Meryem Saadi is a cultural activist, journalist and curator from Morocco, currently based in Stockholm. Her works explores the intersections that exist between contemporary art, architecture, social conflicts and political instability. Before relocating to Sweden in 2017 to pursue a Master’s in Art Curating at Stockholm University, she worked at the National Foundation of Moroccan Museums (Fondation Nationale des Musées du Maroc), and collaborated with the Moroccan weekly magazine TelQuel.
Started her doctoral studies in Art History within the interdisciplinary ‘Engaging Vulnerability’ research program at Uppsala University.
All over the world, more and more small and middle-sized art institutions are turning to decolonial, feminist and sustainable practices to initiate inventive and experimental approaches of working with contemporary art. At the same time, many of these art spaces are facing difficult times, in a tense socio-political context where politicians and media alike are increasingly challenging their existence. Their ‘value’ and ‘usefulness’ are questioned and their funding is threatened. My project will investigate what these art institutions have learned from their state of vulnerability. How did they use it, or reach beyond it, to produce experimental artistic and curatorial methodologies and practices? How can this knowledge be formulated in order to be shared with others both within and outside the art world?