The Showroom

Book Launch: Selected Maria Lind Writing

Friday 15 October 2010, 6pm.

Maria Lind will present her new book, Selected Maria Lind Writing, followed by a conversation with Chus Martínez, chief curator at Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).

Working in a number of contexts and capacities has shown Maria Lind to be a curator who, over time, has engaged in a rethinking of the art institution and the formats and methodologies connected with it, taking art itself as a starting point. Following on the various endgames outlined by institutional critique, Lind has forged paths out of hegemonic institutional regimes precisely by identifying other, more constructive ways of working through them, from both inside and outside.

For Lind, writing is integral to her curatorial work. It is where she accounts for her decisions, explains her intention, justifies her interest, toys with new possibilities and develops new ideas, and recognises historical precedents. It is where the craft of curating, already pointed out towards a public, finds another channel of articulation.

Selected Maria Lind Writing brings together twenty-two essays selected by Beatrice von Bismarck, Ana Paula Cohen, Liam Gillick, Tirdad Zolghadr and Brian Kuan Wood.

The collection of essays spanning from 1997 to 2010 forms a tapestry of Lind’s own interweaving interests, but also of those of a panel of readers invited by Lind to project their own concerns onto her corpus of writing. Essays on individual artists, monographic and group exhibitions, funding structures, new contexts and spatial paradigms, together comprise a rare opportunity to swivel a spotlight on its axis back towards a figure who always tries to aim it at what really matters.

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About the publication
Selected Maria Lind Writing
October 2010, English
14 x 21.5 cm, 416 pages, 150 b/w ill., softcover
ISBN 978-1-934105-18-4

Born in Stockholm in 1966, Maria Lind has been director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College since January 2008. She was director of Iaspis in Stockholm 2005 to 2007 and from 2002 to 2004 was the director of Kunstverein München. From 1997 to 2001, Lind was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, where she was responsible for Moderna Museet Projekt. She was co-curator of Manifesta 2 in 1998. Lind has contributed widely to magazines and other publications, as well as to numerous exhibition catalogues.