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Vasif Kortun

The Trade Halls of Glasgow, 85 Glassford St, Merchant City, Glasgow G1 1UH

20 March 2008

‘Detours’ is a series of talks introducing views from elsewhere by leaders in the visual arts. Speakers discuss the relationship between practice and context: how institutions and professional practice develop in response to specific situations, both geographic and cultural.

As part of the 'Detours' series Vasif Kortun is director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center in Istanbul. He co-curated the 9th Istanbul Biennial and will curate this year’s Taipei Biennial. Between 1994 and 1997, he was Director of the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and was the recipient of its 9th annual Award for Curatorial Excellence (2006).

The Trades Hall of Glasgow was designed by Robert Adam in 1791 — 94. The medieval cathedral aside, it is the building is the oldest in Glasgow still in regular use for its original purpose.

'Detours' is a collaboration with The Glasgow School of Art.