POWER EKROTH, artistic director

Power Ekroth will serve as a mentor and and act as a common thread that keeps the parts of Entrepreneurship in the Arts connected. Ekroth lives in Berlin and has been working internationally as an independent curator, critic and editor since 2000, when she completed her studies at Konstfack University of Arts Crafts and Design, and the University of Stockholm.


Through her work on exhibitions and the production of texts in many places such as Cairo, Istanbul, Capri, Seoul, Singapore, Moscow, St, Petersburg, Miami and Dakar she has a good insight into what constitutes “local” and “international”. In Ekroth’s view, things that are seen as odd and particular can happen in the periphery, and then suddenly become part of the very center of the art world, and vice versa.


As a critic, Ekroth has worked for many international publications such as Artforum, Frieze, Art Review, Flash Art, et cetera. She has taught at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Konstfack, The Royal Institute of Art,  




Gerleborgs art school, Valand Academy, the, Academy of Photography and Film, Öland art school, Kunsthøyskolen in Olso and Kunsthøyskolen in Bergen.


“The art world can be a quite frightening place where “soft values” are sharply contrasted with “hard values”: How can an idealistic artist navigate in a world steeped in competition and hierarchies and simultaneously produce art and pay their rent, and develop their career on top of that? How do you meet the right people who are able to appreciate your art? 


My contribution as workshop leader is partly to make the participants feel that the distance between them and the rest of the established, international art scene is shorter than they think, and that they are being seen. I also want to give the participants an overview of what the hierarchies look like in the various art worlds. Here we find issues like the local context versus the global, commercial art versus art that values concepts over objects, this is where generational issues and gender issues belong, as well as the problems associated with many other






"How do you meet the right people who are able to appreciate your art?"


 groupings and identities. The distance between your own work and an international art world can feel enormous. One way to bridge this mental distance is to meet people with different key roles in the business.









My work as an independent curator, critic and editor means that I work with and meet representatives of and contributors to the art world on a daily basis: gallery owners, collectors, critics, museum officials, curators and, not least, artists. My work is a dialogue and exchange with these key persons, and one step towards breaking a more or less self-imposed exile is to meet and talk to representatives of these fields. This has proven to be an effective way to bridge the gap in earlier workshops and teaching roles.”










The content of the courses may change as we find out who will be taking the course, what

you do and what your needs are. There will

be several tutors involved.