Mirjami Schuppert is a curator based in Belfast. Having graduated with an MPhil in Cultural History from the University of Turku in 2008, she successfully completed a practice-based PhD in curating in 2016. Her research explored the critical potential of artistic interventions into photographic archives and the curator’s role in this process.
The focus of her curatorial practice is commissioning new context and site-specific works. At the core of the commissions is collaborative production, where the participants help each other, and she sees the role of the curator as an active co-producer rather than a passive administrator. Contemporary curators should be involved in the contemporary art world as critical participants. The potential of curatorial practice lies within the varied role of the curator as a facilitator, mediator, but also initiator. In her practice, Schuppert has developed a dialogical curatorial model and focused on the working relationship between the curator and artists. Schuppert is interested in time and its cyclicality; how the past, present, and future coexists in and through the works of art. In this note, she considers critical curatorial practice as an open, slowly evolving process that is willing to experiment and develop initiatives with unforeseen outcomes.
Schuppert has curated internationally, including exhibitions ‘World’s End’ (OKK|Raum29, Berlin, 2013), ‘Glimpses of the Unattainable’ (Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, 2014), ‘How to Show?’ exhibition and residency project (Berlin, 2014), Archive Play (Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, 2014), ‘Anticipated fictions; monumental configurations’ (PS², Belfast, 2017), ‘Of Objects and me’ (PS², 2017). She has co-edited as well as contributed to art publications. She is a member of Ulster Research Salon, and co-founder of EGFK, European Society for Art and Research.