Niels Van Tomme
Aesthetic Justice: Always Yet-To-Come
Canadian Centre for Architecture

As part of the Future Summit

Setting forth the proposition of “aesthetic justice,” this talk discusses the ways in which works of art can confront, and potentially redirect, social and political imaginaries. Considering the liberating potential of specific aesthetic frameworks, it explores modes in which these formal characteristics can shape the loaded concept of justice, and perhaps even transform it. It nevertheless also claims that such transformation will always be inevitably projected into the future.


Niels Van Tomme (BE, 1977) is a New York-based curator, researcher, and critic working on the intersections of contemporary culture, politics, and aesthetics. Currently associated with the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC in Baltimore, he is the appointed curator of the 7th Bucharest Biennale, set for May 26th – July 17th, 2016. His exhibitions and public programs have been presented at venues such as The Kitchen (New York), Värmlands Museum (Karlstad), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), Gallery 400 (Chicago), and Akademie der Künste (Berlin). A Contributing Editor of ART PAPERS, he publishes internationally in journals, magazines and exhibition catalogues. His curatorial endeavours have received grants and awards from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Lambent Foundation, and The Nathan Cummings Foundation, as well as critical press in publications such as Afterall, Artforum, Art in America, Afterimage, and The Wall Street Journal.

His latest book, Aesthetic Justice, Intersecting Artistic and Moral Perspectives, co-edited with Pascal Gielen, is forthcoming as part of the Antennae Series, Arts in Society by Valiz, Amsterdam.

22.11.2014 Summit
Canadian Centre for Architecture

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