CuMMA Disputes is a forum publishing short texts about current topics in art and politics. It functions as a space for offsetting new discussions and for reflection on issues that require further unpacking. It is dedicated to intersections between curatorial debates, cultural policies and aesthetic, activist and/or theoretical questions. Texts are published sporadically, according to when a topic or a debate seems urgent.

Luisa Ziaja was the External Advisor for the CuMMA Disputes.

Luisa Ziaja is an art historian and curator for contemporary art at the Belvedere/21er Haus in Vienna. Prior to this she curated numerous independent exhibition projects that addressed the relationship between contemporary art, society, and contemporary history. She has been co-director of the postgraduate program in exhibition theory and practice /ecm at University of Applied Arts Vienna since 2006. She was a lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts, Technical University Vienna, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Vienna Art School. She is on the board of schnittpunkt – exhibition theory & practice, and regularly publishes in catalogs, anthologies, and magazines on contemporary art and curating, art and exhibition theory.

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Hiding the Past – The Journey of a Romantic Nazi in Gallery Sinne

The Exhibition “Traumwunsch” of Stefan Otto in Gallery Sinne (9 January -1 February 2015) claims to “explore the dark area of his family’s history”. His grandfather was a Czechoslovakian Sudeten German, who served Nazi-Germany during World War II transporting raw materials and equipment along the Danube between Budapest and the Black Sea. This is more…

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With whom can one “Smash Patriarchy”?—How to Question and Reflect when Everyone’s so Indifferent?

Extract of a conversation: “What are you promoting?” — “Gender equality” — “Oh… (shy laughter), cool.”   During lunchtime on February 2, 2017, the two of us set up a table in Aalto University’s main building at Otaniemi Campus. We were giving away patches we had embroidered beforehand. The patches depicted a hand holding a…

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Poetic Amnesia. How an exhibition reminds its viewers to forget the crimes of the Wehrmacht

Minna Henriksson and Nora Sternfeld1 On August 17, 2017, the exhibition Deutsches Lager and Other Post Doc Stuff opened in the Exhibition Laboratory in Helsinki. In the central work of the exhibition, ‘Poetic Archaeology/Inside and Beside the Camp’, Jan Kaila and Japo Knuutila assembled various artifacts, documents and videos from an archaeological excavation of the…

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