Discussion: The Other Trans-Atlantic


From 17 March 2018




Garage Auditorium


Visitors are invited to a discussion with curators Dieter Roelstraete, Abigail Winograd, and Marta Dziewańska, art historian Ieva Astahovska, and curator of Garage Archive Collection Sasha Obukhova. The discussion is moderated by one of the curators of the exhibition at Garage Snejana Krasteva.

Focusing on the search for a cultural alternative and strategies to overcome Western dominance in art analysis, participants will revisit the art movements explored in the exhibition from a contemporary standpoint and talk about the social and political issues behind the works featured in the show. Along with general issues, the speakers will discuss differences between the motifs and reasons behind the emergence and evolution of the art movements in question, which is crucial for profound understanding of the diversity of kinetic and op art in their Latin American and Eastern European versions.


Dieter Roelstraete is a curator, editor, and author. Member of the Documenta 14 curatorial team for Athens and Kassel, 2017. From 2012 until 2015, he was the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, where he organized the exhibitions: Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A (2012); The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaelogy (2013); Simon Starling: Metamorphology (2014); The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now (2015, cocurated with Naomi Beckwith); and Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (2016, cocurated with Ian Alteveer and Helen Molesworth). From 2003 until 2011, he was a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA). A former editor of Afterall and cofounder of the journal F.R. David, Roelstraete has published extensively on contemporary art and related philosophical issues in numerous catalogs and journals including Artforum, Art Review, Frieze, Mousse Magazine, Parkett, and Texte zur Kunst.

Abigail Winograd is an independent curator and writer. Most recently, she was the Transhistorical Curatorial Fellow at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem where she organized A Global Table: Still Life, Colonialism, and Contemporary Art (2017). In the same year, she curated Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950 (2017) for the Art Institute of Chicago. She was the Research Associate for Kerry James: Mastry (2016) at the MCA Chicago where she also organized Unbound: Contemporary Art after Frida Kahlo (2014) and Zachary Cahill: Snow (2014) as the Marjorie Susman Curatirial Fellow. She is the recipient of several fellowships, has contributed to museum catalogues, published academic articles, presented papers in the US, Europe, and South America, and contributed to publications such as Bomb, Mousse, Frieze and Artforum.

Marta Dziewanska is Head of Research and Public Programming at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the Polish Academy of Sciences, also in Warsaw. Curatorial Advisor for Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, 2017. Curator and co-curator of several exhibition projects including Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes (with Andrew Bonacina, The Hepworth Wakefield, 2017), The Beguiling Siren Is Thy Crest (with Joanna Mytkowska, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2017), Andrzej Wroblewski: Recto/Verso (with Eric de Chassey, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2015, and Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, 2015-16), Maria Bartuszova: Provisional Forms (Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2015), among others.

Ieva Astahovska currently lives and works in Riga, Latvia as an art scholar, critic, and curator. Since 2005 she has worked at the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, where she had lead research projects about contemporary art writing, including the publication Trespassers. Contemporary Art of the 1980s (2005), and research on Latvian Soviet period nonconformist art heritage (2009–2010). She has lectured, published texts about contemporary art, and written a book about the history of Janis Rozentāls Rīga Art High School (Neputns, 2006). She has recently co-curated the exhibitions 90s with a Different Gaze (2010), Movements, Explorations, Artists in Latvia. 1960–1984 (2010), and Parallel Chronologies (2011).

Snejana Krasteva is a curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. From 2007 to 2009, she worked at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. From 2011 to 2013, she was a curator at Art on the Underground, London, where she realized a series of public art projects. Her exhibition projects at Garage include The Other Side (2014), solo shows by Erik Bulatov and Katharina Grosse (both 2015), and Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons (2015, with Zdenka Badovinac and Bojana Piškur). She was one of the organizers of the conference Performance Art: Ethics in Action (2013).

Sasha Obukhova is curator of Garage Archive Collection. She graduated from Moscow State University in 1992 and in 1993 studied at the Central European University (Prague). She has worked at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the State Tretyakov Gallery, and the National Center for Contemporary Art. In 2000 she was involved in a working group that curated a permanent exhibition for the Tretyakov Gallery: The Art of the Second Half of the XX Century. In 2004 she became a founding member and director of the Art Projects Fund where she established ACRA (the Archive of Contemporary Russian Art). She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Kandinsky Prize.


Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture is in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.

The lecture will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.