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This document pretends to be a legacy for all art institutions that are interested to create equality and diversity in their curatorial and collection practices. At the same time, this document will also be one of the bricks for the Equality and Diversity Certification for Art Institutions process. The certification is a program initiated and operated by ODBK that publicly recognizes those arts organizations demonstrating a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily making the art world more equal, diverse, and democratic.
Firstly, it is very important to define what we want to reach with this document. With “alignments” we understand the policies that have to be considered to make decisions in an art institution. With “for curatorial and collection practices and processes” we mean the practices and procedures for the selection of visual artists shown in their physical or virtual space and/or with their name and/or represented and/or collected by the art institution, there are another two aspects of an art institution that has to be created “equality and diversity”: the employees and the visitors, but in this document, we will focus only in the artists. With “art institution” we mean all official or non-official institutions who are engaged to select visual artists to be shown in their physical or virtual space, represent or collect, for example, museums, art galleries, private and public collections, biennials, triennials, art fairs, among others. And finally “to ensure equality and diversity” is the goal of this document and the main ingredients that have to be taken into account to create and define all content in this document. We know that this goal will not happen overnight. But we want to describe a practical way for any art institution in the world to reach a high level of equality and diversity of the artists selected in a time frame between 3 to 7 years maximum.
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