Traditionally a curator was defined as one who would ‘take care’ of a collection, in the same way that a priest would be the curator who would take care of his flock. The root of the word is the Latin ‘cura’, meaning ‘care’.
The word ‘art curator’ has undergone various iterations in its lifetime. In its earliest form, exhibition makers worked tirelessly researching various artefact and object displays for museums and private collections.
In the contemporary moment the patterns of consumption have subverted the concept of curator into a provocative manager of big exhibitions, such as the Biennale giving these big guns a measure of greater autonomy. However, a less egotistical version within a broader specialization still sees the curator as an alchemist; passionate about art and its role as cultural markers in society.
The art curator is in essence, a connoisseur of objects and images who helps create an appropriate environment for the context of art. The curator manages, organizes, facilitates and is the bridge between the collection and the audience. In this sense the curator is able to intervene spatially where attitudes become form.