Groundings #2 – Grégory Castéra
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art are delighted to announce a new commissioned text by curator, educator, and editor Grégory Castéra titled Composing the near and the far. The text is the second in the ‘Groundings’ series of commissioned texts by Occasional Groundwork (an alliance of three European biennials: EVA (Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art), GIBCA (Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Sweden), and LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway)). The series of texts explores themes of internationalism, sustainability, audience, and infrastructure within the context of the contemporary art biennial and the shift in conditions imposed by the ongoing pandemic.
Grégory Castéra is a curator, educator, and editor working in the field of contemporary art. His work reflects on the transformation of art practices and organisations through political ecology. In 2020-2022, he inquires about the application of symbiosis to cultural organisations, and commutes between Paris and Stockholm. Castéra is the co-founder and director of Council; guest professor of collective practices at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2020—); co-editor of T.A.N.J. (The Against Nature Journal) (along with Aimar Arriola and Giulia Tognon, 2020—); and infrastructure and project advisor for the Kerenidis Pepe Collection in Paris and Anafi. Before this, he served as coordinator of Bétonsalon (2007-2009), co-director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (along with Alice Chauchat and Nataša Petrešin- Bachelez, 2010-2012), and member of the collective The Encyclopedia of Spoken Words (2007-2014). Recent curatorial projects include the exhibition Shoreline Movements (along with Erika Balsom, Taipei Biennial, 2020-2021), the forum Collectively (along with Raimundas Malašauskas, Claire Tancons and Kathryn Weir, Iaspis, Stockholm, 2019), the exhibition Infinite Ear (Bergen Assembly, 2016, Garage Museum for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2018, CentroCentro, Madrid, 2019-2020) and the network AFIELD (2014—).