Kate Brehme is an Australian independent curator and arts educator based in Berlin. She has worked internationally on a variety of projects, exhibitions and events and since 2008 runs Contemporary Art Exchange, a curatorial platform providing professional development opportunities for emerging and young artists. Her project and research themes include place and cultural identity, labour and work, globalisation, disability and socially engaged practices. Kate is also co-founder of Berlinklusion, Berlin’s Network for Accessibility in Arts and Culture, lectures at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and for NODE Center for Curatorial Studies, and recently completed her doctorate at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at Berlin’s Technical University where she undertook research into the contemporary art biennial and urban space.
Out of the various forms of discriminatory practices explored within art history and curating, such as race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, it is ableism, or the discrimination of people with disabilities, that is the area that is often left out. Considering that people with disabilities form the world’s largest minority, that most people will experience disability at some point in their lives, and that the numbers of people living in cities worldwide will also increase, this issue is one that affects us all, whether we are inhabiting or hosting others within the cities in which we live. During the residency I will conduct curatorial research exploring publicness, inclusion and exclusion in urban space to prepare the groundwork for a new contemporary art project that explores non-normative embodied experiences of public urban space.
Kate Brehme’s residency is realised in context of HICP – Helsinki International Curatorial Programme, a collaboration between Frame Contemporary Art Finland and HIAP.