The uncertain, the approximate, the maybe: If you had to describe Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev‘s direction of the dOCUMENTA (13), it would be exactly just that way.
She refuses to make a clear concept, she rather sees her task is to make offers and to raise questions. The lack of aconcept as a concept With Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (54), who confesses herself a skeptic, the dOCUMENTA (13) has an artistic director with an international background.
The daughter of a Bulgarian doctor and an Italian archaeologist grew up in Washington DC, USA. Among other activities, she served as curator for the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, a branch of the MoMA in New York. She was director of the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, curated the first Trienniale of Turin and in 2008 was the artistic director of the Biennale of Sydney. The fact that after Catherine David she is only the second woman to head a documenta, lead to her recent comment that she now has doubled the percentage of women.
With the concept of art, the mother of two daughters is very open. Included in DOCUMENTA (13) would be painting, performance art, photography and video art as well as experiments in the field of politics, philosophy and science, she announced in her recent press statement. “What some of the participants do, and what they ‘exhibit‘ in the dOCUMENTA (13) may be or may not be art.“ It woud be important, that their actions, their thoughts and their knowledge could be read and absorbed by artists. Documenta as a place of learning and sharing – that is Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev‘s wish.