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The Office for Curating
The Office for Curating is the generic name for a curatorial agency and research office, formalised and established in 2012 by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, and currently active in and from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Office for Curating acts as an assembler of a growing programme of exhibitions (including publications, texts, and speech acts) and as a support structure for initiating exhibitions as a rise to the occasion – presented in different shapes and configurations, along different temporal structures and rhythms, as hosted by different institutions. The Office for Curating takes a strong interest in curatorial practice as a tool for thinking contemporary society through artistic practices.
Niekolaas Johannes LekkerkerkNiekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (1988, NL) works as a curator and writer for The Office for Curating in Rotterdam. Central to Lekkerkerk’s work are social and political discourses revolving around daily living and working practices, cultural norms, and ideologies. He particularly focuses on debates concerning the Anthropocene, ecology and climate, post-humanism, and the increasing entanglement between nature and culture. Lekkerkerk recently published The Standard Book of Noun-Verb Exhibition Grammar (Onomatopee, 2018), a publication regarding the exhibition as an ecological assemblage. In 2012 he received the inaugural Demergon Curatorial Award, and in 2014 he was the beneficiary of the Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition.
Recent projects and exhibitions organized by The Office for Curating are the group exhibition Archipelago – A Problem (On Exactitude in Science) (2018) at Tlön Projects, The Hague; the group exhibition Almende – The Second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag (2018) for Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag; the 7th edition of POPPOSITIONS entitled In Watermelon Sugar (2018) at Former Atelier Coppens, Brussels; a parcours of sculptural works and installations for the Open Air section at Art Rotterdam 2018; the group exhibition Psychosculptural Aesthetics (2017) at Rianne Groen, Rotterdam; the solo exhibition Elements of Peaceful Engagement (2017) with Marlena Kudlicka at Zak|Branicka, Berlin; the duo exhibition Homestead of Dilution (2017) with Domenico Mangano and Marieke van Rooy at Nomas, Rome; the sixth edition of POPPOSITIONS entitled Don't Agonize, Organize! (2017) at ING Art Center, Brussels.