MAY 23 — 26, 2024

@Cukrarna Gallery
Poljanski nasip 40

Round table discussion
Ask, answer, adapt, repeat. Curating for longevity in times of hyperproduction

Caterina Avataneo, Tereza Jindrová, Marijana Schneider, Ana Simona

Moderated by

Ajda Ana Kocutar (ETC.)

The round table will present the practices of four international contemporary art curators working in different contexts, ranging from institutional frameworks to freelancing, constantly switching between different positions within the art system. Through the moderated discussion, we will try to shed light on what the role of the curator is and what the principles of curating are today, as well as how curatorial practices are influenced by production and financial conditions, certain trends in art, digital media, social networks, etc. 

Caterina Avataneo is an independent curator based in Turin. Since 2022 she co-curates the Digital Fellowship programme for Pompeii Commitment. Archaeological Matters – the first long-term, contemporary art programme established by the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. She is also part of the Curatorial Board of Cripta747 (Turin); and editorial coordinator at CURA. In 2022 she curated the VII Edition of the Club GAMeC Prize (Bergamo) and in 2021 and 2022 the New Entries section for emerging galleries at Artissima (Turin), as well as a number of national and international exhibitions. In 2019 she was Assistant Curator of Sun & Sea (Marina) Lithuanian Pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale  – awarded the Golden Lion. Before that she worked as Associate Curator at Arcade Gallery (London & Brussels) and as Assistant Curator on assigned projects at Serpentine Gallery (London). She holds an MA in Architecture from Politecnico of Turin (2014) and an MA in Curating from London Metropolitan University and Whitechapel Gallery (2017). She was awarded the 2017 NEON Curatorial Award by The Neon Foundation and Whitechapel Gallery.

Photo Credit @ Alberto Nidola

Marijana Schneider is an art historian and curator (contemporary art) at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. Her focus is on feminist engagement with the body, sculpture and space, and artistic approaches characterized by process orientation and performative thinking. She curated and co-curated the exhibitions Playing Rules! The Collections (2024), Maria Bartuszova (2023), Jasmina Cibic. Political Decadence (2022), Yinka Shonibare CBE. End of Empire (2021), Fiona Tan. Mit der anderen Hand / With the other Hand (2020), Bodies–Cities (2019), amongst many others.

Ana Simona Zelenović is an art historian and curator based in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2021, she was appointed as the art director and head curator of Galerija Novembar, Belgrade, where she worked until 2024. Zelenović holds a Bachelor of Arts (2015) and Master of Arts (2017) in art history from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy and a Master of Arts (2019) in gender studies from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Political Science. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy in the Department of Art History. Her thesis investigates the history of feminist performance art in former Yugoslavia and Serbia. Supplementing her interest in and research of constructivist approaches to understanding gender identity, sexual orientation, and sexuality, she simultaneously studies constructivist psychotherapy at PLK Centar (PLK is an acronym for Psihologija Ličnih Konstrukata, or Psychology of Personal Constructs), Belgrade. She is co-founder of SELFI Magazine, an annual print journal dedicated to women artists, and a contributing writer for Numéro Berlin. In 2024, she was a curator for Pavillion of Montenegro at Venice Biennale  for exhibition by Darja Bajagic titled It Takes an Island to Feel This Good.

Photo Credit @ Geray Mena

Tereza Jindrová is a curator and art writer based in Prague. She works as a curator for the Jindrich Chalupecký Society and Jindrich Chalupecký Award and she also teaches at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague. In general, she is interested in methods of creating curatorial ‘frames’ to layer different interactions between artists, artworks and the public. Recently she has focused on the topic of human-animal relations, environmentalism, rational and irrational aspects of healing, irrational beliefs and magic, and gender stereotypes in the context of artistic creativity.

Ajda Ana Kocutar is a curator and producer based in Ljubljana. In 2018 she completed a two-year training at the School for Curatorial Practice and Critical Writing World of Art at SCCA-Ljubljana. From 2017 to 2023, she was part of the DobraVaga Gallery collective (part of Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture) where she curated group and solo exhibitions and moderated artist talks. Between 2023 and 2024 she worked for the Ulay Foundation. She is a co-founder and member of the curatorial team of ETC. Magazine. She has curated numerous exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad, either alone or as part of a collective.

Photo Credit @ Zupanov