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March 25th 2003
Conférence «When Institutions Become Situations»

Vasif Kortun’s talk will pivot on the notion of place in regard to institutional and curatorial practice ; and the models of survival during times of populist politics.

12: 30pm– 1:30pm
Concordia University, Bourget Building, 1230 de Lamontagne(suite 107)

Vasif Kortun is the director of Istanbul's first contemporary art museum, Proje4L Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art, and the director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey. Kortun was the chief curator and director of the Third Istanbul Biennial in 1992. Between 1994 and 1997, he worked as the founding director of the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.His writing and interviews over the last three years include Mars, NU, Flash Art, Art Asia Pacific, Art Journal, New Art Examiner, Contemporary, Art Fan and other magazines, and contributions to exhibition catalogs such as the 48. Sao Paolo Biennial, 2nd Johannesburg Biennial, "Manifesta 2", 1999, 48. Venice Biennial, 6. Istanbul Biennial, "Zeitwenden", "Echolot" and many other exhibition catalogs. He was one of the curators for Fresh Cream: 10 Curators 100 Artists published by the Phaidon Press. He has also participated in two recent publications: Curator's Vade Mecum" Independent Curators International, NY; and Foci: Interviews with ten international Curators (ed. Carolee Thea). Kortun is the editor of an annual contemporary art magazine RG published in Turkish. In the last two years Kortun gave talks, participated conferences and ran workshops in Egypt, Denmark, Finland, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Rumania, Bulgaria, and Russia. He has been a guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki and Konstfack, University of Fine and Applied Arts, Stockholm.Kortun's exhibitions in 2000-01 included "Young Art in Ankara-3" an annual of survey in Ankara, Turkey,"Confessions of a Voyeur" at the Dulcinea Gallery in Istanbul, "Short Stories, (La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano", (co-curator), "Becoming a Place", (Proje 4L, Istanbul); "Unlimited#4", De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Look Again, (Proje4L, Istanbul), Projects in 2002 include "Nothing: Haluk Akakçe", (Platform, Istanbul), "Gift of Gab: Gabriel Lester", (Platform, Istanbul), "Burt Barr" (Platform, Istanbul), "Women Who Wear Wigs", (Proje 4L, Istanbul). Projects in 2003 are The Biennial of Córdoba, Argentina (co-curator); 2. Biennial of Ceramics (Albissola, Italy (co-curator), and "Mine Team" (Apex Art, New York).Kortun is on the Bush Global Advisory Committee of the Walker Art Center, and the International Foundation Manifesta board member. He is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, and a 2002 jury member for The Querini Stampalia Foundation-Furla for Art Prize, Venice.