Curatorial Practice



Pollonius: Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

I have nothing to say, only to show
Walter Benjamin, Passagenwerk

Is curating a work? a practice? a culture? the art of conversation? a game of chance and synthesis, political action, movement within ‘circuits and currents’, directing, archive, ritual, typology, responsibility, friendship, pedagogy?

How can a curatorial be realized in Greece today? abroad? at the provinces? with very little money? with no money? with a group of artists and curators or with one? in a farm, at a metropolis, in a museum, a school, a stable, at the street?
Are curators involved with specific artists, works, Foundations, markets?
Do they work on distinctions and therefore with exclusions? Do they have obsessions? targeting? tactics? joy?
Are they initiators or mediators (even middlemen)? Are they artists? or they do what artists can do better when interested?
Is a curatorial complete without a catalogue, texts, the web, a social media agenda? Are the catalogues and texts, the web sites and posts, curatorials (without an exhibition)?
Are there curatorial ‘tools’? Are “Ten fundamental questions of curating”, “Cultures of the Curatorial”, “The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s)” enough as far as bibliographies go? or we need to update?

Curator Nadja Argyropoulou will share some exampes-as-possible-answers on the above. By means of her personal experience and practice. Intersubjectively. With the help of images, archives and those present.




Nadja Argyropoulou works as an independent curator and art theorist based in Athens. She has a BA in Archaeology and History and an MA in Art History and Theory. She is working regularly with the DESTE Foundation of Contemporary Art, she has curated a large number of exhibitions, events and other interdisciplinary practices and has cooperated with entities like the Athens Biennale, the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Family Business (New York and Paris), the Chalet Society (Paris), the Venice Biennale, the Greek Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, Velvet magazine, The Greek Film Archives et. al.
She has curated the marathonmarathon project with Hans Ulrich Obrist (2010) and cooperated in the research project  “Collecting Architecture Territories” (GSAP -Columbia University & DESTE Foundation). She is a founding member of the collective “Saprophytes”, and writes texts on art and artists, in books and magazines, in Greece and abroad.

Supported by the DAAD Programme: Partnerships with Greek Institutions of Higher Education 2014 – 2016 / A Cooperation between the Academy of Fine Art Munich (ADBK) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)

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Nadja Argyropoulou