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KADIST San Francisco: Two Collection Fellowships, Americas and Asia

For KADIST, art is a driving force for social transformation. KADIST’s programs often highlight a key issue of today through presenting the voices of artists who respond to the urgent social and political forces of our time. With permanent exhibition spaces in Paris and San Francisco, and offices in Guangzhou and Mexico City, KADIST produces exhibitions and programs across five continents, through curatorial collaborations, in order to responsibly address the complexity of local cultures. KADIST’s spaces in Paris and San Francisco present exhibitions and events, organize residencies and educational programs, and produce projects online and on social media. KADIST’s collection of 1600 contemporary artworks serves as a starting point and resource for these programs. KADIST is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. It is operated in France by an endowment fund and by a 501c3 in the United States.

Fellowships overview
KADIST San Francisco offers two six-month collection fellowships to recent or 2022 graduates of art history, museum studies, critical writing, or a related field from college or university programs (BA or MA). One of the fellowships is co-organized with the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts, San Francisco (CCA), and will be offered to a candidate from the program. Remote positions with bi-monthly online meetings are negotiable.

KADIST’s fellowships provide a stipend and an opportunity to develop professional skills in collection research and management. Working closely with the organization’s staff, the fellows become vital team members in a broad international network and participate in the development of KADIST’s art collection and online art library. During the first three months of their fellowship, each fellow will research and generate original pieces of writing about photographs and video artworks by selected collection artists living and working in the Americas (first fellowship) or Asia (second fellowship). During the last three months, they will facilitate the collection’s development and management (e.g. preparing materials for the committee’s review, updating inventory, maintaining editorial content, etc.). Fellow-created collection content—images and written descriptions of artworks and artists’ practices, among other materials—will serve as a resource for curators, team members, and advisors in supporting new additions to the online library, creating exhibitions, and more. Selected fellows’ texts will be published on the KADIST website.

– Produce original content about the practices and artworks of 6-8 selected artists to be shared with KADIST staff in San Francisco and Paris
– Nominate videos or photographs from the selected artists for the KADIST’s art library
– Participate in the organization-wide review process of artworks nominated for its video library
– Help facilitate the management of the collection inventory and logistics
– Lead and oversee production of 3-5 short video content with collection artists for social media

The ideal candidates for KADIST Fellows are highly motivated, extremely organized, personable, and detail-oriented and envision themselves to be part of an international contemporary art nonprofit. They possess the following qualities:
– Knowledge of contemporary artists’ practices, artworks, ideas, and art scenes in either the Americas or Asia
– Fluency in writing concise descriptions of artworks and artist biographies
– Willingness to engage in research practices, spontaneous discussion, and considered argument
– Attention to detail with rigorous administrative and multi-tasking skills
– Ability to work autonomously while being proactive, communicative, and open to feedback
– Fluency in both spoken and written English is mandatory

Position Details
Each fellowship requires a six-month commitment, an average of eight hours a week. Each fellow will receive a stipend of USD 5,000 for the duration of the fellowship. Remote positions with periodic online meetings are negotiable. The fellowship period will begin the week of February 7 or 14, 2022.

One fellowship will focus on researching artists working and living in the Americas while the other will focus on artists working and living in Asia.

For immediate consideration, please send a resume, a short letter of interest (up to 400 words), and 3 writing samples by January 9, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT to jobs@kadist.org. Please indicate “Americas Fellowship” or “Asia Fellowship” in the subject line depending on the fellowship you wish to apply for. A shortlist of finalists will be invited for interviews.

Equal Opportunity
KADIST is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are strongly encouraged to apply.

We believe contemporary artists make an important contribution to a progressive society, their work often addressing key issues of our time. KADIST, a non-profit organization dedicated to exhibiting the work of artists represented in its collection, encourages this engagement and affirms contemporary art’s relevance within social discourse. KADIST’s local hubs in Paris and San Francisco present exhibitions and events, and organize residencies and educational initiatives, as well as producing projects online and via social media. Concurrently, KADIST is actively establishing networks across five areas—North America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia and Latin America—inviting new artists into the collection and initiating collaborative programs, especially exhibitions with museums of each region. Together, they aim at facilitating new connections across cultures and creating vibrant conversations about contemporary art and ideas.

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