Maria Lind


Maria Lind was born in Stockholm in 1966. Since January 2008, Lind has been director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. From 2005-2007, she was director of Iaspis (International Artist Studio Program in Sweden) in Stockholm. From 2002-2004, Lind was director of Kunstverein München where together with a curatorial team consisting (at different times) of Sören Grammel, Katharina Schlieben, Tessa Praun, Ana Paula Cohen, and Judith Schwarzbart, she ran a program that involved artists such as Deimantas Narkevicius, Oda Projesi, Bojan Sarcevic, Philippe Parreno, and Marion von Osten. The format of a retrospective, or survey, was explored in a one-year long retrospective with Christine Borland 2002-2003, which exhibited one work at a time, and a retrospective project by Rirkrit Tiravanija in the form of a seven-day workshop. The group project “Totally motivated: A sociocultural maneouvre” was a collaboration between five curators and ten artists looking at the relationship between ”amateur” and ”professional” art and culture. From 1997-2001 Lind was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and, in 1998, co-curator of Manifesta 2, Europe's biennale of contemporary art. Responsible for Moderna Museet Projekt, Lind worked with artists on a series of twenty-nine commissions that took place in a temporary project space, or within or beyond the Museum in Stockholm. There she also curated “What if: Art on the Verge of Architecture and Design,” filtered by Liam Gillick. Lind has contributed widely to magazines including Index (where she was on the editorial board), and to numerous catalogues and other publications. She is co-editor of the recent booksCurating with Light Luggage and Collected Newsletter (Revolver Archiv für aktuelle Kunst), Taking the Matter into Common Hands: Collaborative Practices in Contemporary Art (Blackdog Publishing), as well as the reportEuropean Cultural Policies 2015. She has been teaching and lecturing at different art schools since the early 1990s, including the University Colleges of Fine Art in Umeå and Stockholm, the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College in London, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies in Annandale-on-Hudson, the Emily Carr Institute of Art in Vancouver, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo and Munich.



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