Judith Lavagna

Judith Lavagna (*1980, Paris, France) is an independent curator currently living and working in Berlin. She holds a MA in Curating Contemporary Art (Paris IV-Sorbonne, 2007) and in Fine Arts (École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, Rennes, 2006).
Lavagna’s practice aims to create processual formats of exhibition-making towards collaborative and educative forms of research. She curated several residency projects such as AFFECT (Agora’s Programme for Collaborative Artistic Practices, Berlin, 2014-16), exhibitions (‘Schwulitäten’, solo show of Tomás Espinosa, Berlin University of the Arts, 2015 ; ‘new atlantis’, co-curated with Elisa R. Linn and Lennart Wolff, km temporaer, Berlin 2013) and workshops focusing on creative contexts where the relationship artist-curator is challenged through active forms of dialogues. Another area of her research within the field of performance art focuses on re-enactments of existing artworks and how to display time based practices in a durational context.

PROJECT PROPOSAL: Bauhaus Revisited
Interested in the historical legacy of the Bauhaus modernism, I started researching on the educational experiments that took place in the cities of Weimar, Dessau, Berlin and Bernau between 1919 and 1933. I was attracted by the utopian conception of the ‘new artist’ and its programmatic vision, as well as the idea of ‘designing life processes’ through the practice of art, craft, architecture and technology embedded in an emancipatory space: a building ‘of the Future’ that was both conceived as a spatial function and a social process for the production and the circulation of means and people.

During the workshop and the living experience at the Bauhaus School of Bernau, I focused on the idea of rethinking this architecture and its site as a performative stage and as a body, and extend this research by taking its historical context as an intuitive material and as a narrative that is affecting our human being. I also tried to sense the reality of this environment and to reconstruct the history of a place that has been forgotten and set aside since 1933.