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Ipek Ulusoy is an independent curator and writer currently based in Dubai. Her curatorial work includes Proposals on Monumentality, a group exhibition that explores possible scenarios for monuments in relation to memory, power, and spatial politics at the Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2014–2015); an open studio exhibition and public programs during the A.i.R Dubai residency (2014); new media exhibitions and commissions at Borusan Contemporary (2012–2013); and research and editorial projects at Independent Curators International (2010). Ipek also worked on various educational initiatives at Whitney Museum of American Art and Dumbo Arts Center in New York, as well as 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sakıp Sabancı Museum and Pera Museum in Istanbul (2007–2010). In addition, she coordinated exhibitions and programs at The American Turkish Society, New York and Galeri Mana, Istanbul, and was previously selected to participate in the second edition of Campus Art Dubai. Having received her BA in Cultural Studies from Sabancı University in her native Istanbul, Ipek continued her graduate studies with a focus on art history and visual culture at Boğazici University. As a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, she earned her Master’s in Museum Studies from New York University (NYU). Her writings have appeared in Artforum.com, m-est.org, Istanbul Art News, and Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia among others. Ipek is currently the Managing Editor of ArteEast Quarterly and is also guest curating a program at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha.