MTalks MUMA Boiler Room lecture: Tirdad Zolghadr, ‘The Artist as Quarry’

Thu 3 Nov 2016, 6.15pm–7.15pm



2016-11-03 2016-11-03 Australia/Melbourne MUMA Boiler Room lecture: Tirdad Zolghadr, ‘The Artist as Quarry’ MPavilion MPAVILION

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) in association with Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and Curatorial Practice at Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA) are pleased to present a special lecture at MPavilion by visiting international curator and writer, Tirdad Zolghadr.

Tirdad Zolghadr is a curator and writer. He is the associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, director of the Summer Academy Paul Klee in Bern, and teaches at the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem. His most recent book is Traction, published by Sternberg Press 2016.

‘The Artist as Quarry’
Artists are always falling prey to something or other. Censorship, curators, bad lighting, jet lag, bigotry, cultural prejudice, institutions in particular and The Institution At Large. Never are they complicit in any of these things.

The goal of this lecture is not to trace examples of when victimisation is real or imagined. The aim, rather, is to trace the role and political rationale of self-marginalisation within the moral economy of contemporary art. The goal of this exercise, in turn, is to speculate as to how this rationale might be translated into a more meaningful professional identity, with more tangible political traction, over time.

Tirdad Zolghadr’s lecture is part of ‘The Artist As…’, a year-long lecture series co-presented by the IMA and Curatorial Practice at MADA. The series examines the ways artists move through the world and how that movement might involve adopting other roles to pursue a project, a position, a politic, or a practice. For any given project the artist may act as architect, as ethnographer, as archivist, as producer, as curator, as activist, as choreographer, and so on. ‘The Artist As…’ also recognises that many artists come to their practice as experts in other fields, bringing with them specialist knowledge that informs and shapes their work.

Following the lecture Tara McDowell, Associate Professor and Director of Curatorial Practice at Monash University, will lead a Q&A session.

This event is proudly supported by The Saturday Paper.


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You can revisit this lecture at MPavilion’s library page. 

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