, Serbia), among others. We will be accompanied by Milica Bilanovic (artist, currently based in Tuzla), Jelica Jovanovic (architect, based in Belgrade), and Sergio Montero Bravo (architect, based in Stockholm).

The first stage of the program will include historical research and mapping practices of cultural workers, who have been developing relationships with the rural as an integral part of their practice, which will later take the form of a publication.  The first stage of the program also includes a number of workshops with mentors, community, and collaborators. 

The second stage will focus on practicing situated and embodied knowledge that the place has given to us and creating collective orientations towards the future. We will practice, fail, learn from failures, and try again.

Practical information
No prior degrees in art or art history are required in order to apply. The course fee is charged according to your country’s income (you need to be a passport holder of that country).
–For lower-income countries, 2023/24 program fee is 400 euros
–For lower and middle-income countries, 2023/24 program fee is 700 euros
–For middle and upper-income countries, 2023/24 program fee is 1,200 euros
–For high-income countries program fee is 2,000 euros

Please use this reference for your country’s income. Payments should be done in advance and in installments if needed. We encourage individuals and institutions to support cultural workers’ education through this program.

About your stay:
The program fee doesn’t include the costs of travel to Belgrade and research trip costs. A part of the accommodation will be covered. For the two-month stay in 2023, one-third of the program will take place in the countryside on land, while the rest in Belgrade. The accommodation in the village will be covered by WCSCD, while participants will need to cover the costs of accommodation in Belgrade.

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: Educational program -WCSCD 2023/24. Please send a letter of interest stating the reasons you apply for the program and your biography CV and portfolio.

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What Could/Should Curating Do?
March 10, 2023

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