About

Hi, my name is Kerstin Winking and I work as a curator and writer.

As a PhD candidate at the Institute for History at Leiden University, the Netherlands, I examine modern art’s relationships with geopolitics and emancipatory movements between India and Indonesia (1920-1970). At present, I combine my historical research with curatorial work on modern art, investing my time in exploring Indonesian artists’ transnational practices, their historical connections with modernisms in India and the Netherlands, and the historic geopolitical framework in which ideas about modern art were formed and exchanged.

My curatorial practice involves modern and contemporary art practices and favours collaboration with artists and co-curators, who share an interest in analysing the relationships between art and politics, art historiography, display strategies in museums, archives, transnational art networks, and their connections to scholarly ones. In 2020-2022, I will be working in collaboration with art historian Anissa Rahadiningtyas (Cornell University) on an exhibition project about modern art in Indonesia, a monograph with and about the artist Sawangwongse Yawnghwe and on the film project Mirada Karibe with Sharelly Emanuelson.

Earlier, as an assistant and project curator for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2008-2015), I worked in its project space, the SMBA, on many contemporary art exhibitions. For the Stedelijk I curated exhibitions with the artist collective Tromarama (2015) and of the work of the Djaya Brothers (2018) from the museum’s collection of modern art. In 2019, I was the curator of ‘Mindful Circulations’ (2019) at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum and the Mondriaan Fellow at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York.

Contact: kwinking@gmail.com