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Nina Möntmann

Nina Möntmann is Professor of Art Theory at the University of Cologne, curator, writer and PI at the Global South Study Center (GSSC) at the University of Cologne. Before she has been Professor of Art Theory and the History of Ideas at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, and curator at NIFCA, the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki. Recent exhibitions include: Fluidity (Kunstverein in Hamburg 2016); Harun Farocki: A New Product (Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 2012); If we can't get it together. Artists rethinking the (mal)functions of community (The Power Plant, Toronto, 2008); The Jerusalem Show: Jerusalem Syndrome (co-curated with Jack Persekian), 2009; the Armenian Pavillion for the 52nd Venice Biennial. Recent publications include Kunst als Sozialer Raum; and the edited volumes Brave New Work. A Reader on Harun Farocki’s film ‚A New Product’, engl./dt.; Scandalous. A Reader on Art & Ethics; New Communities and Art and Its Institutions.


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