With the emergence of contemporary art in many regions of the world, globalization has become a well-documented trend. KADIST has worked with many different arts organizations world-wide in the past five years, and during that time the organization has thought carefully about the cultural complexities of working globally.
KADIST’s mission statement affirms the role of artists in addressing key issues of our time. As we know, issues such as climate change, migration, economic precarity have become global concerns that benefit from a trans-local approach, inviting a diversity of experiences and points of views. KADIST programs aim at creating networks of production and dissemination to address concerns like these through the arts, generating vibrant conversations across oceans and borders.
KADIST’s organization mirrors that objective: its two hubs in Paris and San Francisco are immersed in the artistic culture of their own region of Europe and North America. In order to work responsibly amid the nuance and complexity of other local cultures, KADIST has already established new offices in Mexico and China, each led by a local representative and advised by leading curators/art professionals from the region. Their role is to conduct “Kadist Regional Collaborations” (KRC), inviting artists into the collection, initiating new programs and producing online projects and social media. Foremost among these programs are exhibitions with museums in the region—realized through curatorial collaboration, involving artists represented in the Kadist collection, and addressing topics relevant to the region. Kadist’s aim is to continue our history of fruitful collaborations with renowned museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, the Museum of Modern art in Medellin or the Times Museum in Guangzhou, among others.
With the Middle East & Africa KRC still in formation, new regional collaborations will complement KADIST’s ongoing connections to Asia, Latin America, North America, and Europe. This organizational approach ensures a high-degree of relevance for programs and activities within each region, while emphasizing the diversity of perspectives on key issues by involving both local and international artists.