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 is 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.

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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