The tenth episode of PIPA Podcast, “Online Curatorship, with Amanda Abi Khalil”, is available now! It is PIPA Podcast’s first episode in English and the last episode of its first season.
Our podcast host, together with Luiz Camillo Osorio, the curator of PIPA Institute, talked about online curatorship with Amanda Abi Khalil. Amanda is a Libanese independent curator based between Rio de Janeiro and Beirut. She is one of the curators of the online platform Covideo-19 and the creator of the Temporary Art Platform.
Listen to the episode now here or access it on the streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple podcast, or visit our Youtube channel called Prêmio PIPA.
You can check out and learn more about the references made during the conversation below:
It is a website that, from March 21 until July 21, hosted one contemporary art video a day, no longer than 19 minutes. The videos were selected by three curators: our podcast guest, Amanda Abi Kahlil; Bianca Bernardo and Cherine Karam, with the idea of causing a “Covid-19 contaminated reading of 118 contemporary art videos”. The participating artists were both emerging and established and from more than 20 countries, focusing on the global south. As written on the platform,
“Art history has been shaped by major crises, and as we wait for what post-corona art practices will address both conceptually and aesthetically, we curated a list of videos, old and more recent, and tied them to the collective and universal emotions ardently felt around the globe. Discover or rediscover artists and works to better apprehend the world, reinforce or even shift some of your feelings and beliefs”.
You can check the whole list of videos here.
- Museum without walls
The ideia behind MWW is to allow young people to learn about the atrocities of the past and about how to open a dialogue about history and hate and prevent an intolerant and racist future. Its objective is to inspire the next generation to become social justice leaders who will ignite change in their communities, and that is done by providing the unique opportunity to hear first hand accounts of intolerance and racism at the site where it was experienced. Museum Without Walls’ vision is to educate and inspire middle-high school students to become informed, engaged and motivated leaders who are emboldened to promote social justice in our communities.
On their webpage, there is a quote by one of their students, who states that:
“I think learning about history through experience is the best way to possibly truly understand what has happened.”
You can visit MWW’s website here.
- L’Amour de L’Art: Les Musées d’Art Européens et leur Public: by Pierre Bourdieu with Alain Darbel
Bourdieu and Darbel’s work, The Love of Art: European Art Museums and Their Public, is considered a very influent sociologic piece among museologists. You can find a summary below (extracted from here):
“Museums and art galleries appear to be and would claim to be open to all, and yet, in fact, they are visited only by a small segment of the population. Who are those whose love of art brings them into museums? What distinguishes them from the majority of people who exclude themselves or who are effectively excluded? In this classic study, Bourdieu, Darbel and Schnapper address such questions on the basis of a wide-ranging survey of museum visitors throughout Europe. By examining the social conditions of museum practices, they show that cultivated taste is not a natural gift but a socially inculcated disposition which is distributed unevenly, and which predisposes some to distinguish themselves through their love of art, while others are deprived of this privilege”.
Amanda Abi Kahlil is TAP’s founder and director.
You can read below TAP’s definition, found on its website:
“TEMPORARY. ART. PLATFORM (TAP) is an international curatorial platform that was founded in 2014 to commission projects, residencies and site-specific artworks concerned by social practices and public spaces in Lebanon and abroad. TAP’s structure and its organic, non-regular programming, gives way to a deeper engagement with the context in which it unfolds with a focus on knowledge production and community impact. TAP is also concerned with legal and artistic research that stimulate more proactive attitudes towards curating art projects outside of the art world in collaboration with private and public partners.Since its very beginnings, TAP has focused its efforts on facilitating art interventions in physical and intangible public spaces; fostering debates around social themes, and positioning communities at the core of the reception of contemporary art, while providing artists with unique production and creation opportunities. TAP is an international platform based in Beirut, Lebanon. It is registered as a non-profit association under Lebanese law (3704)”.
To learn more about TAP, click here.
- A casa é sua
A casa é sua: migração e hospitalidade fora do lugar is a project and an exhibition curated by Amanda Abi Khalil. In 2017, she was invited by the Goethe-Institut to be a part of the South-South, a cultural exchange project between Brazil and Lebanon. Inspired by Lebanese narratives in diaspora in Brazil and by myths concerning the host country’s hospitality in relation to the “other”, the project resulted in an international contemporary exhibition composed by local social projects, a public program of side events and an educational program. The exhibition’s opening, scheduled for April 16 at Paço Imperial (Rio de Janeiro), was postponed indefinitely, due to COVID-19’s pandemic social isolation recommendations.