Guests Mondriaan Fund (NL)
James Beckett (b. 1977, Zimbabwe) is a visual artist, living and working in Amsterdam. His research-based practice explores minor histories, mostly concerned with industrial development (and subsequent demise) across Europe, a process of investigation which is as much physical as it is biographical. Museological display mechanisms are key in Beckett’s presentations, with craft-like assembly placing the work uncomfortably between a bourgeois decorative art and a crude social reality. His more recent works focus on the disparate practices of architecture and dentistry and the more metaphysical subculture of dowsing. Recent shows include: 56th Venice Biennale, Belgian Pavilion, IT (2015); 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, GR (2015); Markus Lüttgen Galerie, DE (2015); Wilfried Lentz, NL (2015); Artspace, Aukland/Physics Room, NZ (2014); steirischer herbst, AT (2013); TWAAS, US (2013); Stedelijk Museum, NL (2012); CCA Wattis, US (2012); Dak’art, African Biennale, SG (2012); T293, IT (2011). In 2003 he received the Prix de Rome for art and public space, and has published two monographs: “Constant Interjections..”, TWAAS/Koenig books (2013); James Beckett, Kehrer Verlag (2009)
Nathanja van Dijk
Co-founder and director of A Tale of a Tub
Nathanja van Dijk is co-founder and director of A Tale of a Tub, a non-profit exhibition space in Rotterdam (NL). A Tale of a Tub is committed to stimulate and support developments in contemporary art and to explore their meaning within today’s society. Previously she was director of Frankendael Foundation, the 18th century manorial estate for contemporary art and ‘curatorial office’ in Amsterdam (2012 – 2015) and was artistic director of 21rozendaal, Enschede (2010 – 2012). Since 2009 she has also been working as an independent curator. Informed by an academic background in art history and philosophy her practice functions at the intersection between art and society. Most recent projects include the interdisciplinary research project Acts of Orientation in collaboration the Schering Foundation & Humboldt University (Berlin), the publication Navigating Noise (Publishing House Walter König) and the film program The Migrant (Moving) Image; a response to the largest migration crisis Europe is experiencing since World War II (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Marrakech, Ramallah, Berlin, Miami, New York) and the research project From the Pyramid to the Square: an inquiry into a variety of artistic, theoretical and activist positions towards contemporary protest movements and resistance. In collaboration with Carolyn H. Drake, Van Dijk works as curator and advisor for the Robeco Art Collection and the NautaDutilh Rotterdam Art Collection.
Zippora Elders (NL) is a curator who lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied art history, heritage and curatorial studies at the University of Amsterdam and the VU University, where she specialized in visual art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Zippora has worked and written for various Dutch art institutions, such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Sandberg Instituut, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and Nieuw Dakota. Moreover she is an advisor for the Mondriaan Fund and an ambassador for Young Stedelijk. The past years she has worked as a curator at Foam museum for photography, where she explored the field between photography, visual culture and visual arts. Here she collaborated intensively with well-established international institutions, organizations and galleries, and initiated several group shows as well as solo exhibitions with amongst others Nobuyoshi Araki, Roe Ethridge, Katy Grannan, Momo Okabe and Bruno Zhu. She was a (contributing) editor at Foam Magazine and still regularly writes about art for magazines and artist initiatives. From July 2016 she is Artistic Director at Fort bij Vijfhuizen, Centre for Contemporary Art.
Director of Exhibitions/curator at the EYE Filmmuseum
This is a new museum based on the former Dutch Cinématèque (the Nederlands Filmmuseum). The new museum has a brand new – iconic – museumbuilding whith 4 cinemas, an interactive ‘basement’, but also a substantial exhibition space. Guldemond is responsible for the artistic exhibition policy of the museum and tries to rethink the position of the museum in the field wherein cinema meets the visual art and vice versa, apart from the basic question ‘how to expose cinema?’ So far Guldemond has curated and organized exhibitions on/with artists as Anthony McCall, Isaac Julien, Brothers Quay, Oskar Fischinger, William Kentridge, Johan van der Keuken, etc. International group exhibitions as ‘Found Footage’ and ‘Cinema Remake’, and exhibitions on the oeuvre of filmmakers as Kubrick, Cronenberg and Antonioni (forthcoming) Before starting at the Eye Filmmuseum Guldemond has been working as a chief curator at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, The Kröller Müller Museum and the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, working with artists as David Claerbout, Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Anri Sala, Yayoi Kusama, Ernesto Neto, Helio Oiticica, Steve McQueen, Olafur Eliasson, Ulay/Abramovic, Rivane Neuenschwander etc.
Eelco van der Lingen
Founding director Nest
Eelco van der Lingen is founder, director and curator of Nest, an independent exhibition space for contemporary art in The Hague. As a freelance curator he was responsible for the exhibitions Nice ‘n Light for Centraal Museum Utrecht and Shift & Drift for Tent in Rotterdam.
Eelco has been a guest lecturer at several art schools and is committee member for the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK). In the past he was also committee member for CBK Rotterdam and the Mondriaan Fund. In 2011 he and four other art professionals initiated The Naked, an organisation that aims to focus on the different global localities and he was the chairman of Wander; an artist in residency organisation focused on the exchange of knowledge. Eelco has published several essays, columns, interviews and articles for (online) magazines like MetropolisM and Trendbeheer and for The city of Pristina, Centraal Museum Utrecht and Nest.
For Paulien Oltheten (1982) is public space her primary workplace, humankind and human behavior her subject. With the use of photography and video she picks out particular postures, patterns and acts, annotating them when necessary with drawings, text or live spoken comments. With a keen eye for detail she direct our focus to the seemingly quotidian, which suddenly becomes remarkable, serendipitous or touching through her gaze. She studied at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, and in 2013 she was a resident artist at ISCP, New York. In 2017 she will work at Cité des Arts in Paris. In 2012 she was awarded the Dutch Doc Award 2012 Performances include: De Buren, Brussels (2016); Fondatione Ratti, Como (2015); KW, Berlin (2015); NCCA Moscow (2015); Helmhaus Zurich (2015); IDFA Documentary film festival Amsterdam (2014); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2014); Vera List Centre New York (2013); De Brakkegrond Amsterdam (2011); SMBA Amsterdam (2007).
Exhibitions include: Drawing Lines of Thought, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2014); Off Walking, MoCP Chicago (2013); Desire Lines, ACCA Melbourne (2013); It’s my imagination you know, gallery Fons Welters Amsterdam (2012); Walk on a line…, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (2011); Kitbag questions, Dvir Gallery Tel Aviv (2011); de Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (2010); Portscapes, Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam (2010); Off the Record, Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2009).
Organisation Mondriaan Fund
Director Mondriaan Fund
Since 1 June 2012, Birgit Donker is director of the new Mondriaan Fund, the national funding organisation for the visual arts and cultural heritage that resulted from the merger between Fonds BKVB and the Mondriaan Foundation.Birgit Donker (1965) worked as an art reviewer for NRC Handelsblad, after serving as this newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief between 2006 and 2010. Donker studied Early Modern History and Historiography at the University of Amsterdam, followed by Journalism at the École Superieure de Journalisme in Paris and the advanced certificate programme ‘Analyse du monde actuel’, also in Paris.
Haco de Ridder
International visitors program manager Mondriaan Fund
Is responsible for the international visitors program and the organization of the annual Orientation trip of the Mondriaan Fund (2007-now). Between 2003 and 2006 he worked as a freelancer where he was responsible for commissioners as the Prince Claus Fund,The Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts, the municipality of Haarlem, and for various artists and galleries in The Netherlands.
Guests Danish Arts Foundation (DK)
Artistic director Kunsthal Aarhus
Jacob Fabricius is currently artistic director at Kunsthal Aarhus. Previously Fabricius was director at Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2008-12) and at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark (2013-14), where he has curated numerous of international exhibitions. Fabricius does not limit himself to the institution space and did as a director innovative public exhibitions such as the hitchhiking exhibition Auto Stop and Polis Polis Potatismos. Fabricius has also utilized a number of international exhibitions and projects in public spaces and at unusual venues. Fabricius is the founder of the publishing company Pork Salad Press and newspaper project Old News.
Freelance curator, critic and consultant based in Copenhagen.
He has curated exhibitions internationally and in 2015 co-curated the survey exhibition Co-Workers – The Network as Artist at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Nordic biennial Momentum 8, in Moss, Norway, under the heading Tunnel Vision. He is the co-founder of the artist-run space IMO in Copenhagen and served as its director from 2009 to 2013. Previously he has worked as a correspondent and art critic in Paris and Copenhagen and published various essays and books. He is a regular contributor to the Norwegian art publication Kunstkritikk and the American DIS Magazine. He has studied art history, philosophy and cultural studies at University of Copenhagen and Paris X Nanterre. Areas of interest and research within recent years include network theory, technology, exponential growth, innovation, branding, materialism, individualism, the anthropocene, colonialism, non-art and the art world sociology.
Organisation Danish Arts Foundation (DK)
Senior advisor Visual Arts at Danish Arts Foundation
Tine Vindfeld lives in Copenhagen and works as senior adviser in visual arts at the Danish Arts Foundation. Studied Modern Culture at The University of Copenhagen and worked as a curator at the Danish Architecture Centre and at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. Co-curated the Danish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2015 and is currently involved in the 2017 edition of the Danish Pavilion.
Guests Flanders Art Institute (BE)
Louise Osieka (BE, 1990) is currently working as artistic and general director for CIAP, Kunstverein for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium. In addition Osieka works as freelance curator and advisor and researches the oeuvre of Belgium artist Jef Geys. Osieka holds a M.A. in Art History (University of Leuven).
Organisation Flanders Art Institute (BE)
Felix De Clerck
Director Flanders Arts Institute
Felix De Clerck holds a master’s degree in Culturalpolicy, conservation and arts management at the University of Maastricht. After his studies he was 5 years coordinator of the artists residency AIR Antwerpen. His interest in the arts policy then led him to the belangenbehartigers VOBK (United Organizations Visual Arts) and Oko (consultation arts organizations), where he worked closely with the art field to shape policy. Beginning in 2015 he was appointed Managing Director of the Flanders Arts Institute (a merger between Flanders Music Centre, VTI and BAM).
International Relations officer at Flanders Arts Institute
Lissa Kinnaer (°1979) is responsible for international relations for visual arts at the Flanders Arts Institute, a sector institute promoting the visual arts, performing arts and music scene in Flanders, Belgium. She holds an Master’s in Literature from the Free University of Brussels and a Master’s in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London. From 2004 to 2006, she worked as project coordinator for several artistic organisations a.o. INIVA, the Institute of International Visual Arts in London, BOZAR – Center for Fine Arts and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels. From 2006 to 2011, she was the coordinator of the Réseau des Arts à Bruxelles, a Brussels based cultural network. In March 2011, she was appointed international relations officer at BAM, the Flemish Institute for Visual, Audiovisual and Media Art which is part of Flanders Arts Institute since January 2015. In 2009-2010, Lissa Kinnaer was a British Council’s Cultural Leadership International fellow.
Dirk de Wit
Coordinator international relations and Visual Art Flanders Arts Institute
Dirk De Wit is head of visual arts and coordinator international relations of the Flanders Arts Institute. Flanders Arts Institute was created in 2015 as a merger of the Flemish Theatre Institute, Flanders Music Centre and BAM – Institute of Visual arts. From 2003 to 2014, Dirk De Wit was coordinator of the digital platform and later director of BAM. Dirk De Wit worked as a free-lance curator for Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Centre Pompidou and Kunstenfestivaldesarts, was curator and later director of arts center STUK in Leuven between 1989 and 1996, has set up a new institition for art and media Constant, Brussels in 1997 and was artistic team member of Brussels2000 – cultural capital of Europe.
Guests Pro Helvetia (CH)
Independent curator and since 2009 runs the non-for-profit exhibition space SALTS
Samuel Leuenberger is working as an Independent curator and since 2009 runs the non-for-profit exhibition space SALTS, promoting young international artists, which he founded. He has worked from 1998–2001 at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London, from 2001–2004 he was the contemporary art specialist at Christie’s Zürich. From 2004–2007 he was the assistant curator at Kunsthalle Zurich and from 2007 until 2012 he worked as a Collections Advisor with a London based firm. Since 2012 he is working as an independent curator, where he organized a number of exhibitions abroad and in Switzerland. In 2013 he was the co-curator for the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia’s Cahiers d’Artistes Programme and in 2014 he was working as associate curator on the large format performance project 14 Rooms, a collaboration between Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel and Theater Basel. In 2015, he has organized the yearly exhibition for the city of Basel, the Kunstkredit show at Kunsthalle Basel and the three day festival Les Urbaines in Lausanne. Since Summer 2016 he is the Curator of Art Basel’s Parcours Sektor. Since 2015 he is a tutor at HEAD, the fine art school in Geneva and currently acts as member of the Kunstkredit-kommission for the city of Basel.
Artistic Director of Fri Art, Kunsthalle Fribourg in Switzerland
Balthazar Lovay is the Artistic Director of Fri Art, Kunsthalle Fribourg in Switzerland since August 2013.
He is the co-founder, together with Lionel Bovier and Fabrice Stroun, of the independent art space and editions publishing house Hard Hat in Geneva. They had worked with artists like Valentin Carron, Wade Guyton, Mai-Thu Perret, Josh Smith, Sylvie Fleury, Olivier Mosset or HR Giger. For Fri Art, he has curated solo exhibitions by Cameron Rowland, Robert Heinecken, Kathe Burkhart, Hannah Weinberger, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Ferdinand Kriwet as well as group shows like the historical « Film Implosion » that maped, for the first time, an history of experimental cinema in Switzerland. He is also involved in the experimental music field. In the last ten years he has organized live concerts by: Keiji Haino, Marc Ribot, Mayhem, Stephen O’Malley, Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Acid Mother Temple, Antipop Consortium, Konono N.1, Laibach, Peter Rehberg, among many others. He is a regular contributor to swiss art schools in Lausanne (ECAL), Geneva (HEAD) and Sierre (ECAV). He is a member of the current Pro Helvetia Jury for the Swiss Pavillon at the Venice Biennale.His next project at Fri Art is the exhibition « A Retrospective of Closed Exhibitions» that he co-curates with english-french curator Mathieu Copeland. In this context, they are editing a major publication about the history of the Anti Museum, an Anthology that will be released by Verlag Walther König on November 19th, 2016. In 2017 he will curate the first retrospective of dutch painter Peter Schuyff both at Fri Art and at Le Consortium, Dijon, France.