ARTISTIC PROJECTS. STRATEGIC CURATING. COMMONING.
SITE-SPECIFIC INTERVENTIONS. MULTI- & CROSS-DISCIPLINARY
INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE. ECO & SOCIAL JUSTICE.
QUEERING. FEMINISMS. NON-DUALITY. GEO- & BIO POLITICS.
CRITICAL FRIEND. RESEARCH. HEALING PRACTISES.
What happens when feminist and queer care ethics are put into curating practice? What happens when the notion of care based on the politics of relatedness, interdependence, reciprocity, and response-ability informs the practices of curating? Delivered through critical theoretical essays, practice-informed case studies, and manifestos, the essays in this book offer insights from diverse contexts and geographies.
kuratieren #7, Birgit Bosold, Vera Hofmann: Year of the Women*, Schwules Museum 2018Published by Verlag der Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung, 2021Edited by Ulrike BoskampISSN: 2510-2273In 2018, the Schwules Museum transmitted a strong signal against sexism and the marginalization of women* in art, culture and the queer communities by dedicating its entire annual program to female, lesbian, trans, inter and nonbinary perspectives under the title Jahr der Frau_en / Year of the Women*. Almost two years later and all the richer in experience Birgit Bosold and Vera Hofmann are attempting a dialogical reflection on this queer-feminist intervention, which they directed together. They briefly introduce the project and then illuminate some of its background information in the form of a honest dialogue to render transparent the complexity and contradictions, controversies and concurrences of their shared curating.
Year of the Women*
year-long intervention, Schwules Museum, Berlin, DE, 2018-2019
The "Year of the Women*" / "Jahr der Frau_en" was Schwules Museum Berlin's first ever programmatic focus on one theme and designed as a year-long queer-feminist intervention into the structural, economic and representational imbalances of the museum, the queer community and society at large. It consisted of 9 art, history and culture exhibitions, the Dyke Bar "Spirits", the "12 Moons Film Lounge", the lecture and workshop series "our own feminismS" as well as change management on all levels of the museum. The program offered space, time and resources for collective curating, the (un)learning around feminist her- and hirstories, intergenerational community discourse and the representation of FLINT* (female, lesbian, inter, non-binary, trans*) artists, film makers, activists, academics, historians, kinksters, sex workers and other members of the various scenes. It became the museum's most successful program in it's 30 year history (besides its collaboration with the German Historical Museum in 2015). The programming alongside the managerial work in the background attracted a whole new diverse audience, put Schwules Museum on the map of contemporary Berlin's art and cultural venues, led to an increasing amount of collaborations with other cultural instutions and academia as well as to an all queer-feminist board of directors and a much more diverse staff.
12 Moons site-specific installation, films/videos, Schwules Museum, Berlin, DE, 2018-2019
As an intervention into the intervention this year-long twelve-part program changing every new moon featured 65 films by feminist filmmakers and video artists in the 12 Moons Film Lounge. Conceptualized to ensure at least one female* voice being heard every minute of every day at the Schwules Museum Berlin (the Gay Museum) the program gave in- depth context to queer and feminist concerns. It both complemented the running exhibitions and addressed gaps and exclusions in the overall curation of the theme Year of the Women*.
All I Wanna Do Is Sit In The Sun For A Whilesite-specific installation, quadrophonic sound, Burgerweeshuis, Amsterdam, NL, 2016
The immersive site-specific installation is a renunciation of further functioning in hegemonic systems, a grappling with the (self-) exploitation of the affective work of marginalized artists* in particular, and at the same time it is an ode to devotion.
Contemporary Cure Compendium
various media, 2014-2016
Artistic research and multi-disciplinary works on alternative methods of healing, digging up ancient therapies, queering contemporary ones, appropriating, remixing and reformulating them in an artistic, empowering DIY approach. On a quest for cure, to achieve a higher sensitivity for social and political conditions, interpersonal and intrapersonal connections. visit website * selected works
various media, since 2011-2016
BENTEN CLAY is a global corporation with a cross-disciplinary approach. The focus lies on the production of a long-term project titled Age of an End in which the appearance of the now is analyzed, assessing the limitation of natural resources, their implementations, as well as mechanisms of power and volatility inherent to the human pursuit of control. visit website * selected works
ART ON DEMAND
action, video documentation, 2013
AOD was a collaborative participatory project. Its primary aim was to make art accessible by taking it out of the expected exhibition spaces and bringing it to targeted private spaces, creating tailor-made works that are intimate, useful and immersive.
5 newspapers with 8 pages each, 40x56 cm, newspaper holders, piezo prints, various sizes, 2009
On the role of the media, state, banks, corporations and the 1% in the global financial crisis in a newspaper and photography series.