Curating context

What does it take to curate beyond the gallery space? What challenges and possibilities does curatorial practice face as it expands from curating an exhibition to curating an entire context? Curating Context brings together international curators and artists for a new anthology and seminar in Stockholm. Order the anthology and watch the seminar here.

Curating Context – Beyond the Gallery and Into Other Fields describes the field where the curatorial practice is extended beyond curating exhibitions into working with entire contexts. This exciting and laborious curatorial approach where each project sets new demands, requires very specific skills rarely taught in curatorial programs or described in publications.

Anthology and seminar
The project Curating Context consists of an anthology and seminar articulating the why and how of curating art projects that gain their meaning in relation to a surrounding context, or which need a specific structure in order to play out.

Share with practitioners in the field
The anthology and the seminar reflect on how these curatorial methodologies not only situate works in different places, but also transfer curatorial methods into other fields, such as the contexts of law, urban development, and constructions of the civic. Curating Context departs from a desire to share this sustained conversation among practitioners in the field. It is part of the Public Art Agency Sweden’s program of knowledge development.


Buy Curating Context – Beyond the Gallery and Into Other Fields here


Context and Relation, Magdalena Malm
Survival Guide for Art Production, Maria Muur Dean
Curating Inside of the Mind, Raimundas Malasauskas / Magdalena Malm
The Play of Protagonists, RAQS MEDIA COLLECTIVE
How about this? On a sense of togetherness, Elvira Dyangani Ose / Magdalena Malm,
From Crystal Ball Gazing to Air Traffic Control: Arts Producing in Public Contexts, Claire Doherty
Perceptions of Care, Nato Thompson / Suzanne Lacy
Curating Infrastructure, Jessica Segerlund / Joanna Zawieja
Transforming, Composing, Instituting, Disappearing: Four Movements of the Curatorial Inquiry, Grégory Castéra

Editor: Magdalena Malm
Published by: Art and Theory in collaboration with the Public Art Agency Sweden


Watch the presentations

The seminar took place at Kungl. Konsthögskolan/Royal Institute of Art March 21, 2017. Seminar programme Curating Context

The seminar investigated topics like Curating the Civic, Curating in Response to a Local Context and Curating the Urban – from Social Fabric to Infrastructure.

Contributors in the seminar:
Grégory Castéra, co-director Council Paris
Claire Doherty, director Situations, Bristol
Filip Jovanovski and Ivana Vaseva, directors Akto Festival, Skopje
Sophie Goltz, artistic director, city curator, Hamburg
Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, artist
Magdalena Malm, director Public Art Agency Sweden
Edi Muka, curator, Public Art Agency Sweden
María Mur Dean, director consonni, Bilbao
Helena Papadopoulos, director, Radio Athenes, Athens
Joanna Zawieja, curator urban development Public Art Agency Sweden


The seminar was produced by the Public Art Agency Sweden in collaboration with the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, Valand Academy and Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.

The anthology Curating Context – Beyond the Gallery and Into Other Fields is published by: Art and Theory Publishing in collaboration with the Public Art Agency Sweden

Image: Again and again – Sislej Xhafa. Courtesy of GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Peking / Les Moulins / Havana. Photo: Ricard Estay/Public Art Agency Sweden.