The Next Documenta Should Be Curated by an Artist, an e-flux project curated by Jens Hoffmann, featuring reflections of a group of artists upon the conditions of the relationship between artists and curators.
What happens if artists take over and occupy territory usually reserved for curators? What happens if artists are asked to propose a concept for a large-scale group exhibition and to take control over a prestigious show such as Documenta? These are some of the questions that The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist is trying to investigate. The title of this project is less a demand than a question. A question that does not articulate a critique of previous Documenta exhibitions but rather investigates, in a provocative way, the relationship, which artists have to the profession of curating. For this project a diverse group of artists has been invited to reflect upon the conditions of the relationship between artists and curators. More importantly, the artists were asked to propose a brief concept of how they could imagine putting together an exhibition such as Documenta.
(Artists: Marina Abramovic, Pawel Althamer, John Baldessari, Ricardo Basbaum, Laura Belém, Dara Birnbaum, Daniel Buren, AA Bronson, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Morgan Fisher, Liam Gillick, Joseph Grigely, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Isabell Heimerdinger, Federico Herrero, Alfredo Jaar, Tim Lee, Ken Lum, Dorit Margreiter, John Miller, Jonathan Monk, Boris Ondreicka, Serkan Özkaya, Florian Pumhösl, Martha Rosler, Julia Scher, Markus Schinwald, Tino Sehgal, Lawrence Weiner. Curated by Jens Hoffmann.)