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Freedom of Art vs Political Correctness - Katerina Gregos

Project Spaces Castrum Peregrini

Herengracht 401
1017 BP Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 6235287

Open Tue - Fri / 12-18 hrs 

Conversation 8 Dec

Time 8 Dec, 17-19 hrs


courtesy of Castrumi Peregrini

Public talk on the complexities of curating politically contested subject matter

In the wake of complex and highly politicized issues such as identity politics, minority rights and the refugee crisis a debate has broken out regarding the ethics and politics of representation of such subjects in contemporary visual arts. While many arts projects stem out of a genuine interest and involvement, others have been naïve or opportunistic. This has created a backlash about what can and cannot be represented and raised issues about the limits of freedom of artistic expression.

The curator and artist, no doubt, have a responsibility towards society that goes beyond the creation of images to be consumed. What are the ethical issues that arise in such circumstances, and how does one deal with the problems of representation that are inherent to curating politically sensitive topics? How can artists and curators avoid the traps and pitfalls involved in any artwork or exhibition dealing with such issues? Who has the right to represent whom and why? What are the artistic and curatorial ethics that need to be taken into consideration? And, finally, is excessive political correctness stifling the freedom and genuine criticality of art and narrowing the scope of debate? Based on a recent exhibition as a case study, Katerina Gregos will attempt to offer a reflection on how to navigate these complex issues.


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Katerina Gregos’ Public Talk is part of: The Female Perspective year programme 2017 curated by curator Nina Folkersma. The programme previously featured:

Reasonable Doubt by Mieke Bal, Artist weekend Women and resistance with a.o. Ronit Porat and Pieter Paul Pothoven. And from November 2017: Some Things Hidden an exhibition in collaboration with Charlott Markus on two locations, first part at Castrum Peregrini (November 2017) and then at Framer Framed (January 2018) for part two.


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