Visitor Programme 2020

Mary Conlon
Artistic Director, the Creative Europe Project Memory of Water
Residency in September

Mary Conlon is a curator based in Limerick, Ireland. She is a Shinnors Scholar and her PhD in Curatorial Studies at Limerick School of Art and Design focuses on Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures. She is the Founder and Co-Director of Ormston House (est. 2011), a cultural resource centre in the heart of the city where she has produced 65 exhibitions and multidisciplinary projects, working with over 300 artists from 26 countries.

She is currently Artistic Director of the Creative Europe Project Memory of Water in six post-industrial cities, and co-curator of the Feminist Supermarket, developing the Useful Curating method. Recent projects include The Lore of Water (2019) in partnership with the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Shipyard (2019) in partnership with the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Poland, and The Museum of Mythological Water Beasts (2017, 2018) co-curated with Niamh Brown at Ormston House.

In collaboration with HIAP // HICP Curator Programme.


Kathy-Ann Tan
Independent curator
Residency in September

Kathy-Ann Tan is a Berlin-based curator, writer and independent scholar of the visual arts and performance, postcolonial and decolonial theory, critical diversity and gender/queer studies. She is interested in alternative models of art dissemination, exhibition-making and institution-building that are attuned to issues of social justice in the contemporary moment.

Her ongoing project on decolonial aesthetics aims to collaboratively build a forum for artists and curators to develop ways of interrogating and challenging colonial narratives. As a former full-time academic, she has extensive experience in teaching, research, publishing and public speaking. Kathy-Ann also teaches at the Node Center for Curatorial Studies, and is currently pursuing an MA in Curatorial Practice at KMD, University of Bergen, Norway (2019–2021).

In collaboration with HIAP // HICP Curator Programme.


Syaheedah Iskandar
Independent curator
Time for residency to be confirmed

Syaheedah Iskandar is an independent curator and researcher based in Singapore. She is currently researching modes of visuality within the paradigm of Southeast Asia by intersecting relations between contemporary art practices with vernacular histories.

She was the inaugural Emerging Writers’ Fellow for the academic journal Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia, publishing a paper on contemporary art  practices embodying notions of ghaib (unseen) within the vernacular Malay world.

Since completing her MA in History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, she has been working on collaborative projects that explore ways of presenting artistic knowledge outside the exhibitionary model. She was previously Curatorial Assistant at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2014–18) where she worked on numerous exhibitions and developed outreach strategies for art education.

In collaboration with HIAP // HICP Curator Programme.


Kate Brehme
Independent curator
Time for residency to be confirmed 

Kate Brehme is an Australian independent curator and arts educator based in Berlin. She has worked internationally on a variety of projects, exhibitions and events and since 2008 she has run Contemporary Art Exchange, a curatorial platform providing professional development opportunities for emerging and young artists.

Kate began her curatorial career in 2002 while undertaking a Diploma of Visual Arts and BA in Contemporary Art in Melbourne, Australia. After completing her MA in Cultural Heritage Studies (also in Melbourne) in 2008, Kate lived and worked in Scotland, where she became involved in arts education working for organisations such as The Fruitmarket Gallery, The National Galleries of Scotland and Strathclyde University.

Kate recently completed a DFG-funded Doctoral Fellowship at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at Berlin Technical University where she explored the relationship between contemporary art production and urban development through the case study of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Kate is currently a lecturer in the Master in Arts Education programme at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and at the NODE Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin. She is also the co-founder of Berlinklusion – Berlin’s Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture – an organisation established in 2017 to make the arts in Berlin more accessible for artists and audiences with disabilities.

In collaboration with HIAP // HICP Curator Programme.


Pieternel Vermoortel
Artistic director, Netwerk Aalst
Online meetings 8 July

Pieternel Vermoortel is artistic director of Netwerk Aalst. The current artistic program that results in institutional change The Astronaut Metaphor (2020 – 2022) engages a.o. with the practices of Bianca Baldi, Jeremiah Day, Vanessa Joan Muller, Dora Garcia, Lucile Dessamory, Agnieska Gratzka, Nick Aikens, Laurens D´Haenens. She is curator and writer, and cofounder/director of the curatorial institute FormContent.

She thought at various universities including Curatorial Studies KASK, Ghent, LUCA in Brussels, HISK, in Ghent and was a lecturer in Critical Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Vermoortel has written for various catalogues and magazines, such as Art Agenda and Metropolis M, and has edited publications including a.o., Cave#1: Territories (2016, Sternberg Press), It’s Moving from I to It (2014), The Responsive Subject (2011), and Out of the Studio (2008).


Olga Hatzidaki
Curator, locus athens
Online meetings 30 June

Olga Hatzidaki (1983) is a curator and cultural producer based in Athens, Greece. She holds a degree in Media, Communication and Culture from Panteion University in Athens and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London supported with a scholarship from Onassis Foundation.

Hatzidaki has been curating exhibitions and projects of various forms and formats in and around Athens during the last several years as locus athens, a nomadic curatorial scheme she is co-directing, interested in transformations and narratives in public space.

In 2019 she co-founded TAVROS, a non-profit art space in Athens, which aims to look closely at issues of equality, democracy and ecology with a strong focus on locality and community cultural practice.


Eriola Pira
Curator, Vera List Center
Online meetings 22 June

Eriola Pira is curator at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. Most recently, as Director of Programs, Pira led Art in General’s international collaborations, residencies, public events, and fellowship programs building on her professional networks and experiences as Program Director and Curator at the artist-founded NARS Foundation, as Program Director for The Foundation for Culture and Society, where she led an international network and artist exchange program with 11 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. She has presented exhibitions, talks, and collaborated with art institutions worldwide. Pira has an M.A. in Visual Culture Theory from New York University and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Global Cultural Leadership Fellowship, and a Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship.


Ingel Vaikla
Curator, KAI Art Centre in Tallinn
26–28 February

Ingel Vaikla is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Brussels. In 2018–2019 Vaikla attended the postgraduate residency programme HISK in Ghent and recently started practice-based PhD studies in Audiovisual and Visual Arts at PXL-MAD, Hasselt.

Vaikla’s artistic research focuses on the relationship between architecture and its users, and the representation of architecture in photography, video and film. Vaikla’s works have been screened internationally at film festivals and art institutions such as IDFA in Amsterdam, CIAP Kunstverein in Hasselt, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Tramway in Glasgow, Tretyakov gallery in Moscow etc. Vaikla has curated experimental film programmes with a focus on artists’ moving images for Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial and for Narva Art Residency. She is currently film curator at KAI Art Centre in Tallinn.


Katia Krupennikova
Curator, V-A-C Foundation
8–11 January

Katia Krupennikova is a curator and art critic based in Amsterdam. She is a fellow at BAK, Utrecht a docent at HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, and a part of the curatorial team at V-A-C Foundation, Moscow. In 2017—2019 she was one of the artistic core group members at Bergen Assembly, Norway.

Through her projects, Krupennikova attempts to transform existing social and political constructs into critical artistic models within which existing relations can be mimicked, criticized, distorted, displaced, and revised. In 2015, she won the Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition. The exhibition Post-Peace, intended to take place in Istanbul, was censored by the host institution; it subsequently opened in extended form at Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, 2017, and Nest, The Hague, 2017.

Her recent projects include Imogen Stidworthy. Dialogues with People, co-curated with Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, 2018–2019; and It Won’t Be Long Now, Comrades!, co-curated with Inga Lāce, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, 2017.