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Florence Ostende is Adjunct Curator at Dallas Contemporary and is based in Paris. She co-curated with Kari Conte Retracing Exhibitions, Royal College of Art, London, 2009. A curator and art writer, Ostende has researched, lectured, and curated around exhibition histories looking specifically at artists using the language of exhibition-making in their own works. Ostende curated Out The Door And Over The Wall, FRAC PACA Center for Contemporary Art, Marseille, 2010, and organized the event Good Show/Bad Show, Palais de Tokyo, 2011, where she was curator-in-residence. Ostende edited the series Exhibition Memory published by Catalogue, an online publication she co-founded with Coline Milliard. Previously guest curator at the Maison Populaire Center for Contemporary Art in Paris, she has recently organized the Dallas Biennale, 2012 and co-curated The Institute of Savage Archives, Villa Arson, National Center for Contemporary Art, Nice, 2012. Ostende holds MAs in Curating Contemporary Art (Royal College of Art, London), Art History (Université Paris IV Paris-Sorbonne), and English Literature (Université de Provence).