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Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

Pilar Seivane


Evolving from Chisenhale Gallery’s brief, and our initial proposal to broaden notions of motherhood, our project delves into the dynamics of unconventional kinship in contemporary society. Titled Un/tied, our project strives to communicate the multitude of forms of kinship that extend beyond traditional biological frameworks. In Un/tied, we aim to reflect upon and recognise interweaving and diverse forms of kinship that are not necessarily limited to hereditary ties. Our approach involves a collective search for new possibilities and emergent structures.

Designed as an intimate reading room, complete with a curated library, the display is crafted to foster dialogue and interrogate how contemporary kinship is imagined, created and sustained. The library showcases relevant works that analyse concepts of kinship and study its manifestation in material, human and non-human, and temporal contexts. These texts are presented alongside portraits and films, which consider alternative and queer forms of kinship. Sculptures by artist Clementine Edwards invite viewers to think about material kinship beyond the nuclear family.

Our programmed live element focuses specifically on kinship within the trans community. Featuring artist Donna Marcus Duke with collaborators Biogal, Amani and Jetsün Shenkyong-ma, the event incorporates elements of lecturing and cabaret. Radical, political, and spiritual expressions of trans kinship are explored through a series of readings and performances. The event aims to nurture a sense of community while simultaneously challenging established norms and navigating societal challenges and prejudices.

Image credits: Me and My Dad Will Build a Whole Kingdom of Stuff I Find on This Playground by Tomorrow Morning (Details) Clementine Edwards (2023). Photo: Simon Vogel

Pilar Seivane profile

Pilar Seivane is an Argentinian curator based in London. Her curatorial research and practice focuses on exploring new approaches to working collaboratively, and building and sustaining community infrastructure. 

Recognising the space of the curatorial as a critical and collaborative platform from which to think contemporaneity, her work aims to sustain processes and practices that are not only connected to the world in which it operates, but also actively responds to and intervenes in it. 

Throughout her time at RCA, her academic research explored the emergence of supportive structures and networks for diasporic communities within the contemporary art world. It examined the significance and potential of these open, and sometimes precarious structures, as modes of organisation, whilst also testing dynamics, fostering collaborative working, and exploring new curatorial approaches. The research aims to deepen the understanding of the intersections between care, community, solidarity, art, activism, and the political agency of minority groups. It highlights the importance of collective action and how these spaces could potentially serve as catalysts for reimagining and reconfiguring power structures and modes of operation within the art world.

In 2023, she co-founded LATAMesa, a pioneering curatorial platform that connects Latin American artists and art professionals working in the UK. This initiative reinforces her commitment to fostering dialogue and collaboration across borders.

Throughout her career, she has established strong relationships with artists and has worked extensively in various art institutions, both in Buenos and London.

Prior to her time at the Royal College of Art, Pilar studied Design History at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, and Art History and Cultural Management at the University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires.