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Curator -in-residence

Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Martin Germann

Residency period

5 December – 9 December 2016


Martin Germann (b. 1974, Germany) is senior curator at S.M.A.K., the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent, Belgium, since autumn 2012. He has organised solo shows of artists Lee Kit, Michael Buthe, Thomas Ruff, Jordan Wolfson and Rachel Harrison as well as group exhibitions such as Drawing. The Bottom Line, together with Philippe Van Cauteren. Recent curatorial projects at S.M.A.K. include an ongoing series of presentations of works from the collection, as well as a year long exhibition unfolding around a wall piece by Sol LeWitt. He is currently working on a long-term project on the notion of ‘the photographic’ within the contemporary discourse.

Previously, Germann was curator at Kestner Gesellschaft Hanover, Germany and was responsible for the programme “Gagosian Gallery, Berlin” for the 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art. He has published numerous exhibition catalogues and monographs and has written for international magazines such as 032c and Frieze. In 2015, he received the AICA award for Belgium’s best exhibition for Lili Dujourie: Folds in time.


Martin Germann will connect with local artists and institutions during his residency. He will also give a talk focusing on S.M.A.K’s unique politics in developing solo exhibition in close collaboration with artists placing them at the centre of her activities.