Announcing a change in our organization

Ecosystemic shift at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons
Everything falls into place

28 August 2023

Prompted by a transition in directorship, and a desire to care for the institutions that nurture life, since the beginning of this year, collaborators from Casco Art Institute, in connection with Arts Collaboratory network and beyond, have taken responsibility for steering Casco’s continuity and re-composition in an ecosystem-centered way. This translates into a compact team dedicated to the daily care and maintenance of the organization in close dialogue with a newly formed cooperative committee of advisors and partners who connect with the broader ecosystem. Their programming will bring a trans-disciplinary collective curatorial practice based on decolonial, feminist, and queer approaches to commoning.

In this light, we bid farewell to Binna Choi as director for the last fifteen years, while welcoming her into her new role as a curatorial advisor. Succeeding Binna, Aline Hernández, an exhibition curator, a long-time collaborator of Casco, and a member of Arts Collaboratory through the Mexico-based cooperative Cráter Invertido, and Marianna Takou from the current Casco team will collaboratively lead the organization in their roles of Artistic Director and Executive Director, respectively. The committee includes artist and educator Annette Krauss and cultural worker Wan Ing Que from the Utrecht community, alongside researcher and writer Nuraini Juliastuti from Kunci Study Forum & Collective and artist Reza Afisina from ruangrupa, both members of Arts Collaboratory and respectively based in Leiden and Amsterdam. As mentioned, Binna also joins the committee, and more members will be announced in due course.

“Everything falls into place” is the phrase that has followed us through our current transition at Casco Art Institute. It’s our joy to share it as a powerful reminder to trust processes of change from within and take steps toward commoning in and from art institutions.

For the full announcement click here.

Image description: A group of ecosystem members gathered in front of the building during the opening of the Nina bell F. House Museum at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons on Saturday, 27 May 2023. Photo: Chun Yao Lin. Design: Seo Kyung Kim.

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