SPAH Seminar Series: Week 17, HAWAPI by Susie Quillinan and Maxim Holland

A seminar by Susie Quillinan and Maxim Holland, Directors of HAWAPI

  • Thu 28 Jan 21

    15:00 - 17:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Susie Quillinan and Maxim Holland

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    SPAH Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Philosophy and Art History, School of

  • Contact details

    Hannah Whiting, School Manager

As part of the SPAH Seminar Series, Susie Quillinan and Maxim Holland will discuss the history of HAWAPI’s exhibitions over the projects’ eight editions with relation to its mission and mutating ideas.

In this lecture, HAWAPI’s directors Maxim Holland and Susie Quillinan will discuss the history of HAWAPI’s exhibitions over the projects’ eight editions with relation to its mission and mutating ideas. Drawing on the varied exhibition experiences, the lecture will explore distinct methodologies, what worked and what didn’t, and how HAWAPI is currently thinking about the future of exhibitions and exhibition making in the context of the project.

An abstract from the HAWAPI exhibition histories and futures:

HAWAPI is an independent cultural association that takes interdisciplinary artists to specific locations to conduct research and produce interventions in public space. These encuentros take place in sites that are impacted by, and representative of, particular social, political, economic and environmental tensions. Providing artists the opportunity to work in these contexts, compels them to grapple with the complexities of the place, in order to better understand critical regional issues. After the encuentro, HAWAPI creates opportunities for the artists to share their insights with the established contemporary art community in the form of public exhibitions, events, publications and conversations.


Maxim Holland is an independent film producer who founded HAWAPI in 2012 and has been the director of the project for eight years. During that time, Maxim has developed HAWAPI with the intention of creating opportunities for Peruvian and international artists to engage with, analyze and confront different realities with the intention of deepening public conversations not only about contemporary art but also topics that affect the general population.

Susie Quillinan has supported HAWAPI's development since its inception in matters of research, production, curatorial advice and editing of publications. Susie has also held the position of Program Manager of the Master of Creative Practices program for Transart Institute (NY and Berlin) and was the co-curator of the Transart Triennale 2016 with the participation of more than 130 artists and curators from 32 countries around the world. Susie has developed curatorial programming, editorial projects and study programmes in various locales including Lima, New York, Berlin, Melbourne, Bogotá and Mexico City, and is currently a PhD candidate in curatorial practices with MADA, Monash University (Melbourne, Australia).

To join this seminar, please email hannah.whiting@essex.ac.uk. 

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