Artis and the Center for Contemporary Art presented a panel discussion on curators’ approaches to working locally. In recent years, artists and curators have been increasingly exploring their own local histories—cultural, political, personal, and communal—in order to question prevailing hegemonic narratives. Referencing their own recent curatorial projects, the speakers addressed questions such as, what is the responsibility of cultural institutions to the communities in which they reside? How do cultural institutions make themselves relevant, accessible, and responsive to the various communities that they work with, and what are the challenges? Who are we talking about when we say community? Moderated by Udi Edelman, curator and director of the Institute for Public Presence, the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon.
Case in Point is a series of talks and thematic panel discussions that take place during Artis’ Curatorial Seminar in Israel. Through presentations and a moderated discussion, participants focus on the practices of international and Israel-based curators, and investigate contemporary topics in the field of curating.
Karni Barzilay is Curator of Kav 16 Community Gallery for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and in the past ten years has curated solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around Israel.
Inga Lāce is a curator at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA). She was a curatorial fellow at de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2015–16) where she examined the intertwined relationships between nature and culture, art institutions, and ecology, resulting in a symposium and publication titled “Instituting Ecologies.”
Renan Laru-an is a researcher, curator, and the public engagement and artistic formation coordinator at the Philippine Contemporary Art Network. In 2019 he was part of the curatorial team for the Singapore Biennale, “Every Step in the Right Direction.”