Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg becomes the new artistic director
photo: Roosje Klap
The two merging organisations appoint a joint artistic director to build together the common future on the C-mine site.
Orlando Maaike Gouwenberg (NL), curator and initiator working from Europe and the US has been appointed as new artistic director of CIAP, platform for contemporary art, and FLACC, workplace for visual artists. She will lead the two organisations through the exciting transition period into the common future. Still this year, CIAP and FLACC will merge, and in 2022, already as one organisation will move to a new location on the C-mine site in Genk.
Gouwenberg brings to the table a fresh perspective, underpinned by a substantial international network and experience. Currently, she is the co-curator for Melanie Bonajo’s presentation for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022.
After running multidisciplinary exhibition space Expodium in Utrecht, Gouwenberg participated in the renowned de Appel Curatorial Program (2006-07) and worked at the research and production platform If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (2007-11). During the directorship of Defne Ayas at Kunstinstituut Melly, she was involved in major projects by Alexandre Singh, Michael Portnoy, and Rana Hamadeh. In 2010, together with artist Keren Cytter and curator Kathy Noble, Gouwenberg initiated A.P.E. (art projects era), which focused on the development of projects that cannot be realised within traditional institutional formats or frameworks. Since 2012 she’s part of the short and mid-length committee at International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2014, she founded the multidisciplinary residency program Deltaworkers in New Orleans together with Joris Lindhout, and in 2017, Gouwenberg joined the Performa team in New York as producer at large.
The new director takes up the position in a particularly complex, fragile, and challenging context, but also one that requires new perspectives and experimental strategies.
“It is an unprecedented time that calls for outspoken choices,” she says. “We are at the tail end of the pandemic that has held up a mirror to the fast-paced, overcrowded capitalist world and forced the individual, on the one hand, to revert to small, local, sometimes lonely, physical ways of living, and on the other hand, expanded the possibilities of communicating, working, and presenting online. It is, therefore, a particular moment to look at how two strong locally-anchored institutions can consciously operate locally as well as internationally; in physical and virtual space.”
CIAP and FLACC are convinced that Gouwenberg, with her versatile experience and unfettered enthusiasm, is the best person to take the lead in shaping the vision for the new organisation.
“The DNA of the new organisation, originating from two existing institutions, is rich, layered and offers opportunities,” said the freshly appointed director. “It’s like a lichen where ‘1+1=plural’ is the rule and where specific combinations of chromosomes create the shapes that no one could have imagined in advance. It is this polyphony that bears potential and that drives me. The program that I want to develop for FLACC/CIAP will be tailor-made and will have a socio-political focus, building on the already existing basis. The organisation grows from the programme, in which the importance of art, the interest of artists and the connection with the public are key.”
Laila Melchior & Koi Persyn winners of the 2021 Lichen prize
Laila Melchior & Koi Persyn
Curatorial Studies at KASK & Conservatorium and CIAP are delighted to announce CS alumni Laila Melchior and Koi Persyn as the winners of the 2021 Lichen Prize for Curators. The jury appreciated the duo’s curatorial concerns with questions of place and landscape, interests that align with those of CIAP, and which will be the ground for a fertile collaboration and exchange. The exhibition will take place in 2022.
About the curators
Laila Melchior is an independent curator and researcher investigating the fields of contemporary art and audiovisual aesthetics. She holds a master’s degree in Communication and Culture from UFRJ (BR) and a postgraduate degree in Curatorial Studies from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK). Laila Melchior works on projects related to arts, film and theory, looking to incorporate perspectives from the Global South into her projects. As a curator, she collaborates with art institutions. Some of her recent projects are the exhibitions Trojan Horse Behind Glass; Time, Times. Half a Time; and The Ghost Library. She is one of the founders and part of the curatorial board of Aventuras do Pensamento, a series of encounters between a children-composed audience and some of the greatest contemporary Brazilian thinkers, scientists and artists that since 2016 discusses pressing issues in the political, innovative and creative horizon of the country. Laila Melchior has also designed the Young Curators Programme, a project which she coordinates to promote a greater engagement of emerging curators in the frame of Belgian participation in the Venice Biennale. Formerly a lecturer at the undergraduate course in Cinema and Digital Media at IESB (Brasilia – BR), she has also published and presented academic works.
Koi Persyn is a Brussels-based independent curator and visual artist. He obtained a master’s in Fine Arts at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) after which he completed a postgraduate in Curatorial Studies, also at KASK. During his studies, Koi Persyn founded and co-curated STOCK, a three-year-running residency programme in Het Paviljoen, Ghent. His artistic and curatorial trajectory encompasses notions of authorship and collectivity, employing experimentation with exhibition formats in unconventional locations. His curatorial projects focus on process-based, experimental, and interdisciplinary practices through open-air, collaborative, site-specific exhibitions and residency programmes. Koi Persyn participated in the exchange programme with BIDAI college of arts in Kanazawa (JP) and worked in the framework of the Young Curators Program as a mediator for the Belgian Pavilion at the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale. Koi Persyn is currently co-curating Publiek Park, an open-air group exhibition in the Citadelpark of Ghent, as part of his activities in the frame of the Young Friends of S.M.A.K.
About Lichen prize
As a testing ground for visual thinking in diverse forms, CIAP and Curatorial Studies — KASK & Conservatorium have initiated and endowed the Lichen Prize to foster and support curatorial innovation in Belgium. The call is open to all alumnae and alumni of the Curatorial Studies programme — as well as of its earlier forms: TEBEAC and ‘Beheer, conservatie en restauratie van museale collecties hedendaagse kunst’ — regardless of age, current professional status or geographic location. In fall 2020, CIAP and Curatorial Studies proudly presentedPetrichor, a group exhibition curated by the laureate of the 2019 edition, Lucie Ménard.
Exhibition view: Petrichor, an exhibition curated by the winner of Lichen 2019, Lucie Ménard.
Promising developments on the art scene in Limburg as two organisations join forces. Still this year, CIAP, platform for contemporary art, and FLACC, workplace for visual artists, will merge into one organisation, which will move to a new location at
the C-mine site in 2022.
In 2018, the news of the future house for FLACC and CIAP at the C-mine site was announced. The architectural project, designed by 51n4e (Brussels) and Point Supreme (Athens), combines ateliers, living facilities, indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, café, and a public garden. The project is supported by the city of Genk and the Flemish Community. In the last two years, CIAP and FLACC have been working behind-the-scenes on this new infrastructure, but also on the model for the new organisation that will inhabit it.
The two organisations jointly decided that merging is in the best interest of their shared future. The new organisation will combine the strengths and functions of both partners: FLACC, with their long-standing expertise as a workplace, supporting artistic development, and CIAP, with 45 years’ experience in mediating and exhibiting contemporary visual arts.
Working in synergy with C-mine and other like-minded partners, this new organisation will offer artists space, time, and resources to experiment and develop new projects, but also share them with others. With a broad array of activities — workshops, exhibitions, talks, social gatherings, and many more — it will become a new meeting space for artists, art lovers, neighbours, and broader public. The innovative, creative environment of C-mine and Genk — the city in constant transformation — provides a fertile ground for this new development. In line with Genk’s past as “station d’artistes”, a beloved refuge for artists, researchers, and thinkers, this unique context offers an opportunity to become an artist colony of the future.
CIAP and FLACC are currently developing and sharpening the profile, programme, and identity of this new organisation. Meanwhile, you can follow their current programmes via their individual websites.
FLACC vzw and CIAP vzw are looking for a driven artistic director who, together with the team, will give shape to the new organsation.
Still this year, CIAP, platform for contemporary art, and FLACC, workplace for visual artists, will merge into one organisation, which will move to a new location at the C-mine site in 2022. The new organisation will combine the strengths and functions of both partners: FLACC, with their long-standing expertise as a workplace, supporting artistic development, and CIAP, with their model of Kunstverein and the 45 years’ experience in mediating and exhibiting contemporary visual arts.
Working in synergy with C-mine and other like-minded partners, this new organisation will offer artists space, time, and resources to experiment and develop new projects, but also share them with others. With a broad array of activities — workshops, exhibitions, talks, social gatherings, and many more — it will become a new meeting space for artists, art lovers, neighbours, and broader public. The innovative, creative environment of C-mine and Genk — the city in constant transformation — provides a fertile ground for this new development. In line with Genk’s past as station d’artistes, a beloved refuge for artists, researchers, and thinkers, this unique context offers an opportunity to become an artist colony of the future.
You take the lead in drawing up and executing the artistic strategy, in close and open collaboration with the team and the artistic committee;
You work closely with artists from Belgium and abroad, and you are able to translate ideas into an ambitious but realistic framework;
Together with the team, you develop an ambitious policy and action plan for the new organisation, which must be submitted to the Flemish government at the end of 2021;
You function as the representative and the public face of the organisation; and you give space, within their respective areas, to your colleagues, the artistic leader of the workplaces and the curator;
You report, in consultation with the team, to the board and the artistic committee on the artistic level;
You coordinate the business-financial side of your plans with the business leader;
You prepare annual reports, policy plans, subsidy files and other forms of reporting.
You have a university degree (MA) or other relevant experience;
You have at least 5 years of relevant experience in a leading position;
You have a great interest in and affinity for contemporary visual arts;
You have experience as a manager and someone who connects and can bring out the best in others (in the external network, the internal organisation and among artists).
You respect deadlines, and you are able to handle different tasks simultaneously and set your priorities.
You have excellent organisational skills, combining decisiveness and accuracy with flexibility.
You are looking for creative solutions, and you are motivated to maintain and increase financial flows.
You are proactive, and you bring in new ideas without playing solo. You act in cooperation with others.
You are flexible with regard to work and time arrangements and read to work in flexible hours, including evening and weekend work;
You have sufficient knowledge of Dutch and English (other languages are a plus).
You are a real team player, and you find good atmosphere in the workplace really important.
What we offer
Full-time contract (100%) with flexible working hours;
Salary according to cao PC 329.01 (socio-cultural work), barema L1;
Indefinite term contract;
Job with a lot of room for your own initiative;
An inspiring workplace, where collaboration is central;
A great team;
Seniority up to 10 years will be covered.
To apply, send your motivation letter and CV via email atten. Rita Ceuppens at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We expect your application at latest by June, 22 2021.
The job interviews will take place physically in Genk, in the week of 21 June. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a second, in-depth interview and presentation of their vision for the new organisation in the week of June 28.
CIAP and FLACC do not discriminate between candidates based on age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or nationality.
In the coming years, CIAP (Hasselt) and FLACC aim to jointly build a new future on the C-mine site (Genk) with a new infrastructure that is to become the home for both organisations.
C-mine is a former mining site that was renovated in 2010; today it is a dynamic place for culture, art, architecture, education, science, research and technology. It is in this location and on the basis of a strong level of cooperation that both organisations will build – and the term building can be taken quite literally in this instance – their new infrastructure in the coming years.
CIAP, FLACC and the City of Genk are therefore pleased to announce that the architectural offices 51n4e (Brussels) and Point Supreme (Athens) have submitted the winning design for the new building. The Belgian-Greek duo succeeded in convincing the jury with a design that consists of 4 sustainable buildings that create a stimulating, flexible and innovative working environment.
The proposal incorporates the individual character of the site, but also makes bold statements about the future. The new building is to become a home for artists: either in residence or visiting, on the eve of a breakthrough or with heaps of experience, or with a need for repose or a desire to produce, reflect or experiment. We hope it will also be a place where you will feel at home.
The estimated time of completion is currently set for the spring of 2023.