Lecturer in: 2012
Maria Lind is Director of the Tensta Konsthall and an independent curator and writer interested in exploring the formats and methodologies connected with the contemporary art institution. She was the director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College from 2008–10. Before that, she was director of lASPIS in Stockholm (2005–07) and Director of the Munich Kunstverein (2002–04). Previous to that she was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm (from 1997–2001) and in 1998 was co-curator of Manifesta 2, Europe’s nomadic biennial of contemporary art. Lind was the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. A compendium of her essays to date, Selected Maria Lind Writing, was published by Sternberg Press in 2010.
As a writer on art, Lind has not achieved the same influence, even though she began her career as an art critic in Sweden. The newly published anthology Selected Maria Lind Writing should garner her a much-deserved wider readership. The volume, compiled by Brian Kuan Wood, an editor of e-flux journal, features essays, interviews, statements and research notes written in English between 1997 and 2010. In a nod to her curatorial methodology, in which she works closely with artists, often on projects that challenge the programming or organization of the institution for which she works, Lind, together with Kuan Wood, invited a handful of colleagues to select and comment on a few of her texts. Rather than feeling contrived, these responses, from curators Beatrice von Bismarck and Ana Paula Cohen, critic Tirdad Zolghadr and artist Liam Gillick—designer of the book’s repellently bright yellow cover—reveal Lind’s open and trustful relationship with her collaborators.