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Hannah Zafiropoulos

MA work

Itinerant Assembly

What does it mean to inhabit the temporary?

Where do we find the local, when we are constantly on-the-move?

Who forms our community, when we exist inside a global network?

And what does it mean to be an artist in today's digitalised and nomadic world?

These questions formed the starting point for Itinerant Assembly, a six-month programme of events at Gasworks, London. Itinerant Assembly was informed by the understanding that as precarity escalates in the global city, ways of living, modes of working and networks of people have become hyper-mobile. The project took as its starting point Gasworks' international artist-residency programme and its location in Vauxhall, a rapidly developing area of London, as the context for a process of collaborative practice-based research with artists and participants. This process came together in a series of Assemblies, momentarily bringing together diverse practitioners and publics in real and virtual space to reflect on our contemporary nomadic condition and to question the productive potential of the temporary. 

Artists/Participants: Adriana Minoliti, Cocoy Lumbao, Catarina de Oliveira, Seth Pimlott, Ben Rosenthal, (play)ground-less, Emma Haugh, They Are Here, Jane Frances Dunlop, Mira Loew, Luli Perez, Alice Bucknell, Anne de Boer, Ben Vickers, Bo Zheng, Eloise Bonneviot, Lina Hermsdorf, Nora Khan, Salvatore Iaconesi, Shumi Bose, Tom Finn, Kristoffer Halse Solling


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2017

  • My interest in curating lies in expanding notions of what may constitute 'performative curating' through practice-based research in the field of the curatorial. Stemming from a commitment to emancipatory political discourses, my work seeks to develop new methodologies of curatorial practice that move beyond representation to embody what Chantal Mouffe calls 'the political'.

    My MA dissertation Curator as Procedural Author: Participation and Performativity in 'the curatorial' sought to establish Procedural Authorship, a term derived from video game and simulation theory, as a methodology of curatorial practice through which the curator may author a context, or frame, that enables open-ended participation in the production of new knowledge. This concept forms the basis of my ongoing research through various independent projects and writing.

    My interest in working with artists lies primarily in supporting the production of new work that exists within the frame of long-term collaborative research, often responding to and engaging with alternative sites of presentation. The graduate project Itinerant Assembly I co-curated in collaboration with Gasworks, London, sought to challenge static exhibitionary formats through the development of a long-term programme of collaborative research which came together in a series of 'assemblies' over a six month period. Responding to the context of the organisation in a rapidly developing area of London and its acclaimed international artist-in-residence programme, the project sought to embody contemporary nomadism in the global city, questioning the productive potential of the temporary through meetings of people in real and virtual space.

  • Degrees

  • BA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2014
  • Experience

  • Curator - Director of exhibitions - Director, Howard Griffin Gallery, London, 2013-17, Project Assistant, The Moving Museum, London, 2012, Modern & Contemporary Assistant, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2012-14, Curator, Street Art London, 2012–13