Publiek Park | curators - Young Friends of S.M.A.K.

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Publiek Park is curated by Jef Declercq, Anna Laganovska, Koi Persyn & Adriënne van der Werf and is an initiative of the Young Friends v/h S.M.A.K. in collaboration with S.M.A.K., MSK, GUM, 019, KRAAK, Monterey, Art Cinema OFFoff, BLANCO, Kunstencentrum Voo?uit and Ensemble. This project is supported by the Province of East Flanders, the City of Ghent, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and SIGN Groningen.

For four days, twenty artists will exhibit their work in the Citadel Park.

Publiek Park is an open-air exhibition organised by the Young Friends of S.M.A.K., approaching the landscape park as a total installation and the exhibition as a walk.

Adriënne van der Werf (°1991, NL) is an independent curator, researcher and writer based in Ghent, Belgium. In her curatorial, writing and cultural practice, she is involved in interdisciplinary artistic projects and curates mostly performative exhibitions that place themselves in a political and feminist framework. Within her projects and exhibitions, she questions the autonomous exhibition space by working with or adding real elements. In the past she (co-)curated Etcetera VI & VII, Civil Disobedience, about artistic disobedience (2018), Maintenance, about reproductive labour: cleaning (2019), Enter Through The Void, Exit Through The Gift Shop, about art and tourism (2020) and Tarot editions, a project for which 78 artists were invited to make one tarot card each (2021).

portrait: Lars Duchateau

Jef Declercq (1994, BE) is a curator and art historian based in Ghent. He obtained a master in Art Studies at the University of Ghent (2019) after which he successfully completed the postgraduate Curatorial Studies at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) (2020). His curatorial practice repeatedly focuses on artists working on different notions of space and questioning the interrelationship between art and architecture, both in traditional exhibition space and in unconventional environments. Since 2016, he has (co-)curated projects with STOFWOLKcollective (2016 - 2018), Etcetera VI - VII (2017 - 2019), The Garden is Older than the Field (2020) and The Stamp of the Definitive is Avoided (2021), among others.

portrait: Lars Duchateau

Koi Persyn (°1996, BE) is an independent curator and visual artist, based in Brussels. He obtained a master's degree in Free Arts (2019) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, followed by a postgraduate degree in Curatorial Studies (2020) at KASK. During his studies, Koi Persyn founded and co-curated the three-year residency programme STOCK at Het Paviljoen in Ghent. His curated projects focus on process, experimental and interdisciplinary practices within outdoor, collaborative and site-specific exhibitions and residency programmes. Koi Persyn participated in the exchange programme with BIDAI college of arts in Kanazawa (JP) and worked as a mediator for the Belgian Pavilion at the last edition of the Venice Biennale in the framework of the Young Curators Program. Together with Laila Melchior, Koi Persyn won the Lichen Prize 2021 (laureate selected by CIAP and Curatorial Studies). They will carry out their exhibition proposal next year at CIAP in Genk.

portrait: Lars Duchateau

Anna Laganovska (°1996, LV) is a curator based in Antwerp. She studied art history and theory at the Art Academy of Latvia (Riga) and cultural studies at the KU Leuven. Since 2015 she has been active in organising art events in Latvia and abroad. More recently, her interest is in post-human ecologies and rethinking the relationships between humans and nature.

portrait: Lars Duchateau

11.May.21 Category: Friends of S.M.A.K.
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