Expert visitors 2018

An overview of Frame’s expert visitors in 2018

Gabriel Mestre Arrioja

22 – 29 April 2018

Gabriel Mestre Arrioja is a writer, artist, filmmaker and independent curator. Mestre Arrioja works with non-linear projects to generate different epistemological production that reunites artistic practices, the knowledge of the indigenous people of Mexico and the First Nations of the Americas with the history of the avant-garde art movements and notions from critical thinking. His projects are to find different schemes of participation and collaboration with individuals and groups alienated by Capitalism and other production systems, promoting, among other things: aims of decolonialization, the exercise of institutional criticism and civil rights empowerment and the building of alternative and solidarity economies. Since 2002, he has managed several projects as independent, self-supported or freelance curator. His achievements have been developed mostly in the fields of contemporary art and visual culture but also within anthropology and the environmental science.

He has collaborated with selected institutions (public, private and personal ones) in Europe and Asia, as well as in the Americas, running his exhibitions, publications and public programs in a number of countries such as: Iceland, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Cuba, Colombia and Mexico. Recently, his curatorial research, mediation and management of projects have been benefited by different international grants, programs and institutions, such as: Danish Art Foundation, IASPIS, FRAME, CCA Estonia, CAC Vilnius, Icelandic Art Center, IFA, Goethe Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum and Jumex Foundation, among others. He is the founder of the Curatorial Residency In Mexico (CRIMEX), the project space Surplus Int. and the non-profit organization Artenación.


Lumi Tan
25 – 29 March 2018

Lumi Tan is Curator at The Kitchen in New York, where she organizes exhibitions and produces performances with artists across disciplines and generations. Most recently, Tan has worked with Meriem Bennani, Half Straddle, Sara Magenheimer, and Sondra Perry.

Previously she co-curated From Minimalism into Algorithm(2016), a year-long performance and exhibition series, as well as projects with artists including Ed Atkins, Gretchen Bender, Glasser, George Lewis, Anicka Yi, and Danh Vo and Xiu Xiu. Prior to The Kitchen, Tan was Guest Curator at the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Nord Pas-de-Calais in France, director at Zach Feuer Gallery, and curatorial assistant at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesArtforumFriezeThe Exhibitionist, and numerous exhibition catalogues.


Barbara Auer
12 – 17 March 2018

In collaboration with Finnish institute in Germany

Barbara Auer (*1957 in Germany) studied Art History and German Language and Literature in Zürich and Heidelberg. Since 1996, she has been the director of the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen. She is curator for contemporary art and has authored and published numerous publications and exhibition catalogues centring on German and international artists as well as the history of photography in the 20th century. She is a member of several committees and juries. Between 2004 and 2011 she was an ADKV board member (the umbrella organisation of German Kunstvereine).

Kunstverein Ludwigshafen (Ludwigshafen Arts Society) was founded in 1928 and is among the oldest of such societies in Rhineland Palatinate. The running of the Kunstverein lives strongly from the honorary work put in by numerous art-loving citizens from the town of Ludwigshafen. The aim of the society is to help shape the town’s cultural life by means of contemporary art exhibitions.


Stefanie Kleinsorge
12 – 17 March 2018

In collaboration with Finnish institute in Germany

Stefanie Kleinsorge (*1963 in Germany) is a curator, art historian, art educator and publisher. Since July 2015 she is director of Port25 – Raum für Gegenwartskunst, Mannheim. Before she was director of Heidelberger Kunstverein and managing director of Photofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg. In her small publishing house she releases artists books and publications oft he exhibited artists to make their work available for art historians, curators and the general public.

Since 2015 Port25 – space for contemporary art – is one of the much publicised venues for contemporary art in the Mannheim region. Port25 offers six exhibitions per year each presenting and discussing two or more artistic positions with guided tours, lectures and conferences. Local artists are presented together and in exchange with international artists. The program spans artist generations as well as artistic media, strategies and positions. The focus however is on contemporary artistic expression. Port25 furthermore functions as a host to music, performance and literature events, helping to strengthen the network of local and international artists and institutions. In addition to a large exhibition space the building holds a book shop and a lecture space.


Grégory Castéra
4–9 March 2018

Grégory Castéra is Co-Director at Council. He is a curator and he served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2010–2012) and worked as coordinator of Bétonsalon (2006–2010). He was co-author at the Encyclopédie de la Parole, a collaborative inquiry into the formal properties of speech (2007–2014). Grégory is regularly invited to write, give talks and workshops, to advise institutions and to curate shows (Wiels, T2G , Witte de With, among others).


Nathasha Ginwala
31 January–2 February

Natasha Ginwala is an independent curator and writer. She has been curator of Contour Biennale 8 Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium and curatorial advisor for documenta 14 (2017). Recent projects include My East is Your West featuring Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana at the 56th Venice Biennale; Still Against the Sky featuring Hajra Waheed at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and Corruption… Everybody Knows with e-flux, New York within the framework of the SUPERCOMMUNITY project.

Ginwala was a member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán) and has curated The Museum of Rhythm at Taipei Biennial 2012 (with Anselm Franke) and at Muzeum Sztuki (with Daniel Muzyczuk). From 2013–15 she led the multi-part curatorial project Landings with Vivian Ziherl. Her upcoming projects include Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future at ifa Gallery, Berlin and Stuttgart in 2018. Ginwala writes on contemporary art and visual culture in various periodicals and has contributed to numerous publications.


Sabine Breitwieser
31 January–2 February

Sabine Breitwieser is an international curator and museum director and became the Director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in September 2013. Since 2014 she also became again the Artistic Director of the Generali Foundation. She previously served as Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2010–2013), and as Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Generali Foundation in Vienna (1988–2007).  In 2012 Sabine Breitwieser was a recipient of the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award. In 2015 she served in the jury for the 56th Biennale di Venezia.

Sabine Breitwieser has organized more than 150 monographic and thematic exhibitions in Europe and the United States and has also edited and published about 100 catalogs and books.


Dieter Roelstraete
27–29 January
In collaboration with Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia

Dieter Roelstraete is a curator of Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society in Chicago. Roelstraete joined the Neubauer Collegium after serving on the curatorial team that organized documenta 14 in 2017. Prior to his work with documenta 14, he served as the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from 2012 to 2015. During his time there, Roelstraete organized and co-organized a number of highly regarded shows, including The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology (2015); The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now (2015), which told the story of a radical group of jazz artists from the South Side of Chicago; and Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (2016), a retrospective of the acclaimed Chicago-based artist that traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

From 2003 to 2011 Roelstraete was a curator at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, where he organized large-scale group exhibitions as well as monographic shows.


Mutsumi Urano
23–27 January
In collaboration with Finnish institute in Japan


Kenji Kubota
23–27 January
In collaboration with Finnish institute in Japan