VAI To Host Visits from International Curators Beatrice De Sousa & Jonas Stampe

vainewsVAI’s Professional Development Programme is delighted to announce that it will be hosting visits from international curators Beatrice De Sousa and Jonas Stampe.

Jonas Stampe critic, curator and art historian specialising in Live Art will attend the Dublin Live Art Festival (September 2014) to see work and meet artists. Full details will be announced closer to the time of the event.

In early November, VAI are facilitating a range of research visits and meetings with artists for Bea De Souza – Founder / Director The Agency Gallery, London. De Sousa’s schedule will be focussed on encountering artists and organisations based in Northern Ireland and a regional venue in the Republic of Ireland. Artists will be nominated by the VAI Advisory Panel and the partnering venue in response to Beas curatorial interests.

Jonas Stampe (born 1965, in Gothenburg, Sweden) and lives and works in Canton, China and Gothenburg, Sweden. Art historian, theoritician, critic and curator, Jonas Stampe has been active as a curator since 2000 and is the co-founder and curator of an international network of festivals including Infr’Action – Festival International d’Art Performance in Sète, France (since 2005), Infr’Action Paris (2009-2013), Live Action in Gothenburg, Sweden (since 2006), Live Action New York (2009-2010), Infr’Action Venezia (since 2011), and the upcoming Guangzhou Live 5 (since 2010). He has totally curated more than 380 artists working in performance art.

Recently he curated the exhibition DigitaLive at the YouYou Contemporary Art Centre in Canton featuring 14 Chinese and Scandinavian artists. He was also the curator with Wang Chunchen of the renowned Chinese artist, He Yunchang’s exhibition Worldly Fate of at the White Box Gallery in Beijing (march 2014).

Bea de Sousa (Born 1966, Cologne, Germany, lives and works in London since 1989) is the founder / director of the Agency, London. Founded in 1996 The Agency is an Internationally recognized commercial gallery with a programmatic approach to presenting contemporary emerging art in an international context, established in 1996.

Straddling the line between commercial enterprise and curatorial practice the gallery nurtures and presents emerging art and artists internationally in curated exhibitions, pop-up events, art fairs and considered placing of works in private and institutional collections as well as public commissions. The Agency is renowned for realising first or early shows with artists, who have subsequently gone on to major careers, such as Joachim Koester, Douglas Gordon, Rebecca Warren, Ming Wong, Zineb Sedira, Peter Zimmermann and many more.

An ongoing concern of the gallery is the producer-led support of innovative artistic practice. The Agency supports new media, event based performance, sound art and electronic media as part of and parallel to the main programme and engages in collaborative projects with galleries and funded institutions internationally.

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