Kalokagathia: On the Possibility to Think Together the Aesthetical and Ethical in Curating | WCSCD 2020/21 Annual Lecture Series

The curatorial program What Could/Should Curating Do 2020 is proud to continue in 2020 with public program through lecture series

The second talk in the 2020 series is titled:

Kalokagathia: On the Possibility to Think Together the Aesthetical and Ethical in Curating

By Suzana Milevska

Date: November 28, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm Belgrade/ 10:00 pm Melbourne/ 07:00 pm Shanghai/ 6:00 am New York
Venue: zoom link ID: 985 237 3109
Live stream/Facebook link

In the lecture “Kalokagathia: On the Possibility to Think Together the Aesthetical and Ethical in Curating” Suzana Milevska will focus on the ongoing debate about the reciprocal relations and tensions between the categories of beautiful and good, between the form and content, and between other perpetual and artificially distinctions and dichotomies that emerged in art theory during modernism.

This lecture will address the questions of whether such dichotomies are and have ever been viable and how curating helps different art practices in overcoming the hierarchy between aesthetics and ethics over time. More specifically, this lecture explores the ways in which theories of curating brought back to mind the ancient Greek notion of kalokagathia, the intertwinement of aesthetics and ethics and with it, other ethical responsibilities, principles, and values that art forgot to address while giving privilege to its formal aspects.

Milevska argues that curating helps activating the catalyst potential of art without having to compromise its formal aspects, as a kind of leverage that redresses the otherwise imbalanced relationship between aesthetics and ethics. Curating in her view lends out to art its innocent and aspirational belief in such a balance because the ethical concerns in art theory and art criticism have long been toned down while form was prioritized over content. To discuss such critical position towards the phenomenon of curatorial – and to distinguish it from the curating as a profession – becomes ever more urgent in the precarious and dire pandemic period when the tensions between aesthetics and ethics, care, and self-care dominate our professional and everyday lives.

About Speaker

Portrait credit “photo Corn, Der Standard”

Dr. Suzana Milevska is a theorist and curator of visual art and culture. From 2016 to 2019 Milevska was Principal Investigator of the Horizon 2020 project TRACES, Polytechnic University Milan, and she curated its final exhibition Contentious Objects/Ashamed Subjects. She was Endowed Professor for Central and South Eastern European Art Histories at the Academy of Fine Art Vienna (2013 – 2015). She holds a PhD in visual cultures from Goldsmiths College London and in 2004 she was Fulbright Senior Research Scholar. She curated numerous international exhibitions such as; The Renaming Machine (2008-2011), Roma Protocol, Austrian Parliament, Vienna, and Call the Witness, BAK Utrecht (2011). She initiated the project Call the Witness–Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2010-2011). In 2015 she curated the exhibition Inside Out: Not So White Cube, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana (with Alenka Gregorič). In 2012 she won ALICE Award for Political Curating and Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory. She published the books Gender Difference in the Balkans, 2010, The Renaming Machine: The Book, 2010, and On Productive Shame, Reconciliation, and Agency, SternbergPress, 2016.  


WHAT COULD/SHOULD CURATING DO? (WCSCD) was initiated and funded in 2018 in Belgrade as an educational platform around notions of curatorial. From 2020 WCSCD started to initiate its own curatorial inquiries and projects that should unpack above -mentioned complexities keeping educational component as a core to the WCSCD.

The WCSCD curatorial program and series of public lectures have been initiated and organized by Biljana Ciric.

WCSCD 2020/2021 public program series has been done in collaboration with Division of Arts and Humanities, Duke Kunshan University.

Luca Lo Pinto participation in the WCSCD 2020/21 as a mentor has been supported by Instituto Italiano Di Cultura Belgrado and they are co-hosting live stream of this lecture.

Strategic media collaboration is done with Seecult and they will co-stream all public lecture series. 

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WCSCD的策展项目和系列公开讲座由Biljana Ciric发起并组织筹备。 

WCSCD 2020/2021公共项目系列正与昆山杜克大学艺术与人文学部开展合作中,同时也将和Seecult进行战略媒体合作,联合直播所有公开系列讲座。

WCSCD 2020系列第二场公开讲座将以Kalokagathia:论策展中美学与伦理相结合的可能性为题,邀请视觉艺术和文化的理论家和策展人Suzana Milevska博士主讲。

时间:1128 北京时间晚7
Zoom会议号:985 237 3109


在讲座《Kalokagathia:论策展中美学与伦理相结合的可能性》中,Suzana Milevska将集中讨论有关美与善之间、形式与内容之间、以及在现代主义艺术理论中出现的永久和人为之间的区别和二分法。




Suzana Milevska博士是视觉艺术和文化的理论家和策展人。Milevska20162019年间担任米兰理工大学地平线2020项目跟踪项目的首席研究员,并策划了最后一次展览有争议的物体/羞耻的主题。她曾在20132015年间任教于维也纳美术学院,教授中欧和东南欧艺术史教授。她在伦敦大学金匠学院取得视觉文化博士学位,并于2004年担任富布赖特项目高级研究学者。她曾策划过许多国际展览,例如:《更名机》(The Renaming Machine)(2008-2011年),《罗马议定书》(Roma Protocol),《奥地利议会》(Austrian Parliament),《维也纳》(Vienna)和《见证人》(Call the Witness),乌克特比克(2011年)。2015年,她在卢布尔雅那市艺术画廊与Alenka Gregorič一起策划了展览《由内而外:并非白立方》(Inside Out: Not So White Cube)。2012年,她获得了ALICE政治策划奖和Igor Zabel文化与理论奖。她于2010年出版《巴尔干地区的性别差异》(Gender Difference in the Balkans),《更名的机器:书籍》(The Renaming Machine: The Book);并于2016年在Sternberg出版社发表《关于生产耻辱,和解与代理》(On Productive Shame, Reconciliation, and Agency)。

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