In recent years, artists and curators have often been confronted with the classic political dilemma of engagement or disengagement. The political, ideological or economic contexts of certain biennials or art exhibitions have raised the question of whether to continue and, if so, under what circumstances, facing what consequences and to what point? The Istanbul or Kiev Biennials, or recently Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, demonstrated that curating and art production cannot just carry on “as if nothing had happened”.

The workshop and the lecture proposed an exercise in reflecting on curatorial and artistic scenarios and political dilemmas. How does one engage with audiences in a place of political non-alignment? How does art challenge the oppressive political and aesthetic climate? What are the core ethical and aesthetical questions, and finally, can art become an indispensable agent of the exciting possibility of political rapprochement, or is that too much to expect?

Joanna Warsza is a curator, researcher, and writer in the fields of visual and performing arts and architecture. Currently Joanna is the head of the curatorial program CuratorLab at Konstfack in Stockholm. Joanna was trained as a theater and dance scholar at the Warsaw Theater Academy and University Paris 8. She curated, among others, the Public Program of Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, the Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and she was associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale. She edited Stadium X-A Place That Never Was (2009), Forget Fear (2012) and Ministry of Highways: A Guide to the Performative Architecture of Tbilisi (2013). She is based in Berlin and Warsaw.

The Atelier IN at the Department of Intermedia focuses on the overlaps of different media and emphasizes creative approaches while specifically focusing on socially engaged politically sensitive conceptual art practices. An essential feature of the studio is its openness to a wide range of media and experiments in the field of contemporary art.
Since 2011, the educational program OPEN STUDIO has been part of the study at Atelier IN. Every month throughout the academic year the program brings established and renowned artists and theorists as short-term tutors for the students of the studio, and also for other students of the Department of Intermedia and the Academy.
The Open Studio has become a platform for practical and theoretical considerations reflecting on the historical, social and intellectual assumptions of visual art production.
The word “open” in the title suggests openness to new stimuli, opinions, reflections, criticism, communication and ultimately the formation of openness, which is achieved through inviting significant figures of the international art-scene into the studio and academic environment.

Here you can express yourself. (*required)