Panel#1 „Rethinking Curatorial Practices” by Nguyễn Hải Nam and Lưu Bích Ngọc
Panel#2 „Inspiring Postsocialist Solidarity“ by Čarna Brković, Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu, and Carlos Kong
Moderated by Sarnt Utamachote. Event in English.
Location: Halle 14, Spinnereistr. 7
In cooperation with Halle 14 — Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst.
Panel #1 „Rethinking Curatorial Practices”
How can curatorial practices be rethought when knowledge production, exchange, and transfer are considered from a Southeast Asian perspective and questions of accessibility are given high priority? Sarnt Utamachote, curator of our current exhibition »Where is my karaoke? Still, we sing«, will discuss these questions together with Nguyễn Hải Nam and Lưu Bích Ngọc. Generational differences, colonial paradigms, history-writing, and sustainability are among the discussed issues.
Nguyễn Hải Nam studied Media and Communication Science and Art History. In 2019, he worked as curatorial assistant at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (GfZK). He is interested in exploring and developing art mediation projects as well as educational art projects and writes for exhibitions. He is currently working with the Multikulturelles Zentrum Dessau e.V. on a project on the history of GDR contract workers and an educational project on the history of post-migration in Halle in the 1990s.
Lưu Bích Ngọc studies Visual and Art History and Cultural Studies. She aims to further explore the interdisciplinary possibilities of contemporary art and develop decolonial approaches to make academia as well as the arts and culture scene more accessible. In 2020, her Vietnamese translation of “The Story of Art” (E.H. Gombrich) was published. Currently, she is working in the field of education and mediation of documenta fifteen.
Panel #2 “Inspiring Postsocialist Solidarity”
The panel with Čarna Brković, Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu and Carlos Kong focuses on research and projects elaborating how historical and archival material from the (post-)socialist context can be re-thought and used. The speakers will discuss how a decolonial approach that includes a critical consideration of socialist propaganda and neoliberalism could be possible.
Čarna Brković is a lecturer in Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen. She studies intersections between power, ethics, and politics in different projects in Southeast Europe, including clientelism, grassroots solidarity, and LGBT activism. After obtaining her PhD from the University of Manchester, she started studying humanitarianism in socialist Yugoslavia during the Non-Aligned Movement and how it changed with the post-socialist transformation and Europeanization of Southeast Europe.
Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu is a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET) at the University of Vienna. Prior to RECET, Linh worked as a academic employee at the faculty of Global History at FU Berlin. In 2019, Linh earned her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. Currently, Linh is working on two books manuscripts: One on the micro-history of political mobilization in a left-wing dissident milieu in socialist Poland and a second one on the contacts between Poland and Vietnam after 1955 in the global Cold War.
Carlos Kong is a writer and art historian as well as a joint-PhD candidate in Art History at Princeton University and in Film Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His dissertation focuses on queer afterlives of migration between Germany and Turkey in contemporary art and film after 1989. Together with Megan Hoetger, he co-founded “Disco Comradeship,” a curatorial collaboration with a focus on film, nightlife, and urban space under state socialism and in current times. Together, they recently curated a workshop hosted by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin called Archiving Club Cultures from Late Socialism through the Era of ‘Social Distancing’.