Over the years, my curatorial profession greatly benefited from my anthropological foundations. Whether working with photographs, contemporary arts, indigenous visual expressions, or ethnographic objects, my expertise, has given me a unique vantage point from which to elaborate new ideas about displays, exhibition concepts, interpretation texts, object classification, and collecting.
In addition to working within my area of expertise, North American indigenous arts and expressive cultures, I am particularly interested in exploring issues at the convergence of art and anthropology as a means to bridging theoretical and methodological gaps that have historically kept these two disciplines separate by incompatibilities and areas of remit. All the different projects I curated share a concern for breaking down boundaries between these two academic fields that may encourage creative and productive synergies.
I am particularly keen to apply anthropological insights, perspectives, and frameworks to a variety of themes that would normally be seen as marginal to art history. Vice versa, I like to raise through my curatorial interventions, art historical questions about conventionally anthropological material and collections. I firmly believe that at the present historical conjuncture art history and anthropology need to work in unison to create new and productive contexts for experimentation that can generate new methodologies, interdisciplinary languages, and theoretical toolkits that can reflect a fast-changing world.
My commitment to working with indigenous artists and communities interrogates, and often challenges, today’s curatorial strategies, museum acquisition policies, and educational projects. Central to my approach is the question of what counts as art in different settings. This pivotal point strikes at the core of the divergences and convergences of art and anthropology because it puts into questions the reasons why a great corpus of visual or material expressions produced in the world is neither interesting to art nor to anthropology. Of course, this has serious repercussions and implications for practitioners and artists of marginalised communities whose work finds no disciplinary home as it is often deemed to be too ethnic to be considered contemporary, or too contemporary to be considered of any anthropological interest.
This and other related questions are central to my practice. If you find any of my ideas interesting, or intriguing and would like to learn more about my approach to these issues, I am happy to discuss possible topics for exhibitions in multiple display settings, from learned institutions, to museums, private galleries and experimental multi-sited projects. I am also available for collection classification and interpretation, project curatorship, and informed guided tours of existing collections.
As part my curatorial work, I also work with an AV company (Simolab Creative AV https://www.simolab-creativeav.co.uk/) to make videos, audio-visual installations, projections, educational shorts, and marketing clips for museum exhibitions and special events. Please see the section ‘Video’ for a sample of my video projects with Simolab.