Aneta Rostkowska & Emma Panza

Aneta Rostkowska & Emma Panza

Aneta Rostkowska is a curator and researcher based in Poland. She studied art history, philosophy and economics in Kraków, Poznań, Heidelberg and Frankfurt am Main. She is currently pursuing her MA degree in art history on the Gramsci-Monument of Thomas Hirschhorn and a Ph.D. in the semiotics of diagrams. She is a co-founder of initiatives dedicated to the current socio-economic situation and the city of Kraków, of which artistic projects form an important part (After CapitalismSaltUrban Project). In 2013 she co-edited a book on the interrelations between art, activism and ecology (Cecylia Malik. City Reservation). Since 2005, she has been teaching philosophy, art theory and history of art at various academic institutions in Krakow. She currently works as a curator at Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts, both in Kraków. Together with Kuba Woynarowski she is running a fictitious institution of contemporary art -CCA Wawel Castle. It is an example of a new curatorial practice they created, inspired by gonzo journalism, so-called ‘gonzo curating’. Gonzo curating is an inventive, rebellious and performative way of challenging art institutions and established exhibition formats.

Emma Panza is an independent curator based in Amsterdam. Between 2008 and 2013 she initiated and coordinated Temporary Black Space, an artists' initiative focused on local artistic and social events in Bergamo, Italy. In 2012 she joined Casco, Utrecht as a research assistant, and she participated in de Appel Curatorial Programme 2013-2014. Her most recent projects are: A Blind Man in His Garden, curated together with Kris Dittel for POOL Project, Zurich; the events Date Nights: Game, War, Love, a collaboration with BYU, by Kunstverein Amsterdam. Her practice is situated on the edge between art and curatorial practice, using private contexts, personal relations and coincidences as spaces of intuition. Currently she is developing independent research under the title of Performative Curating supported by Mondriaan Funds. Panza pursued her MA in Art History in Venice, with a thesis on the inheritance of the International Situationists. Emma Panza's participation in the Fire Station Curatorial Residency has been made possible thanks to the contribution of Mondriaan Funds.

In residence at Fire Station from 24th August - 4th September 2015