Artist-Run Dialogues conversationally unfolds the stories, languages and challenges connecting artist-run spaces internationally today. It draws on a series of conversations held with 15 artist-run and non-profit spaces from different localities, both urban and rural contexts, from September 2020 - May 2021.
Revealing a polyphony of voices actively engaged in re-thinking the identity and meaning of the 'artist-run', this publication raise urgent questions about the present and future of collective models of self-organisation. Piecing together the fluid lines of thought which emerged from these conversations, the publication reveals a shared lexicon of meanings converging around four central coordinates; (1)semantic forms (2) duration (3) precarity and (4) solidarity.
Taken as a whole, Artist-Run Dialogues is an illuminating gesture, a starting point for imagining new forms of transnational solidarity between artist-run spaces and non-profit organisations.
“Dialogue draws a linking thread between two points, criss-crossing national borders in a true network of solidarity.” Frances Whorall-Campbell
Conversations with artist-run spaces are plotted along four conceptual coordinates - semantic forms, duration, precarity and solidarity - to produce a cartographic toolkit tha can act as a guide to the shared forms of these projects, providing both a survey of the existing terrain and a guide for new endeavours that may emerge in the future.
Author: Ariana Kalliga Year: 2022 Language: English Pages: 205 Format: Softcover Dimensions: 23 x 11.5 cm ISBN: 9786188492622
Kalliga, A., (ed.), Artist Run Dialogues (Space52: Athens, 2022)
Artist-Run Dialogues was supported by a year-long curatorial research period at space52, Athens, and a production grant from the A.M. Qattan Foundation for its participation in the exhibition But These Forms Need to be Created: On Self-Organisation on view at the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center in Palestine from August 11 through October 11, 2021.