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 (Ã‰cole EuropÃ©enne SupÃ©rieure dâ€™Art de Bretagne, Rennes, 2006).
Lavagna’s practice aims toÂ createÂ processual formats of exhibition-making towards collaborative andÂ educative forms ofÂ research. She curated several residency projects such as AFFECT (Agoraâ€™s Programme for Collaborative Artistic Practices, Berlin, 2014-16), exhibitions (‘SchwulitÃ¤ten’, solo show of TomÃ¡s 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 ofÂ 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 practicesÂ 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 â€˜new artistâ€™ and its programmatic vision, as well as the idea of â€˜designing life processesâ€™ through the practice of art, craft, architecture and technology embedded in an emancipatory space: a building â€˜of the Futureâ€™ 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 narrativeÂ that is affecting ourÂ 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.