Curatoriality: Lessons So Far

 SWAN, from the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck, written and illustrated by Kim Krans. 

SWAN, from the Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck, written and illustrated by Kim Krans. 

In September of 2017, I was in Harare for the 2nd International Conference on African Culture, hosted at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. It was here that I first encountered the word, curatoriality.  George Shire —a London-based, Zimbabwean, independent radical scholar and cultural critic— made mention of the term in response to a colleague’s presentation on curation. The presentation he referenced posited that one of the primary functions of curation is storytelling.  To paraphrase, Shire stated that we need to take into consideration the notion of curatoriality: the power inherent to the curator’s function as caretaker, conservator, scholar, and/or facilitator of art works; and the ways in which that power is executed, its impact, and its meaning.
— Negarra A. Kudumu, May 24, 2018

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