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Sophie Goltz.Building and Repairing Civic Life: call for public space.

Saturday, 10th of February 2024, 6 p.m. Iasi @ GreenHouse, Str. Sf. Atanasie nr. 25, Iași

tranzitiasi is welcoming you on this Saturday, the 10th of February to join us for a public lecture with curator and art educator Sophie Goltz.

”Based on the repercussions of Documenta Fifteen and connected with the question of public (art) spaces, this lecture will present artistic and curatorial strategies around notions of remembering. Lately, what it was called "Versöhnungstheater" (spectacle of reconciliation, Czollek), the German Erinnerungskultur (remembrance culture) is questioned in these projects and its institutional manifestations be it a memorial site, museum, archive, walkabout, ritual, or gesture. With which understanding of public space – and thus infrastructure - do artists and curators develop strategies of alternative forms of remembering? What role does culture play towards a not-yet reconciliation? (Sophie Goltz, 2024)

Sophie Goltz lives and works in Salzburg and Berlin as a curator, art educator, and writer. In 2020, she was appointed director of the Salzburg Internationa Summer Academy of Fine Arts. From 2017 to 2020, she taught as an Assistant Professor in the new Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice (MA) program at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University Singapore. She served as Deputy Director of Research and Academic Education at NTU Center for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore). From 2013 to 2016, she was the Artistic Director of Stadtkuratorin Hamburg. From 2008 to 2017, she worked as a curator at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), where she also became the Head of Communications and Art Education until 2013. Most recently, Goltz published Culture City. Culture Scape. (co-authored with Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong, NUS Press, 2021) and Passages. Art in Public Space Hamburg since 1981 (forthcoming, Spector Books) reflects on her time as Artistic Director of Stadtkuratorin Hamburg.

This project is realised with the support of the German Cultural Center Iași and the Goethe-Institut.

The main partner of is the ERSTE Foundation.

Image: Leon Kahane, Jerrycans to Can Jerry (2020), installation view, Galerie Kunst im Traklhaus, Salzburg 2021.