Son[i]a #136 Ann Demeester
After studying Germanic Literature and Linguistics, Ann Demeester embarked on a career in the art world as an editor and art critic for several newspapers. In 2000, she began working as assistant curator to Jan Hoet, at both Ghent's Museum of Contemporary Art (SMAK) and the Marta Herford Museum in Germany.
From 2003 to 2006, she worked as director of W139, a platform for contemporary art production and exhibition in Amsterdam.In 2009 she curated the Baltic Triennial of International Art in Vilnius together with Kestutis Kuizinas. She is currently director of the De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam, and sits on the editorial boards of the magazines 'A-Prior' and 'FR David'.
Son[i]a took the opportunity of Ann Demeester's recent participation at the Talking Galleries meeting to talk to her about her professional career, her personal experience at De Appel Arts Centre and the impact of the economic recession on cultural institutions.