Workshop 'Former West: A Proposition'.
In this workshop Maria Hlavajova will talk about the issues of research in the arts and the collaboration between art institutions and academia within the framework of her research project FORMER WEST. In addition the texts The Post-Communist Condition by Boris Groys and Postcolonial Constellation by Okwui Enwezor will be discussed.
Maria Hlavajova is a curator and the artistic director of BAK, Basis voor Actuele Kunst in Utrecht, and the initiator and creative director of the FORMER WEST project. In her work, Hlavajova engages in critical practice that both recognizes the profound connection between art and knowledge, and relates to issues that are urgent in current cultural and political conditions. Her projects often evolve in “parts” or “episodes,” which allow for the concurrent exploration of specific issues from different perspectives and in various forms. Hlavajova’s interests are interdisciplinary, with a focus on exhibitions and examining the contemporary in the aesthetic context.