Groundings #6 – Eszter Szakács
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Eszter Szakács is a researcher, curator and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Amsterdam, where she’s taking part in a project titled IMAGINART—Imagining Institutions Otherwise: Art, Politics, and State Transformation. Eszter is on the curatorial team of a grassroots civil initiative OFF-Biennale Budapest, and was part of the East Europe Biennial Alliance team that collectively curated the Kyiv Biennial, 2021. She is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology with Naeem Mohaiemen, Solidarity Must Be Defended (tranzit.hu), Van Abbemuseum, SALT, Tricontinental, and Asia Culture Center).
An initiative by Occasional Groundwork – an alliance of EVA International (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art), GIBCA (Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden), and LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway) – Groundings is an ongoing series of co-commissioned texts that explore themes relevant to the contemporary art biennial and the shift in conditions imposed by the ongoing pandemic. Eszter Szakács’ CREATE IT TO MAKE IT: BUT WHAT CAN AN INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE DO? is the sixth text in the Groundings series, selected through an open call by artist Dennis McNulty and representatives from the Occasional Groundwork network.