Masterclass Art Mediation: Yana Klichuk

Witte de With, TENT, and MAMA present a series of professional development workshops for art teachers, art mediators, and other educators working within the field of arts and culture. As part of 100% Contemporary, the collaborative art program for secondary education, these events will focus on sharing knowledge of mediating contemporary art in both the classroom and in exhibition settings. For each session, an (inter)national art-mediation professional, is invited to give a public lecture on a certain topic connected to current debates of art mediation and contemporary art.

During this first session we would like to focus on the intentions and objectives of art mediation. Yana Klichuk, Head of Education and Learning at Manifesta, will share her ideas on art mediation at the intersection of institutional contexts and the role of a mediator in relation to the public and the complex organism of a cultural organization.

The field of mediation is currently receiving increasing attention in international discussions of the exhibition field. In this context, mediation is given an emancipatory potential: it works on interspaces and fields of action in which public spheres are created, performative positioning and unexpected encounters take place. Here, biennials and exhibitions are understood as areas of action in which current debates are held and knowledge forms are negotiated. How do we deal with the inherent contradictions of dealing with the current practice and how is the daily routine of mediation embedded in a complex network of different implicit goals? Can we combine on the one hand transformation processes in institutional tendencies and on the other hand a critical art-mediation discourse with a view to changing society?

Free entrance, reservation required via education [​at​]


  • Yana Klichuk