AFAD Masterclass: Lecture and workshop by curator Borbála Soós

As part of the Masterclass project, the AFAD will host curator and organizer in the field of artistic and ecological research Borbála Soós. We invite the public to her lecture on Art, Ecology and Climate Justice and our students to a workshop next week.

* lecture * workshop * Borbála Soós *

Public lecture: Art, Ecology and Climate Justice


  • Monday, 27 November, 6:30 - 7.30pm


  • Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Hviezdoslalovo nám. 18, Bratislava, room n° 135

*This lecture will be held in English.


During the lecture, curator Borbála Soós will introduce some of her international and Slovak projects around the topic of art, ecology and climate justice. She will talk about the legacies of colonialism and global circulation of goods, and how they also affect Eastern Europe. The lecture will question how nature has been weaponized in the service of political and capitalist agendas. Topics such as border ecologies, offsetting carbon pollution, mining for ingredients of artificial fertilisers, or legislations about how seeds can or cannot be used/traded/transported freely will provide case studies. Borbála will unfold these topics through a series of artworks and exhibitions from her practice and introduce different artistic and curatorial strategies to deal with such issues.

Towards the end, we will open to questions and informal discussion with the students.



Workshop: What would ethical institutions / artistic practices look like?


  • Tuesday, 28 November, 10:30 - 12.30 a. m.

Only AFAD students can participate on the workshop. Max. capacity 20 pers.

  • The workshop will be in room D 175, you need to register with Mgr. art. Dávid Koronczi at

*This workshop will be held in English.


During the workshop we will collect the questions and concerns that seem most pressing for the students in terms of how to make ethical work, and how to imagine ethical institutions. What considerations would you want art institutions to have?  How is your ideal art institution funded? Who works there? Does it have a physical space, if so where? Who can access the institution and how?  What topics are discussed there?…. How about your own practice: do these considerations translate to your own ways of working and collaborating with others? We will aim to collect a series of questions as a toolkit that can help us think through what our ideal cutting edge institutions and practices look like.

The event takes place as part of the "VŠVU Masterclass" program, the aim of which is to bring top foreign experts to the school.

The program was supported by the Tatra banka Foundation.

Borbála Soós

Borbala Soos: Malta Blitz; curatorial Residency
Borbala Soos: Malta Blitz; curatorial Residency.
Borbala-Soos: Ingela Ihrman: The Giant Hogweed; Karlin studios; Prague
Borbala-Soos: Ingela Ihrman: The Giant Hogweed; Karlin studios; Prague.
Borbala Soos: Botanical Garden Bratislava / Kunsthalle Bratislava
Borbala Soos: Botanical Garden Bratislava / Kunsthalle Bratislava.
Borbala Soos: Oto Hudec; tranzit Bratislava
Borbala Soos: Oto Hudec; tranzit Bratislava.

Borbála Soós (1984, Budapest) is a London-based curator and an active advocate, participant and organiser of artistic and ecological research. Borbála’s practice responds to, disrupts and enriches environmental thinking and related social, political and decolonial urgencies. She is currently Curator at Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London. 2022–23 she was Artist Caretaker at Eastside Projects, Birmingham. 2012–19 she ran Tenderpixel, a small contemporary art gallery in Central London.

As an independent curator she organised projects in collaboration withKarlin Studios/FUTURA, Prague; OFF-Biennale, Budapest; Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest; a major European Capital of Culture project and exhibition in collaboration with House of Arts Veszprém, Hungary; the ICA, London; Camden Arts Centre, London; Wysing Arts Centre, UK; CCA Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland; Šopa Gallery, Košice; Kunsthalle Bratislava & Comenius University Botanical Gardens; tranzit, Bratislava...

She has been a visiting lecturer at the Vilnius Art Academy, Lithuania; Goldsmiths College, London; the Royal College of Art, London; Central Saint Martins, London and Edinburgh College of Art, among others…

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