Marko Stamenkovic-Invitation

press to exit project space is pleased to invite you to the lecture

“The South as a Place to look (and maybe to curate)” by art historian, critic and curator Marko Stamenkovic

place of event: Concept 37 (Ruzveltova St., 37, Skopje)
date: Monday, September 9th, at 8 pm

The event is part of the second edition of the international symposium Curating Exchange 2013.

“The South as a Place to look (and maybe to curate)”, envisioned as a long-term project that officially will start with this lecture and workshop in Skopje, is interested in theoretical and practical rethinking of curatorial and artistic work perceived from that place called the “South.” What does it mean to look at the world from the place called the “South,” why is it necessary to think and rethink our work in the contemporary visual art from that particular position, and how does it function in the context of globalization, where the ideas of the so-called global anti-imperial South reside in relation to those of the global imperial North? These are the leading questions around which the lecture and curatorial workshop will revolve during this one-day program.

Additionally, a curatorial workshop on the same subject, conceptualized and lead by Stamenkovic, is organized in order to discuss, in more details, the questions raised above; to identify their potential connections to the local cultural and artistic context; and to outline the upcoming steps towards practical realization of the most fertile ideas emerging from the discussion.

markoBozidar Jurjevic, Rose of the winds, 2009. Photography: courtesy of the author.

Details on registration:

The workshop will take place on September 9th at Concept 37 (Ruzveltova Street No. 37, Skopje), from 10 am until 14 pm. If you are a curator, artist, theoretician, student, or just interested about the subject and would like to participate, please register yourself on the following email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , subject “Marko Stamenkovic workshop”.

Biography of Marko Stamenkovic:

Marko Stamenkovic (1977, Vranje, Serbia) is an art historian, critic and curator, and a PhD Researcher at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He is a member of IKT – International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. He completed his undergraduate studies in Art History at the University of Belgrade - Faculty of Philosophy, History of Modern Art Department (BA Thesis: “Theory of Gaze and Reading of the Image”, 2003) and his graduate work was done in the program of Cultural Policy and Cultural Management (UNESCO), University of Arts in Belgrade - Interdisciplinary Studies accredited by the University Lyon 2 (MA Thesis: “Status of Curatorial Practices in Post-socialist Conditions”, 2005).  He is a PhD candidate at University of Ghent - Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Center for Ethics and Value Inquiry (Doctoral Thesis: “Suicide Cultures. Theories and Practices of Radical Withdrawal - A Transnational Cultural and Media Paradigm [2001-2011]”).

Information on Curating Exchange:

The symposium was initiated in 2012 (as part of press to exit’s "Visiting Curatorial Initiative" program) in order to stimulate and support research and implementation of new curatorial projects and development of ideas, as well as to address the local and regional need for an insightful and qualitative exchange of experience and knowledge in terms of artistic research, curatorial practice and education. Guest in 2012 included: Dorothee Richter, Suzana Milevska, Sofija Grandakovska, Slavco Dimitrov, Marko Stamenkovic, Antonija Majaca and Basak Senova.

More on press to exit:

press to exit was established in 2004 by artists Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski as a special program-based artist initiative for research and production in the field of visual arts and curatorial practices. The three main programs of activities are: Visiting Curatorial Initiative, New Project Productions and Lectures, Publications and Exhibitions which are exploring ways of generating ideas, projects and collaborations with artists and curators form Macedonia, Europe and beyond.