Artist-Run Dialogues


︎︎︎Edited by Ariana Kalliga

Participating Spaces: Afloat Assembly, Beta-Local, Casa Antillón, Conversations in Gondwana, Grand Union, Green Art Lab Alliance, Korai Project Space, Monoambiente, Nevven, Rupert, Sea Foundation, Spazienne, Studio Block M74, Valley of the Possible, 221A

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.

Editor: Ariana Kalliga
Associate Editor: Harriet Aspin
Essay: Frances Whorall-Campbell
Design: Yue Hu

Publisher: space52
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.

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