Crossed Perspectives on Collaboration

Chabanon, Eve; Colin, Anna and Planeix-Crocker, Madeleine. 2021. Crossed Perspectives on Collaboration. On Curating(52), pp. 163-171. ISSN 2673-2955 [Article]

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This conversation brings together Ève Chabanon, Anna Colin, and Madeleine Planeix-Crocker, three collaborators, art-workers, and friends. Anna and Ève met in 2016 at Open School East (OSE) first located in London, then in Margate, Kent; Anna was co-founder of the school, and Ève, an associate artist. Their collaboration with Madeleine really took shape in 2018 at Lafayette Anticipations, a private foundation dedicated to artistic production in Paris. There, Anna served as associate curator; Madeleine, head of communications; and Ève, a guest artist, invited by Anna, for the group show The Centre Cannot Hold.

For the purposes of this article, Anna extended her OnCurating invitation to Ève and Madeleine, to discuss three different projects in which they acted as artist, curator, facilitator, researcher. Though Lafayette Anticipations served as a space for their three-way encounter, the projects introduced below mainly stem from other locations—namely, OSE for Anna’s example, Women Safe for Madeleine’s, and a consortium of venues (both physical and immaterial) for Ève’s. These relational spaces reflect the contributors’ hybrid commitments to initiatives outside of dedicated art institutions and, most importantly, to the people who help co-construct such projects. They also bear witness to the authors’ changing roles in their personal histories.

The situated and collaborative qualities of these projects serve as adhesive when considering them in dialogue. What they question in terms of community-making and social justice transformation, specifically through an arts-based practice, sheds light on the challenges and possibilities of such initiatives. By intersecting these perspectives through the following conversation, Ève, Anna, and Madeleine are curious to observe what (un)learnings, strategies, and paths might emerge and converge from these projects, and inform others to come.

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collaboration, instituting feminism, socially-engaged practice

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22 Feb 2024 16:05

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