second shelf is a project devised by Heide Hinrichs, and developed collaboratively with Elizabeth Haines, (historian, Bristol), Marisa Sánchez (art historian / lecturer Emily Carr, Vancouver), Jo-ey Tang (artist / curator / writer / director of the Beeler Gallery, Columbus, Ohio), Ersi Varveri (artist, Antwerp, Athens) and Susanne Weiß (curator, Berlin).



Heide Hinrichs is an artist living and working in Brussels. She currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Following the solo exhibitions, Borrowed Tails (curated by Marisa Sanchez) at the Seattle Art Museum in 2010, and Echoes (curated by Susanne Weiß) at the Heidelberger Kunstverein in 2012, she was awarded the Villa Romana Fellowship for 2013. In 2014, she was a fellow at the MMCA Seoul International Residency Program, where she continued work on her long-term project silent sisters / stille schwestern, an unauthorized translation in text and art works in conversation with Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s book, DICTEE, brought to completion in 2018. She participated in 2017 at the Kathmandu Triennale and was invited by Philippe van Cauteren to the project space of the White House Gallery in Lovenjoel with her exhibition red offering. See also:



Elizabeth Haines is a historian of science and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Bristol. Her interdisciplinary interest in the materiality of knowledge production draws strongly on her education in Fine Arts. One strand of her research focuses on mapping and the lived experience of land rights in postcolonial Africa. In another strand of research she has been exploring what scholars can learn about the past by using objects as a historical source. Elizabeth is currently working on projects with the Science Museum Group, Bristol Museums Archives and Galleries, and National Museums, Kenya.”


Marisa C. Sánchez received her Ph.D. in Art History, Visual Art and Theory from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada in 2019. Her dissertation, The Beckett Effect: The Work of Stan Douglas, Paul Chan, and Tania Bruguera examines the uses of Beckett’s discursive reverberations within these artists’ visual practices, locating the “Beckett Effect” as politically and artistically significant in contemporary art. Prior to her doctoral studies, Marisa was Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum, where she curated exhibitions, including love fear pleasure lust pain glamour death – Andy Warhol Media Works, and solo projects with artists Sandra Cinto, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Corin Hewitt, Heide Hinrichs and Mika Tajima. 

Sánchez also holds an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she wrote her thesis Globe Trotting: Gabriel Orozco’s Global Nomadism. Her writing and criticism have appeared in exhibition catalogues and journals, including a recent interview with Stan Douglas in Samuel Beckett and Contemporary Art (2017). Marisa teaches art history as a Sessional Lecturer at UBC and at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. She serves as Chair on the Public Art Committee for the City of Vancouver. She is currently a member of Doryphore Independent Curators Collective, Vancouver.



Jo-ey Tang can be a curator, an artist, and a writer. 

He works with and alongside artists and their output, and calibrates the temporality of their engagement over time. He will reflect on his recent endeavors: the notion of slowness, its labor and contingencies, and proximities and distances.

A project since 2015, with Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard, and Carrie Yamaoka, original core members of New York-based queer art collective fierce pussy, explores the resonances between the artists’ individual practices. Over a year, five chapters of arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified were sited at Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design (2018-2019) where Tang served as Director of Exhibitions; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2019); Chapter Six will take the form of a book. 

Follow the Mud (2019-2020) was structured as a process of accumulation in nine “instances” to uncover and activate suppressed and hidden histories: with Michel Auder, Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann, Heide Hinrichs, Laura Larson, Michael Stickrod, Julia Trotta, Vier5, and C. Spencer Yeh. 

Tang was also curator at Palais de Tokyo and arts editor at n+1.

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Ersi Varveri lives and works between Antwerp and Athens, she holds a Master from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, department of Insitu (2015), and a Master of Research in Art and Design of Sint Lucas, Antwerp (2016). Currently she is living and working in the Pink House, together with the artist Gijs Waterschoot, where they develop approaches for hospitality and collaboration. See also


Susanne Weiß is a curator based in Berlin and works since 2017 at the Burg Giebichenstein – University of Art and Design Halle. Her current exhibition “Who we are and what we do – in the middle of the museum” (9.8.2019 – 30.10.2020) at the Mitte Museum in Berlin-Wedding brings contemporary art in dialog with the artefacts of the museum and in relationship with the main workings fields of a museum. Her travelling exhibition “The Event of a Thread”, which she curated together with Inka Gressel (ifa), has set off in autumn 2017 at Kunsthaus Dresden and travelled since to Kuwait City, Istanbul and Beer Sheva. She has been director of the Heidelberger Kunstverein from 2012 to the end of 2016, where she developed a program and a series of curatorial formats that follow process-oriented and experimental approaches. She has presented solo-shows with Ulf Aminde, Heide Hinrichs, Melton Prior Institute, Aurélien Froment, Astrid S. Klein, Stuart Sherman and Annette Weisser amongst others. In autumn 2013 she has been a stipend of the cultural academy in Tarabya, Istanbul. From 2009 – 2010 she was working for the Goethe Institut Abu Dhabi in Sharjah at the Sharjah Museums Department. Since 2007 she is a member of the RealismusStudio of the nGbK Berlin. From to 2007 – 2008 she was deputy director of the Kunsthaus Dresden – Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst. Susanne Weiß is a museologist and has been working since 1996 in various contexts and places like London, Oxford, Jerusalem, Wien, Dresden, Sharjah and Berlin. See also