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Maren Richter is an Austrian curator and researcher. Currently she works as a curator in Namibia for WIBCA (Windhoek International Biennial). She defines her curatorial practice as one that creates space for exchange with, for and on experimental artistic practice based on the production and politics of space and alternative knowledge production. From 2016 to 2018 she was curator for visual arts for the European Capital of Culture, Valletta 2018. She is the co-initiator of ‚Grammar of Urgencies’ a research-based series of collaborative projects, initiated in 2015. In 2013 she co-curated the 1. Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial, which was designed as an ‘eco-aesthetical’ space for international exchange of artists, theorists, campaigners and researchers. Between 2010 and 2013 she was the artistic director of the Regionale, a festival in Styria/Austria, which looked into the question of how rural areas and landscapes could become a model for a new socio-political discourse in times of urban growth and climate change. She was curator at Camouflage Art/Culture/Politics in Johannesburg and at CCASA in Brussels, and the co-curator of a series of researches and exhibitions on alternative and informal life between 2003 and 2006 (amongst others “Naked Life” at MOCA Taipei).

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