Workshop: Museum Dialogues, Workshop 3 / Online, 12 July 2024

The third networking event of Museum Dialogues considers matters of curatorial interpretation and visitor experience, alongside ways of increasing access and representation of and for diverse communities.

In the first part of this online workshop, speakers and participants will discuss various institutional initiatives for active public engagement and ways to value everyone’s experience by levelling equity with equality. The session will explore non-traditional exhibition spaces, engaging with audiences outside the museum, and collaborations between artists, curators, and communities as effective means of addressing access challenges and expanding the reach of photography. In the second part, presentations focus on the diversity of representation in exhibitions and collections, and strategies of decolonisation.

Overarching questions for presentations and group discussion include:

  • How can photography serve as an accessible medium to address broader social and political issues and processes relevant to diverse communities?
  • What presentation and storytelling methods can provide more inclusive cross-cultural narratives and audience experiences?
  • How can museum practices facilitate two-way interactions with audiences, enabling them to influence the museum’s role as a social site?
  • What decolonial methods can museums and galleries use to allow for multiple interpretative frameworks?
  • How can museums and galleries advance decolonising processes through photography and commissioning?
  • How may commissioning open an institution’s discursive space?

Speakers include:

  • Matteo Balduzzi, Senior Curator, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo, Italy
  • Dr Sandra Križić Roban, Senior Advisor, Institute of Art History and Associate Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Croatia
  • Dr Emily Pugh, Principal Research Specialist, Getty Research Institute, USA
  • Dr Tracy Stuber, Digital Humanities Specialist, Harvard University Art Museum, USA
  • Dr Alexander Supartono, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Rethinking Programming: Interpretation and Experience, Inclusion and Equity
Friday 12 July 2024, 9:45 – 16:00 BST, on zoom.

We look forward to seeing you then!

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