• March 19, 2021 - March 19, 2021

Curatorial Ethics Workshop

Nanne Buurman I Annie Fletcher I Irit Rogoff 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.




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.




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


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