Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

“On Love and Gardens: the Life of Art Exhibitions” [ENG – via videoconference]



In 1945 Vita Sackville West wrote, “… therefore, in the midst of war, of gardens I boldly tell.” When does gardening, or making exhibitions, produce joy and constitute a transformative and composted form of politics of flourishing, both literally and through the life of exhibitions, and against the expulsions that characterize our times? This lecture explores committed gestures, speech acts and artistic acts that create provisional places of porosity, with consequences, rather than bounded spaces of expulsion. With examples from dOCUMENTA (13), 2012, and the 14th Istanbul Biennial,  2015.


Bio: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013–15), Getty Visiting Research Scholar (2015), and was recently appointed as Director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino, commencing on January 1, 2016. She drafted the 14th Istanbul Biennial, titled SALTWATER. A Theory of Thought Forms (5th September – 1st November 2015). Previously, she was the artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); the artistic director of the 16th  Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions—Forms That Turn (2008); and senior curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate in New York, from 1999 to 2001.