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The Author-Curator as Autoethnographer

Amaral, Rui (2015) The Author-Curator as Autoethnographer. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Amaral, Rui
Abstract:

Curators, like artists, have developed a signature that distinguishes their practices. Facilitating this phenomenon is the curator’s exercise of self-reflexivity, which renders the exhibition as a form of personal expression, and the curator as an author. This thesis locates two particular author-curators, Harald Szeemann and Ydessa Hendeles, who have extended self-reflexive curating to new levels by incorporating personal items, documents, and artifacts into their exhibitions, thus investing the work with an autobiographical quality. Acknowledging that the individual is constituted by culture, this thesis seeks to draw out the cultural significance of these undertakings. To demonstrate this, exhibitions by Szeemann and Hendeles will be viewed through the lens of autoethnography—a form of research and writing that combines personal and collective experience. This thesis proposes a new way of addressing introspective exhibitions, identifying them as a form of cultural analysis, and aligning the practices of their producers with those of autoethnographers.

Date: April 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Curator, Exhibition as personal Expression, Author, autobiographical, autoethnography, introspective
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 14:53
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 14:53
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/273

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