Goethe-Institut Announces Joint Fellowship Program at Documenta Archiv

Program is aimed at “breaking open a Western European/North American dominated art historical canon...”

The Goethe-Institut, the Documenta Archiv, and the Kunsthochschule Kassel (University of the Arts Kassel)/University of Kassel have announced a joint fellowship program. The program is aimed specifically at young scientists, researching artists, and curators from “preferably… non-European countries or European countries comparatively underrepresented in the art context.” One fellowship holder per term (six months starting October 2020) will be invited to conduct research in Kassel through the Documenta Archiv, the Documenta Institute under development, the Kunsthochschule Kassel, and the University of Kassel.

Anja Köhne
Documenta Archiv

The Goethe-Institut Fellowship at the Documenta Institute aims to give participants “diverse interdisciplinary and international references to the Documenta exhibitions in art and contemporary history” and the opportunity to gain experiences and knowledge in the fields of art production and their networks. As a component of the program, there will be public events and/or publications presented in Kassel and the program also encourages the implementation of similar activities in the fellows' countries of origin. Overall, a key component of the fellowship program is to encourage the deconstruction of the “Western European/North American dominated art historical canon and to expand it by new perspectives.”

Fellows are provided with a 2,000 Euro per-month stipend. During research, they will have complete access to the inventory of the Documenta Archiv and will have the full support of the staff at the Documenta Archiv and the Documenta Institute in development. Expected qualifications include a knowledge of modern and contemporary art, experience with archival research, and some knowledge of the German language, as most source materials are in German and untranslated. The application deadline for the first cycle is September 7, 2020. The program runs from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2023. According to the program’s website, the corona pandemic may result in some postponements of the dates of the first cycle.

More information about the program can be found at goethe.de.