Stroom Invest lectures 2007

Wednesday May 9,  2007, 8 pm
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Language: English

Curators Edith Doove (Belgium), Kestutis Kuizinas (Lithuania), Mihnea Mircan (Romania), Mirjam Varadinis (Switzerland).

Four international curators, ‘unusual and non-suspect' and up till now only marginally active in The Netherlands, will give short lectures about their ideas, ideals, practice and motivations. This evening is part of a conference for artists and curators from The Netherlands and abroad, organized by Stroom Den Haag in concurrence with the Invest subsidies awarded in 2006. This conference also comprises a program of studio visits, presentations, and informal meetings.

In addition to  the organisation of exhibitions, lectures, projects and various events, Stroom is responsible for the development and execution of a subsidy program aimed at art and artists from The Hague. One of the recently introduced new subsidies is called Stroom Invest. This is a grant for young, recently graduated artists helping them in the further development of their career and stimulating their active participation in the art scene in The Hague.   

Edith Doove (1963) founded ed.projects - International Art Agency in Brussels in 2005. She is active as a freelance curator and art critic. Up to this day she has curated several exhibitions in Belgium and abroad; in addition she writes for national and international newspapers, magazines and catalogues. Projects she is currently involved with include a.o. ‘Parallellepipedum' (working title), a cross-over project with scientists and artists commissioned by the University and city of Leuven (2007-2010), and ‘Landgraaf25', various art projects in Landgraaf (2007).  

Kestutis Kuizinas (1968), since 1992 director of the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, Lithuania. As a curator he has worked in both Lithuania and abroad, organizing shows like ‘Cool Places. The 7th Young Baltic Art Triennial' and ‘Lithuanian Art 1989-1999', both in the CAC. In addition he was the curator of the Luthuanian pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennial (featuring work by Deimantas Narkevicius, 2001) and the Lithuanian contribution to the 26th Sao Paolo Biennial (2004). Since 2002 he has been artistic director of the Baltic Triennial of International Art in Vilnius.      

Mihnea Mircan (1976) works for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) in Bucharest. He organized shows like ‘Jaan Toomik: Video Works' (2005), was the curator of Le Pavillon, in Palais de Tokyo in Paris and of ‘Radio Killed the Video Star, Side B' by FRAC Champagne-Ardenne in Reims (2005/2006). This year he is involved with the exhibitions ‘Sublime Objects' (with works from the collection of FRAC Grand Est) and ‘Under Destruction #3' in the MNAC. He is the curator of the exhibition ‘Low-Budget Monuments' in the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. He writes for  various catalogues, publications and magazines.     

Mirjam Varadinis (1972) has been a curator of Kunsthaus Zürich in Switzerland since 2002. Prior to that she worked for several galleries and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For Kunsthaus Zürich she organized exhibitions with a.o. Mark Handforth, Urs Fischer and Erik van Lieshout (which opened on April 12 this year). Mirjam Varadinis has written articles for magazines like ‘Parkett', and catalogues, like ‘Erik van Lieshout: This Can't Go on (Stay with me)' (2007) and a publication on the artist Mark Handforth (2005).

Artists who received the Stroom Invest subsidy in 2006:
Seekee Chung, Barbara Ellison, Robin de Goede, Johan Gustavsson, Nils Yttri Heggland, Stéphanie Jamet, Floris Kruidenberg, Clara Pallí Monguilod, Keir Neuringer, Navid Nuur, Femmy Otten, Immanuel Sirron-Kakpor.

Stroom Invest lectures
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lecture by Edith Doove
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lecture by Mihnea Mircan
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lecture by Mirjam Varadinis
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lecture by Kestutis Kuizinas
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