Cosmin Costinas & Maria Hlavajova

Becoming Former West curated by Cosmin Costinas and Maria Hlavajova

Maria Hlavajova (born 1971) is initiator and co-curator of the 'Former West' project, and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht since 2000. Hlavajova has organized numerous exhibitions and projects at BAK including (selection): 'Sanja Ivekovi: Urgent Matters' (BAK and Van Abbemusuem, Eindhoven), 2009; 'Artur _mijewski: The Social Studio', 2008; 'Kutlu_ Ataman: Küba/Paradise', 2007; 'Roman Ondák: The Day After Yesterday', 2007; 'Concerning “Knowledge Production”: Practices in Contemporary Art', 2006; 'Adrian Paci', 2006; 'Concerning War', 2005; 'Gerrit Dekker: About no below, no above, no sides', 2005; 'Cordially Invited, episode 3, Who if not we...?', 2004; 'and Now What? Dreaming a better world in six parts', 2003. In 2007 she curated a three-part project 'Citizens and Subjects' for the Dutch Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, which included a new video installation by Aernout Mik consisting of three works embedded in an architectural intervention in the Dutch Pavilion. She regularly edits and contributes to numerous critical readers, catalogs, and magazines internationally. In addition, Hlavajova is co-founder of the tranzit network, a foundation that supports exchange and contemporary art practices in Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. She is also a fellow of the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University and teaches at Utrecht University. Previously she was a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York (1998–2002), co-curator of Manifesta 3, Ljubljana (2000), and director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts in Bratislava from 1994–1999. Hlavajova lives and works in Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Cosmin Costinas (born 1982) is curator at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst since early 2009, where he recently curated the exhibition 'Surplus Value' by Mona V_t_manu and Florin Tudor, and co-edited (with Jill Winder) the first monograph on the artists’ work. He studied art history and history at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and is contributing editor of the magazines 'Idea Arts + Society' (Cluj) and 'Version' (Paris/Cluj), and an advisory board member of PATTERNS/ERSTE Foundation, Vienna. Costinas was a member of the editorial team for the magazines project of documenta 12, Kassel in 2006–2007. He co-authored the novel Philip (Project Press, Dublin, 2007) and has contributed his writing to numerous magazines, books, and exhibition catalogs across Europe and South East Asia. Recent curatorial projects include: 'After the Final Simplification of Ruins. Forms of historiography in given places', Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2009; 'The Demon of Comparisons, Electric Palm Tree', Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) and University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2009; 'Like an Attali Report, but different: On fiction and political imagination', Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2008; 'Laicitate dupa complicitate' (Secularity after Complicity), Bucharest, 2005; co-curator of the conference 'After the Happy Nineties', Goethe Institute, Bucharest, 2005; and 'Textground', Display Gallery, Prague, 2004. Costinas lives and works in Amsterdam and Utrecht.

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