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Speakers 2022
CIMAM Annual Conference

From left to right: Paul B. Preciado, Suhanya Raffel, Meskerem Assegued Bantiwalu, Iris Dressler, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Clémentine Deliss, Sandra Gamarra, Sethembile Msezane, Emily Jacir, Lada Nakonechna, Philip Rizk, Kike España and Meenakshi Gopinath.

The Attentive Museum.
Permeable Practices for a Common Ground


From November 11 to 13, 2022, CIMAM will hold the 54th edition of its Annual Conference in a scenic location in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, in the archipelago of the Balearic Islands, between Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, to explore how museums can actively embrace, partner, and actively listen. It will also claim the urgency for museums to adapt and become spaces of shared encounter and hospitality, allowing themselves to be a permeable and vulnerable community capable of embodying multiple bodies; institutional, political, social, human, or non-human.

The 13 invited speakers will propose different models that can provide a roadmap for institutions through an exploration of new models of governance, and narratives of decolonial discourses, concluding with a vision beyond the museum world to collectives and new institutional models from which we can learn a more sustainable future.

Day 1: Changing from the Inside: How should we Govern Ourselves? The first day of the conference examines the strategies we need to reinvent our institutions. How can we change our governance systems while protecting our curatorial integrity?

  • Historical perspective of CIMAM’s 60 years, by Mami Kataoka, President of CIMAM and Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, and Saskia Bos, Independent Curator and Critic, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • Introduction by Imma Prieto, Director, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani, Palma, Spain

  • Paul B. Preciado, Writer and Curator, Paris, France/Spain

  • Suhanya Raffel, Museum Director, M+, Hong Kong, China

  • Meskerem Assegued Bantiwalu, Curator and General Director, Zoma Museum PLC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • Iris Dressler, Codirector, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

  • Panel Discussion moderated by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Day 2: Unlocking History and New Narratives. Day two of the conference will reflect on the frequently euro-centric position that has framed collections and the construction of histories within museums. Does the museum now hold the potential of creating the space to address these inaccuracies and inequalities? 

  • Denise Ferreira da Silva, Prof. Dr., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  • Clémentine Deliss, Associate Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

  • Sandra Gamarra Heshiki, Visual Artist, Independent, Lima, Peru/Madrid, Spain

  • Sethembile Msezane, Visual Artist, Msezane Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Panel Discussion moderated by Agustín Pérez Rubio, Independent Curator, Madrid, Spain

Day 3: Learning from the Community: Collective Actions in the Face of Emergency. The speakers on day three will present different models for collective actions from beyond the world of museums. 

  • Emily Jacir, Founder/Director, Dar Jacir for Art and Research, Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories

  • Lada Nakonechna, Artist, Method Fund, Kyiv, Ukraine

  • Philip Rizk, film-maker/artist, Mosireen video collective, Berlin, Germany/Cairo, Egypt

  • Kike España, Dr. Architect, Urban researcher, La Casa Invisible, Malaga, Spain

  • Meenakshi Gopinath, Founder-Director, Women in Security Conflict, Management and Peace (WISCOMP), New Delhi, India

  • Panel Discussion moderated by Manuel Borja-Villel, Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

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2022 Contents Committee

From left to right: Manuel Borja-Villel, Saskia Bos, Sarah Glennie, Mami Kataoka, Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Agustín Pérez Rubio, Imma Prieto, and Berta Sureda.

The 2022 Content Committee has worked on proposing themes taking into account the urgent and relevant issues affecting the development of the profession of curators and directors of modern and contemporary art museums, to ensure a vigorous and thoughtful debate.

  • Manuel Borja-Villel, CIMAM Honorary Member, Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

  • Saskia Bos, CIMAM Board Member, Independent Curator, and Critic, Amsterdam

  • Sarah Glennie, CIMAM Board Member, Director, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

  • Mami Kataoka, CIMAM President, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

  • Malgorzata Ludwisiak, CIMAM Board Member, Chief Curator, Department of Modern Art National Museum in Gdansk

  • Agustín Pérez Rubio, (Chair of Contents Committee), CIMAM Board Member, Independent Curator, Madrid

  • Imma Prieto, Director, Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

  • Berta Sureda, Independent Culture Researcher and Manager, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Read the Conference Abstract

More than 30 grants to attend the CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference supported by the Getty Foundation, Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Mercedes Vilardell, SAHA Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, and Beijing Public Art and Culture Foundation + a new set of grants addressed to Spanish professionals of contemporary art museums residing in Spain! Apply today.

CIMAM's new e-cards!
CIMAM members have started enjoying a fully digital and sustainable version of the PVC cards available on their smartphones. Have you downloaded yours? This environmentally-friendly initiative is proudly supported by MuseumAnywhere, CIMAM’s e-card preferred provider.

The CIMAM Board is an active and dynamic group of 15 members that serve voluntarily to represent the interests of CIMAM. 
Any individual member of CIMAM may submit their candidature to the Board. Read the elections calendar, as well as the composition, tasks, and powers of the Board as well at the Election Guidelines here.

CIMAM welcomes the Geoffrey Bawa Trust in Sri Lanka, as a new Institutional Member
Learn more about this public trust established in 1982 with the objectives of furthering the fields of Architecture, the Fine Arts and Ecological and Environmental Studies. Join CIMAM and become part of this international community.

These Indian museums are working to spread the message of climate change 
A new initiative called Indian Museums Against Climate Change (IMACC), is spearheading this movement in India. Launched by Bengaluru-based non-profit organization ReReeti, it brings together eight museums in India to work for this common cause.

Ukrainian Museum Documents the War Through Objects Left Behind 
Curator at the Maidan Museum in Kyiv Ihor Poshyvailo told “these objects can become small exhibitions that tell the story of those ordinary people’s lives, of their deaths.” Written by Elaine Velie and originally published by Hyperallergic.

The ICOM Advisory Council selects the museum definition proposal to be voted in Prague The Advisory Council, composed of the Chairs of National and International Committees, Regional Alliances, and Affiliated Organisations, selected the museum definition proposal to vote on August 24th during ICOM Prague 2022.

I feel that CIMAM will provide the opportunity for dialogue with colleagues around the world, and connect me to broader networks and more diverse conversations. CIMAM welcomes Reuben Keehan! Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane, Australia.

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