Resisting the Power of Curators and the Professional Art Class

  • Dafne del Carmen Moreno
Keywords: infantilization, audience, curators, professionals, value of art


A student essay for the Special Student Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology accompanying the art exhibition 'Artist's Waste, Wasted Artists', which opened in Vienna on the 19th of September 2017 and was curated by the students of social anthropology at the University of Vienna. This essay focuses critically on the role of curators and 'art explainors' in determining what is art and what is worthy of our attention and argues that we should resist this infantilization of the audiences by the professional art class.