Giovanna Esposito Yussif

Giovanna Esposito Yussif is a curator and researcher with a background in art history, museology, and critical theory. In the past years she has focused her praxis on collective models of inquiry, exercises of criticality, and processes of dissentient imaginations. She is currently co-curating the Pavilion of Finland at the 58th Venice Biennale with the Miracle Workers Collective. Since 2011, Giovanna has shared a collective practice with David Muoz devising NÆS – Nomad Agency/Archive of Emergent Studies, a collective-connective research studio that stands for the recognition of nomadity as a non-linear condition that characterizes knowledge production and reproduction. As a study, it exposes that epistemological and ontological configurations are interdependent to their collective socialized dynamic circulation, claiming the political space of research as the right to know and the right to imagine together. As a platform, NÆS activates the artistic capacity to collectively claim agency over historical processes and explores the forms in which records, memories, and experiences of these processes can sediment by propitiating moments of encounter to encompass critique and self-critique. As a living agency/archive practice, NÆS intersects emergent dynamics of social organization, promotes critical thinking and studying against the grain, imagination as actual potency, and strategies of dissent within collective struggles.

During the residency I will expand my research on the curatorial as a strategy for collectivising questions. —Giovanna Esposito Yussif