Since 2006 the Berlin Biennale Curators Workshop has been the platform for up-and-coming early career curators to network and learn. Under the title "It speaks to me", the 2022 edition searches for the right language for an artistic practice that is committed to dealing with the pressing issues of our world.
12 Berlin Biennale (11 June - 18. September 2022)
Colonialism continues to impact the present, long after the achievement of political independence by people in the Global South. Over 500 years of colonial thought and action have shaped all aspects of life—in the societies of the South and also the North. Colonial violence, fascism, and capitalist exploitation continue, persisting in ever-new forms. Liberating knowledge, thinking, and action from colonial patterns is what drives decolonial processes, which seek to unlearn what has been learned and continuously question existing points of view. Kader Attia, curator of 12th Berlin Biennale, looks back on more than two decades of decolonial engagement. As an artist, thinker, and activist, he has been particularly engaged with the notion of repair—first of objects and physical injuries, and then of individual and societal traumas. Throughout his practice, repair has emerged as a mode of cultural resistance, a form of agency that finds expression in diverse practices and fields of knowledge. For the 12th Berlin Biennale, Attia makes this form of agency the starting point of a program that involves contributors and audiences in a critical conversation, in order to find ways together to care for the now.
About the Curators Workshop
Since 2006 The KW Institue for Contemporary Art and the Allianz Kulturstiftung organize in cooperation with their partners (Goethe-Institut, BMW Group and – since 2016 – the ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) The Curators Workshop which offers young curators from all over the world the chance to professionalize themselves both theoretically and practically in the context of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The workshop both facilitates the international exchange of ideas and strengthens individual initiative by contextualizing nascent curatorial concepts and emerging practices in a discursive environment. In a program of seminars and fieldwork tailored to each particular biennial's concept, a small group of young curators discusses positions, strategies, contents and perceptions, frequently with input from invited experts. Workshop participants not only push their own ideas further, they put them into practice. Throughout the process, they are mentored by important figures in their field and the international art scene.
By funding the 2nd and 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, the Allianz Cultural Foundation – shortly after its registration in the year 2000 – has contributed significantly to the successful establishment of the Berlin Biennale as a new nationally and internationally acclaimed format.
Young Curators Workshop 2016
Young Curators Workshop 2014
Young Curators Workshop 2012
Young Curators Workshop 2010
Young Curators Workshop 2008
Young Curators Workshop 2006