Thinking of how to host an open studio during total confinement, Lukas Zerbst proposes a different departure point to share his practice and works in progress during his residency. He will be in conversation with fellow resident Reem Shadid engaging with thoughts around ‘involuntary complicity’ in artistic and exhibition practices. The conversation will raise questions generally around the relationship between artists, artworks, audience and institutions and the legal and social contracts they commit to together (directly and indirectly). They will focus on works that are site specific and subserviently critical of the power dynamics and institutional structures that seek to hold control, but inadvertently enable exchange of ideas and experiences not always under their control.

Lukas and Reem will have a 20 minute conversation followed by a public digital discussion and Q&A.

Reem Shadid is an independent curator who works on the emancipatory possibilities within artistic practice, exploring the ways it intersects with socio-economic forms. Previously, she was the Deputy Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, where she served in various capacities between 2006 – 2020. She was instrumental in developing the foundations’ team, operations and public and curatorial programmes which includes Sharjah Biennial, March Meeting, exhibitions, publications, film, music, education and community programmes. Among her recent curatorial projects are New Affinities, B7L9-art station, Tunis, Debt, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah, Active Forms, Sharjah Art Foundation, and March Project, Sharjah Art Foundation.

Lukas Zerbst is a media artist working with site-specific installations, spatial interventions, performances, video and film and shows them on various occasions, domestic and abroad, like Hanoi, London, Kaunas, sowie in Hannover und Köln. He was awarded the Prize of Kunstverein Hannover and the GWK Advancement Award 2018, the Bremer Advancement Award for Fine Art, as well as the Prize of the University of the Arts Bremen for his work “Mimikry” in 2016. He also was nominated for the ArtePrize 2017 at the Delfina Foundation in London.
Starting in 2016 international collaborations find an important space in his work. He got support from DAAD in Vietnam, the Goethe Institut and Institute Français in Ramallah, PSE and the Kaunas Artist House in Lithuania in a variety of projects. He is in residence at Cité Internationale des Arts from January 2020 — March 2020.