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Boiler Room Series: Biljana Ciric

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Tuesday 13 August, 5.30 - 7.00pm
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
FREE /// bookings required


From a history of exhibitions towards a future of exhibition making

Independent curator Biljana Ciric will present her research initiative ‘From a history of exhibitions towards a future of exhibition making’ – a series of seminars that revisit the importance of the exhibition as a key factor in relating art to its wider social context. The seminars, taking place in New Zealand, Singapore and China over 2013-2014, focus specifically on the history of exhibitions in China, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Ciric will discuss this line of enquiry in relation to her recent curatorial projects that have aimed to examine how curatorial practice and the field of exhibition history may complement each other, unfolding complex issues of self-reflection, local knowledge production and its global contribution.

The presentation will include a responsive Q&A session convened by Tara McDowell, recently appointed Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University.

Biljana Ciric, an independent curator based in Shanghai, has presented projects in the Venice Biennale, Shenzhen/ Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture, MoCA Shanghai, and Guangdong Times Museum. Her ongoing research encompasses institutional critique and artist institutions, and examining the history of exhibitions in relation to a future of exhibition making. Her recent exhibitions include One Step Forward, Two Steps Back, Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2013; Alternatives to Ritual Goethe Open Space, Shanghai, 2012; Institution for the Future as part of the Asia Triennial, Manchester, 2011; Taking the Stage OVER, a one-year exhibition engaging aspects of live art, Shanghai, 2011. She is a regular contributor to art publications including Broadsheet and Yi Shu Journal.

Ciric is co-editor with Sally Lai of the publication Institution for the Future, 2012, with contributions from Tino Sehgal, Dorothea Von Hantellamann, Joao Ribas and Jens Hoffmann among others.

Ciric is a member of the jury for the Hugo Boss Asia Award 2013 and has recently been nominated for an ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award.

Presented by MUMA in association with Monash Art, Design & Architecture

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