On Museum Neutrality: My Very Personal Take as a Curator

On Museum Neutrality: My Very Personal Take as a Curator

People often ask what I mean if I say that the private is political. It means for me that we develop beliefs and thought patterns based on our private experiences, it means that we will engage more passionately with experiences that we share and it also means that we need more radical empathy in a time that can feel like we are so different. So here I am taking a bold step and walking the talk...

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Museums Are Not Neutral

Museums Are Not Neutral

The online dictionary Merriam-Webster defines neutrality as "the quality or state of not supporting either side in an argument, fight, war, etc. : the quality or state of being neutral". The question is whether institutions who deal with primary sources, historical and contemporary narratives and a culture that decides which discourses get public attention should engage in neutrality? My opinion is that Museums are not neutral.

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Learnings From the Interview Series What Does Success In the Arts Look Like

Learnings From the Interview Series What Does Success In the Arts Look Like

A few months ago I started with the interview series on what success looks like to arts professionals and people working in the creative industry. It is an attempt to redefine what success is and find personal attempts to define a sustainable definition of creative work. 

Since I started with the interview series I got an overwhelming feedback of people asking me if there are things left out in the editing process or if there are other behind the scenes or learnings I could share.

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Well-being among Arts Professionals and in Creative Work: Sacrification is Not a Badge of Honor

Well-being among Arts Professionals and in Creative Work: Sacrification is Not a Badge of Honor

Self-care is a topic we usually avoid when talking about careers. We think that the mere admitting that we need to take care of ourselves might give the impression that we are weak. I didn't want to write about the topic in the first place because I feel that there are so many people out there giving advice and not walking their talk. I felt that the term became some sort of marketing strategy to sell you the latest beauty lotion. Anyways, the topic appeared in many conversations I've had with colleagues and friends over the last months on the topic of Art as Labor and I thought it might be time to finally share some thoughts I find valuable.

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Being a cross-cultural worker: Experiences, Lessons, Strategies. Interviews - Part II

Being a cross-cultural worker: Experiences, Lessons, Strategies. Interviews - Part II

In part II of the interviews the journey around the world continues with some amazing insights. An honest conversation can have a transformational power and can lead to situations where we're able to "connect-the-dots". The topic of "Art as Labor" wants to talk about different notions of success and tell other stories, than the one that end on top 100 lists, sell for high prices or make a nice image on social media. Progress is good but involves learning along the way, and we are all in this on a very individual path, that can feel lonely sometimes. To experience the comfort of a community and to talk about purpose and value is another story of success that we need to hear more often.

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Being a cross-cultural worker: Experiences, Lessons, Strategies. Interviews - Part I

Being a cross-cultural worker: Experiences, Lessons, Strategies. Interviews - Part I

This blog wants to build platform for people working in the creative sector. Working in this field I have the pleasure to know several wonderful people who gave me their time and answered some questions about their experiences with living abroad, their perspectives and unique insights. I am deeply touched by the honesty and the wonderful insights that they share. You can feel connections among their answers and the possibility to "connect the dots" is really comforting as it shows a notion of belonging and togetherness in this adventure of working cross-cultural.

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6 Skills for Cross-Cultural Worker in the Creative Field

6 Skills for Cross-Cultural Worker in the Creative Field

A reality a lot of cultural workers face, is the need for flexibility, in particular when it comes to work cross-culturally.  I lived in Spain, Germany, Denmark, Italy and moved a few months ago to Switzerland, so I can tell from my own experience that moving to another country is exciting and stressful at the same time.  Of course everyone handles cross-cultural experiences differently and I guess the most important thing is to remain authentic and to give yourself the permission for a learning curve. Find here my takeaways and 6 skills that will help you to make the best out of your time and eventually succeed in another country. 

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