Doreen Mende

tags: Berlin, London

Doreen Mende is an independent curator and theorist who works on vocabularies for articulating geopolitical readings of contemporary exhibiting practices in relation to knowledge processes, archival metabolisms, unedited histories, art and display politics in the 21st century. Larger research projects include KP Brehmer Real Capital – Production (2014, Raven Row, London); Travelling Communiqué (2014/13, Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin – with Armin Linke and Milica Tomic), Double Bound Economies (2013/12, Halle 14 in Leipzig, centre de la photographie in Geneva, ETH in Zurich, Thomas Fischer Galerie in Berlin – with Estelle Blaschke and Armin Linke), KP Brehmer: A Test Extending Beyond the Action (2011, CAAC, Sevilla), Candida Höfer: Projects Done (2009/10, CAAC in Sevilla, MARCO in Vigo), Not Right But Wrong (2007, JET, Berlin), Ear Appeal (2006, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna). Project-based collaborations in Ramallah, Beirut, Addis Ababa and Tehran. Mende is co-editor of e-flux journal 59 Harun Farocki (2014 with Julieta Aranda, Antje Ehmann, Brian Kuon Wood and Anton Vidokle); resident of the blog for Manifesta Journal (2013/14); co-founder (with Wilfried Kuehn) and editor-in-chief of the publication series Displayer at University of Arts and Design/ ZKM Karlsruhe (2006–09); and co-founder of the collectively organised project/space General Public in Berlin (2005 with Oliver Baurhenn, Discoteca Flaming Star, Heimo Lattner, Remco Schuurbiers, Jan Rohlf, and others). Her practice-based PhD 'The Itinerant' was awarded in Curatorial/Knowledge of the Visual Cultures Department from Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2015, Mende, co-founded (with Tom Holert and Volker Pantenburg as well as with Antje Ehmann, Anna Faroqhi, Lara Faroqhi, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and others) the Harun Farocki Institut (HaFI) in Berlin. Since September 2015, Head and Professor of the Research-Based Master Programme CCC on the practice and theory of the curatorial in geospatial constellations and technopolitics at HEAD–Genève. Associate faculty member of the Dutch Art Institute. Mende lives in Berlin and Geneva. (May 2016)