Nanne Buurman I Annie Fletcher I Jean-Paul Martinon I nynnyt

Friday 19 March, 10am-2pm

Chaired by Mirjami Schuppert

Introduction by Mary Cremin, Director, Void Gallery

Director of Titanik, Turku and independent curator Mirjami Schuppert, in partnership with Void Gallery, is organising a workshop on Curatorial Ethics.

Stemming from her PHD research, this workshop aims to produce a working definition of ethics within the framework of contemporary curatorial practice, and to answer the question: What do we talk about when we talk about curatorial ethics? Whilst in museology, different guidelines have been established (for example Code of Ethics for Museums, defined by the Museums Association) to guarantee ethical conduct, in contemporary curatorial practice, which is very much about communication, dialogue, interaction, change, and creation, a normative approach would not seem to suffice, but a more flexible approach to ethics is needed. The expertise of the invited speakers ranges from the question of curatorial authorship, institutional practices, the curatorial, curating as a critical practice to ethics more widely, and feminist curatorial practice. Local curators, artists, and students are invited to participate as active workshop members.

The day will consist of presentations by the speakers, Q&As, and break out sessions to give all participants an opportunity to engage in the conversation.

Maximum participants: 30

Cost: £5

To book your place please visit our Eventbrite page here.

Speakers’ biographies & further information

Nanne Buurman

Nanne Buurman is a researcher, lecturer, author and editor, who is currently employed as a specialist for documenta and exhibition studies in the Department of Art History and Theory at Kunsthochschule Kassel, where she has been part of the team building the documenta Institut since 2018 and currently co-heading a research group on the question of Nazi continuities at documenta. After graduating from Leipzig University, she was a member of the International Research Group InterArt at the Freie Universität Berlin, a Visiting Scholar at Goldsmiths College in London and an adjunct lecturer at the universities of Leipzig, Hildesheim and Bremen. Her research and publications focus on exhibition studies, the politics, economies and epistemologies of curating, the past and present of documenta, the shifting roles of race, class and gender in artistic and curatorial practice as well as the transcultural conditions of cultural production in a global context. She co-edited the OnCurating issue documenta: Curating the History of the Present (2017 with Dorothee Richter), the anthology Situating Global Art: Temporalities – Topologies – Trajectories (2018 with Sarah Dornhof, Birgit Hopfener, Barbara Lutz) and is Founding Editor of the research platform documenta studies/documenta studien (since 2018, with Nora Sternfeld, Carina Herring, Ina Wudtke).


My presentation will focus on the socially reproductive functions of curating as an emancipatory practice and an instrument of power. Calling attention to the governmental functions of curatorial ethics, I would like to discuss the ambivalences of care and the ways in which moral imperatives and codes of conduct primarily effect exhibitions on the level of rhetorics or content while structural and institutional inequalities and power structures often remain largely unresolved.

Annie Fletcher

Annie Fletcher is currently Director of IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). Previously she was Chief Curator at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and a tutor at de Appel, Amsterdam, the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) and the Design Academy Eindhoven.

Fletcher originally initiated the touring exhibition The Otolith Group: Xenogenesis at the Van Abbemuseum in 2019. Other recent projects include The Universe Flickered at SALT Istanbul; Trade Markings; Frontier Imaginaries Ed No.5 and the solo exhibition of Qiu Zhijie Journeys without Arrivals, the Museum of Arte Util with Tanja Bruguera, and a retrospective of Hito Steyerl. Other solo presentations include Sheela Gowda, Anna Boghiguian, David Maljkovic, Jo Baer, Jutta Koether, Deimantas Narkevicius and Minerva Cuevas. She curated After the Future at EVA International Biennial of Visual Art in 2012. She has developed the long term projects, Be(com)ing Dutch (2006-09) and Cork Caucus (2005) with Charles Esche. She was co-founder and co-director of the rolling curatorial platform If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution with Frederique Bergholtz and Tanja Elstgeest (2005-10).

In 2012, she was Curator of Ireland’s Contemporary Art biennale EVA International and is regularly called upon to sit on International juries, including the 2019 Preis der Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the 2016 Irish Pavilion at Venice; the 2015 Köler Prize, Estonia; the 2014 Turner Prize, UK; the 2013 Leopold Bloom Art Award, Hungary; and the 2011 BC21 Art Award, Austria.

Jean-Paul Martinon

*** Due to unforeseen events, Irit Rugoff can no longer participate in the Curatorial Ethics Workshop but we are delighted to announce Jean-Paul Martinon who will present Pale Fires: The Ethics of “Reading” Exhibitions.
Jean-Paul Martinon was born in Chicago, brought up in Paris, and has been living in London for too many years. He was the co-founder and curator of Rear Window ( He is now Reader in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, London. He has written monographs on a Victorian workhouse (Swelling Grounds, 1995), the idea of the future in the work of Derrida, Malabou and Nancy (On Futurity, 2007), the temporal dimension of masculinity (The End of Man, 2013), and the concept of peace after the Rwandan genocide (After “Rwanda,” 2013). He is also the editor of The Curatorial: A Philosophy of Curating, 2014 and of Curating Ethics (MDPI, 2021). His latest book,Curating as Ethics was published in 2020 by Minnesota University Press.
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nynnyt is a feminist curatorial duo of Orlan Ohtonen (they/them) and Selina Väliheikki (she/her), working from and with the notion of friendship. Since 2013 they have been researching and testing out a curatorial practice that echoes intersectional queer feminist politics; and questions and dismantles hierarchical and exploitative structures of the art field. They lecture, facilitate workshops, host a residency program and have, among other things, curated exhibitions at Mustarinda in Hyrynsalmi and Titanik in Turku, Finland. In January 2018, together with Femicomix Finland collective, nynnyt initiated a feminist work space called POIMU, which is now the working home for 40 artists, curators and other agents. They are also founding members of Feminist Culture House that works to foster opportunities and fair working conditions for under represented artists in Finland. Currently Orlan is working as a Co-Director of Feminist Culture House in Helsinki and Selina as a Regional Art Museum Researcher in Museum and Science Center Luuppi, in Oulu, Finland.


Mirjami Schuppert

Mirjami Schuppert is the director of Arte Artists’ Association and Titanik gallery in Turku, Finland. She also works as an independent curator. Since 2010, she has been working as an independent curator delivering numerous exhibitions in Finland, Germany and Northern Ireland in galleries, museums, and off-site locations. She successfully completed a practice-based PhD in curating (2016, Ulster University). Her research explored the critical potential of artistic interventions into photographic archives and the curator’s role in this process. The focus of Schuppert’s curatorial practice is commissioning new context and site-specific works.


This project is kindly sponsored by Visual Artists Ireland. It is presented in partnership with the Finnish Institute in London.