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Interview with Anselm Franke, Curator of the Taipei Biennial 2012

Posted in about Art, about Photography, Interviews with Curators/Museum Directors by sylvielin on September 30, 2012

Monster, History, Fiction

Interview with Anselm Franke, Curator of the Taipei Biennial 2012 

Interview made on the 22nd July, 2012, in Taipei

by Sylvie Lin

In contemporary art, photographical elements are often integrated into installation works or being used as a means of archiving. VOP interviewed Anselm Franke, curator of the Taipei Biennial 2012 (to be held in September) to talk about the topic of the biennial, ‘Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction’ and specific photographic works that will be shown in the exhibition. 

〔Extract from the original text〕

Q  Please talk about your past curatorial experiences.

A  Originally, I used to work in the fields of theatre, film and television with artist/filmmaker Christoph Schlingensief ; he passed away in 2010 and represented Germany in the Venice Biennale in 2011. From 2003 to 2005, I collaborated with architects in making exhibitions. We didn’t look at the architecture as design but more as planning processes and political geographies. What was important for me in my collaboration with architects is that it is a way to think political questions and the organization of the space. Since 2003, most of the projects I was involved with were collaborations. We shared a common interest in ‘borders’, not only physical borders (of the buildings or the states) but rather social and political borders and borders of the imagination, the way images take part in creating limits. The way we are now trying to use the figure of the monster for the 2012 Taipei Biennial also has to with this interest: the monster is always a limit figure or a liminal figure. There are various forms of monsters, beyond the borders of the human, of the normal, of the laws of reality, etc. Most of these borders and limits appear to us more or less “given” or even natural. The curatorial task is to open up and de-stabilize this understanding, to show how limits are constructed, what is the role of culture, technologies and non-human factors in their making.

(The interview was first published on

An edited Chinese version was first published on ”Voices of Photography” bi-monthly, August issue 2012, Taiwan.)


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