If art wants to intervene in politics, it must democratize. Curator and politician Veronica Kaup-Hasler talks to Slovene journal Dialogi about her experiments in participatory artistic practice, about cultural policy and the balancing of conflicting interests, and about why the politicization of cultural funding can be bad for art.
Dramaturge, festival curator, cultural manager and politician. Born in Dresden in 1968, she began her professional career as a dramaturge at the Basel Theatre (1993–1995), before working with the Vienna Gala Weeks (1995–2001). From 2001 to 2004 she curated the Theaterformen festival, then managed the Styrian Autumn Festival (Steirischer Herbst) between 2006 and 2017. In May 2018 she was appointed Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science for the City of Vienna.