Lucy Cotter (Ireland, 1973) trained as an artist and exhibited internationally before turning to writing and curatorial practice. She holds an M.A. in History of Art from the University of Southampton and a PhD in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. Her doctoral dissertation examined the wider cultural agency of curatorial practice in a postcolonial context and proposed new strategies for (national) curatorial representations. She was curator of the Dutch pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale 2017, collaborating with artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh on a project entitled Cinema Olanda. An extensive parallel programme in The Netherlands included exhibitions and events at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Stedelijk MuseumAmsterdam and EYE Film Museum, Amsterdam (all 2017). The accompanying catalogue published by Hatje Cantz, edited by Lucy Cotter, featured a series of commissioned interdisciplinary essays.

Cotter is widely published internationally as a writer on contemporary art. She is currently working on two books: Toward a Minor Curating on her curatorial theories, and Art Knowledge: Between the Known and the Unknown, a reflection on art and non-knowledge (with research funding from the Mondriaan Fund)Her edited volume Reclaiming Artistic Research is forthcoming with 17, Institute for Crititcal Studies (Mexico City) and MaHKUscript, among other partners. She has previously guest-edited such publications as Third Text (U.K.) and The HTV (BE/NL) and is guest editor of the December 2017 edition of MaHKUscript, which offers a preview of her forthcoming volume.  

Among other curatorial projects, she was co-curator of Here as the Centre of the World, a two-year artistic research project that took place in Damascus, Beirut, Taipei, Khartoum, Diyarbakir and Enschede. A former co-director of Public Space With a Roof (Amsterdam), Cotter has also worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Nuova Icona gallery (Venice) and Ludwig’s Forum for International Art (Aachen). 

Cotter developed and led the newly founded Master Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire, The Hague from 2010-2015, developing an experimental educational programme and initiating over 25 exhibitions with venues nation-wide. She has previously lectured at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and on the PhDArts doctoral programme at the University of the Arts, The Hague. She currently works in an independent advisory capacity for a number of institutions. 





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