Rado Ištok (Slovakia/Sweden) is an independent curator, writer and editor. His research, materialised in form of exhibitions, programs and writing, interrogates space and history as contested sites of struggle as well as emancipation, desire and belonging. By repositioning the marginal(ised) to the centre of attention, his work aims to provide a reparative gesture and resistance to the dominant narratives.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, Rado Ištok will research the ways in which non-Western collections in Slovakia testify to the country’s historical involvement in global colonial practices and discourses, and how these collections can become a resource for contemporary artists today.

Rado Ištok is the curator of the European Cooperation Project 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and the project leader of Spaces of Care, Disobedience and Desire, a discursive research platform in collaboration with Marie-Louise Richards and Natália Rebelo. Recent exhibitions include: The Spectral Forest (2020) at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania; Black Atlas (2019) at the Július Koller Society in Bratislava, Slovakia; and Liquid Horizons (2019) at tranzit.sk in Bratislava, Slovakia. Editorial work includes Crating the World (with Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Athénée Press, 2019); and e-publications Dwelling on the Threshold (Nida Art Colony, 2020) and Decolonising Archives (L’Internationale Online, 2016). In 2020 he was awarded research scholarships from the Helge Ax:son Johnson’s Foundation and the Slovak Arts Council.

With support from

Arts and Theatre Institute, Czech Centre London, and Kunsthalle Praha


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