Charles Esche, one of the 6 participants at the Performative Artwork Red Discussion 2 by Nada Prlja, part of the inauguration of The National Pavilion of Republic of North Macedonia. Venice, Italy, 08.05.2019 at 7 pm.
Charles Esche is a Professor at the University of the Arts London, a museum director, a curator and a researcher. He has a BA in Mediaeval Studies and an MA in Gallery and Museum Studies from The University of Manchester. He is the director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands since 2004 and the co-director and founder with Mark Lewis of Afterall Research Centre in Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London since 1998.
Esche has curated a large variety of international large-scale and museum exhibitions. His most recent projects include, Le Musée Égaré in Kunsthall Oslo (2017), Power and Other Things in Bozar Brussels together with Riksa Afiaty (2017) and the NSK State Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2017). Other large-scale shows include the Jakarta Biennale (2015); the 31st Sao Paulo Bienal (2014), with a team of seven; the U3 Triennale, Ljubljana, with Zdenka Badovinac (2011); the RIWAQ Biennale, Palestine, with Reem Fadda (2007 and 2009); the Istanbul Biennale with Vasif Kortun (2005); the Gwangju Biennale with Hou Hanru (2002); among many others.
Esche is a lecturer on the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies course at Central Saint Martins and a guest lecturer on various other academic programs including De Appel Curatorial Course in Amsterdam, the Design Academy Eindhoven in Eindhoven and at Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He is a board member of Sonsbeek International and chair of CASCO—Office for Art, Design, and Theory in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
In 2012 he was awarded the Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Change by the European Cultural Foundation. In 2013 he obtained the Minumum Prize by the Pistoletto Foundation, and in 2014 he was awarded the CCS Bard College Prize for Curatorial Excellence.
Chantal Mouffe, one of the 6 participants at the Performative Artwork Red Discussion 2 by Nada Prlja, part of the inauguration of The National Pavilion of Republic of North Macedonia.
A political theorist educated at the universities of Louvain, Paris, and Essex, Chantal Mouffe is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster. She has taught at many universities in Europe, North America and Latin America, and has held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Between 1989 and 1995 she was Directrice de Programme at the College International de Philosophie in Paris.
Maurizio Lazzarato, one of the participants of the Performative Artwork Red Discussion 2 by Nada Prlja, part of the inauguration of The National Pavilion of the Republic of North Macedonia.
Lazzarato is a Paris-based sociologist, philosopher and an independent researcher, specialised in studies of the relationship between work, economy and society. He has written about cinema, video and the new technologies of image production, and is a member of the editorial group of the journal Multitudes. His interest lies in the analysis of cognitive capitalism and it´s discontents. His work, which is historically situated in the Italian movement of ‘Autonomous Marxism’, focuses on the immateriality of labour and the post-socialist movement.
Laura Raicovich is a writer and art worker dedicated to art and artistic production that relies on complexity, poetics, and care to create a more thoughtful and equitable civic realm. Until recently, she served as President and Executive Director of the Queens Museum where she oversaw an inviting and vital commons for art, ideas, and engagement. In 2018, she co-curated Mel Chin: All Over the Place (with Manon Slome and No Longer Empty), the first major presentation in New York City of artist Mel Chin in more than 20 years, which occupied the entire Queens Museum and multiple public sites in the city. She is currently working on a new book to be published in 2020 on the myth of neutrality in museums and cultural institutions.
Prior to Queens Museum, Raicovich inaugurated Creative Time’s Global Initiatives, including the launch of the acclaimed artist-driven media website, Creative Time Reports, and worked for a decade at Dia Art Foundation, where she served as deputy director. Prior to that, she worked at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Public Art Fund, and New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Raicovich lectures internationally and has published a number of books including as co-editor (with Carin Kuoni and Kareem Estefan) “Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production” (OR Books/Vera List Center for Art and Politics, 2017); and as author of “At the Lightning Field” (Coffee House Press, 2017) and “A Diary of Mysterious Difficulties” (Publication Studio, 2014). She graduated from Swarthmore College and holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.
Vlad Morariu is a Romanian-born researcher, curator and lecturer at Middlesex University London. Vlad’s work sits across various disciplines – from 20th century analytic and continental philosophy to sociology, anthropology, fashion and visual and material cultures. His PhD thesis (2014, Loughborough University) explored philosophical frameworks informing the art practices of institutional critique. In 2016 he was AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow, with a project that revisited Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing’s reading of phenomenology, and its importance within the practices of the therapeutic communities that Laing co-established in London in the 1960s. Together with Raluca Voinea (tranzit.ro/Bucharest) and Judit Angel (tranzit.sk), Vlad Morariu initiated Collection Collective, an international network of artists, curators and cultural organizers, who founded in 2017 a collection of contemporary art, collectively owned and managed by its members.