Fellowship

Fellow 2018/2019

Katayoun Arian

Katayoun Arian is a researcher, curator, and writer with a background in art history (Leiden University, Leiden) and a Master’s degree in organization science (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). Her projects range from exhibitions, discursive events, and screenings to reading circles and other forms of interdisciplinary and collaborative work. Curatorial projects include the platform Fwd: Gher Space, Amsterdam, 2017–ongoing; Grada Kilomba: Illusions, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2017; I Speak in Tongues, 37PK, Haarlem, 2017; Voices Outside the Echo Chamber: Questioning Myths, Facts and Framings of Migration, 2016, and The End of This Story (And the Beginning of All Others), 2015, both Framer Framed, Amsterdam.

Katayoun Arian

Katayoun Arian is a researcher, curator, and writer with a background in art history (Leiden University, Leiden) and a Master’s degree in organization science (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). Her projects range from exhibitions, discursive events, and screenings to reading circles and other forms of interdisciplinary and collaborative work. Curatorial projects include the platform Fwd: Gher Space, Amsterdam, 2017–ongoing; Grada Kilomba: Illusions, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2017; I Speak in Tongues, 37PK, Haarlem, 2017; Voices Outside the Echo Chamber: Questioning Myths, Facts and Framings of Migration, 2016, and The End of This Story (And the Beginning of All Others), 2015, both Framer Framed, Amsterdam.

Fellowship Research Trajectory

As part of a series of gatherings convened by writer, researcher, and curator Katayoun Arian, Conversation Circle: Decolonizing Globalized Dutch Contemporary Art Institutions? aims to collectively reflect on the increased discourse about de-racializing and decolonizing contemporary art institutions and cultural practices. During these “circles,” participants collectively discuss with invited speakers the ways current types of institutional engagement with decolonial curatorial models, artistic forms, and knowledges could potentially conceal institutional business as usual and prevent actual reform from happening. Institutions generally impose order, control, standardization, and foster a general culture of resistance toward critique and dissent. What are the ethical considerations to decolonizing art institutions? What happens when social movements, artists, theorists, and curators of non-Western backgrounds are invited to institutionalized platforms to present their ideas and work? In what ways does their praxis coincide with (or negate) a re-examination of organizational functions and forms? What are the implications of global neo-liberal economy on organizing in the arts and culture sector in the Netherlands?

The Conversation Circle is also a space for fostering extra-institutional kinships, solidarities, and forms of organizing necessary to reform cultural institutions and practices as artists, theorists, and curators. The Conversation Circle strives to create a collective space for learning and listening.

Regarding Curatorial Activism, the Role of History and Archives

As part of the 2nd Tehran Curatorial Symposium: Curator as Translator, January 2019, Katayoun Arian was invited by organizer, Fereshte Moosavi to speak on curatorial activism. Drawing parallels between the role of history, archival practices, activism, and the decolonial turn, she views the space in which the act of translation unfolds to act as a […]

Sruti Bala: Decolonizing Theater Studies and the Anecdote

Dr. Sruti Bala leads a discussion on decolonizing Theater and Performance Studies and the use of the anecdote during the Fellows Workshop on 21 November 2018.

Program

Related content

Aliens, Spacetime, Storytelling, and Infrastructure: December Fellows Intensive

In December 2019 the BAK 2019/2020 Fellows gather for their third Fellows Intensive, co-convened by Fellows Oleksiy Radynski, David Muñoz Alcántara, and Diana McCarty along with BAK. Synthesizing and pushing their own and each other’s individual research trajectories, in December the Fellows visit local institutions like IMPAKT, Casco Art Institute, and Universiteitsmuseum; create and participate […]

Gathering in these Times: Extension, Intensives, Culmination in September

Due to the many effects of the pandemic, the Fellowship Program has shifted significantly. With fatigue, urgencies, the traps of digitalization, travel restrictions, expanding global inequalities, calls for actions, the massive changes generally and looming dangers, the Fellowship Program cannot continue in the form it once was. In addition to meeting online and searching for […]

Mad About Study, a Training with Joy Mariama Smith

BAK 2019/2020 Fellow Joy Mariama Smith leads a training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet (14 September 2019–12 January 2020), an exhibition as a series of trainings, in October 2019 at BAK. The training addresses collective reading and writing, conversations, somatics, movement research, karaoke, and more, culminating in a dance party and public intervention. […]

Mijke van der Drift at Love Spells & Rituals for Another World

BAK 2019/2020 Fellow Mijke van der Drift presents her research The Logic of Loss in Bonding in the talk “Realisitcally Impossible: The Magic of Social Change” at the virtual conference Love Spells & Rituals for Another World. As Love Spells explains:  Engaging with queer, feminist and decolonial approaches and drawing on developments in cultural studies […]

Publications