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


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 lives and works in Mexico City as a curator, art historian and poet. She holds a BA in Sociology (UNAM), a MA in Cultural Anthropology (UAM-Iztapalapa), and a MA in Curatorial Studies (UNAM). She currently works as Adjunct Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC, UNAM). Some of her recent curatorial projects include: Isaac Julien. Kapital & Playtime (2016), Vicente Rojo. Printed/Painted (2015), Jeremy Deller. The infinitely ideal of the popular (2015, CA2M, Madrid, MUAC, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires), Jorge Méndez Blake. Topographical Transferals of the National Library (2015), Hito Steyerl. Circulationism (2014), Harun Farocki. Vison.Production.Opresion (2014), Andreja Kuluncic. Building the Commons (2013), Jonas Mekas (2013), among others. She was awarded with the Emerging Curators Prize, Frontiers Biennial (2015) and the International Curatorial Projects Grant, Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño (Colombia, 2015). De la Garza Mata has co-curated the experimental poetry festival Enclave held at the International Book Fair of the Mining Palace in Mexico City (2012-2016). She has published art reviews, research articles, essays and poems in local and international journals and catalogues on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, urbanism, contemporary dance, poetry, photography, public art, and contemporary art.

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

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,,, 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 has a diploma in Corporate Communications from Universidad de los Andes de Santiago de Chile. She started her career in Spain at Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado and as editor and coordinator of In 2003 she moved to Chile, where she collaborated with MAVI, MAC and Centro Cultural de España. As of 2009 she lives in Brazil where she was the Director of Galeria Baró. Between August 2012 and July 2013 she was appointed director of Pivô, where she was responsible for the initial structuring and launching. Now she is collaborating with this space, invited as a lecturer and a jury member on several occasions. As a researcher, Ramos is part of History in display (WT), a collaborative project with contemporary artists on critical insertion in Brazilian museums. She is also developing the research Artist working, (thinking on) new economies, a report and exhibition about the labor conditions in the contemporary art. This project was presented in the Forum Internacional Artist on the Market / 4th International Workshop do Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Historische Urbanistik der TU Berlin, in November 2015. Following these two lines of investigation, Ramos curated Emmathomasteca; Error as a star; and Sublime and Dystopia, Ícaro Lira: General Field, in Brazil; History is written by the victors and Felipe Ehrenberg 67//15 and its public program Visual scores, After, Depois, Según, in Madrid, Spain. For the last two years, she carries out Circuitos ArtRio, a curatorial circuit of contemporary narratives, and Applications of the various flow theories, an agenda of meetings among artists and other agents sponsored by Barro Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Carlos Amorales and Los Torreznos as guests in the two first editions. Ramos has written several texts for artists - Fábio Tremonte, Pontogor, Marlon de Azambuja, Bruno Moreschi, Cristina Garrido, Yoshua Okón, José Luis Landet, Mauro Giaconni, Omar Barquet, and Sara&André – and she also writes for the magazine Arte al día, artishock and

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook is Curator at DiverseWorks in Houston. Her curatorial work reconsiders the relationship between images and objects, and investigates methods of delegation embedded within performative and participatory work. While at DiverseWorks, she has helped to organize commissioned projects with Tony Feher, Liz Magic Laser, Heather and Ivan Morison, Wu Tsang, Pepe Mar, and Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe. Recently, she curated two archival-based exhibitions The Eleventh Hour (2013) and SonicWorks (2014). Both examined histories within the organization including the legacy of urgency, performance-based practices, and re-staged experimental sound-based works. Her writing has appeared in a number of art journals and catalogues, including Modern Painters, Flash Art, and the upcoming Prospect 3 catalogue. Prior to joining DiverseWorks, Cook worked for dOCUMENTA(13)’s publication team, and was a fellow for the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York. Cook holds a Masters from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Bachelors from the San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, she is working on an exhibition about choreography, movement, and sound, while considering the concept of time as activism.

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 is a writer and independent curator based in Barcelona. She is founder and co-director, together with João Laia, of the non-profit space The Green Parrot. Since its opening in April 2014 the space has hosted five exhibitions, a program of talks and events, and started a series of publications that bring together artists and other practitioners from the local and international scene such as Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Lúa Coderch, Diogo Evangelista, June Crespo, among others. Lleó regularly writes for La Vanguardia’s cultural supplement Cultura/s and occasionally for international art magazines such as Flash Art and Afterall online. She also teaches Contemporary Art at the Department of Media Studies at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. Previously, she had worked as Researcher at the department of Public Programs at MACBA (Barcelona 2013), as a contemporary art editor at ACTAR Publishers (Barcelona, 2010-2012), and researcher and editorial assistant at Afterall (London, 2009). Lleó has curated exhibitions and events at MACBA (Barcelona, 2014), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona, 2013), La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2010) and 176 Project Space (London, 2009). She did an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London (London, 2007-2009) and took part on the Curatorlab program at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm, 2012).

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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