Open Call: Seminar with Jennifer Burris at FLORA

FLORA ars+natura open its call to attend the Seminar with the independent curator based in Bogotá, Jennifer Burris.

Open Call: Seminar with Jennifer Burris at FLORA

A term drawn from architecture and urban planning, “Desire Lines” refer to instinctive routes through space that evolve over time. Surveying an open field, these lines are those informal passages worn bare by collective deviation from marked pathways. Taking this concept as both organizing structure and central conceit, this series of talks will move across disciplines, media, and chronologies to examine how intuited navigations through global geographies inform contemporary art practice. Such improvisational wandering takes on the question of the international at a moment of rising nationalism and the re-emergence of cold war ideologies. At this point in time, how do we – as artists, curators, writers, and organizers – understand this global project that we are all somehow a part of?

This conversation is framed by the collective research of the Carnegie International 2018, and in particular, by a series of five curatorial trips to different regions of the world: the Caribbean (Martinique, the Bahamas, Haiti, Trinidad); North and West Africa (Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria), the Caucasus (Romania, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan); India; and Southeast Asia (the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam). During the week curators based in these different places and engaged in diverse practices, from biennials to residencies to artist-run spaces, will join us in live Skype Sessions: opening up their various lines of inquiry to group discussion with the artists in residence at FLORA.


Jennifer Burris is an independent curator based in Bogotá, where she is director of Athénée Press. She has curated exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Haverford College, Philadelphia; and The Kitchen, New York. In 2015 she co-founded Marfa Sounding: an ongoing series of performances, sound installations, and talks that explore the relationship between music and sculpture. As a writer she has contributed to publications including The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Studies in French Cinema, Bomb, Revista Código, Works + Days Quarterly, ART HAPS, Afterall, and Frieze as well as artist monographs for Brian Weil (Semiotext(e)/MIT Press), Godfried Donkor (ARTCO Gallery, London), Alexandra Navratil (Roma Publications/Kunstmuseum Winterthur), Raphael Montañez Ortiz (LABOR, Mexico City), and Eduardo Abaroa (Athénée Press/Museo Amparo).

Dates: Tue. 24, Wed. 25 and Thu. 26 of April, 2018

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 m.

Place: FLORA ars+natura | Calle 77 #20C–48, Bogotá D.C., Colombia.

Language: English

Open to: artists, art students, curators, historians and general public with English knowledge.

Seating: limited (first come, first served)