Vivian Ziherl












Visiting curator Vivian Ziherl introduced her forthcoming multi-platform project Frontier Imaginaries through a series of symbolic and material triggers. Working through a methodology of 'lineology' - borrowed from scholar Timothy Ingold - she seeks to narrate the 'frontier' as a site of the remattering of the common into commodity through figures such as the seventeenth century silver thaler of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, the grave of nineteenth century economist Johann Heinrich von Thünen, and the 1974 spaghetti-western farce Don't Touch the White Woman. Frontier Imaginaries is conceived as a contribution to emerging debates around liberal governance, settler-colonial constructions, oiko/eco politics and the capacity of aesthethic work within these increasingly urgent negotiations.


This is Ziherl's first residency at Al Ma'mal. Check more information about her second residency here.


Vivian Ziherl is a curator at the performance and feminist focused contemporary art institution If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want to be Part of Your Revolution. Vivian's recent projects include "StageIT!" at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2012) and a performance program co-curated with Hendrik Folkerts. From 2011-2012 she was an associate curator at Kunstyerein, Amsterdam. Vivian is a former participant of the de Appel Curatorial Programme and holds degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies and Visual Art. In 2016, Ziherl curated Al Ma'mal's "The Jerusalem Show VIII" titled Before and After Origins

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