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Portfolio review

Art Weekend Aarhus Online Portfolio Review
October 1-16, 2020

This fall Aarhus Center for Visual Art will host a special online edition of the Art Weekend Aarhus Portfolio Review - an annual event that connects local artists with curators from all over the world.

The program will feature a series of one-on-one Zoom meetings that will be held between October 1-16, 2020. This format takes advantage of the flexibility of online meetings, allowing artists and curators to connect across time zones at a relaxed pace.

Participating curators:
**Curators will be added to this list on an ongoing basis. Please check back regularly for updates.

  • Mirela Baciak, steirischer herbst (Graz, Austria)
    Mirela Baciak (1987, Warsaw) is a curator at steirischer herbst, an annual festival for contemporary art taking place in Graz, Austria. Prior she worked at Public Art Munich (2018), was curator-in-residence at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (2018), Talks Fellow at Dhaka Art Summit (2018), and Cultural Fellow at Kunsthalle Wien (2017). As a freelancer, she curated Nature \ nature at Kunstraum Niederösterreich (2019), Tribute to a Passerby, a solo exhibition of Salwa Aleryani at Sort Vienna (2019). Baciak lives in Graz and Vienna.

  • Diana Campbell Betancourt, Dhaka Art Summit (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
    Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Founding Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit, the foremost research and exhibition platform for art in South Asia and the world’s highest daily visited contemporary art exhibition. She has been building the Samdani collection and developing Srihatta, an art centre and sculpture park that will soon be the foundation’s permanent home, commissioning site-specific installations while developing the foundation’s education and public programmes. She was curator of Frieze Projects in London (2018-2019) and the Founding Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects in the Philippines (2016-2018). Educated at Princeton, she has been living and working across Asia since 2010 and splits her time between Brussels and Dhaka.
  • Emily Fahlén, Mint (Stockholm, Sweden) and Luleå Biennial (Luleå, Sweden)
    Emily Fahlén is a curator and educator based in Stockholm. She is co-director of the art space Mint - the Workers’ Educational Association in Stockholm - and artistic director for the Luleå Biennial. Between 2011–2017 Fahlén worked as a mediator and producer at Tensta konsthall.
  • Susan Hapgood, International Studio & Curatorial Program (New York, USA)
    Susan Hapgood is executive director of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), and founder of the Mumbai Art Room in India. ISCP is housed in a former printing factory in Brooklyn with 35 light-filled work studios and two galleries, and is New York’s most comprehensive international visual arts residency program, founded in 1994.  
  • Celia Ho, Para Site (Hong Kong, China)
    Celia Ho is a Curator at Para Site, a Hong Kong-based non-profit organisation dedicated to contemporary exhibitions and programmes aimed at forging a critical understanding of local and international phenomena in art and society. Celia is interested in exploring the relationship between artists, institutions, and the community. She focuses on alternative types of artistic exchange to enable artists to be experimental, radical, inclusive, and imaginative.
  • Samuel Leuenberger, SALTS (Birsfelden, Switzerland)
    Independent curator, Samuel Leuenberger has been running the not-for-profit exhibition space SALTS in Birsfelden, near Basel, Switzerland, since 2009, promoting young Swiss and international artists. Since 2016, he is the lead curator of Art Basel’s Parcours sector, a large inner city sculpture and performance project. Since 2012, Leuenberger has worked with the Swiss Arts Council ProHelvetia on several occasions, including a presentation of the ‘Cahiers D’Artistes’, (artists’ books) in 2013. More recently, he was an associate curator of Salon Suisse 2017, the collateral public program of the Swiss Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Alongside the work at SALTS and Parcours, he has been appointed as new Mediator for the New Patrons (Les Nouveaux Commanditaires) in Switzerland. The role of the New Patrons is to offer an open, democratic platform, where citizens from all backgrounds can engage in a process of commissioning, producing and presenting an artwork, a place of encounter or temporary event in the public space. 
  • Arttu Merimaa, Helsinki Art Museum (Helsinki, Finland)
    Arttu Merimaa is a curator, facilitator and artist. He has been running a small display window art space Alkovi since 2009. In addition, Merimaa organizes the activity of a Finland-Russia exchange program Connecting Points within HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme). Currently Merimaa works as an exhibition curator in HAM Helsinki Art Museum. Merimaa's curatorial work centers around thinking of art in different public and semi-public contexts as well as developing collegial settings for art practitioners to interact.

  • Elisabeth Piskernik, Le Cube – Independent Art Room (Rabat, Morocco) - with Gabrielle Camuset
    Director of Le Cube - independent art room that she founded in 2005 to create a platform for contemporary art in Morocco.
    Born in Vienna / Austria and graduated in History of Art and Philology of Romance Languages at the University of Vienna, she lives and works in Rabat / Morocco since 2004.
    She has established several residency and research programs that accompany emerging artists in the conception and production of their artwork and exhibition.
    Since 2005 she has been organizing many artistic projects and exhibitions in Morocco and abroad, such as the bilateral project "Binatna", the project of residence and research "Attokoussy", "Interspaces" and the regional research and exhibition project “travelling narratives”, in cooperation with Gabrielle Camuset.
  • Gabrielle Camuset, Le Cube – Independent Art Room (Rabat, Morocco) - with Elisabeth Piskernik
    Researcher and curator, exhibition and research project manager at Le Cube - independent art room.

    Her research focuses on the questions of postcolonial theories in our contemporary contexts, particularly in Europe and North Africa, as well as on gender issues. She approaches these issues with an intersectional perspective, being attentive to connecting the specificities of each practice and context.
  • Diego Ramirez, SEVENTH Gallery (Melbourne, Australia)
    Diego Ramirez is an artist, writer and arts worker. He is interested in the gaze, stereotypes and monsters within a racialised discourse. Ramirez is Gallery Manager at SEVENTH Gallery, Editor-at-large at Running Dog and is represented by MARS Gallery.
  • Nicola Shipley, GRAIN Photography Hub (Birmingham, UK)
    Nicola Shipley is a Producer, Curator, Project Manager and Consultant specialising in contemporary photography. She is co-founder and Director of GRAIN Projects, a platform for contemporary photography and a hub and network for practitioners. In this role she is responsible for commissioning new work, curating exhibitions and project development. Nicola is also on the board of Photofusion.
  • Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, Inter Arts Center (Malmö, Sweden)
    Freelance curator and director of Inter Arts Center, an interdisciplinary platform for artistic research and experimentation at Lunds University, Sweden. He has organized and curated a wide range of public art projects, such as Sit down! (2006) and TUMULT (2010). Later he was one of the curators of the 6th Momentum Biennial (2011) and curated the public art programme for Copenhagen Art Festival (2012). In 2019 he was the curator of Struer Tracks.

  • Nicholas Tammens, Kunstverein Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany)
    Nicholas Tammens (b. Australia) is the Assistant Curator at Kunstverein Hamburg. He is also founder of 1856, a curated program of exhibitions and events at a workers’ union parliament in Melbourne, Australia which focuses on conditions of labour and cultural production. He has produced exhibitions with artists such as Jef Geys, Yale Union (2018), Patricia L. Boyd, 1856 (2018), Fred Lonidier, 1856 (2017), and B. Wurtz (2015); presented talks at Wiels, Brussels (2019), and Kunsthalle Zurich (2019); and written for Mousse Magaizine and May Revue. 
  • Helen Wewiora, Castlefield Gallery (Manchester, UK)
    Helen Wewiora is Director / Artistic Director of Castlefield Gallery (Manchester, UK) and prior to this worked for Arts Council England whilst also co-directing her own curatorial agency. Helen has worked for Cornerhouse and the BBC, and for the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) and Tate Education. She is a UCL Art History graduate and received an MA from the Courtauld Institute. Much of her career has focused on the practice and career development of visual artists.
  • Cecilia Widenheim, Tensta Konsthall (Stockholm, Sweden)
    Cecilia Widenheim is director of Tensta konsthall. During her time as director of Malmö Konstmuseum (2012-2018) she initiated and curated several projects contextualising the collection. She was director of Iaspis 2008-2011 and prior to that curator, responsible for the Swedish and Nordic collection of paintings and sculptures, at Moderna Museet in Stockholm 1997-2012. She has curated exhibitions with artists such as Ester Almqvist, Mary Kelly, Vera Nilsson, Yoko Ono, Martha Rosler, Cecilia Edefalk and Ann-Sofi Sidén. She has taught widely since the 1990s and co-edited a number of books such as Migration – Traces in an Art Collection (Sternberg Press 2020), The Society Machine – The Industrial Age from the Perspective of Art (Garrett Publications 2018), Baltic Reflections (Arena 2014), Work, Work, Work – A Reader on Art and Labour (Sternberg Press 2012), Utopia and Reality – Modernity in Sweden (Yale University Press 2002).

This year's portfolio review has been supported by Aarhus Kommunes Kulturudviklingspulje, Danish Arts Foundation and BKFs Udvalg til Fordeling af Kulturelle Midler.