Big Ideas Lecture: What, How & For Whom

Our next Big Ideas lecture will feature three members of the What, How & for Whom (WHW) curatorial collective! WHW is a collective based in Zagreb, Croatia who have organized a range of production, exhibition, and publishing projects. They have curated exhibitions around the world, including the Instanbul Biennial (2009), and the Venice Biennale (2011). Since 2003 they have also been directing the city-owned Gallery Nova in Zagreb. This free event will take place October 3rd at 7:00PM at the Boarding House Arts building in Guelph. Facebook event page

Lecture: “My Sweet Little Lamb, (everything we see can also be otherwise)”

On October 3rd WHW will present their practice, concerned with the continuous reconfiguration of the relationships of artistic and cultural production with notions of authorship, collecting, and display, as well as with history and politics.

The lecture will be focused on their most recent project My Sweet Little Lamb, (everything we see can also be otherwise) which they co-curated in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. Titled after a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947-2016), the project was inspired by his life-long anti-systematic artistic approach that searched for more autonomous ways of artistic production. After six exhibition episodes, taking place from November 2016 to May 2017 in independent art spaces, artists’ studios and private apartments in Zagreb, the project’s epilogue has been recently staged at The Showroom, London. Based on the Kontakt Art Collection from Vienna, which includes seminal works by artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe from 1960s to the present, the project juxtaposed the collection’s canonical works with a number of historical and contemporary works in order to address and reframe some of the recurring themes that stem from the collection, such as radical utopianism, the figure of the dissident artist, questions of gendered bodies, political subjectivities and engagement, and the status of public space.

Details about their recent show Really Useful Knowledge can be found here: