2013.09.26 - 2013.09.26

New Perspectives On Curatorial Practice

Matei Bejenaru i samtal med Maria Lind: Är tiden för perifera biennaler borta? Reflektioner över Periferic Biennial - I samarbete med Rumänska Institutet i Stockholm.

Varje föreläsning följs av ett öppet samtal och mingel med bar och DJ. Programmet genomförs i samarbete med Akademin Valand, Göteborgs Konsthall, Rumänska Institutet och Polska Institutet. Föreläsningarna hålls på engelska och pågår kl 19.30-20.30.

Plats: Röda Sten, Lounge & Restaurang

Är tiden för perifera biennaler borta? Reflektioner över Periferic Biennial (1997-2008) - I samarbete med Rumänska Institutet i Stockholm.

Matei Bejenaru i samtal med Maria Lind

Matei Bejenaru, bildkonstnär, grundare och direktör för Periferic Biennial i Iasi, Rumänien, mellan 1997-2011 samtalar med Maria Lind, kurator och chef för Tensta Konsthall i Stockholm om de socio-kulturella och politiska förhållanden i Periferic Biennial i slutet av 90 – talet och dess roll i utvecklingen av en lokal konstscen. Samtalet kommer att kritiskt reflektera över liknande händelser och hur de har utvecklats tills den ekonomiska krisen slog igenom år 2009, vilket gjorde att sådana initiativ blev svårare att fortsätta.



Matei Bejenaru (born 1963 in Romania where he lives and works) is an artist and initiator of Periferic Biennial of Contemporary Art (1997-2008) in Iasi, Romania. In 2001, together with a group of artists and philosophers from Iasi, Bejenaru founded the Vector Association, a contemporary art institution which supports the locally emerging contemporary art scene. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Matei Bejenaru was a visiting professor at the University of Québec in Montréal, Canada. Currently he teaches photography and video at the George Enescu Arts University in Iasi.

In his artistic practice, Bejenaru analyses the way globalization affects post-communist countries’ labor force and their rapidly changing mentalities and lifestyles. In 2003, for the second edition of the Tirana Biennial in Albania, he installed a water post in the center of the city offering free water to the locals. In 2004, he initiated cARTier (2004-2007), a socio-cultural project aimed to regenerate a working-class neighourhood in Iasi. In 2005, his Travel Guide was featured in the IDEA: arts + society magazine and in 2006 exhibited at Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art in Vienna, Austria. In 2007, he created Impreuna/Together, a project realized with the participation of over two hundred Romanian citizens living in UK, which was then exhibited in the Level 2 Gallery of the Tate Modern London. In 2008 he participated in the Taipei Biennial  in Taiwan, where he presented Maersk Dubai, a documentary video about the assassination of three Romanian immigrant workers. 

Since 2010 he is developing Songs for a Better Future, a series of choral performances dealing with the perception of the future in different social and cultural contexts. A Collection of Futures that Bejenaru created while in residency in North Adams, Massachusetts, during the month of August 2012, is an extension of his long-term exploration of the concept of the future.



Maria Lind is a curator and critic based in Stockholm, where she was born in 1966. She is the director of Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm. 2008-2010 director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. 2005-2007 director of Iaspis in Stockholm. 2002-2004 she was the director of Kunstverein München where she together with a curatorial team ran a programme which involved artists such as Deimantas Narkevicius, Oda Projesi, Annika Eriksson, Bojan Sarcevic, Philippe Parreno and Marion von Osten. From 1997-2001 she was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and, in 1998, co-curator of Manifesta 2, Europe's biennale of contemporary art. Responsible for Moderna Museet Projekt, Lind worked with artists on a series of 29 commissions that took place in a temporary project-space, or within or beyond the Museum in Stockholm. Among the artists were Koo Jeong-a, Simon Starling, Jason Dodge, Esra Ersen. There she also curated What if: Art on the Verge of Architecture and Design, filtered by Liam Gillick.

She has contributed widely to newspapers and magazines and to numerous catalogues and other publications. She is the co-editor of the books Curating with Light Luggage and Collected Newsletter (Revolver Archiv für aktuelle Kunst), Taking the Matter into Common Hands: Collaborative Practices in Contemporary Art (Blackdog Publishing), as well as the report European Cultural Policies 2015 (Iaspis and eipcp) and The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press). Among her recent co-edited publications are Contemporary Art and Its Commercial Markets: A Report on Current Conditions and Future Scenarios and Performing the Curatorial: With and Beyond Art, both Sternberg Press. She is the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. In the fall of 2010 Selected Maria Lind Writing was published by Sternberg Press.