MAPPING PRACTICES: EXPLORING ETHICAL METHODOLOGIES FOR CURATING PLURAL GENDER PERSPECTIVES IN CONTEMPORARY ART
This research and development grant (Developing your Creative Practice, Arts Council England) has been awarded to Stella Sideli in August 2021.
She is interested in challenging the curatorial methods typical of contemporary art institutional spaces that still uphold the gender division as the organising principle of cultural production (as explored by De Beauvoir; Butler), often excluding or otherwise tokenising marginalised voices eg female-identifying, non-binary, queer.
Over 10 months, the grant will support periods of research, writing, gaining new skills and networking internationally.
Carrying out practice based research into a series of institutional curatorial frameworks that queer artists feel truly represented and supported by and that audiences connected with in meaningful ways, the project 'Mapping Practices: exploring ethical methodologies for curating plural gender perspectives in contemporary art' aims to research and platform ethical and alternative curatorial methods that can truly articulate positions of difference, culminating into the creation of a website.
The online platform aims to be a toolkit for ethical curating - connecting the curator's international journeys, collecting conversations, interviews with other curators and reports on best practice; showcasing the project's findings, frameworks, and relevant artists' digital projects.