Gwangju Biennial associate curators: Contemporary Curatorial Practice
Fatos Üstek 法托絲‧烏斯德科
Emiliano Valdés 埃米利亞諾‧巴諾達斯
This talk will focus on current trends within ‘Biennials’ which have now become a crucial component in our contemporary art system. The Biennial itself has been developed as a stage for independent curators that allow them the means and the space to explore their curatorial practice in ways that would have otherwise not existed. In this way the Biennial opens up the perspective on how we view and experience curating.
For 2014 Gwangju Biennale the TCAC is pleased to invite associate curators Fatos Üstek and Emiliano Valdés who will present their own curatorial practices as well as discuss the current contexts and concerns surrounding the Biennial as a contemporary curatorial space.
Intro of Speakers
Fatos Üstek is an independent curator and art critic, from Istanbul, currently based in London, UK. She is member of AICA TR and ICI alumni; currently associate curator 10th Gwangju Biennial, 2014; guest tutor at Vision Forum, Linkopings Universitet, Sweden; regular contributor to magazines Art Review, Camera Austria International, RES Art World / World Art and Art Papers. She is a core member of artistic research group OuUnpO and leads research projects La Duree with Per Huttner, I N F R A with Anna Gritz under the framework of Vision Forum.
In 2008 Ustek received her M.A. at the Contemporary Art Theory Department at Goldsmiths College London, after completing her BA in Mathematics at Bogazici University, Istanbul. Additionally, where she also acquired a degree from the Film Studies. She has worked as an assistant at Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Centre, Istanbul (2002-2003); as exhibition coordinator at Galerist, Istanbul (2003-2004); as curatorial assistant at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (2006); as freelance writer at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2007). She received curatorial residencies at Tent, Rotterdam (2008-2009); press to exit project space, Skopje (2009); Stacion – Centre for Contemporary Art, Pristine (2010). Her recent texts appeared in the Global Art and the Museum website, 6th Momentum Biennial Reader, Borusan Art Collection Book. Ustek acted as founding editor of Nowiswere Contemporary Art Magazine between 2008-2012, is editor of Unexpected Encounters Situations of Contemporary Art and Architecture since 2000 published by Zorlu Center, Istanbul (Turkish Only, 2012; English Only, upcoming); is the author of Book of Confusions, commissioned and published by Rossi&Rossi, London.
Emiliano Valdés is a curator, editor and cultural producer based in London and Guatemala City. He is currently Associate Curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale and Co-director of Proyectos Ultravioleta, a multifaceted platform for experimentation in contemporary art in Guatemala City. Until recently, he was Curator/Head of Visual Arts at the Centro Cultural de España en Guatemala where over 5 years he developed an extensive exhibitions program that transformed the artistic scene of the country. In 2012, he was the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Curatorial Fellow at dOCUMENTA (13). He has also been Temporary Exhibition Coordinator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, (Madrid 2006-2007); Managing Editor at Contemporary Magazines, (London, 2007-2009); Co-Curator of the 8th Bienal de Artes Visuales Nicaragüenses (Nicaragua, 2011-2012); Curator of the 17th Bienal de Arte Paiz (Guatemala, 2010); Director of the seminar ‘Hábitat: Arte contexto y análisis urbano’ (Managua, 2010) as well as Artistic Director of Foto30 (2009-2010-2011), a contemporary photography and image festival in Guatemala City. Amongst his latest exhibitions are: “¡Viva feliz!: The Painting of Fernando Iturbide” at the CCE Guatemala; “Serie Revisiones” at (Ex)Céntrico throughout all of 2011; ‘Mayami Son Machín’ at Gallery Diet in Miami; ‘Me asusta pero me gusta: Arte actual de Guatemala‘, at Diablo Rosso in Panamá City; ‘Hacer la historia’ at the Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española en la Antigua Guatemala; ‘Campo&Ciudad’; ‘¡Progreso!’; ‘Esa historia a la vuelta de la esquina’; ‘Luis Camnitzer: Ideas para Instalar’; and ‘Pintura: El proyecto incompleto’.
（翻譯 / Translation：張堉樺 / Yu Hua Chang）