LIFE SHORTS: Lisette Smits

Tuesday 28 June 2016, 9pm
LIFE SPORT, Ergotimou 26, 11643 Athens
Facebook event

"My life is full of gaps"

LIFE SHORTS is a LIFE SPORT format that exercises the desire to look at people's photos. The act of looking at photos together is a way to address the private encounter publicly in the real space.

Lisette Smits will present a selection of photos from her personal and professional life in form of a slide show. The snapshots depict a specific time, stored memories and future thought. Reviewing photos is emotional, revealing and triggering conversation. By talking about our personal experiences we are addressing issues that are not just relevant to one person but valid on a larger scale. In an informal setting at LIFE SPORT we will look through Lisette's photos and make these observations public.

Lisette Smits is a freelance curator, editor and educator based in the Netherlands, currently residing in Berlin. From 1996 until 2005 she was director of Casco, office for Art, Design and Theory. She co-founded Casco Issues and was its editor-in-chief until issue #9. From 2009 until 2013 she was associate curator at Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture, where she curated exhibitions including: Depression (2009), Madame Realism (2011), Specters of the Nineties (2012) and Deep Cuts (2013). She has published texts on curating and the work of a variety of artists and was the editor of the monograph Barbara Visser is er niet (2006), the anthology Wonder Years (2008) and Goofy Audit (2011), a monograph on the work of Chris Evans. She has taught at various educational programs internationally, including Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2007-2015) and has been a tutor of De Appel Curatorial Program (2008-2016). Recently she initiated the new temporary master program Master of Voice. At the moment she is writing the curriculum for this MA, which will launch in October 2016 at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.

LIFE SPORT is a sweatpants shop and an art space based in Athens since 2014. We aim to build a structure for arts funding without ties to institutions, a pursuit for self-sufficiency and independence through the sales of sweatpants.