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The Curatorial as Geopoetic Gesture

30 Mar 2022

Time:8:20pm - 9:30pm


Online via Zoom

You are cordially invited to join the guest lecture The Curatorial as Geopoetic Gesture on March 30th, 2022 (Wednesday). The talk proposes the exhibition as a methodology of convening disparate materials, narratives, histories, technologies, desires, agencies, anxieties within one enclosed but permeable space. Within this framework, the curatorial activity is a way to mediate and intervene in the normative articulations of relations through vicinities and adjacencies, juxtapositions, and sight lines. In this talk, Carlos Quijon, Jr. will discuss the way these considerations inflect how curatorial labor and the exhibitionary medium can help rethink how we conceptualize regionalities and transregional affinities—away from the typical and towards more dynamic and compelling formulations. The curatorial in this sense becomes an activity that is poetic and interventive and not merely annotative or representational. Particularly in relation to regional imaginations, the curatorial is a geopoetic gesture, capable of fleshing out how artistic agencies, materials, processes, archives in themselves shape place since they are shaped by place. For this talk, he will discuss the exhibitions Courses of Action (2019, Para Site and Goethe-Institute Hong Kong, HK) and Cast But One Shadow (2021/2, UP Vargas Museum, Manila), and two ongoing researches for an exhibition in Busan later this year.


Speaker: Carlos Quijon, Jr. (art critic and curator)

Moderator: Professor Yongwoo Lee 

Date: 2022. March 30. 8:20 pm ~ 9:30 pm (Hong Kong time) including Q&A 

Zoom meeting



Carlos Quijon, Jr. (1989 in Manila, the Philippines) is a critic and curator. He was a fellow of the research platform Modern Art Histories in and across Africa, South and Southeast Asia (MAHASSA), convened by the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories project. He writes exhibition reviews for Artforum. His essays are part of the books Writing Presently (Manila: Philippine Contemporary Art Network, 2019) and From a History of Exhibitions Towards a Future of Exhibition-Making (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2019). He has published in Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art, Afro-Asian Visions, MoMA’s post (US), Queer Southeast AsiaFrieze (UK), ArtReview Asia (Singapore), Art Monthly (UK), Asia Art Archive’s Ideas (HK), and Trans Asia Photography Review (US), among others. He is co-curator of the traveling exhibition Afro-Southeast Asia: Pragmatics and Poetics of Art during a Cold War (2021).


Look forward to your participation.


The Curatorial as Geopoetic Gesture