The aim of this research is to reveal critical insights about the nature of mediation – as a function of both the curator and the artist. Mediation stands at the nexus between art, artist, and institution, revealing much about the relationships between them and the power structures at play in the formation of exhibitions. While the exhibition itself is a complex and layered form of mediation, mediation does not strictly take place after an artwork has left the ‘studio’. Artists also use mediation as a formal operation to critically question and expose the conditions of the production, distribution, and reception of art – notions crucial to practices of institutional critique.
This study proposes that at the crux of these seemingly antagonistic practices is a shared, albeit very different, response to mediation. While some artists appear to withdraw from mediation, others speed it up to its heightened extreme. Focusing on a particular network of contemporary art institutions in the Low Countries, this study will posit this hypothesis against the analysis of key exhibitions that show a contrast in their approach to mediation: both in curatorial framing and in the artworks themselves.
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