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GOETHE-INSTITUT AWARDS 2017 RESIDENCY AT LUDLOW 38 TO CURATOR SAIM DEMIRCAN
MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38
38 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
(New York, November 30, 2016) The Goethe-Institut New York is pleased to announce that Saim Demircan has been awarded the 2017 curatorial residency within its MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 program. Demircan has been living and working as a curator and writer in Germany since 2012.
The curatorial residency, which includes a grant and the mandate to program the residency’s Lower East Side art space for a year, was awarded by an international jury composed by Larissa Harris (Queens Museum of Art), Christian Rattemeyer (Museum of Modern Art), and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Kunsthalle Wien). Demircan’s enthusiasm for the annals of 20th-century art in combination with an exquisite sensibility for emerging artistic positions across media and disciplines encouraged the jury to a decidedly European choice.
Demircan will begin his program in February with the first US exhibition of collaborative duo New Noveta, which will extend their performative practice into the art space through photographic images, sound, and costumes, and also feature the debut of a new performance. Together with German artist Veit Laurent Kurz, Demircan will co-curate a group exhibition of New York-based and European artists within a new installational setting devised by Kurz especially for Ludlow 38, opening in the spring. London-based artist Sidsel Meineche Hansen will use the art space during the summer to prepare her first US solo exhibition there in the fall, including a new production and series of related events.
Saim Demircan (born 1980, Derby, UK) is a curator and writer based in Berlin. Between 2012 and 2015 he was a curator at Kunstverein München. Previously, he curated a two-year program of offsite projects, as well as an exhibition of works by German artist Kai Althoff, at Focal Point Gallery in Southend-on-Sea. Most recently, he was curator-in-residence at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Demircan has published on numerous artistic practices. His writing regularly appears in periodicals such as frieze and Art Monthly and he is a contributing editor to Art Papers.
Ludlow 38 is the Goethe-Institut New York’s contemporary art space. Located in the Lower East Side, it has provided for curatorial experimentation in the tradition of the German "Kunstverein" since 2008. With the launch of MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 in 2011, exhibitions are now presented in collaboration with annually rotating curatorial residents from Germany. The program is made possible with the generous support of MINI.