Falling In: Movement and Becoming in…

Falling In: Movement and Becoming in Curatorial Research - Book launch and seminar

de Appel, Tolstraat 160, Amsterdam

De Appel is thrilled to host a conversation on curatorial research around a new publication Falling In: Movement and Becoming in Curatorial Research, co-edited by one of its alumni Jussi Koitela with Dahlia El Broul and Ksenia Kaverina. The book is published by Frame Contemporary Art Finland with Mousse Magazine & Publishing. The event is organised in collaboration with Frame and The Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.

Falling In: Movement and Becoming in Curatorial Research gathers curators from various geographical locations to open up and discuss their methods, motives, and aims for conducting research in the field of curating. They collectively delve into the depths of their work, encompassing its performative, educational, historical, affective, bodily, activist, and collective aspects.

Published in the context of the Frame Curatorial Research Fellowship, Falling In includes contributions from Ama Josephine Budge, Diana Campbell, Sonia D’Alto, Léuli Eshrāghi, Satu Herrala and Eva Neklyaeva, Initiative for Practices and Visions of Radical Care in collaboration with Anaïs Lepage, Miguel A. López, Nikolay Smirnov, and TOK (Creative Association of Curators, Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits).

The launch takes place on Monday 17 June and starts at 6pm. There is limited capacity, please reserve a place by clicking the button below. The session will be recorded.

Dahlia El Broul

Dahlia El Broul is an artist, educator, and curator from NYC. She holds a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Art History from FIT and earned an MA in Curating, Managing, and Mediating Art from Aalto University. She was a teaching artist for institutions like BAAD!, the 92nd Street Y, MoMA PS1, the Hudson River Museum, and Flux Factory. In 2017, she was part of the educational team for documenta 14. She has developed educational programs and collaborated with organisations such as HIAP, Museum of Impossible Forms, EMMA museum, and teaches at Art School Maa. From 2020–23, she chaired Catalysti ry and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg.

Sonia D'Alto

Sonia D’Alto is a curator, researcher, and writer. She is pursuing a practice-based PhD at the HFBK in Hamburg and has collaborated with art institutions, artistic residencies, and collective formations. Her curatorial practice is grounded in historical and speculative methodologies experimenting with a political imagination of the future, as exemplified by her work, Confabulations and Insurgent Spiritualities (working title), addressing the relationships between superstition and modernity, folktales and power taxonomies through feminist gestures, counter-colonial practices, and subaltern cosmologies (winner of the 11th Edition of the Italian Council). Currently, she is a lecturer in the curatorial studies postgraduate program of KASK in Ghent.

Jussi Koitela

Jussi Koitela currently works as Head of Programme at Frame Contemporary Art Finland, where he has co-curated the Rehearsing Hospitalities public programme with Yvonne Billimore. Selected curatorial work includes; The pleasures we choose, Pavilion of Finland at 60th Venice Biennale, Secured—Politics of Bodies and Space at Vantaa Art Museum Artsi; Performing the Fringe at Konsthall C and Pori Art Museum; City Agents at Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art (EKKM); and Untitled (two takes on crises)—You Must Make Your Death Public at de Appel arts centre. He has edited, among others, Rehearsing Hospitalities Companions 1–4, published by Archive Books. During 2015/2016, Koitela was a participant in the De Appel Curatorial Programme.


TOK (Tvorcheskoe ob'yedineniye kuratorov in Russian, Creative Association of Curators in English) is a curatorial collective founded in 2010 by Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits. Their practice is rooted in historical analysis and political imagination, generating multidimensional projects that explore the causes and consequences of mutating political realities. Often working outside of conventional art spaces, TOK infiltrates social structures, bringing to light their insidious logics and effects, subjecting them to public discourse, in order to revisit the roles and power of social institutions and redraft their potential future. TOK’s investigations encompass local governance, public space, media, educational and legal systems, communities and experiences, the politics of built environments, and imposed hierarchies across different societies and geographies. TOK’s activities involve curating exhibitions, socially-engaged art projects, educational events, and publications

The book and the launch event are supported by Kone Foundation