Initiated by: Maarten Vanden Eynde and Maaike Gouwenberg
Involved curators: Karolin Tampere (NO), Lorenzo Bruni (IT), Remco de Blaaij (NL) and Kamila Wielebska (PL), Adnan Yildiz (TR), Jens Maier-Rothe (DE)
Location: HISK, Ghent, Belgium
Supported by: De Vlaamse Gemeenschap, BE
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As a typical Enough Room for Space project CURATOR CURATOR emerged out of a marriage between an open space or question, and a personal specific interest or focus on a problematic contemporary issue. In this case artistic director Hans Martens of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent gave carte blanche for a project to take place in the exhibition space of the HISK.
Our proposal, CURATOR CURATOR, provided an opportunity for emerging curators to develop a project within and with the only post-graduate visual arts institute in Belgium, in order to investigate the current curatorial preoccupation. It seems that more than ever the role and relevance of a curator is being questioned and challenged. Is there still a difference between a curator and an artist? If so, what is it? Can one person do both? What are the borders and limits of curating, and what is the relation between curating and creating?
We gave international curators the chance to experiment and develop a project, which might have been difficult to realise within the context of a regular exhibition venue. The only guidelines at the start of each project were the basic principals of the HISK: to experiment and find possibilities to develop oneself.