Marina Fokidis gives a curatorial course next summer. She already participated in the Global Academy II conference in 2018, and she was eager to teach at the summeracademy. She’s a quick thinker, has a huge knowledge and experience. Not only from working with the last documenta in Kassel and in Athens, but also as the editor of South as a state of mind. This is a low/sometimes nearly no budget magazine of extraordinary quality. Global curating is her core topic.
Marina is lively and enthusiastic and she can be disarmingly honest. For instance when it comes to economic conditions of certain institutions. She travels a lot and she likes to share her knowledge, her ideas and her networks and she has a good humour. This is under others what makes her a good teacher, I presume.
"For me, the International Summer Academy is a very special place. The intensive, creative and inspiring atmosphere in all our activities never ceases to fascinate me. Artists come to us – as teachers and students – from all over the world, taking advantage of this summer time-slot to concentrate exclusively on production, reflection and presentation, far removed from their everyday life. Disillusionment and re-enchantment, downfall and upswing – all this is possible; there emerge not only exceptional works of art, but also friendships and networks that often last a lifetime. The long-term project Global/Planetary Academy is at present my main objective. Its aim is to further establish the Summer Academy as a hotspot for global art, tackling relevant questions and strengthening worldwide connections. The project focuses on questions of how art can be learned and taught in the globalised world."