We are pleased to welcome Laurie Cluitmans to CIMAM
I think that the critical potential of art is activated by focusing on how political issues and large-scale global events affect and effect individual quests, hopes and attempts that underlie our existence.
"My curatorial practice stems from a strong belief in the critical potential of art and art’s capacity to profoundly affect the way we look at - and shape the world around us. I think that the critical potential of art is activated by focusing on how political issues and large-scale global events affect and effect individual quests, hopes and attempts that underlie our existence. Through this focus I believe art, artists and audiences can find each other over shared concerns. This has been the underlying motivation for most exhibitions and public gatherings I have organized over the past years."
"Ever since joining the Centraal Museum I have become more and more aware of the many challenges museums face nowadays, dealing with a.o. sustainability, cultural diversity, inclusivity and digitalization. I believe that the open and active attitude towards current political, social and ecological debates of CIMAM’s activities, such as the Rapid Response Webinars but also the Annual Conference, are great ways to exchange ideas and learn."
Laurie Cluitmans, Curator of Contemporary Art, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Laurie Cluitmans (1984) works as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and as independent art critic and curator. In 2016 she was awarded the Prize for Young Art Critics 2016 for her essay ‘The possibility of a garden’, on the gardens of Derek Jarman and Ian Hamilton Finlay. This essay led to a larger curatorial research into the garden as a metaphor in times of climate change, culminating into the exhibition 'The Botanical Revolution' at the Centraal Museum, 'Is it possible to be a Revolutionary and like Flowers?' At Nest art space in The Hague and the publication ‘On the Necessity of Gardening: An abc on art, botany and cultivation’.
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Thank you Laurie Cluitmans, for becoming a member of CIMAM!