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The Curatorial (and Curating) as Radical Democracy. A Single-Case Study of Kuratorisk Aktion as a Counter-Hegemonic Intervention
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the counter-hegemonic formation of Danish-based transnational

feminist curatorial collective Kuratorisk Aktion in a single-case study. It serves as a

unique example, presenting how the collective engages to overcome the existing gap

between curatorial aims and the implementation through curating. Their work and

approach is shaped highly by their political mindset, aiming to resist tendencies of

depoliticisation, right-wing populism or neoliberalism with the means of curating.

Chantal Mouffe’s theory of radical democracy and her deliberations and notions

concerning agonisms, citizenship, feminism, counter-hegemonic interventions and

activism through art are used in order to contextualise and discuss the possibilities and

limitations of the political work by Kuratorisk Aktion. An interview with the collective

conducted by scholar Angela Dimitrakaki in 2010 as well as their realised curatorial

projects enhanced the argumentation. The analysis exemplified, that over the years

Kuratorisk Aktion has developed their personal and exceptional curatorial paradigm,

which is able to counteract hegemonic structures. This reveals their radical democratic

potential and aspiration through curating and the curatorial.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018.
Keywords [en]
Activism, Agonism, Chantal Mouffe, Collectives, Critical Theory, Curating, Curatorial, Ernesto Laclau, Exhibition, Feminisms, Feminist Curating, Kuratorisk Aktion, Postcolonial Theory, Radical Democracy
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158063OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158063DiVA, id: diva2:1232366
Available from: 2018-08-17 Created: 2018-07-11 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved

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