Mirela Back will take up the position in July 2023 for a five-year term with a possible extension. Baciak comes to Salzburger Kunstverein from steirischer herbst festival, where since 2019 she has served as curator for visual art and performance.
“We are delighted to have appointed Mirela Baciak,” says Gerda Ridler, the board’s president, “a young and engaged curator whose curatorial and research practice is concerned with questions of inclusion and access, as well as a commitment to building sustainable relationships with diverse communities and publics.”
“I am honored to take over the directorship of Salzburg Kunstverein. The vision I have developed for Salzburger Kunstverein is that of a dynamic, responsive institution that reflects societal challenges in the continuously changing world, and considers and expands contemporary art discourses. I am interested in far-reaching artistic and curatorial projects that consider sustainability and are driven by the values of sharing and learning. I am grateful for this responsibility and look forward to working with the board, new colleagues at Salzburger Kunstverein, artists and researchers on the implementation of my programs, as well as local and international partners.”
Mirela Baciak (*1987, Warsaw) is a curator in the field of visual arts whose practice is guided by the notion of hospitality as a process which captures one's ethical relation to the unknown and the strange. Mirela Baciak succeeds Séamus Kealy, who recently took on his new role as executive director of Oakville Galleries. Baciak’s program at Salzburger Kunstverein will begin in 2024. Through 2023, she remains involved in part with steirischer herbst, completing projects she has been developing for the festival.
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