curatorial tips

#curatorialtips is a research and help tool I have created on instagram in order to help emerging curators in their practice. Although there is an increasing number of curatorial practice programs in universities and art institutions around the world, the practice of curator as an exhibition creator or designer (rather than a conservator who cares for an institutional art collection) is fairly recent. As a researcher, I use curating as a field to expand questioning, thought and understanding of artworks. These tips are part of my interdisciplinary practice in curating. I offer the curatorial tips on instagram to reach a wider audience; they are a digital component of my multi model curatorial practice.

curatorial tip 1

Curators, we're part of the wonderful club of Creatives. By curating exhibitions and research projects, what do we do? Create, create, create. So put creativity in all your life: your style, your books, your apartment. #curatorialtips

CURATORIAL TIP 4

Say no. As much as saying yes is good, saying no is also good and necessary. If you are asked to do something (by an artist, conservator, dealor) and it is

a) beyond your capacity

b) just plain impossible

you are allowed to say no. It will make you understand your capacity, as well as what works and what does noy for you and your practice. Saying no is not always a negative.   #curatorialtips

CURATORIAL TIP 7

This one is dedicated to Grace Coddington. Why: ask yourself why you want to curate, why you have decided to become a curator. Is it because you like to create images, or tell stories? My journey in curating started when I wanted to become art director for fashion magazines. Late night fashion talks with friends, I wanted to work in fashion and create fashion spreads inspired by art history. My line of work changed, but I always think of my practice in parallel with my love of fashion. I was looking up to Grace's spreads in Vogue (even wanted to work with her). #curatorialtips

curatorial tip 2

Curators, whenever you have an idea, write it. Conceptualize it. Believe in it. Verbalize it. Don't wait for deadlines. The earlier you start, the more time you'll have to form idea. Once it is time to put it out in the world, you will have a well thought out, well-formulated project. #curatorialtips

CURATORIAL TIP 5

Play: just as the best way to create our own style is by playing with different outfits, think of your curatorial practice the same way: take the artists that interest you and try putting them with other artists that are completely unrelated and see what new narrative you can create. And do not take it seriously! Understanding how much fun you can have with it unlocks new possibilities, new dialogues and new connections.  #curatorialtips

CURATORIAL TIP 8

Curators, do not speak louder than the artwork. As much as your job as a curator is to create a thread of understanding or a theme by selecting artworks, do not let your own message, your own theme shadow the actual work itself. By doing so, you may be guilty of perverting the work just so it suits your own ideas. Just let the art do the talking. #curatorialtips 

curatorial tip 3

Say yes. Even when it is out of your comfort zone. Say yes to being asked to participate in conferences and talks. You might not think you are doing any curating but actually, you are thinking, talking about your thoughts, and feeding your curatorial ideas. Say yes when proposed a curatorial project (unless you absolutely do not believe in the institution or it is not a project you are enchanted about). A career in curating works well when you TRY things that are new / foreign to you.

CURATORIAL TIP 6

New: the beginning of the new year is always a time to renew ourselves. New is the word of January, because it opens another window or door. Do not hesitate to look for something new: new artists, new practices, new media that you have not explored in the past. Not as a way to scratch what you have done before, but to keep feeding yourself. It also feeds your practice, as you avoid standing still and avoid curatorial ruts. #curatorialtips