The Ister is a curatorial collective, formed in 2011 to promote emerging local and international contemporary art practices through conferences, exhibitions, events, and performances.Although initiated in Brussels, The Ister operates itinerantly. Without any fixed space, we focus our curatorial goals on creating site-specific projects that nevertheless encompass a broad range of research fields: from the art of pigeon fancying, to the story of a artichoke pie made in the middle of the night. At all times, recurring themes of absurdity, chaos, everyday life, and historical marginalia perforate the Ister’s curatorial thematics.


The Ister’s seven members – made up of artists, curators, graphic designers, and theatre managers – live and work throughout Europe, drawing in a vast and ever-expanding network of artists, thinkers, musicians, and performers together to participate in our projects.