Curating as a form of resilience, led by Övül Ö. Durmusoglu

‘Curating as Resilience’ is based on the urge to re-analyse our developing curatorial positions and sensitivities in today’s almost neutralised critical atmosphere in arts in the face of new populist and right-extremist politics.

If curating can be a form of resilience, then in which ways should the curatorial respond to the present, the creativity of the unexpected in the moment?

How to articulate collective energies inside our individual methodologies towards an aesthetics of togetherness?

An aesthetics that moves beyond representing bodies by embodying critical, poetical, sensual and political in shifting ways.

When there are too many fingers that show us the moon, it may be the time to search and find where our moons actually are.

 

Övül Ö. Durmusoglu is a curator, researcher and writer based in Berlin and Istanbul. In 2015-16 she has acted as the director/curator of YAMA screen in Istanbul for which she commissioned site specific works by Banu Cennetoglu, Pilvi Takala and Isil Egrikavuk. Alongside she was curatorial and public program advisor for Gülsün Karamustafa’s retrospective exhibition Chronographia at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart (Berlin) where she co-edited the artist’s first extensive monograph. Durmusoglu has recently curated What’s The Riddle, Pi Artworks London (2016); In Search of Radical Incomplete #3: Black Hole Hunters, Kunstverein Langenhagen (2016); Future Queer, the 20th year anniversary exhibition for Kaos GL association in Istanbul (2016); In Search of Radical Incomplete #2: A Perfect Animal Within, Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina (2015); Place an Image/Place in Image, Museum für Fotografie, Berlin (2014-15) and Tentura and Antitentura, FKSE Studio for Young Artists Association, Budapest (2014).

In the past, she acted as the curator of the festival Sofia Contemporary 2013 titled as Near, Closer, Together: Exercises for a Common Ground and she organized different programs and events as a Goethe Institute fellow at Maybe Education and Public Programs for dOCUMENTA (13). Durmusoglu also co-leads Solar Fantastic, a research, production and publication project between Mexico and Turkey. She has lectured widely in institutions such as Dhaka Art Summit’ 16, Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm), Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (Sao Paulo), 98weeks (Beirut), SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin), Qalandiya International (Ramallah), Museo del Tlatelolco (Mexico City), Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Akademie der Bildende Kuenste (Vienna) and ESAD (Grenoble). In 2017-18, she will be a guest professor in Nuremberg Art Academy.

As a writer she has contributed to several print and online publications such as Frieze Online, WdW Review, Art Agenda. Durmusoglu is part of the advisory board for Mezosfera, an online journal published by Tranzit Budapest and one of the research partners of Museal Episode, a think tank on the future of art museums from southern perspective organised by Goethe Institute São Paulo. She is one the recipients of Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi for Young Curators awarded by GAMeC Bergamo.

Please note this event is part of our Curatorial Curriculum. Participants have been selected for this year, but we can accommodate a few places on individual sessions for a small charge. Please contact kim@grand-union.org.uk if you would like to know more.

‘Curating as Resilience’ is based on the urge to re-analyse our developing curatorial positions and sensitivities in today’s almost neutralised critical atmosphere in arts in the face of new populist and right-extremist politics.

If curating can be a form of resilience, then in which ways should the curatorial respond to the present, the creativity of the unexpected in the moment?

How to articulate collective energies inside our individual methodologies towards an aesthetics of togetherness?

An aesthetics that moves beyond representing bodies by embodying critical, poetical, sensual and political in shifting ways.

When there are too many fingers that show us the moon, it may be the time to search and find where our moons actually are.

 

Övül Ö. Durmusoglu is a curator, researcher and writer based in Berlin and Istanbul. In 2015-16 she has acted as the director/curator of YAMA screen in Istanbul for which she commissioned site specific works by Banu Cennetoglu, Pilvi Takala and Isil Egrikavuk. Alongside she was curatorial and public program advisor for Gülsün Karamustafa’s retrospective exhibition Chronographia at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart (Berlin) where she co-edited the artist’s first extensive monograph. Durmusoglu has recently curated What’s The Riddle, Pi Artworks London (2016); In Search of Radical Incomplete #3: Black Hole Hunters, Kunstverein Langenhagen (2016); Future Queer, the 20th year anniversary exhibition for Kaos GL association in Istanbul (2016); In Search of Radical Incomplete #2: A Perfect Animal Within, Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina (2015); Place an Image/Place in Image, Museum für Fotografie, Berlin (2014-15) and Tentura and Antitentura, FKSE Studio for Young Artists Association, Budapest (2014).

In the past, she acted as the curator of the festival Sofia Contemporary 2013 titled as Near, Closer, Together: Exercises for a Common Ground and she organized different programs and events as a Goethe Institute fellow at Maybe Education and Public Programs for dOCUMENTA (13). Durmusoglu also co-leads Solar Fantastic, a research, production and publication project between Mexico and Turkey. She has lectured widely in institutions such as Dhaka Art Summit’ 16, Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm), Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (Sao Paulo), 98weeks (Beirut), SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin), Qalandiya International (Ramallah), Museo del Tlatelolco (Mexico City), Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Akademie der Bildende Kuenste (Vienna) and ESAD (Grenoble). In 2017-18, she will be a guest professor in Nuremberg Art Academy.

As a writer she has contributed to several print and online publications such as Frieze Online, WdW Review, Art Agenda. Durmusoglu is part of the advisory board for Mezosfera, an online journal published by Tranzit Budapest and one of the research partners of Museal Episode, a think tank on the future of art museums from southern perspective organised by Goethe Institute São Paulo. She is one the recipients of Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi for Young Curators awarded by GAMeC Bergamo.

Please note this event is part of our Curatorial Curriculum. Participants have been selected for this year, but we can accommodate a few places on individual sessions for a small charge. Please contact kim@grand-union.org.uk if you would like to know more.