Eszter Szakács

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Eszter Szakács is a curator, researcher, and PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam, where she is taking part in the project IMAGINART—Imagining Institutions Otherwise: Art, Politics, and State Transformation. Her research, writing, and practice engage with grassroots art organizing outside state infrastructures. Eszter is on the curatorial team of the grassroots art initiative OFF-Biennale Budapest, with which she was a lumbung member at documenta fifteen in 2022. She was a team member of the self-organised East Europe Biennial Alliance—co-founded by OFF-Biennale Budapest—that collectively curated the Kyiv Biennial in 2021. Between 2011 and 2020, she worked as curator and editor at in Budapest. Together with Naeem Mohaiemen, Eszter co-edited the anthology Solidarity Must Be Defended (, 2023). She recently curated the exhibition Dóra Maurer–SUMUS–We Are Together at de Appel in Amsterdam, also as part of IMAGINART’s valorisation programme. (2024)