28 February 2023
Majlis Talks | The Art of Collecting
Part of Alserkal Art Week
Danish Art curator Loa Pictet on the challenges and opportunities of building an art collection.
Danish Art curator Loa Pictet talks us through the challenges and opportunities of building an art collection.
About the speaker
Loa Haagen Pictet, Pictet Group, is a Danish art historian and curator. She graduated with a gold medal from Copenhagen University and first worked for the Staten Museum for Kunst (Royal Museum of Fine Arts) in Copenhagen before her appointment as curator for Kunstmuseet Køge Skitsesamling, Køge. There she curated shows on contemporary architecture as well as the first exhibition of Ferdinand Hodler ever held in Scandinavia.
Settling in Switzerland in 1997, she worked as a freelance curator, lecturer and author of scientific articles as well as gallery director, before being appointed curator of The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva in 2003. There she curated several exhibitions in the field of photography such as: Zona by Carl de Keyser, War by VII and The Belfast Maze by Donovan Wylie and Amanda Dunsmore. In 2006, she joined the Mamco (Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain) in Geneva as head of education programmes as well as a regular lecturer. Additionally, she has initiated a collection for The Graduate Institute/Maison de la Paix, Geneva, and is currently member of the board of foundation of Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, as well as Musée international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge and of IACCCA (International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art).”
About the moderator:
Sabih Ahmed is the Associate Director and Curator of Ishara Art Foundation in Dubai. His curatorial work and research focus on modern and contemporary art of South Asia through diverse itineraries, languages and inter-disciplinary formations. Prior to joining Ishara, he was a Senior Researcher and Projects Manager at Asia Art Archive from 2009 to 2019 where he was involved in the establishing of AAA in India (AAA in I) in New Delhi. He has served as a Visiting Faculty at the Ambedkar University Delhi from 2014 to 2019 and is on the Advisory Board of Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation, Delhi. His writing has been published by Art Cabinet, Mousse, The Whitworth and Oncurating.
28 February 2023
About Majlis Talks
Majlis Talks, curated by Mahnaz Fancy, bring together artists, curators, researchers and art-world professionals for an evening of thoughtful and inspiring conversations.
The majlis has always provided the necessary form to plant the seeds of connections; a common ground for discussion and sharing. From the majlis we begin a convergence of differences, mingling vantage points, allowing new questions to rise.
Starting at 4pm on 28 February 2023 and running across six 25-minute sessions, this year’s Majlis Talks will see conversations with Fatima Ali, Lubnah Ansari, Loa Haagen Pictet, Nadine Abdel Ghaffar, Sara Raza, Rana Begum, Dr Cliff Lauson and more.