Artists and co-founders of press to exit project space, Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski curated, organized and managed the 5th International symposium Curating Exchange in Skopje, along with the art historian and curator Jovanka Popova.
Curating Exchange is an annual symposium addressing local and regional need for an insightful and qualitative exchange of experience and knowledge in theoretical and artistic research, curatorial practice and education. The fifth edition is titled "The Institutional as Public" and welcomes Slovenian art historian and art theorist Beti Žerovc, Austrian curator, cultural theorist, urban researcher and writer Elke Krasny, and Macedonian Berlin-based visual artist and urban researcher Ivana Sidzimovska, who contribute a variaty of discoursive presentations and projects that question to what extent the institution, the public, and the artistic activity correspond to the ever-evolving concept of critical curating. The role and the increasing influence of the curator in context of cultural production in general, as well as the conditionality within and outside the institutional frame in particular, will be subjected to critical rethinking and analysis with each presentation and workshop session. The symposium will thus try to addresses the variety of methodologies and conditions that define the curatorial practice as a channel for social and political criticism and a practice expressed as a logical continuum in the processes of instigating cultural as well as socio-political change in contemporary society.