CONVERSATION | Zdenka Badovinac: My Post-Catastrophic Glossary
29 June 2020 | 19:00

Zdenka Badovinac

My Post-Catastrophic Glossary
A conversation with Carlos Kong and Yin Ho

Monday, 29 June 2020, 9 p.m. (CET)
Online Screening
Free and open to the public


An experimental essay and collaboration with the artist Nika von Ham, published as the last chapter of Zdenka Badovinac’s Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe, “My Post-Catastrophic Glossary” is written as a semi-fictional glossary. It imagines the future of museums after their full destruction from a fictional catastrophe, through the following concepts: Destruction; War Time; The Self-Reflection of the Museum; The Authentic Interest of the Museum; Historicization; Self-Historicization; Contemporary Art; The Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Contemporary Art and Its Time; Narrators; The Sustainable Museum; Institutional Building; and Comradeship.


Zdenka Badovinac revisits this essay in conversation with writers and art historians Carlos Kong and Yin Ho, who were core participants of the Comradeship Reading Group, a year-long program to discuss and looking closely at Badovinac’s publication, . The three talk about the genesis and format of the glossary, how the concepts of catastrophe influenced Badovinac’s work as a museum director, the future of museums, and importantly, how to become true comrades.


Zdenka Badovinac’s Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist is available here. A free PDF of My Post-Catastrophic Glossary is available here.


Zdenka Badovinac: My Post-Catastrophic Glossary from Independent Curators INTL on Vimeo.



This program is organised by Independent Curators International.


Co-presented with Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.