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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

Public Institution
BAK welcomes new Curator, Cosmin Costinas
  BAK, basis voor actuele kunst is extremely proud to announce the appointment of Cosmin Costinas as BAK's new Curator. Costinas (born 1982, Satu Mare, Romania) is a writer, art critic, editor, and curator formerly based in Bucharest, Vienna, Paris, and Berlin, who was selected after an extensive international search to fill the position. In the course of a few short years, Costinas he has shown himself to be one of the most innovative, dynamic, and critical voices rethinking curatorial practice today and we could not be more pleased that he is joining the BAK team.

Costinas joins BAK at an exciting time of transition within the institution, envisioned as a trajectory of intelligent growth, in which BAK's activities are enriched through increased depth, concentration, and professionalization. During this period, the ambitions and programs summarized in our policy document for 2009-2012, BAK as a Space for Art and Thinking will be realized and expanded upon, with Costinas playing an active role in future developments.

Cosmin Costinas studied art history and history at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. He is contributing editor of the magazines Idea Arts + Society (Cluj) and Version (Paris/Cluj) and an advisory board member of PATTERNS/ERSTE Foundation, Vienna. He co-authored the novel Philip (Project Press, Dublin, 2007) and has contributed his writing to numerous magazines, books, and exhibition catalogs across Europe and South-East Asia. Recent curatorial projects include: Textground, Display Gallery, Prague, 2004; Laicitate dupa complicitate (Secularity after Complicity) Bucharest, 2005; and co-curator of the conference After the Happy Nineties, Goethe Institute, Bucharest, 2005. From January 2006 to August 2007, Costinas was a member of the editorial team for the Magazines project of documenta 12, Kassel. More recently, he was a BAK Researcher-in-Residence from October to January 2008, and curator-in-residence at the Kadist Foundation in Paris from January to May 2008, where he curated the exhibition Like an Attali Report, But Different (with Yael Bartana, Gregg Bordowitz, Heman Chong, Ciprian Muresan, Deimantas Narkevicius, Redza Piyadasa, Pushwagner, Anatoli Osmolovsky, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor), which was on view in June and July 2008.

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