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The CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference, hosted by the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz and the NOMUS New Art Museum/Branch of the National Museum in Gdansk, Poland, will be held 5-7 November in a hybrid format to facilitate access and attendance for all CIMAM audiences to reflect on a keenly debated topic:


Day 1: Conflicts, Crises, and the Politics of Growth 
Day 2: Museums as Spaces for Recognizing Differences
Day 3: New Perspectives on Climate and Commonality

While the pandemic appears to be the most pressing challenge today, it is merely a vector of more global political and environmental changes. The conference will address the roles of artists and museums in this dramatically changing global situation.

How can artists be agents of change, and museums be places to test proposals for the communities of the future? Can museums guide processes of political and/or technological solutions?
During the three days of discussions, the conference will focus on the two interconnected current crises of xenophobia and climate change, and the sometimes hidden or unexplored connections between the two.

Invited speakers

Alex BaczyĹ„ski-Jenkins, artist and choreographer, Berlin/Warsaw; Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, The University of Chicago, Chicago; Binna Choi, Director, Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, Amsterdam; T.J. Demos, Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History and Visual Culture, and Director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, UC Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz; JarosĹ‚aw Lubiak, Dr. Art College, Szczecin; Otobong Nkanga, visual artist, Antwerp; Oleksiy Radynski, filmmaker and writer, Visual Culture Research Center, Kyiv; Joanna SokoĹ‚owska, Curator, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; Maristella Svampa, writer, sociologist, Dina Huapi; Pelin Tan, Senior Researcher, Center for Arts, Design and Social Research, Mardin, and Hilke Wagner, Director Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden.

The CIMAM Annual Conference offers three days of keynote lectures on the most pressing issues facing the sector and presents a great opportunity to strengthen networking in a professional environment that promotes new projects and connections.

Read the full abstract here

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Welcome to CIMAM, Museum of Brisbane! 
We are pleased to have Renai Grace, Director/CEO, Alix Perry, Head of Programming, and Cathy de Silva, Head of Experience, among our members. Join today the only global network of contemporary art experts, curators, and museum directors. 

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08030 Barcelona

CIMAM’s office at Fabra i Coats is supported by The City Council of Barcelona.


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