Judith Lavagna is an independent curator and art educator working in the fields of visual arts, performing arts and theater. Her work aims to create and to reimagine processual formats of project-making towards collaborative and educational forms of research.
Since 2018 she is part of commonplace berlin, a fluid community of artists, thinkers and makers working in various fields of creative, material and critical practice, trying to create an environment to nurture art and ideas engaged with society, philosophy and lived experience grounded in de-colonial approaches, knowledge exchanges and active un-learning across disciplines.
As a cultural educator she also works in kindergarten and elementary schools where she coordinates artistic and pedagogical programs, and recently obtained a certificate in Cultural Education from the Berlin University of Applied Sciences (ASH Berlin).
Judith Lavagna holds a MA in Curating Contemporary Art (Paris-Sorbonne) and in Fine Arts (École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne, Rennes), France, and currently lives in Berlin.
With you we took action.
We were one raging brainstorm.
We were an assembled anxiety.
We felt the pressure of deadlines.
With you we were a collective of individuals heard.
We sat in circles, mounting late night campaigns for difficult situations.
We were a cross-legged contingent debating possible scenarios.
We felt the strain of speculative structures.
With you we were zone therapists.
We demarcated, divided, gathered and dispersed.
We sough a common thread. We forged links and acknowledged difference.
We sought an aesthetic of intention.
We were asked to explain ourselves.
With you we were exhibited behaviours.
We were queue management systems. We were reserved seating.
We were exchanged cucumbers. We were roaming lecterns.
We were empathy exercises. We were souvenir stalls. We were fridge magnets.
We were Friedrich the Second. We were mixed messages.
We were a nervous system.
Text from artist Beth Dillon, AFFECT Agora’s Program for Collaborative Artistic Practices, Berlin, 2014.