7-11 March, Maria Lind and Azar Mahmoudian

The 11th Gwangju Biennale is curated by the curatorial team consisting of Maria Lind artistic director, Binna Choi curator, Azar Mahmoudian, Margarida Mendez and Michelle Wong assistant curators.

Maria Lind
Director Tensta konsthall and the Artistic Director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale 2016

Maria Lind is a curator and critic based in Stockholm, where she is the director of Tensta konsthall. She is also the Artistic Director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale 2016. She has held various roles in recent years including Director of the Graduate Program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Director of Iaspis in Stockholm, and Director of Kunstverein München. Previous to that she was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm (from 1997–2001) and in 1998 was co-curator of Manifesta 2, Europe’s nomadic biennial of contemporary art. Lind was the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. A compendium of her essays to date, Selected Maria Lind Writing, was published by Sternberg Press in 2010.

Azar Mahmoudian
Assistant curator of the 2016 Gwangju Biennale

Azar Mahmoudian is an independent curator and researcher based in Tehran. She co-ran a project space in Tehran (2011-2015), which preferred to remain under the radar and was an initiative for artistic and social events, and a space for mediation, debate and conversation. She is a lecturer on critics at Tehran Art University. Her research revolves around exhibiting structures and recurring narratives in history of modern and contemporary art in Iran. She has curated exhibitions and projects in various institutions including Contemporary Art Brussels; Cultuurcentrum Bruges; SOAS, London; Blackwood Gallery, Toronto; and South Asian Visual Art Center, Toronto. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London, awarded the Chevening Scholarship in 2008. She is assistant curator of 11th Gwangju Biennale 2016.