Andrea Thal has been appointed as the new curator of the Sommerakademie Paul Klee (SPK) for the two-year term 2023/24.
Andrea Thal brings substantial curatorial, teaching, and publishing expertise to the SPK, combining an international viewpoint with a local context.
Her work on social and political themes is typically embedded in a collaborative method. She operated Les Complices, a self-organized place in Zurich, from 2007 to 2014. Chewing the Scenery, part of Switzerland’s participation in the 45th Venice Biennale, was curated by her in 2011. Since its inception in 2015, she has been an active member of Another Roadmap Africa Cluster (ARAC). Andrea Thal has been the artistic director of Cairo’s Contemporary Image Collective since 2014.
Up to eight residents are invited to participate in the SPK program, which will be coordinated by artist Andrea Thal and will begin on August 12, 2023, in Bern, Switzerland. During 2023 and 2024, the SPK will include public lectures, closed-door seminars, and access to cutting-edge infrastructure and technical support at the Bern Academy of the Arts (HKB), as well as teaching possibilities in the form of workshops at the HKB.
The call for applications will be published on the SPK’s website early 2023.
About the Paul Klee Sommerakademie
There were few instances of summer getaways provided by the erstwhile “Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee” in the 2000s. The new Sommerakademie Paul Klee (SPK), which reopened in 2017, expands on this pioneering idea by offering a more nuanced blend of theory and practice, discourse and production. The SPK blends collaborative inquiry with the benefits of production-oriented residencies, thanks to its unusual timeframe and remarkable infrastructure. The SPK is a fully financed program that includes accommodation, travel, and visa costs. This is done in collaboration with international art institutes.