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Carte Blanche: Crossroads in Curation

26.02.2020 - María Berríos, Claire Diao, Fatma Çolakoğlu , moderated by Djamila Grandits

Four female curators set out to rethink old habits. Forming a spontaneous collective for this carte-blanche session, programmers of the Berlin Biennale, the Viennese CineCollective, Cannes' Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and SALT in Istanbul rewrite the selection criteria behind the curation of art and film. Aware of the many barriers the contemporary art world erects, they pull together to rework the balance of culture between global North and South. Collective curation is an effective solution: new experiences in art take shape when traditional decision-making is cast aside. The opportunity to refute interpretations and practises that pay lip service to conventional national or gendered narratives is then within reach.


María Berríos

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María Berríos is a sociologist, writer, independent curator, and co-founder of the Chilean editorial collective vaticanochico. Her work traverses art, culture and politics with a special interest in the collective experiments of the Third World movement and their exhibition formats in the 1960s and 70s.

Claire Diao

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Member of the Directors’ Fortnight selection committee, Claire Diao hosts the weekly TV show CINÈ LE MAG on Canal Plus and runs the distribution company Sudu Connexion. She collaborates with the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. In 2018, she received the Beaumarchais Medal for her essay “Double Vague, le nouveau souffle du cinéma français” and was listed as one of the 2019 “Future Leaders – Programmers & Curators” by Screen International.

Fatma Çolakoğlu

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Fatma Çolakoğlu has been a curator for exhibitions, film and video art for 15 years now. In 2005, she established the film department of the Istanbul Modern - Museum of Contemporary Art. Subsequently, she was responsible for the film and video programme of Pera Film and headed the communications department of the Pera Museum in Istanbul. Today, she is the associate director for research and programming at SALT in Istanbul.

Moderated by

Djamila Grandits

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Djamila Grandits is a Vienna based curator, programmer and cultural worker. As part of CineCollective she’s responsible fo the artistic direction and management of Kaleidoskop Film und Freiluft am Karlsplatz. Currently she is part off the selection committees of Filmfestival Kitzbühel and frameout digital summer screenings. She works as moderator and host of various panels, events and interviews and cares about the intersections and deconstruction of theoretical concepts, artistic-, political- and activist forms.