EXAMEN 2023: Curator is fixed

Mateo Chacón Pino curates this year's graduation exhibition of the Kunsthochschule Kassel.

From 13. to 17.12.2023, the graduates and master students of the Kunsthochschule will present their final exhibition EXAMEN in the documenta-Halle (Kassel). The exhibition brings together graduation works from the fields of fine arts, visual communication and product design. They cover a broad conceptual and design spectrum, ranging from painting, sculpture and film to design works and multimedia installations. The exhibition is sponsored by the cdw Stiftung gGmbH. This year, the Kunsthochschule and the cdw Foundation are celebrating ten years of successful cooperation.

Traditionally, the EXAMEN exhibitors themselves choose the curator of their final exhibition. Commenting on his new task, Mateo Chacón Pino says: "I am very pleased to be working with the Kunsthochschule Kassel on the joint EXAMEN project. With this exhibition, I would like to look ahead to the artistic and design careers of the graduates and think of the format of the final exhibition as a transition from education to professional practice. The participating artists and designers will help shape the cultural future of the city of Kassel, Germany and beyond."

A Colombian-Swiss art historian, curator and author, he has curated projects in art spaces, museums, galleries and farms in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany. He participated in The Curatorial and Artistic Thing at sixtyeight art institute in Copenhagen and in the Curatorial Programme at De Appel, Amsterdam. Mateo Chacón Pino currently lives in Kassel and works as a research assistant at the documenta Institute and at the University of Kassel at the Department of Art and Society, by Prof. Dr. Liliana Gómez. In his dissertation The Distinction of Art & Nature, he questions the epistemic time of art history in light of the Anthropocene and problematizes the notion of Contemporary Art in the context of the exhibition. He completed his master's thesis in 2021 at the University of Zurich on the role of governmental art funding for the understanding of art using the case study of the SüdKulturFonds of Switzerland.