The Frame Curatorial Research Fellowship is a four-year programme for contemporary art curators. The programme explores new forms of research that renew curatorial and institutional working habits.
The programme’s host, Frame Contemporary Art Finland and its partners Queens Museum in New York and Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, are pleased to present the two fellows selected for 2024: Soph Boobyer and curatorial partnership Laura Serejo Genes & Kiyoto Koseki.
Selections were made by Frame’s Head of Programme Jussi Koitela, Queens Museum’s Head of Exhibitions/Curator Hitomi Iwasaki and Van Abbemuseum’s Director Charles Esche and Assistant Curator Teresa Cos Rebollo.
Soph Boobyer, based in Amsterdam, has a mediative practice focused on the proximities and gestures between bodies in space, advocating for more multi-sensory presentations of knowledge. Through a combined curatorial and craft practice, they use talking, listening, writing, making, [re]using, altering, disrupting, gathering, inviting, and visiting to consider eco-critical and -feminist contexts.For the Frame Curatorial Research Fellowship with Van Abbemuseum, Boobyer’s research will investigate soil’s role in the art museum canon, focusing on its performativities as both preservationist and conservationist, and capacities as guide and wayfinder. The outcome of the research will manifest as part of the public programming for The Soils Project at Van Abbemuseum, highlighting the material agency of these soil grounds as a site for the practice of archiving and exhibiting with its visitor participation.
Soph Boobyer (she/they) has a mediating practice focused on the proximities and gestures between bodies in space, advocating for more multi-sensory presentations of knowledge. Through a combined curatorial and craft practice, they use talking, listening, writing, making, [re]using, altering, disrupting, gathering, inviting, and visiting to consider eco-critical and -feminist contexts. Her most recent projects include ‘For A Kin-Aesthetics’ and ‘If Glueing Yourself To The Hay Wain Isn’t Really Your Thing’, that have been part of an ongoing research into the dynamics of haptics in convergence with environmentalism and art exhibition spaces, to promote more accessible and polymorphic modes of curation.
Soph holds a MA in Geo-Design from Design Academy Eindhoven (NL), and a BA in Three Dimensional Design from Manchester School of Art (UK), and since 2014 has worked individually and collaboratively on such themes above with Manchester City Council (UK), Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Centre (DK), Stedelijk Museum (NL) and KUBES Foundation (NL).
Laura Serejo Genes & Kiyoto Koseki
Laura Serejo Genes & Kiyoto Koseki work together as a curatorial partnership based in New York. They produce exhibitions and programs for specific sites, building upon existing systems to draw new social, material, and historical connections. Laura and Kiyoto each participated in SOMA Summer and the Newburgh Community Land Bank Artist-In-Vacancy initiative where they developed public programs in collaboration with local organizations and businesses. They both pursued graduate research between 2016–18; Laura earned a Master of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology from MIT and Kiyoto earned a Master in Design Studies in Art, Design, and the Public Domain from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Between 2022–23, Laura Serejo Genes & Kiyoto Koseki served as Curators-in-Residence at Abrons Arts Center and participated in the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in New York.