First Talk Series guest of 2023 is Maria Hlavajova, Netherlands-based exhibitions curator and art-researcher and founding general and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. It is a great honor for the Icelandic art scene to have her come to the country and give a talk here. Her talk is entitled ´Neither Hope Nor Despair: Thinking About, With, and Through Art in This Time of Permacrisis.´
Maria Hlavajova is an organizer, researcher, educator, curator, and founding general and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (since 2000). Between 2008 and 2016, she was research and artistic director of the collaborative research, exhibition, and education project FORMER WEST, which culminated in the publication Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989 (which she co-edited with Simon Sheikh, 2016). Hlavajova has instigated and (co-)organized numerous projects at BAK and beyond, including the series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing), Future Vocabularies (2014–2017), New World Academy (with Jonas Staal, 2013–2016), among many other international research, education, exhibition, and publication projects. She lives and works in Amsterdam and Utrecht.
TALK Series is a visitors program initiated by the Reykjavik Art Museum, the Icelandic Art Center and the Iceland University of the Arts with the support of Business Iceland. Since 2012, a selection of highly regarded international artists, curators and critics have participated.
The event takes place in English.
Free entrance with a museum ticket and for holders of Annual Pass/Culture Pass.