Curators from Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Trieste on 23-24 October to discuss the key topic on public funding for research and experimental production in contemporary art. The event “Before Numbers. Issues and Activities”, was organised by the Trieste Contemporanea Committee, as a follow-up of the CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators held in Venice at the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum in May 2015.

The Trieste meeting included expert contributions by Maja Ćirić, independent curator and currently curator in residency at the BAR project of Barcelona; Julia Fabenyi, director of the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest; Suzana Milevska, independent curator and art theorist of Skopje; Raluca Voinea, critic and curator of Bucharest, co-director of transit.ro and founder of the international platform Artleaks; Vladiya Mihaylova, curator, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia; Zorana Đaković Minniti, curator at the Cultural Centre of Belgrade and at Podroom gallery, Belgrade.

The participants, coordinated by Guliana Carbi, President of Trieste Contemporanea Committee, and Janka Vukmir, director of the Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb, were involved in a lively exchange of views, experiences and perspectives on ways and modalities to support research, experimental artistic production and curatorial practice.

A session also focused on the management and planning of contemporary art in Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the participation of local curators who presented their experiences and had the possibility to interact with curators from other countries. The Mayor of Trieste, Roberto Cosolini, and Barbara Fabro, CEI officer in charge of cultural events welcomed the participants.
 
The two-day event, was complemented with a video work at the crossing of visual arts, performative arts and new media elaborated by the Croatian group Komična Hunta. The video had originally been created for the contest “Squeeze it” and won the “Franco Jesurun Award”.
 
The CEI has been supporting the Forum since its first edition. Over the years it has become a major CEI flagship activity in the field of culture, co-financed by the CEI Cooperation Fund.
 
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Opening with Mayor of Trieste


Local curators



International curators

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