Lecturer: Laura Castagnini
Course dates: 12 February + 26 February 2022, 10am–2pm (CET)
How do you curate as a feminist? How can you “queer” exhibition-making? How can we apply feminist and queer methodologies to our everyday working practices, given the practical and ideological constraints of the museum?
This course will encourage participants to explore these questions using examples from their own curatorial practice, past present or future. We will imagine new ways to challenge the historical absence of marginalised voices and critically engage with the way that principles of diversity and inclusion currently operate in art institutions.
Participants will examine new ways of thinking about exhibition-making and collection building that move beyond corrective approaches, from Helen Molesworth’s model of “elective mothers” to Nikki Sullivan and Craig Middleton’s notion of “queer ethics”. These suggested readings will be introduced by the course leader followed by reflection on examples from her own practice, from solo shows of female artists (Lubaina Himid, Tate Britain, London, 2019) to thematic group exhibitions (Backflip: Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2013) as well as current exhibition history research (Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh and touring,1991-2). Thereafter, the group will collectively develop critical tools of self-assessment that can be applied to their own projects. The course will encourage critical self-reflection and provide a supportive space for participants to develop thoughtful and nuanced approaches to feminist and queer curating.