How to Curate: a Guide by Fatos Ustek

I-D Magazine, How to Curate: a Guide by Fatos Ustek, interview, 2017

Fatos Ustek is one of the art world’s most exciting curators and art writers. Originally from Turkey, but having been based in London for the past ten years, Fatos has been at the helm of two of the most significant exhibitions the capital has seen in recent years.

Having curated Outset’s Fig 2, a series of 50  week-long residencies at London’s ICA in 2015,Fatos Ustek uncovered the front line of London’s art scene week by week. This year, she’s in charge of Art Night. “We’re taking over the city for one night, from 6pm to 5am” she explains, “not only to activate the streets but also the minds”. Ten artists, one club night and an associate program. “We are going to activate 13 different locations from secret places to historic sites or unknown places or take people to intriguing locations and all of them to encounter art.” Fatos’ speciality is to open up a city, and allow it’s creativity to take over.

We spoke to Fatos about her six tips for curating a show so boss, it can capture the imagination of an entire city.

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