I am granted a curator residency in LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme) from 24 September to 31 October 2020. LIA is a non-profit residency program that fosters international artists by providing spacious studios and access to the culture and art scene in Leipzig. I will participate in studio visits, talks and I will work there with Danish artist Michelle Eistrup, a visual artist who works primarily in video, photography. She is an artist in residency from August – October in the program.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle.

We will continue to work on All Suns Forever, a project that brings together various museums, curators, and other art professionals that I was asked by Eistrup to participate in 2017.  The project was presented in the Venice Biennial as a program of Microclima’s lyEye of Benin, comparing views on rituals as part of the Deep Memory platform. Deep Memory is a five-year program on contemporary art relating to the African continent by Joanna Sandell / Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden. Other people and museums involved in the project so far are Anders Juhl (Denmark), Prof. Robert Farris Thomson (Yale), Charles Daniel Dawson (NYU, Columbia University),  curator dr. Michael Barret / National Museum of World Culture Stockholm, Leontine Meijer-van Mensch / Grassi Museum of Ethnology in Leipzig, Terra Mineralia Museum Freiberg, Prof. Gerhard Heide / Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, and curator Selene Wendt / The Global Art Project Norway.

ALL SUNS FOREVER so far is in part made possible by Kalmar Art Museum, Goethe Institute, the National Arts Council in Denmark, and Leipzig Art Program (LIA).

LIA – Spinnereistraße 7, Building 18, 2. floor, right
04179 Leipzig, Germany

LIA was founded by Mrs. Anna-Louise Rolland was born in Northern Germany on the Isle of Rügen. She lived for the year 1997/ 98 in the USA (Cincinnati) as well as Spain (Madrid) in 2000/ 2001 and has experienced a brought artistic education in the visual arts and music before she began to study at the University of Leipzig in the Art History and Cultural Studies Department in 2002. In the same year she became fellow of a federal scholarship program for five years (Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e. V.). In 2004 Mrs. Rolland curated her first group show in the gallery Eigen & Art and spent seven months in New York City, where she passed two internships, at the ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Programme) and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. When she returned to Leipzig she worked on a platform of cultural politics (Kulturpolitischer Salon) as well as Foundation Federkiel at the Spinnerei, the new artist district of Leipzig. In July 2006 she graduated with a Masters in Post-Communist Studies in Contemporary Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She studied Mandarin and worked for the Goethe Institute in Beijing 2006/ 07 then she passed her Masters degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig. In June 2007 she founded LIA – Leipzig International Art Programme, a not for profit institution and artist in the residency program to foster contemporary art and culture. In November 2007 Mrs. Rolland organized the institution’s first exhibition in cooperation with the Japan Foundation and the Japan Embassy of Berlin. Since then she hosted over one hundred and fifty artists from forty nations in LIA and curated exhibitions in New York City (Leipzig Calling, an exhibition at the New York Academy of Art 2009), Berlin (Caps Lock Projects, LIA`s temporary project space 2010), Paris / Marseille/ Lyon (Goethe-Institut, Leipzig – Heldenstadt?, 2014/2015), Madrid (Goethe-Institut, Icónico, PHotoEspana, 2015), and Leipzig (Paradigma Blickwechsel, Tapetenwerk, 2015).