curatorial hotline

In May 2020, at the end of the first lock-down, we joined our forces to open curatorial hotline. This solidarity initiative was thought of as a place for emerging or professional art workers to maintain contact, when most of the cultural spaces were closed or operated only partially. Since then, our collective based between Paris, Lisbon, Moscow, Vienna, Doha, and Johannesburg, and speaking eight languages, has allowed more than 600 art workers to begin or to continue dialoguing and discussing their practice, research, and different forms of professionalization, as well as simply to converse in the times of isolation.

We pursued this work online after the lifting of the restrictions. On July 16 and 17, 2021, the collective united physically for the first time at La Cité internationale des arts de Paris, in the frame of an anniversary event curatorial hotline in the flesh organized by Societies, with the support of the Ministry of Culture as part of Cultural Summer 2021. On this occasion, we proposed to the residents of La Cité individual meetings and horizontal exchanges, as well as organized a public discussion at the amphitheater at the Le Marais site. These experiences and the feedback we received showed that the needs, which curatorial hotline revealed, preceded our collective experience of Covid-19.

We are convinced that curatorial hotline must continue its activities. But we also need to take into account that each of us has an individual practice and that the work for curatorial hotline has been mostly based on a voluntary basis so far. We feel that in order to pursue this work — that we consider essential — we need time, financial and emotional resources. Which is why we decided to put curatorial hotline on standby until March 2022. We’d like to use these three months to obtain a legal status, expand our collective by including new members, develop collaborations with institutions, as well as rethink our internal functioning and explore new frameworks. In the meantime, we remain available for any institution that seeks collaboration.

We wish you very happy winter holidays and we look forward to meeting again in Spring 2022!

© curatorial hotline 2020-2021

curatorial hotline was conceived at the beginning of the Covid-19, when the restrictions on mobility and the rules of social distancing generated in us a new urgency to offer an immediate and imaginative solution to maintain contact, interaction and dialogue between artists and curators. curatorial hotline became thus an agora for meaningful, radical and simultaneously playful conversations, a non-hierarchical, self-organized initiative, which makes the art community more humane. Via developing this new format of connectivity, we created solidarity in action. We hope that this initiative will sustain in time and that the team will grow organically in order to respond to the ever-growing demand that we encounter.

Wadha Al-Aqeedi

Wadha Al-Aqeedi is the co-founder of Mathqaf, a curator and an art historian, based between Paris and Doha. From 2016 to 2020, she worked at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha as an assistant curator, conceiving curatorial and exhibition projects for local and international audiences. Recently, Al-Aqeedi was the assistant curator for Fateh al-Moudarres: Colour, Extensity and Sense (2018,); M. F. Husain: Horses of the Sun (2019); Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat (2020) at Mathaf, Doha; and Our World is Burning (2020) at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Presently, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research focuses on the history of performance art and its contemporary practices in the Arab world, from the 1980’s.

Languages: Arabic, English, French.

In order to make curatorial hotline as accessible as possible, we encourage artists to take only one appointment with one curator per month.

Alice Bonnot

Alice Bonnot is an independent curator interested in the development of environmentally sustainable curatorial and artistic practices with a drive towards eco solutions. She is the co-founding director of Picnic, an exhibition space occupying a long vitrine in the Aylesham Centre in Peckham, London, and the founding director of the Zone d’Utopie Temporaire (Z.U.T.) residency programme, a nomadic annual residency addressing the notion of Utopia as a vehicle for artistic and critical comment. She is currently working on the launch of a sustainable art residency programme in Lisbon and writes about sustainability in the arts for Umbigo Magazine. Recent exhibitions include: Triple Point, Belo Campo, Lisbon, 2020-2021, Everything’s Mustard, Picnic, London, 2019, Out Of Office, PADA, Lisbon, 2019, Hyper Mesh, Assembly Point, London, 2019 and Bored but secured, Wozen, Lisbon, 2018. She lives and works between Lisbon and London.

Languages: English, French.

Thomas Conchou

Thomas Conchou is an independent curator, co-founder of the curatorial collective Syndicat Magnifique and curator for Societies, a Paris-based non-profit project initiated by Jérôme Poggi and supported by the Fondation de France as part of the Nouveaux commanditaires program. In 2020-2021, he is curator in residency at Maison populaire in Montreuil, a community centre dedicated to artistic practices and popular education where he will engage in a curatorial research focusing on queer contemporary practices and relationalities.

After studying cultural management at Sciences Po Lyon, he graduated from the MA in Curatorial Practice from Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne. Between 2012 and 2016, he worked at the Visual Arts Department of the City of Paris as project manager, before joining the artist collective Jeune Création as general coordinator. After serving as public relation manager of Galerie Jérôme Poggi, he joined Societies in 2017 as general coordinator and curator. He is in charge of developing the Nouveaux commanditaires program within the Paris Region through citizen-led artistic commissions to French and international artists (such as Société Réaliste, Guillaume Bresson, Ulla Von Brandenburg, Claude Closky, Attilla Csörgó, Wesley Meuris, Matali Crasset, Eva Taulois, Goiffon & Beauté, IRMA NAME, Gaëlle Choisne, Eve Chabanon, Marlène Huissoud, etc).

Languages: English, French.

Alexandra Goullier Lhomme

Alexandra Goullier Lhomme is an independent curator based in Paris. Specialised in contemporary art, she is particularly interested in performance art and video art. Her curatorial research lies on the porous nature of boundaries, whether geographical, social, temporal or of language. With a Master’s degree in Fine Art (Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne / New York University) and in Curating (Sorbonne – Paris 4), Alexandra Goullier Lhomme has been working as an art worker in Paris, London and New York. As an independent curator, she has collaborated with institutions such as KADIST, Cité internationale des arts, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard and MAMAC – Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain of Nice, among others. As a curatorial assistant, she has been working with Jean de Loisy and Alfred Pacquement for the château de Versailles’ contemporary art program (2018-2019) and at Palais de Tokyo (2017 – 2018), among others. She is currently a Research Fellow for the Laboratoire espace cerveau, IAC - Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes. She is the co-founder and co-director of prologue and Liquid Ground // Swapping Tongues, a curatorial initiative which aims to promote performance art and publish artist writings.

Languages: English, French.

Daria Kravchuk

Daria Kravchuk is a curator, art manager, museologist and art journalist. Her recent curatorial practice focuses on the topics of rethinking and re-framing museum collections, working on the intersection of urbanism, architecture and contemporary art, researching projects, which are conceptual, interventionist, contextual, socially engaged and locally involved. She previously worked at the All-Russian Decorative and Applied art museum, Moscow, Rembrandthuis museum, Amsterdam, curated exhibitions at Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, New Holland, St.Petersburg, Peresvetov pereulok gallery, Moscow, used to be the Project Director at .ART company. Daria’s articles have been published by Iskusstvo Magazine and Mu[see]um. Currently Daria works as a Program Director at Artwin Gallery.

Languages: English, Russian.

Brooklyn J. Pakathi

New media artist and independent curator, Brooklyn J. Pakathi explores the relationships we manifest with technologies, and through his practice, examines the formations of, enactments with and responses to those manifestations. Working within the fields of mixed realities at Johannesburg’s TMRW, his practice merges into the collaborative nature of contemporary art-making centred around the use and inclusion of digital tools. TMRW is a gallery space currently in Keyes Art Mile in Johannesburg and also, as The Mixed Reality Workshop, is a multidisciplinary arts and technology space that engages with the creation, development, production and dissemination of mixed reality art experience.

Brooklyn J. Pakathi’s art-making through and with the use of new media and extended reality applications manifest from internal meditations on the ephemera of intimacy and the resulting outcomes as expressed in large part due to the internet. The works reveal themselves to the artist as he wanders through a space of dissociation online. In searching for the connectors of cause, meaning and sense of resolve, Pakathi’s practice fundamentally speaks to the tragic vulnerability of romance.

Languages: Afrikaans, English, German, Zulu.

Sasha Pevak

I identify myself as an interdependent art worker, who has the practices of curator, researcher, writer, professor, and artist. Based in Paris, I’m constantly moving between Western Europe and the countries of the so-called "post-Soviet space". My practice is grounded in academic research, my Russian-Ukrainian origins and a certain cultural awareness of the socialist past. It is nourished by the interest in postcolonial, decolonial and queer studies, as well by my experience of an Eastern European person in Western Europe.

My work is to a great extent research-based, however it involves a kaleidoscope of different types of knowledge. These are rooted in academic theory, contemporary culture and pop culture, personal experiences and narratives, emotions and social interactions. As a result, curatorial research can take different forms ranging from archive research, field work and studio visits to urban walks, various conversations, collective work and psychoanalysis. In my curatorial practice, I use social situations and mental maps as main tools, building on the associations and underlying connections between images, concepts, spaces, and memories.

Languages: English, French, Russian

Julien Ribeiro

With a background in social anthropology, Julien Ribeiro is a cultural worker. Sometimes he is a curator, sometimes an artist, sometimes an author, sometimes he’s just putting some glitter on his eyes and sometimes he is giving up the idea by the weight of heteronormativity. He created Le Lavoir Public, an artistic space dedicated to the mutations of writings in Lyon. He worked for some years on the impact of politics on our lives and on our creative processes. The place of minorities is playing a central role in his research. He is a founding member of the WAW (We Are Weird) collective (LGBTQI and Contemporary Art archive). He was associated with the programming of the exhibition David Wojnarowicz - History Keeps Me Awake at Night at the Mudam-Luxembourg (2019). Now, as a curator, he is working at the Antre Peaux in Bourges (FR) and he is preparing an exhibition about the scream and its aesthetic and socio-political resonances. As an artist and author, he is working about a conflictual aesthetic, thinking the art world as an ecosystem in perpetual tension. As a human being, he is just a bit sad we can’t heal our wound with glitter.

Languages: English, French.

In order to make curatorial hotline as accessible as possible, we ask you to take only one appointment with one curator per month.

In order to make curatorial hotline as accessible as possible, we ask you to take only one appointment with one curator per month.

Pandemic-related events compelled us to find ways to relate differently towards each other and to the world around us. We are currently witnessing the global need within the art communities to re-connect, to form another dimension of social cohesion and interaction, where responses to ongoing inequity, precarity, and verticality in various fields of art production are needed more than ever. As a reaction to these problematics we, an informal group of like-minded art-professionals coming from different contexts and with diverse backgrounds, launched a collective initiative and a call for solidarity named curatorial hotline. Since May 2020, each member of our polylingual collective devotes several hours of their time per month to video calls of about 45-60 minutes with emerging artists and art workers or those lacking regular follow-up, and those who feel disconnected or isolated. During these meetings, we share ideas and references, exchange about work experiences, or simply talk.

The time slots are published at the beginning of every month on our website via a specific platform, and the appointments are given by curators on a voluntary basis and without preselection. In order to make curatorial hotline as accessible as possible, we encourage youto take only one appointment with one curator per month.

Available for a call this month:

curatorial hotline

Wadha Al-Aqeedi

Wadha Al-Aqeedi is the co-founder of Mathqaf, a curator and an art historian, based between Paris and Doha. From 2016 to 2020, she worked at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha as an assistant curator, conceiving curatorial and exhibition projects for local and international audiences. Recently, Al-Aqeedi was the assistant curator for Fateh al-Moudarres: Colour, Extensity and Sense (2018,); M. F. Husain: Horses of the Sun (2019); Yto Barrada: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nougat (2020) at Mathaf, Doha; and Our World is Burning (2020) at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Presently, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her research focuses on the history of performance art and its contemporary practices in the Arab world, from the 1980’s.

Languages: Arabic, English, French.

curatorial hotline

Thomas Conchou

Thomas Conchou is an independent curator, co-founder of the curatorial collective Syndicat Magnifique and curator for Societies, a Paris-based non-profit project initiated by Jérôme Poggi and supported by the Fondation de France as part of the Nouveaux commanditaires program. In 2020-2021, he is curator in residency at Maison populaire in Montreuil, a community centre dedicated to artistic practices and popular education where he will engage in a curatorial research focusing on queer contemporary practices and relationalities.

After studying cultural management at Sciences Po Lyon, he graduated from the MA in Curatorial Practice from Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne. Between 2012 and 2016, he worked at the Visual Arts Department of the City of Paris as project manager, before joining the artist collective Jeune Création as general coordinator. After serving as public relation manager of Galerie Jérôme Poggi, he joined Societies in 2017 as general coordinator and curator. He is in charge of developing the Nouveaux commanditaires program within the Paris Region through citizen-led artistic commissions to French and international artists (such as Société Réaliste, Guillaume Bresson, Ulla Von Brandenburg, Claude Closky, Attilla Csörgó, Wesley Meuris, Matali Crasset, Eva Taulois, Goiffon & Beauté, IRMA NAME, Gaëlle Choisne, Eve Chabanon, Marlène Huissoud, etc).

Languages: English, French.

curatorial hotline

Alexandra Goullier Lhomme

Alexandra Goullier Lhomme is an independent curator based in Paris. Specialised in contemporary art, she is particularly interested in performance art and video art. Her curatorial research lies on the porous nature of boundaries, whether geographical, social, temporal or of language. With a Master’s degree in Fine Art (Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne / New York University) and in Curating (Sorbonne – Paris 4), Alexandra Goullier Lhomme has been working as an art worker in Paris, London and New York. As an independent curator, she has collaborated with institutions such as KADIST, Cité internationale des arts, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard and MAMAC – Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain of Nice, among others. As a curatorial assistant, she has been working with Jean de Loisy and Alfred Pacquement for the château de Versailles’ contemporary art program (2018-2019) and at Palais de Tokyo (2017 – 2018), among others. She is currently a Research Fellow for the Laboratoire espace cerveau, IAC - Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes. She is the co-founder and co-director of prologue and Liquid Ground // Swapping Tongues, a curatorial initiative which aims to promote performance art and publish artist writings.

Languages: English, French.

curatorial hotline

Brooklyn J. Pakathi

New media artist and independent curator, Brooklyn J. Pakathi explores the relationships we manifest with technologies, and through his practice, examines the formations of, enactments with and responses to those manifestations. Working within the fields of mixed realities at Johannesburg’s TMRW, his practice merges into the collaborative nature of contemporary art-making centred around the use and inclusion of digital tools. TMRW is a gallery space currently in Keyes Art Mile in Johannesburg and also, as The Mixed Reality Workshop, is a multidisciplinary arts and technology space that engages with the creation, development, production and dissemination of mixed reality art experience.

Brooklyn J. Pakathi’s art-making through and with the use of new media and extended reality applications manifest from internal meditations on the ephemera of intimacy and the resulting outcomes as expressed in large part due to the internet. The works reveal themselves to the artist as he wanders through a space of dissociation online. In searching for the connectors of cause, meaning and sense of resolve, Pakathi’s practice fundamentally speaks to the tragic vulnerability of romance.

Languages: Afrikaans, English, German, Zulu.

curatorial hotline

Sasha Pevak

Sasha Pevak (1988) is an independent art worker based between Paris and Moscow. He is interested in the political nature of art, its infrastructures, and the inner workings that lie beneath the surface. In a practice that is pragmatist, sensitive, and at times tinged with nostalgia, he looks to question the boundaries between different fields of art production, and to introduce multiple subjectivities by mixing individual and collective narratives and emotions. He experiments with forms of collective work and situations that allow to collaborate, both intellectually and emotionally, on developing the meanings of writings, discourses, artworks.

Sasha Pevak previously collaborated, among others, with the National Institute for Art History, le Frac Île-de-France, DOC!, Galerie Poggi, Paris 8 University in Paris, ENSA & La Box in Bourges, EESAB & 40mcube in Brittany, ESADMM & Manifesta 13 in Marseille, HISK in Ghent, Garage Museum, International Biennale of Contemporary art, and CCI Fabrika in Moscow. He is part of the teaching team of ENSA Bourges, the IESA in Paris, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He contributed to the following magazines: The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums & Culture, Marges, Optical Sound, Switch (on Paper), and others. In May 2020, in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic, he launched a collective initiative curatorial hotline. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Paris 8.

Languages: English, French, Russian.

curatorial hotline

Julien Ribeiro

With a background in social anthropology, Julien Ribeiro is a cultural worker. Sometimes he is a curator, sometimes an artist, sometimes an author, sometimes he’s just putting some glitter on his eyes and sometimes he is giving up the idea by the weight of heteronormativity. He created Le Lavoir Public, an artistic space dedicated to the mutations of writings in Lyon. He worked for some years on the impact of politics on our lives and on our creative processes. The place of minorities is playing a central role in his research. He is a founding member of the WAW (We Are Weird) collective (LGBTQI and Contemporary Art archive). He was associated with the programming of the exhibition David Wojnarowicz - History Keeps Me Awake at Night at the Mudam-Luxembourg (2019). Now, as a curator, he is working at the Antre Peaux in Bourges (FR) and he is preparing an exhibition about the scream and its aesthetic and socio-political resonances. As an artist and author, he is working about a conflictual aesthetic, thinking the art world as an ecosystem in perpetual tension. As a human being, he is just a bit sad we can’t heal our wound with glitter.

Languages: English, French.