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Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists


Simeon Barclay, installation view of The Feast Wagon, The Tetley, Leeds, 2015. Photo by Jules Lister.


The Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists Programme is a three-year partnership led by the Biennial with ICI and CACTUS gallery in Liverpool. The program offers 10 artists based in the North of England an international framework for artistic development and support.

As part of this three-year partnership (2016-18), each Associate Artist is paired with a curator selected from ICI’s network of Curatorial Intensive alumni, who will serve as mentors. This will provide the artists with an opportunity to develop their practice, gain an insight into the dynamics of the art world, and develop international networks.

The program will launch at the opening of the Liverpool Biennial on July 9, 2016, where the Associate Artists and the curators will meet in person and hold studio and site visits. In addition to regular conversations, in-person encounters will be made possible through the duration of the program as part of a travel budget provided to each Associate Artist to visit their mentors in their home cities.

The artist and curator pairings are:

Simeon Barclay (Chester) — Rattanamol Johal (C-MAP Fellow for Asia, Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA, New York, NY)

Jacqueline Bebb (Chester) — Amanda de la Garza Mata (Associate Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City, Mexico)

Lindsey Bull (Manchester) — Mónica Espinel (Independent Curator based in New York, NY)

Robert Carter & Lauren Velvick (Manchester) — Meaghan Kent (Director and Chief Curator of SITE95 in Guadalajara, Mexico)

Nina Chua (Manchester) — Rotem Rozental (Writer, Curator, and Photo Historian based in Los Angeles, CA)

Matthew Crawley (York) — Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo (Art Historian at the Complutense University if Madrid, Spain)

Frances Disley (Liverpool) — Rachel Cook (Curator at DiverseWorks in Houston, TX)

Daniel Fogarty (Manchester) — Karen Patterson (Curator at John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

Harry Meadley (Leeds) — Rosa Lleó (Writer and Independent Curator based in Barcelona, Spain)

Stephen Sheehan (Birkenhead) — Övül Durmusoglu (Freelance Writer and Curator and Director of YAMA screen in Istanbul, Turkey)


The Associate Artists Programme is an initiative of the Liverpool Biennial supported by a £250,000 investment from the Arts Council England International Showcasing Fund. It creates opportunities for artists based outside London to build sustainable international careers, provided they have the opportunity to strengthen their networks and markets beyond the UK.

For more information, please visit the Liverpool Biennial website here.

 

January 1, 2018 - July 9, 2018

Liverpool Biennial
55 New Bird Street
Liverpool L1 0BW

presenter

Rattanamol Singh Johal

Rattanamol Singh Johal is the C-MAP Fellow for Asia in the Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA and a member of the post Editorial Team. He has previously worked in various capacities, including curator, archivist and publications editor at Khoj International Artists’ Association in New Delhi. He entered the Art History doctoral program at Columbia University in 2013 after earning a BA in Art History & Political Science at the Macaulay Honors College, CUNY (2009) and an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2011). Interested in exploring the afterlives of the documentary mode, he examines artistic practices from around the globe that continue to critically push the genre into speculative, fictive, forensic, and other terrains.


Amanda de la Garza Mata

Amanda de la Garza Mata (Mexico,1981) Lives and works in Mexico City. She is curator, art historian and poet. She currently works as Adjunct Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC, UNAM) since 2012. She holds a BA in Sociology, and a MA in Social Anthropology and in she is pursuing a MA in Art History-Curatorial Studies. She has developed curatorial projects in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Spain and USA. She has been awarded the Emerging Curators Prize, Frontiers Biennial, and several research grants in Mexico and abroad. Some of her recent curatorial projects include Leandro Katz. Project For the Day You’ll Love Me and the Ghost Dance (MUAC, 2018), Tlacolulokos (LALA-PST, Getty Foundation / Los Angeles Central Library, 2017), Ignasi Duarte. Fictional Conversations (MUAC, 2017), Oscar Santillán. Macula (MUAC, 2017), To the Artist of the World. The Museum of Solidarity Salvador Allende. Mexico/Chile 1971-1977 (MUAC-MSSA, Santiago, Chile, 2016); Isaac Julien. Playtime & Kapital (MUAC, 2016); The thick sap. Equidistant essays on the tropics (Casa del Lago, Mexico City, 2016). Jeremy Deller. The infinitely ideal of the popular (MUAC, CA2M, Madrid, 2015); Harun Farocki. Vision.Production.Opression (MUAC, 2014) and Hito Steyerl. Circulationism (MUAC, 2014), co-curated with Cuauhtémoc Medina. She has published poems, interviews, reviews and academic articles in local and international journals on subjects such as poetry, documentary photography, urban studies and contemporary art. She is interested in interdisciplinary practices in contemporary art that involve poetry, cinema, Social Sciences, archival research and contemporary dance.


Mónica Espinel

Monica Espinel (b. Bogota, Colombia) is an independent curator and writer based in New York. She is the editor of Carmen Herrera’s catalogue raisonné, in progress. Selected curatorial projects include Black Milk: Theories on Suicide, Marvelli (2004), Then & Now: Abstraction in Latin American Art, Deutsche Bank (2010), Memory Leaks, Creon (2010), Rituals of Chaos, Bronx Museum of the Arts (2012), The Skin I Live In, Curatorial Lab, SP-Arte (2013) and Hybrid Topographies - Encounters from Latin America, Deutsche Bank (2018). She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Florida International University, Miami and an M.A. in Art History from Hunter College, New York. She participated in seminars such as ICI’s Curating Context, Instituto Inhotim; 13th Istanbul Biennial, Mom Am I a Barbarian, Istanbul; and the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, Gwangju, Korea. Her writing has been featured in artist catalogues and ArtNexus, Arte al Dia, Flash Art and Artforum.com.


Meaghan Kent

Meaghan Kent is the Director and Chief Curator of SITE95. Kent has been a gallery director for the past ten years and has worked at Casey Kaplan, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and I-20, managing the careers of internationally emerging and established artists and coordinating exhibitions locally and worldwide. Prior to her move to New York, she completed her MA in art history at George Washington University, Washington, DC and her BA at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kent has written for several publications including: “ArtHaps” and “Art in America” online. Site95 curated projects include: “P2V: P. Scott Cunningham and Antoine Lefebvre” at Dimensions Variable, Miami, “Trombly Rodriguez: The Fabric of a Space” at the Abrons Arts Center, New York, “Urban Interactions” at the Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, and outdoor public commissions in Miami, Florida with Patrick McDonough and Sam Trioli. She has curated independently, most recently she co-organized “PaintersNYC” with Maureen Cavanaugh at El Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueńos in Oaxaca, Mexico. Kent is also the founder and director of the gallery Páramo in Guadalajara, Mexico.


Rotem Rozental

Rotem Rozental is the Chief Curator of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. In this capacity, she serves as the Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center and the Director of the Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC). Rotem is a photo-historian, writer, and curator. Traversing the domains of technology, media and art, Rotem has been working as a consultant, editor, writer, educator and organizer for international publications, cultural non-profits and organizations, among them Dia:Beacon, The Liverpool Biennial, The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and the Jerusalem Season of Culture. Her scholarly and curatorial projects were also supported by Artis, Independent Curators International, NurtureArt and the Center for Jewish History (NYC).  Most recently, she curated the dual exhibition Launch Sites L.A., which expands unto two sites in Los Angeles, several countries and a number of potential universes. Rotem’s writings and academic essays appeared in magazines, journals, and publications such as Photographies, Philosophy of Photography, Artforum.com, Tablet.com, and Uncertain States. Rotem is currently pursuing her Dissertation project, in which she explores the intersections of Zionist photographic archives, the image of the body and the writing of a national territory under the guidance of Prof. John Tagg (Binghamton University, NY).


Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo

Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo is an art historian from the UCM, Madrid, MA in Cultural Management from Instituto Ortega y Gasset, and she is part as curator of the ICI New York (Bogotá, 2013). After five years living in Chile, in 2009 she moved to Brazil where she was director of Galeria Baró. Between August 2012 and July 2013 she was appointed director of the independent art center Pivô. Back in Spain, she has run the LOOP Fair 2017. Nowadays she is living in Barcelona, where she continues working in her researches and new projects. As a researcher, Ramos is developing the research Artist working, (thinking on) new economies, about the labor conditions in the contemporary art. She was also part of History in display (WT), a collaborative project with contemporary artists on critical insertion in Brazilian museums. Following these two lines of investigation, Ramos curated ; Error as a star; Sublime and Dystopia, Ícaro Lira: General Field, and WORK – DO +, in São Paulo, Brazil; History is written by the victors, Felipe Ehrenberg 67//15 and its public program Visual scores; and After, Despois, Según, in Madrid, Spain; Rafa Munárriz, Sulla curva chiusa en la Galeria Macca, Cagliari, Italy; The way you read a book is different to how I tell you a story, at Jahn und Jahn, Munich, Germany; and Applications of the various flow theories, with Carlos Amorales and Los Torreznos as guests in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Ramos writes texts for artists –Ricardo Alcaide, Marlon de Azambuja, Alberto Casari, Cristina Garrido, Julius Heinemann, Victor Leguy, Bruno Moreschi, Yoshua Okón, Sara Ramo, Flora Rebollo, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Sara&André, Tercerunquinto or Fábio Tremonte among others– and she also for magazines as Arte al día, arthishock and a-desk.org.


Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook is the Artistic Director of On the Boards, a Contemporary Performance Center in Seattle. Prior to On the Boards, Cook was Curator at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas where she commissioned projects by Keren Cytter, Danielle Dean, Kate Gilmore, Chelsea Knight, Kristin Lucas, Liz Magic Laser, Wu Tsang, Heather Rowe, taisha paggett, Sondra Perry, Shelia Pepe, Julien Prévieux, and Mark Tribe. Additionally, Cook curated a number of group exhibitions and performance pieces including What Shall We Do Next? that considered ideas of the real in relation to physical materials, technology, and advertising. Also, The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People, a large-scale installation and performance platform by Los Angeles-based artist taisha paggett and WXPT in collaboration with Ashley Hunt and Kim Zumpfe in which the question, “What is a Black dance curriculum today?” was posed with local company members. In 2015 she received a Curatorial Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to research a series of Walker Evans’ photographs from the African Negro Art exhibition at MoMA in 1935. Cook holds a MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Performance Network.


Karen Patterson

Karen Patterson is Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Her primary focus is the Arts Center’s premier collection of folk art, self-taught art, and artist environments. She incorporates these works into curatorial projects that explore a variety of contemporary themes. She also works with a range of artists, artworks, and commissioned site-specific pieces. Her recent curatorial projects include Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez, Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values, and This Must Be The Place, an exhibition series exploring the relationship between artists and their formative places. Karen completed her Bachelor of Arts in Folklore Studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and her Masters of Art Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her focus was the home collection of Chicago artist Ray Yoshida. Prior to joining JMKAC, she developed interpretive programs for house museums and heritage sites in Canada and the US and co-founded a 12-hour public art festival, Nocturne: Art at Night, in Nova Scotia.


Rosa Lleó

Rosa Lleó (Barcelona, 1980) is the curator and director of the project The Green Parrot in Barcelona founded in April 2014. Since its opening it has established itself as a reference space in the city and abroad with a programme of exhibitions, publications and activities with local and international artists such as Oriol Vilanova, Shana Moulton, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Basim Magdy, Lúa Coderch, Teresa Solar, among others. Currently the project is in residence at Fundació Antoni Tàpies where it has developed a public programme with the Brazilian collective OPAVIVARÁ! and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané. Lleó has also collaborated with institutions such as MACBA and during 2013 was part of the Curatorlab research program (Konstfack University, Stockholm). He has also curated exhibitions and events at ARCO Madrid (2018), Art-o-Rama, Marseille (2016), Can Felipa - Museu de l’Empordà (2014) Sant Andreu Contemporani, Barcelona (2011) La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2010). She writes occasionally for Babelia and other magazines, in addition to teaching at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


Övül Durmusoglu

Övül O. Durmusoglu is a curator and writer. She is the director/curator of YAMA screen in Istanbul. She works as a curatorial advisor and public program curator for Gulsun Karamustafa’s monograph to open at Hamburger Bahnhof in summer 2016. She also co-leads Solar Fantastic, a research and publication project between Mexico and Turkey. Durmusoglu has recently curated Future Queer, the 20th year anniversary exhibition for Kaos GL association in Istanbul. In the past, she acted as the curator of the festival Sofia Contemporary 2013 titled “Near, Closer, Together: Exercises for a Common Ground.” She organized different programs and events as a Goethe Institute fellow at Maybe Education and Public Programs for dOCUMENTA (13). Durmusoglu continues to contribute to different print and online publications.


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