Industry Friday Talk: January 16th 2015
For this presentation, Dominik Czechowski discussed his curatorial practice, projects and artist collaborations both as part of two of the UK’s leading arts institutions, and independently. His specific area of interest and research focuses on discursive curatorial practices and politically engaged visual strategies, with a particular emphasis on the visual culture of Central and Eastern Europe.
Polish born, London based, Dominik Czechowski is currently Assistant Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London. Recent projects there include solo exhibitions of artists, Ana Mendieta: Traces,Sun Xun: Yesterday is Tomorrow and Frances Stark: Look, read along with me…, as well as the group show, What’s Love Got to Do With It. In 2012 he conceived an independent project with director and cinematographer MashaGodovannaya realised as part of the 7th Liverpool Biennial.
Previously, he was a curator at Calvert 22 Foundation, uniquely focused on the presentation of contemporary Art (and Culture) from Central and Eastern Europe and Russia and was responsible for such ambitious presentations as Field of Action. The Moscow Conceptual School in Context;The Forgetting of Proper Names – an exhibition to showcase young Polish artists; and Time for a New State – IRWIN.
Prior to this, Czechowski worked at Barbican Art Gallery on major exhibitions including In The Face of History – European Photographers in the 20th Century; Seduced: Artand Sex from Antiquity to Now, and Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, GordonMatta-Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s. He was also responsible for the critically acclaimed exhibitionRobert Kuśmirowski: Bunker for the Curve Gallery (2009), which transformed the space into a 1:1 replica of a World War II era bunker.