Anja Lückenkemper is an independent curator based in Berlin, Germany. She is co-initiator and curator of GOSSIP GOSSIP GOSSIP, a platform for performative events and exhibitions focussing on the productive potentials of ”gossip” as a queer-feminist strategy of resistance, solidarity, and knowledge production. Currently she is pursuing a practice-based curatorial PhD research on critical ecologies, decoloniality, and questions of ongoing extractivism.


Alexandru Bălășescu is an anthropologist (PhD at University of California, Irvine) and author of the books: ”Paris Elegant, Tehran Incitant”; ”Voioasa Expunere a Ordinii Mondiale”; ”Într-o zi, Orașul/ Adoptă un Canadian”. He is co-author of the movie ”Smells like Paradise” with Ovidiu Anton. He is the founder member of Nature, Art and Habitat, Italy, Moving Matters Travelling Workshop, California, and he is member of the Advisory Group for Environmental Action at Royal Roads University, Canada, where he also teaches in the Master of Global Leadership, and in the Master of Intercultural and International Communication.

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Anja Lückenkemper in conversation with Alexandru Bălășeșcu
03.10.2023/ 17:00
Anca Poterasu Gallery
Popa Soare 26

What stories do plants tell us? What political and economic connotations are associated with botany, the science of plant life? And how can we overcome the dichotomies between human and non-human entities, between the natural and the cultural spheres, between a living and a non-living world? “A tree is never just itself,” says William Kentridge in Peripheral Thinking – we will take this as a guideline for our inquiry. In her talk, Anja Lückenkemper will use artistic and curatorial examples to create associative academic, artistic and poetic lines of connection in order to get closer to the relationship between human and nature.

This curator-talk is organized by ARAC and Goethe-Institut in the framework of AFAR Network project.

Artists for Artists Residency Network (AFAR) is an EU co-funded project and residency program, aiming to improve the mobility of contemporary visual artists and curators in Romania, Germany, Croatia, and Austria. The project is led by the Romanian Association for Contemporary Art (ARAC) with its three consortium partners – Goethe Institute Network, Croatian Association of Fine Artists, and Künstlerhaus Vienna.

The AFAR Network project is co-funded by the European Union: ”Views and opionions expressed are however those of the autohor(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsable for them.”