11-14 February, in collaboration with Art Rotterdam

Bezoekersprogramma Art Rotterdam Visitors program Art Rotterdam

Together with Art Rotterdam the Mondriaan Fund has invited a group of curators from different countries to participate in this year’s curators program during the Art Rotterdam art fair.

Irene Arisrzábal
Irene Aristizábal
Head of Exhibitions Nottingham Contemporary

Irene Aristizábal is an exhibition curator based in London. Born in 1981 in Bogotá, she holds Colombian and Spanish citizenship. In 2009, she was director of the Worlds End Contemporary gallery in London, a temporary gallery specialising in contemporary photography. In June 2009 she organised the exhibition ‘Interferencia’ at the Museo de Historia de la Medicina in Bogotá. She holds master’s degrees in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art in London (2008) and in art history and theory from Université Paris 8 (2006). In 2005-06 she was co-director of Bétonsalon, a non-commercial contemporary art gallery in Paris. At the FRAC she worked on the exhibition ‘Revisiting Time’.

Maria Arusoo
Maria Arusoo
Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia

Arusoo is also the commissioner of the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. Recent curatorial projects include “MEEL. VAHTRA. FARKAS_idealistic function” at the CAC (Contemporary Art Center of Vilnius (2015) and “Archeological Festival_ a 2nd hand history and improbable obsessions”, which was spread across three floors at the Tartu Art Museum (2014). Arusoo is currently collaborating with the Museum of Estonian Architecture for her next project and preparing a performance festival NUPerformance at SAAL.
Arusoo began curating in 2005, working on an artist-run gallery project in Berlin. In 2007, she relocated to London where she worked as a studio assistant for artist Martin Creed. In 2010, after graduating from Goldsmiths College with a MA in Contemporary Art Theory, she worked as a freelance artist and curator, organizing numerous exhibitions and conferences in Tallinn and London before receiving her current appointment at the Center for Contemporary Arts. Arusoo has published art criticism in leading newspapers and cultural publications in Estonia. She also has collaborated with Estonian National Broadcasting, recent project in the sphere  is Art of Our Time, a weekly art program highlighting contemporary Estonian artists.

Fernanda Brenner
Fernanda Brenner
Artistic director Pivô, São Paulo

Fernanda Brenner has a background in cinema and currently works as an artist and artistic director in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2012, she founded Pivô, an independent art space dedicated to investigating and exhibiting contemporary art in Oscar Niemeyer’s Copan building in São Paulo. Since it’s opening Fernanda have been working as an artistic director of the space that has realized around 40 projects, including exhibitions, workshop, specific projects, artist residencies and a studio program, hosting over 200 artists from 15 different countries, among them : Cildo Meireles, Mario Garcia Torres, Lenora de Barros, Lucas Arruda, Tonico Lemos Auad,Tobias Madison, Daniel Steegman Mangrané and Marcius Galan. Pivô has held partnerships with many institutions like CPPC (Fundación Patricia Phelps de Cisneros), Matadero Madrid, CAC (Equator) and CCCSP (Centro Cultural São Paulo) since it’s opening. Fernanda recently curated the show “So Far So Good” at the White Cube Gallery in São Paulo.

Grégory Castéra
Grégory Castéra
Co-director Council

Grégory Castéra curates artistic researches and productions where the arts are composed with the sciences and social engagement.
In 2013, he founded with Sandra Terdjman Council, an art-enterprise that explores modes of composition through the arts, scholarly and scientific research and civil society in order to propose new representations of social issues. These issues are addressed through collective and multidisciplinary inquiries, made public via online publications accompanied by exhibitions and events. Council also fosters artistic production, and awards an annual fellowship to support socially engaged cultural initiatives. These schemes bring together networks of artists, researchers, citizens and institutions.
From January 2010 to December 2012, he served as co-director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers with Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Alice Chauchat. During this period he conducted various research projects on discourse formation within artistic practices, giving rise to publishing projects, shows, events and exhibitions. From 2007 to 2009, as coordinator and educator of Betonsalon, he conceived the educational program of 18 exhibitions and projects, focusing on the implementation of the art center within its new environment, the University Paris Diderot.
Since 2007, he has also co-authored the Encyclopédie de la parole (Encyclopaedia of Spoken Words), a collaborative inquiry into the formal properties of speech. In 2010, he initiated Ecologies, an inquiry into ecologies of art practices (awarded the Hors les Murs grant by the Institut Français in 2013). He also curates performance festivals : Playtime (with Melanie Bouteloup) in 2008 and 2009, TJCC (with Joris Lacoste and Elise Simonet) in 2015. In June 2016, he will curate with Caroline Dumalin the Wiels’ resident’s exhibition.
He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics (University of Tours) and a Masters in Design and Implementation of Cultural Projects (Sorbonne, Paris 1).

Rhea Dall & Kristine Siegel. Photo: Malene Lauritsen
Rhea Dall and Kristine Siegel
Conveners of The Bergen Assembly 201

PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art started as a not-for-profit venue for international contemporary art and research in Berlin. Founded in 2013 by Rhea Dall and Kristine Siegel, it investigated the objects, process and interactions that combined constitute an artistic practice, through half-year cycles centered on the full span of work of two unassociated artists. As Dall and Siegel were appointed Conveners of The Bergen Assembly 2016, a large-scale international triennial in Norway, PRAXES moved from the stationary institution to the biennial infrastructure. In addition, they both currently hold positions as PhD Research Fellows at University of Copenhagen.

Rhea Dall has been based in Berlin since 2006. Dall held positions at the Berlin Biennial’s 5th and 6th editions, in between which she coordinated The Danish & Nordic Pavilions at the Venice Biennial 2009. From 2010 to 2012, Dall was the curator at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, initiating the Research Programme and curating projects including Palace Party, Corso Multisala, and solo shows with Christina Mackie, Nina Beier, and Clemens von Wedemeyer. Dall has edited a range of papers and catalogues, and recently contributed to Spike Magazine, Bulletins of The Serving Library, and Mousse.

Kristine Siegel was based in New York for almost a decade before relocating to Berlin in 2011. Siegel held positions at the Dept. of Photography at Museum of Modern Art in New York, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and Dennis Oppenheim Studio & Archive. Working as an independent curator, she was responsible for several exhibitions and live programs, many of them collaborative endeavors, including Definitely Provisional (London) and Cabaret Tribunale (New York and Copenhagen). She has contributed to a number of publications, magazines, and catalogues.

Ekaterina Kibovskaya. Photo: Alexey Kalabin
Ekaterina Kibovskaya
Commissioner 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art 

Ekaterina Kibovskaya is the commissioner of Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. Ms. Kibovskaya graduated with honors from Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Ekaterina formerly worked as a creative director of Gorky Park, Moscow and carried out a number of curatorial projects in cooperation with a number of foreign embassies in Moscow within the framework of cultural program on the territory of the park in this capacity. As an independent art critic, Ekaterina has contributed to several magazines, newspapers and websites including Snob, OpenSpace.ru and Russian versions of Art+Auction, Esquire and ArtNews. Ms. Kibovskaya also worked as a creative director at a number of art initiatives such as EMA pop-up space (Moscow) and Snob USA (New York).

João Laia
João Laia
Writer and curator

João Laia (1981, Lisbon) is a writer and curator with a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art. He has published in magazines and newspapers such as Frieze, MOUSSE, Spike Art Quarterly, Flash Art, Terremoto and Público. Recent curatorial projects held at CCCB – Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona,Videoex in Zürich, Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro, Waterpieces Festival in Riga, Bios in Athens, WARM in São Paulo, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary in Lisbon, and The Delfina Foundation, South London Gallery, Cell Project Space, The Mews and Whitechapel Gallery in London. He is a member of the curatorial team of Videobrasil a contemporary art festival dedicated to the Global South in SESC Pompeia, São Paulo. In 2014 he was in residency at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and along with Rosa Lleó co-founded and runs The Green Parrot a curatorial platform dedicated to contemporary art practices currently based in Barcelona – www.thegreenparrot.org

Harun Morrison
Harun Morrison
Founder of They Are Here and independent curatorial projects

Harun Morrison has been Joint Artistic Director of Fierce Festival with Laura McDermott since Autumn 2009 until 2015. Harun was formerly a producer part-time at Battersea Arts Centre, London and has worked as a freelance producer for the Royal Opera House. He has co-led various participatory projects and workshops at organizations including Tate Modern, INIVA, South London Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery and LIFT. More recently Harun has given seminars, workshops and talks at various HE institutions including Central St. Martins,  and the Royal College of Art. Harun’s areas of interest include live art, contemporary curatorial practice and cultural theory, judo, and communal ground-up internet culture. Since 2006 Harun has collaborated with Helen Walker, as part of the collective practice THEY ARE HERE.

Emily Pathick. Photo: Mark Blower
Emily Pethick
Director The Showroom, London

Emily Pethick is the director of The Showroom, London. From 2005-2008 she was the director of Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 2003-2004 she was curator at Cubitt, London. She has contributed to numerous catalogues and magazines, including Frieze, dot dot dot, GAS, texte zur kunst, Artforum and Untitled, edited books, such as Casco Issues X: The Great Method, with Peio Aguirre, and Casco Issues XI with Marina Vishmidt and Tanja Widmann.

Rebeka Poldsam
Rebeka Põldsam
curator, art critic and Deputy Commissioner of the Estonian Pavilion exhibition NSFW.

A Chairman’s Tale by Jaanus Samma and curated by Eugenio Viola at the 2015 56th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia. She is the editor of Estonian artist books series Potato Books (Lugemik Imprint) and recently co-edited the NSFW. A Chairman’s Tale publication. She has co-/curated exhibitions dealing with gender and sexuality in Eastern Europe including Feeling Queezy?! (2014); LadyFest Tallinn. Sketches of Estonian feminist art canon (2013); and Untold Stories (2011). She studied representations of sexual minorities in Estonian and Eastern European contemporary art in her dissertations at Estonian Art Academy (2011) and Goldsmiths College (2012).

Adam Sutherland
Adam Sutherland
Curator at Grizedale Arts

Adam Sutherland was appointed in March 1999. He was previously Director of art.tm, a visual arts organisation in rural Scotland. Adam leads Grizedale Arts organisation’s core development – curating off-site projects, writing and pig-farming. Current priorities include the development of a collection of British craft & design for the Lawson Park refurbishment.

Negar Tahsili
Negar Tahsili
Artist and documentary filmmaker

Documentary filmmaker Negar Tahsili was born and raised in Tehran, where she continues to live and work.Started painting of a very young age and has painted professionally since 1996.
She finished studying her M.A. of Industrial Design. In the year 2000 became a member of “AIP” which is an association of Iranian painters and in 2007 became member of inventor’s association in Iran.
Cinema had always been a passion. “Of one essence…” is a video art piece which has been shown in many exhibitions around the world. From 2005 started to make some documentary films in collaboration with production companies in Sweden and Switzerland. One of the first films is a docu-fiction named ” Shahrzad never tells the story ” and it is about three transsexuals living in Iran.
Her work is centered on stereotypical perspectives of Iran, questions of gender between tradition and modernity, and the position of the individual in society. One of documentary films she made is named ”Wee-men or Women?!”, which is about women in Tehran (2008).
“Private p.art “is her recent Documentary, a feature movie about Gender and contemporary art. From 2012 till now she is making a series of short films about how Iranian contemporary artists work and live for BBC. she is now working on a documentary about contemporary dance and music.
Negar Tahsili was a fellow of the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World), for 6 months last year.

Fatos Ustek
Fatos Ustek
Art Fund Curator at fig-2, independent Curator & Writer

Fatos Ustek is an independent curator and writer based in London. She currently is Art Fund Curator at fig-2, responsible for curating 50 projects in 50 weeks throughout 2015. Ustek acted as associate curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, is a member of AICA Tr and a regular contributor to international art magazines and exhibition catalogues. She has curated an opera in five acts at DRAF, London; an exhibition trilogy entitled Now Expanded that took place at Kunstfabrik, Berlin; Tent, Rotterdam and DRAF, London among various group shows in Europe and Turkey. Ustek is founding editor of Nowiswere Contemporary Art Magazine between 2008-2012, editor of Unexpected Encounters Situations of Contemporary Art and Architecture since 2000 published by Zorlu Center, Istanbul (Turkish Only, 2012; English Only, upcoming); is the author of Book of Confusions.

Susanne Weiss
Susanne Weiß
Director Heidelberger Kunstverein

Susanne Weiß has been director of the Heidelberger Kunstverein since 2012, where she develops a programme 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.

Joanka Zielinska
Joanka Zielinska
Joanna Zielińska is an art historian, writer, exhibition maker and performance curator based in Poland.

Joanna Zielińska is an art historian, writer, exhibition maker and performance curator based in Poland. She is interested in transdyscyplinary art practice on the crossover between visual arts, theatre and literature. In her practice she explores different mediums and formats in visual arts like: staged exhibition, artist’s novel or publication.
She is the Chief of Performance Department at CCA Zamek Ujazdowski in Warsaw. From 2011 – 2015 she was a chief curator at the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor – Cricoteka in Kraków. She curated Radical Languages (2012) and Nothing Twice project (2014) which was part of the opening of the new home of Cricoteka. Joanna Zielińska curated also Can objects Perform? during Performa 13 in New York. She is the former Chief Curator at the Znaki Czasu Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Toruń, Poland, where she curated the inaugural exhibition and the institution’s program from 2008 – 2010. She has collaborated with art magazines, contributed to art catalogues and published over 100 articles. From 2003 – 2007, Zielinska worked with the curatorial collective Exgirls. In 2010 – 2011 she was in residence at International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York.
Currently, she is working on a long-term project on artist novels (2011-), in collaboration with David Maroto. The Book Lovers project was presented in different installments at: M HKA in Antwerp. De Appel in Amsterdam, Rawen Raw in London, Whitechapel in London, EFA Project Space in New York among others.