Portrait of the Curator as Platypus: A Talk on Curatorial Practice

Why We Recommend it

In this talk organised by Asia Art Archive, Beirut- and Berlin-based researcher, writer, and curator Rasha Salti explores questions of curatorial practice, knowledge production, and challenging canons of art history.



Curatorial practice generally involves a certain degree of research depending on its concept, purview, and institutional framing. To the visitor, this research comes to life in different forms, most tangibly in wall texts and exhibition guides, but also through the experiential and sensate dimension of their encounter with the exhibition.

What kinds of knowledge do exhibitions and curatorial practices produce? Where are they located in the larger spectrum of knowledge production? And how might they be qualified and indexed, specifically in regards to conventional institutions?

With reference to her research, Salti attempts to answer these questions. Past Disquiet is the result of a decade-long research conducted in collaboration with Kristine Khouri, which culminated in several exhibitions and a book. It explored the marginal histories of international solidarity between artists and “museums in exile” from the 1960s to the 1980s. Saving Bruce Lee was co-curated with Koyo Kouoh, and is based on research around the legacy of Soviet cultural diplomacy during the Cold War, with a focus on the African and Arab filmmakers who studied at the famed Moscow-based VGIK film school.

Please note that registration is required for this free public event.


When: 3 Jun 2019 - 3 Jun 2019 Where: Asia Art Archive A Space, 10/F, Hollywood Centre – 233 Hollywood Road – Sheung Wan