23-24 February – Mami Kataoka
Artistic Director Biennale of Sydney
Mami Kataoka is Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo. Since 2003 she has curated notable exhibitions including Roppongi Crossing (2004, 2013), Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan (2010), as well as major shows on prominent artists in Asia such as Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Ai Weiwei, Lee Bul, Makoto Aida, and most recently on Lee Mingwei. Kataoka was also the International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009.
Frequently writing for publications and presenting lectures on contemporary art in Asia, Kataoka is a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends within contemporary Japanese Art. In recent years she has extended her curatorial practice internationally, engaging in many projects including ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012), South Korea as Co-Artistic Director and guest curating Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (2012) at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Kataoka also curated Ai Weiwei: According to What? (2012) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, which toured to several other North American venues.
Currently she is a board member of CIMAM, a member of Guggenheim Museum Asia Art Council and an advisory member for Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. She is a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School.
During her visit Mami Kataoka will have meetings with different artists she requested to meet.
The visit to Europe organised in collaboration with the Danish Arts Foundation, Flanders Arts Institute and Pro Helvetia.