Online lectures | Curatorial Studies: Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel - 26.Nov.2020 at 8 pm

Each academic year, S.M.A.K., Ghent University and Curatorial Studies at KASK-School of Arts Ghent co-organise the prestigious Curatorial Lectures* series. This year, the focus will be “Working with Space”.

In this lecture, Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel will look back at RIBOCA2, an exhibition which was from its inception built on the theme of the end of a world. Initially supposed to open from May to October 2020, the project went through major transformations due to the pandemic. Opened to the public for only 3 weeks in August 2020, the show was also transformed into a film set. Taking place in a 200,000 square meters abandoned territory in Riga, it was imagined as a drift and an odyssey. Spanning through former industrial sites, wastelands, toxic grounds and flourishing ecosystems, the exhibition was an invitation to think about the art of living on a damaged planet. Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel will share the experience of preparing the major international exhibition, the decision of opening the show despite a very precarious situation, and the process of rethinking the whole project, both as an exhibition and a feature film.

Practical information:

  • 26.Nov.2020 - 8 pm: Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel.
  • The lectures are free of charge and open to everyone. 
  • Please register here.

More about Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel

Lamarche-Vadel graduated in Art History, History and Political Science at La Sorbonne, in Paris. She began her career in 2008 at the Ministry of Culture, then at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris as a conservation assistant. From 2009 to 2012 she lived in Berlin and participated in numerous independent projects, together with institutional shows such as the prospective exhibition "Based in Berlin" (2011). In 2012, she was appointed curator at Palais de Tokyo, where she lead major projects such as the recent carte blanche to Tomás Saraceno, "ON AIR" (2018). She has also curated the carte blanche to Tino Sehgal (2016), Marguerite Humeau's "FOXP2" (2016), Ed Atkins' "Bastards" (2014) and the group exhibition "The Edge of the Worlds" (2015), among others. 

In 2017, she was appointed co-curator of the exhibition "Voyage d'Hiver" at the Château de Versailles. She has collaborated on many occasions with international institutions such as MoMa PS1, the Stedelijk Museum and Nottingham Contemporary. Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel is the Director of Lafayette Anticipations Foundation, in Paris. She is also the curator of the 2020 edition of the Riga Biennale (RIBOCA2), and co-director of the feature film "and suddenly it all blossoms", to be premiered in 2021. 

Curatorial Lectures - Upcoming

  • Feb.2021: Karen Archey (to be confirmed)
  • 4.Mar.2021: Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli (online or in S.M.A.K.)

* Each academic year, S.M.A.K., Ghent University and Curatorial Studies at KASK-School of Arts Ghent co-organise the prestigious Curatorial Lectures series, presented by renowned curatorial practitioners in relation to a specific theme Following "Working with Artists" (2017-18), "Learning from Artists" (2018-19), and “Working with Collections" (2019-20), this year's theme “Working with Space” addresses the curatorial challenges working across various modes of space (including the physical, digital, performative, discursive, social, transcultural, glocal), taking into account the perils and possibilities of the “post-pandemic” / “new normal” sphere of exhibition-making.

Past speakers in the Curatorial Lectures series have included Anthony Huberman, Jean-Hubert Martin, Chus Martínez, Gabi Ngcobo, Susanne Pfeffer, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Adam Szymczyk, Mathieu Copeland, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy and Penelope Curtis.

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