Frieze Curatorial Summit: It Belongs to Me! Curation, Censorship and the Resurgent Far Right

Campaigners protesting against the cancellation of the exhibition “Queermuseu - Cartography of the Difference in Brazilian Art”, at the Santander Cultural Centre in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2017.
Campaigners protesting against the cancellation of the exhibition “Queermuseu - Cartography of the Difference in Brazilian Art”, at the Santander Cultural Centre in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2017.

3 October 2019


Frieze Art Fair
Regents Park

Frieze Masters auditorium
Free to Frieze pass holders, no booking required

This year’s CAS/Frieze Curatorial Summit looks at the resurgence of populism and the far-right, which echoes the days when the School of Bauhaus closed due to mounting pressure from the Nazi regime. Moderated by artist Liam Gillick, a group of international speakers will discuss the situation in countries including Brazil, Turkey and Germany and how institutions can respond to the current climate.

Please note this event takes place at the Frieze Masters auditorium, not the Frieze London auditorium.



Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She moved to London 10 years ago with her husband and two children after her novel, The Bastard of Istanbul, led to a trial for “insulting Turkishness” (she was eventually acquitted). Her latest novel has been seized along with two earlier books and is being examined by the Turkish authorities for “crimes of obscenity”. Her latest book, 10 Minutes 38 seconds in this Strange World, is shortlisted for the 2019 Booker PrizeShafak who has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, is also a political scientist and an academic.

Shafack holds a degree in International Relations, a masters’ degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and a PhD in Political Science and Political Philosophy. She has taught at various universities in Turkey, the UK and the USA, including St Anne’s College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow.


Júlia Rebouças is a curator, researcher and critic. She was a curator at the Instituto Inhotim from 2007 to 2015. She was co-curator of the 32nd Sao Paolo Biennial in 2016. She recently curated the 36th Panorama of Brazilian Art at the Modern Art Museum (MAM) in Sao Paolo (on view through November 2019) and is the co-curator of Entrevedo by Cildo Meireles: An invitation to States of Attention, the largest ever exhibition on Mereiles in Latin America at the SESC Pompeia, in Sao Paolo (on view through February 2020).


Nicolaus Schafhausen is an internationally distinguished curator, director and educator. He was the curator of the German Pavilion for the 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennale, and for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 he curated the Kosovo Pavilion. He was the co-curator of the 6th Moscow Biennale 2015.

Since 2011 he has been the Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts, an initiative of the Canadian Shorefast Foundation to find alternative solutions for the revitalisation of the area that is prone to emigration.

Schafhausen has extensive experience leading renowned institutions such as the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. Schafhausen was the Director of Kunsthalle Wien until March 2019 (he resigned citing the resurgence of the extreme right in Austria) and is currently artistic director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism.


Eoin Dara is an Irish curator based in Scotland, currently working as Head of Exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts, developing programming from a queer feminist position in order to amplify voices that have previously been overlooked or wilfully erased by the dominant culture to date. Recent and upcoming curatorial work includes new commissions and publishing projects with artists Eve Fowler, Margaret Salmon, Patrick Staff and Alberta Whittle and writers Sophie Collins, Quinn Latimer, Isabel Waidner and CAConrad.

In his previous position as curator at The MAC, Belfast, Dara staged major exhibition projects such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres: This Place, the largest presentation of the artist’s work in Ireland to date, alongside working on new commissions by artists such as Mariah Garnett, Stuart Brisley, Kara Walker and Johanna Billing.


Liam Gillick is an internationally exhibited conceptual artist based in New York. His work is in many public collections and since 1997, he is in the faculty of Columbia University.



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