Profilområdesdialoger "Curation's Dramaturgy"

"Curation's Dramaturgy" - samarbetsprocesser i samtida performance, dans och utställningar. Fyra internationella curatorer eller dramaturger samtalar med fyra konstnärer eller koreografer.

Målet med den här föreläsningsserien är att bjuda in en internationell grupp av kända curatorer / dramaturger och konstnärer / koreografer, som samarbetar med varandra och vars konstnärliga, curatoriella och dramaturgiska verk har gett en ny förståelse till trans-disciplinär kunskap om konst.

André Lepecki är professor inom profilområdet Koncept och komposition. Den här gången bjuder han in El Hadji Sy, konstnär, curator och politisk aktivist från Dakar, Senegal och Clémentine Deliss, chef för Weltkulturen museum i Frankfurt.

27 april - El Hadji Sy: Painting, Performance, Politics - A dialogue on the practice of El Hadji Sy

El Hadji Sy (born 1954) lives and works in Dakar. He studied fine art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Dakar, and from the moment he left art school he was involved in setting up artists’ collectives and organising exhibitions and events. His career has been marked by his defiant attitude to the cultural policy of the Senegalese state.

El Hadji Sy chooses painting as his preferred medium to develop his artistic research, negotiate his multiple identities, and conduct his ideological battles. As a provocative gesture against a specific tradition of Western painting, namely easel painting as a product of the eye–hand relationship, some of Sy’s earliest experiments in painting were performed by dropping the canvas on the floor and stamping on it. For El Hadji Sy, painting is prompted by a set of performative or choreographic gestures revealing his engagement with society at large.

As a co-founder of the interdisciplinary artists’ collective Laboratoire AGIT’ART in the mid-1970s, El Hadji Sy curated numerous performances, which mostly took place in theatre spaces in Dakar but also included workshops at the psychiatric unit of Cheikh Anta Diop University. He is also a co-founder of the interventionist artists’ group Huit Facettes, whose work in rural Senegal was presented at documenta 11 in Kassel in 2002. El Hadji Sy has been involved in numerous curatorial projects in Europe. In the 1980s, he was commissioned to curate a new collection of Senegalese contemporary art  for the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt which initiated the museums long collaborations with El Hadji Sy. He is now represented at the Weltkulturen Museum with a retrospective exhibition.

28 april - Clémentine Deliss: The Post-Ethnographic Museum as Curatorial Experimentation

In 2015, an ethnographic museum appears to be out of time, and its collection unable to combine with current concepts of contemporaneity. What can one do to break this stasis and dislodge the anachronism embedded in its collections? How can ethnographic artefacts, of which there exist over 5 million in Germany alone, provide a central pool from which to reconfigure experimental research into visual culture and artistic practice?

Clémentine Deliss is a curator and publisher who has been the director of the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt am Main since 2010. In 2005, she published the first edition of “Remainder” by Tom McCarthy as part of her Metronome and Metronome Press, Paris, initiatives. Deliss studied contemporary art and social anthropology in Vienna, London and Paris and holds a PhD from the University of London (1988, SOAS). Her curatorial work extends beyond exhibitions and has included publishing and research. In 1996, she produced eleven issues of the international writers’ and artists’ organ Metronome presented at documenta X and documenta 12, and at numerous galleries and events. Deliss has acted as a consultant for the European Union and held guest professorships at the Städelschule in Frankfurt (1999)  and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Between 2002 and 2009 she directed the international research lab “Future Academy”, which investigated the global future of independent artistic research and production. Selected exhibitions curated by Deliss include: „Foreign Exchange (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger“ 2014 (together with Yvette Mutumba), Weltkulturen Museum; “Object Atlas – Fieldwork in the Museum”, Weltkulturen Museum, 2012; “Dragged down into Lower Case”, 2008 (with Oscar Tuazon); “Future Academy” 2007, at Kandada/Command N Project Collective, Tokyo (together with Masato Nakamura); “Think with Your Feet”: Solo Exhibition, Command N Gallery, Tokyo 2007; “An Open Operation”, 2006, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art; “Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa”  (Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1995 and Konsthalle Malmö, 1996); “Lotte or the Transformation of the Object” (Styrian Autumn Festival, Graz, and Akademie der bildende Künste Wien, 1990); “Exotic Europeans” (National Touring Exhibitions, Hayward Gallery, London, 1990-91). She is a member of Theatrum Mundi/Global Street, the long-term research project initiated by Richard Sennett and Saskia Sassen.