Conversations is a space for discussions and dialogue with invited guest writers, artists, critics, and curators on relevant topics, current events and exhibitions, modes of working, forms of funding, etc. It is divided into three sections;
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︎︎︎ Podcast episodes with invited guests.
︎︎︎ K-oh-llective blog entries.
On Artists and Institutional Stigma
A text by Mays Albaik
I began writing this essay to answer a question: what do institutions want from artists? But I want to use this opportunity to think beyond this antagonistic dichotomy. Art institutions are made up of individuals who want to make art happen. The question should be, what do artists, collectively, want from a collectively organized group of creative practitioners?
This might seem like an abstract train of thought to follow in comparison to the question I received, but it doesn’t need to be. To think of institutions as a group of people would affect how an artist can approach any relationship with institutions. Applying for a grant? Think of the selection jury reading your application as a group of people, not as a faceless and nameless mass of regulations and bureaucracy. An application is an argument to convince a group of people that they want to work with you on achieving what you want to achieve.
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