Maria Hlavajova, artistic director of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst (Utrecht) explores the potential of the art institution to serve as a public site for criticality and dialogue using the example of BAK, which she founded in 2003.
She is also initiator and artistic director of the project Former West (2008-2013), a research, education, publication, and exhibition undertaking, realized through an international collaborative effort involving a dense network of researchers and art institutions. In 2008 Hlavajova co-curated Once is Nothing (with Charles Esche), the joint contribution of BAK and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven to the Brussels Biennale 1. She curated the three-part project Citizens and Subjects, the Dutch contribution to the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. She also regularly edits and contributes to numerous critical readers and catalogs internationally.
Negotiating Social and Political Urgencies in the Field of Artistic Practice: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst as a Case Study
as author at SCCA - Center for Contemporary Arts, Ljubljana,