Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev at ACT’s Lecture Series – feb 29, 2016

The ACT Lecture Series are back on! The Spring 2016 sessions, titled Curation: Agencies and Urgencies, brings in a diverse and largely influential group of curators, educators and critics to question the contexts and forces shaping art and cultural practice – specifically curation – today.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev will be our guest for the first edition of this Lecture Series on February 29. The talk will be moderated by Duygu Demir, a PhD student in MIT’s History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture program

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Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, mind map of documenta, 2010

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is an author, an organizer of events and exhibitions, and a researcher of artistic practices, the histories of art and the politics of aesthetics. She is the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013–15), Getty Visiting Scholar (2015) and incoming Director as of 2016 of the  Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and GAM / Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna in Turin, Italy.


Photo of Thought Forms installed at Rebuild’s Stony Island Arts Bank for the Intention to Know: The Thought Forms of Annie Besant exhibition. Photo credit should be to Habib Bolat.

She drafted the 14th edition of the Istanbul Biennial in 2015 (SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms) and was the artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) which took place in 2012 in Kassel, Germany as well as in Kabul, Afghanistan; Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt; and Banff, Canada. Previously, she was the artistic director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions—Forms That Turn (2008); and senior curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate in New York, from 1999 to 2001.


Installation view, 16th Biennale of Sydney, MCA, 2008


Duygu Demir is a writer and curator based in Istanbul and Cambridge, MA. Currently a PhD student in MIT’s History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture program, she was also, until recently, a programmer for SALT, Istanbul. While at SALT, Duygu co-curated the archival exhibition From England with love, İsmail Saray (2014), the retrospective A Promised Exhibition – Gülsün Karamustafa (2013) and the inaugural exhibition I am not a studio artist, a retrospective of Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin that opened in April 2011. She also worked on numerous solo and group exhibitions and accompanying public programs including Rabih Mroué (2014), subREAL (2013), Hassan Khan (2012), İstanbul Eindhoven SALTVanAbbe: Post ‘89 (2012) and Modern Essays: Across the Slope – Ahmet Öğüt (2011).  In 2011, she co-curated I Decided not to Save the World with Kyla McDonald, a group exhibition which was on view at Tate Modern and traveled to SALT in 2012. She has contributed articles and reviews to magazines and online platforms, including Art Margins, Art Asia Pacific, Art Papers, Broadsheet, and Ibraaz. She was one of the authors of Art Cities of the Future: Avant-Gardes of the 21st Century (Phaidon, 2013), nominator and contributor for Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing (Phaidon, 2013) as well as editor of Room of Rhythms-Cevdet Erek (2012, Walther König) and I am not a Studio Artist (SALT, 2011). Her upcoming curatorial project titled Flow Through, a solo presentation of the work of Turkish-American artist Bahar Yürükoğlu opens at Arter Space for Art in Istanbul in March 2016.

The talk will take place on Monday, February 29 at 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the ACT Cube, E15-001. 

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