Friday, August 8, 2014

8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art / Interview with Curator Juan A. Gaitán



A few days before the end of the 8th Berlin Biennale, VernissageTV had the chance to speak with Juan A. Gaitán at the exhibition space of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Apart from the introduction, the interview is about the starting point of Berlin Biennale and the interconnection of the involved institutions in the event. The aim of the interview is to trace contemporary curatorial praxis. The video features works by the artists Cynthia Gutiérrez, Irene Kopelman, Tonel, Judy Radul, Julieta Aranda, Leonor Antunes, Otobong Nkanga, Santu Mofokeng, Zachary Cahill and Zarouhie Abdalian.

Juan A. Gaitán (Canada/Colombia) is an independent writer and curator, currently based in Mexico City and Berlin. He is trained as an artist and art historian at University of British Columbia and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver (Canada). Between January 2009 and December 2011, he was curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and between September 2011 and June 2012 adjunct professor in the Curatorial Practice Program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco (USA). His writings have been published in several journals, including Afterall, The Exhibitionist, Fillip, and Mousse.

The 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (Germany); Interview with Juan A. Gaitán; July 30, 2014. 

Video and interview by Frantisek Zachoval.