CUCO - curatorial concepts berlin e.V. was founded in Berlin in 2016 by art historians Hanna Dölle, Katherina Perlongo and Annika Turkowski. The curatorial collective acts as a non-profit association and works at the interface of contemporary art, research and education. It realizes exhibitions focusing on contemporary photography and video art.
The emphasis of the work is on the relationship between people and their natural and built environment. Current social issues are reflected from an artistic perspective. The exhibitions serve as tools to visually present socially and aesthetically relevant debates, and to make their content accessible to various population groups.
Close cooperation with emerging and established artists is of particular importance, as is the collaboration with different institutions. CUCO berlin sees its work as a process of mutual learning and the interdisciplinary exchange of experience and knowledge.
CUCO - curatorial concepts berlin stands for an alternative form of exhibition making. A kind of ‘slow curating’ that enables us to think of exhibitions independently of predefined spaces and institutions, but rather with regard to current topics, pressing issues and especially, in close cooperation with young as well as established artists, with whom we would like to collaborate.
Without fixed parameters, such as an exhibition space and an annual exhibition schedule, which often cause curators to have to think about the next project while still in the middle of preparing one, we have the possibility to oversee projects over a longer period. That way we can adapt them to changing circumstances over time and further develop them together with artists and institutions. While the design and selection of artists for the exhibitions Longing for Landscape (2016/17) and Routinised Absurdity (2018/19) were strongly concept-based, in the future we aim to work more intensively and over a longer period of time with individual artists.
We are always happy to receive news about a possible cooperation. Currently, we are interested in the connections and relations between photography and architecture.