Since 2015, DCA— The French national network of contemporary art centres has worked with European artistic institutions to develop a network of art centres which is established on a large area including western Europe, Scandinavia, southern Europe and eastern Europe.
Although faced with differing political and socio-economic contexts and everyday experiences, contemporary art centres in Europe share common cultural practices, concerns and values.
In 2022, DCA and its partners announced the inaugural edition of the European Assembly of Contemporary Art Centres, a series of meetings which will take place on Tuesdays 8 March, 12 April, 10 May & 7 June.
- • Antonio Cataldo
Antonio Cataldo is an Oslo-based curator and writer. Currently, he is the Artistic Director of Fotogalleriet, a publicly funded institution and the oldest kunsthalle for photography in the Nordic region. Through exhibitions, discursive practices, and academic research, Antonio has actively challenged institutional models and questioned the social role of images in today’s society. Antonio studied with philosopher Giorgio Agamben at the Iuav, University of Venice, obtained his MA in 2006, and is pursuing a PhD at ZHdK in Zurich and the University of Reading, the UK. Over the last two decades, Antonio held curatorial and other positions at the OCA, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, La Biennale di Venezia, and Iuav, University of Venice. Antonio serves on the board of directors of Kunsthalles in Norway and the Sandefjord Kunstforening Art Award jury.
- • Marianne Hultman
Marianne Hultman is a curator and writer. She is, since 2022, the Director of The North Norwegian Art Centre in Lofoten. She was the Artistic Director of Oslo Kunstforening (2007 - 2022) in Norway , and curator and head of exhibitions at Norrköping Museum of Art (2002 - 2007) in Sweden. Hultman has more than twenty years of experience from the art world, having initiated and implemented a large number of exhibitions, exchanges and collaborations in Sweden, Norway and internationally, many of them traveling exhibitions. Hultman is a regular contributor and editor to exhibition catalogues, books and magazines. She regularly teaches at Art Academies and Curatorial Studies in Norway and Sweden. In April the book Letters Sent from Heaven about a seriers of events taking place in Riga, Stockholm and Oslo in 2017 with Ukichiro Nakaya and Fujiko Nakaya will be published by OK BOOK.
- • Filipa Oliveira
Filipa Oliveira is, since 2018, the Visual Arts Programmer and Curator of the City of Almada, running the Casa da Cerca Art Center and the Municipal Art Gallery. From 2015 to 2017 she was the artistic director of the Fórum Eugénio de Almeida in Évora, Portugal. Prior she worked as an independent curator for 12 years. In 2022, with Elfi Turpin, she is the guest curator of the 4th edition of Anozero - Coimbra Biennial of Contemporary art entitled Meia-Noite [midnight].
- • Manuel Segade
Manuel Segade has researched on the production of a somatic subjectivity at the end of the 19thcentury, which became his book Narciso Fin de Siglo (2008). He has a wide curatorial practice, like the Spanish Pavillion in Venice Biennale in 2017, and has also been teaching curatorial practice in programs for Michaelis School of Fine Art - University of Cape Town, MACBA’s Independent Studies Program or École du Magasin in Grenoble. Manuel Segade is the Director of CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (Móstoles, Spain).
- • Ursula Schöndeling
Ursula Schöndeling works as a free curator, writer and artmediator. She was Director at Kunstverein Heidelberg 2017 - 2021, Kunstverein Langenhagen 2008 - 2016, and assistant curator at Kunstverein Braunschweig 2006 - 08, where she realized a great number of exhibitions with international artists focusing on production of new work, accompanying artist books and programms, and took a special interest in art mediation. She taught at the University of Hannover and PH Heidelberg, and held conferences of art mediation in cooperation with the University Hildesheim and PH Heidelberg. Ursula is member of the board of ADKV Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutscher Kunstvereine and member of the Jury at Kunstfonds Bonn for Artist’s Stipends.
- • Elfi Turpin
Elfi Turpin is the Director of the CRAC Alsace, Centre rhénan d’art contemporain, in Altkirch and co-president of d.c.a, the French national network for contemporary art centres. Through exhibitions, publications, or collective discursive practices, she works closely with artists and audiences on specific projects that involve long-term experimentation and exchanges. She has curated several exhibitions at the CRAC Alsace, shaping the art centre, as it evolves along with them.
Founded in 1992, DCA is a national network that unites 51 contemporary art centres from all over France.
Supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the Institut français, DCA is a highly respected network, a French cultural policy actor that connects institutions across the country, in the service of access to art and culture for all.
- • Marie Chênel, General Secretary
- • Chloé Monneron, Administrative & Communications Officer
Website and Visual Identity
The website for the European Assembly of Contemporary Art Centres was designed and produced by the Brussels-based graphic artist Loraine Furter, who is specialized in editorial design, hybrid publishing, and intersectional xfeminism. The visual identity was designed in collaboration with Laurie Charles. The fonts in this website were designed by the collective Bye Bye Binary (Baskervvol), Clara Sambot (DINdong) and Anja Meiners (ABeeZee).