Maria Hlavajova will introduce the question of how institutions can think and actualise themselves in alliance with freelancers, as part of a broader effort towards non-fascist living.
Maria Hlavajova is a founding general and artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, established in 2000. In 2008–2016 she was research and artistic director of FORMER WEST, which she initiated and developed as an international collaborative research, education, publication, and exhibition project. Hlavajova has instigated and organized numerous projects at BAK and beyond, including the series Propositions for Non-Fascist Living (2017–ongoing), Future Vocabularies (2014–2017), New World Academy with artist Jonas Staal (2013–2016), among many other international research projects. Hlavajova has served as a member of various supervisory boards, including at European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam (since 2013), Bergen Assembly, Bergen (since 2011), Open Society Foundation (Sub-Board for Art and Culture), Budapest and New York (2009–2013), and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2004–2012).