Situated Knowledge and Curating in the City

Glean 2, Winter 2023

Interview by Phillip Van den Bossche

In Conversation with Silvia Franceschini

CIVA, the multifaceted museum, archive and library for architecture and urban planning in Brussels, has established itself as one of the most forward-thinking voices in the field — a reputation it recently cemented with the groundbreaking exhibition ‘Style Congo’, which drew links between Art Nouveau and Belgian imperialism. But the institution continues to evolve. Phillip Van den Bossche and CIVA curator Silvia Franceschini discuss its vision and future.

Silvia Franceschini is a curator, researcher and writer. She is currently curator at CIVA in Brussels, after having held the same position at Z33 in Hasselt between 2018 and 2021. In 2025, CIVA, the ‘Centre for Information, Documentation and Exhibitions on the city, architecture, landscape and urban planning in the Brussels-Capital Region’, will move to KANAL-Centre Pompidou. I spoke to Franceschini about her research and curatorial practice ahead of the relocation.

During our conversation, (…)

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