This platform encompasses my creative and professional activities. Diversity, critical thinking and integrity lies at the core of my work.
Curating Difference is an ongoing project. It is intended as a professional portfolio and an outlet for various writings on art history, anthropology, philosophy and sociopolitical issues. Of particular interest is the examination of the utility of art/creative processes in the development of technological, social and political advancements.
The background of ‘Curating Difference’
‘Curating Difference’ arose in the first instance from a Master’s dissertation on the exhibition of Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) Art. As I tackled the ins and outs of contemporary curatorial approaches in exhibiting art that does not necessarily fit established practices, I became consumed with the idea of exploring alternative modes of address. So called ‘non-Western’ art has been underrepresented and the methods of its display remains fraught and contested in the face of a lack of art historical inclusion. This echoes the relative exclusion of female artists, Indigenous or First Nation peoples, African art, Asian art and so on from the canon of Western art history and in the making of modernity. In a sociopolitical atmosphere where we increasingly lean towards permanent states of incommensurability, it is important to stay aware of how we perceive and articulate the ‘differences’ we see in each other.
Art in its various expressions – as distilled fragments of the human experience – are encased in frameworks, interpreted widely, reduced and expanded, critiqued and praised. This is a personal account of my experience with art – what I relate to it and my encounters with it.
It is my hope that this site will provide you with new perspectives and provide a platform for new art from sources that would otherwise not be as available to you.
Revel in difference.
My name is Sarah Benedicte Florander (originally Savetri Florander) and I was born somewhere in Thailand (yes thats right, I still don’t know precisely where but that’s a whole ‘nother story). I grew up in Scandinavia – predominantly in the (sleepy) fjords of Norway. I’ve had 25 glorious and eventful laps around the sun, and have devoted much of my life thinking about art, philosophy and how best to greet a room full of in-laws (haven’t got that one quite right yet). I am in the throws of graduating from my MA in Contemporary and World Art and currently work as a communications and production professional at NEU NOW in Amsterdam.