My standpoint on curating is similar to the thinking of Julieta Aranda, who states: “Sometimes I wonder if there is really a need to keep roles so strictly separated or if curating is an entrenched practice merely because of tradition. I would be very curious to know what you consider the difference between artist-curated shows and curator-curated shows. In my case, I think more and more about the possibility of an extremely flexible approach in which it would be possible to articulate polysemic positions that can be either artworks or exhibitions. Somehow the idea of exploring the intersecting space between both practices seems more interesting to me than it is to delineate the boundaries of each. A good example is Obrist’s DO IT exhibitions, which I find incredibly successful as artworks.”
And what about curators that are trained in both curating and art? And vice versa? Does this make this person’s curating less valid or their art less valid? Maybe some people are complicated enough to do both equally well? And as far as curating as art–there have been worse concepts deemed art, so why not? Visit The Eclipse Gallery blog for more on this.
Curators that inspire me:
Harald Szeemann (the link is an interview by Obrist!)