Working as a curator is a multifaceted job. You have different constituencies to answer to (the institution you work for, the artists you collaborate with, and the public you are presenting the art to). These constituencies often have overlapping interests yet often their priorities do not line up as seamlessly. As a curator, serving such different masters means working constantly to balance different interests into an organic and coherent practice. Exhibitions thus produced should challenge the viewer, educate the public, represent what is produced by artists, and create a following that is engaged and willing to support you. The work then becomes to make sure that you harmonize priorities and bring the projects to fruition. On top of all the other conflicts you need to be mindful of how your own “agenda/vision” will interact with the everybody else.
My vision for the work I bring to galleries and projects I collaborate on is rooted in presenting the audience well-made work that questions and challenges notion of what is art and what can art do. I work from the assumption that an audience that walks into a space with art can be asked to do the work of interpreting and analyzing the unfamiliar. I am successful when visitors have a grasp of the concepts but are left with an appetite for further research and reflection.
When curating a project or a show with an artist my main goal is to support the development of the core interests of the artist, I am collaborating with I am there to offer resources, critical insight, and sounding board for the artist to work off of. Being also an artist, I am very mindful that in these cases it is not my agenda that should shine but the artists’ intentions.