In this lecture Viviana Checchia and Anna Santomauro will present a collective engaged curatorial practice beyond the usual schemes: situated but nomadic; responsive but not embedded; institutionalised but not normalised.
This practice has been developed during the past 10 years within their intellectual and emotional Vessel, a nomadic research-led agency and curatorial organisation. Vessel is a platform for critical discussion surrounding the cultural, social, economic and political change created through community-based work, based in Puglia, Italy.
Vessel has devoted great attention to the definition and development of socially-engaged art practice and contributed internationally through the application of socially-engaged tools and methods in contemporary curatorial practice, always from a perspective other than the mainstream.
In this lecture the curators and co-founders of Vessel Viviana Checchia and Anna Santomauro will share some ideas and examples of how that was possible through public programming, commissioning and writing.
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Viviana Checchia is a curator, critic and lecturer active internationally. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at HDK-Valand. Previous to this role she was Public Engagement Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art: Glasgow (CCA). Prior to taking up her role at CCA, Viviana produced and contributed to a range of international projects, including the Young Artist of the Year Award 2014 (YAYA) in Ramallah and the 4th Athens Biennale. For the past ten years, Viviana has co-directed Vessel, a platform for critical discussion surrounding the cultural, social, economic and political change created through community-based work, based in Puglia, Italy.
Anna Santomauro is a curator, educator and researcher in micropolitics and socially engaged art. In 2017 she joined Arts Catalyst as Curator. In 2011, Santomauro co-founded Vessel in Bari, Italy, a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to public programming in relation to contemporary social, political, and economic issues. Between 2015 and 2018 Santomauro was Public Programmer at Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and curator-in-residence at Grand Union (Birmingham). Santomauro was one of the recipients of ICI/Dedalus Research Award. She attended several curatorial courses such as GBICC 2012 organized by the Gwangju Biennial, ICA Summer Seminar in Yerevan (Armenia), ICI – Independent Curators International Seminar in Istanbul, and is member of IKT.