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Kari Conte is a curator and writer, and has been the the Director of Programs and Exhibitions at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York since 2010. At ISCP, she leads residencies, exhibitions, and public programs focused on global contemporary art practices. Additionally, she is Residency Curator for Kai Art Center in Tallinn and Advisor for the 2020 Helsinki Biennale. She has curated more than forty exhibitions; these include recent solo presentations by Sonia Leimer, Chiara Fumai, Hikaru Fujii, Jennifer Tee, Eva Kot’átková and Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens and the group exhibitions Concrete Truth: Art and the Documentary, The Animal Mirror and Aqueous Earth. She has also curated exhibitions and projects for the Aichi Triennale and Performa Biennial. As a writer, she is interested in the intersection of art and politics as well as institutional and exhibition histories. She published Seven Work Ballets, the first monograph on artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles (Sternberg Press, 2016) and has contributed to numerous other books and journals. Before joining ISCP, she was based in London, where she worked at Whitechapel Gallery and received an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art.
Curators Kari Conte and Florence Ostende will take the documentation of the longest “exhibition in progress,” do it, as the starting point for a discussion on exhibition histories and the rise of self-reflexive exhibitions.read more »
In summer 2011, 10–14 curators from around the world were selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive for a rigorous 8-day schedule of workshops, discussions, critiques, and presentations, as well as site visits to local institutions, private collections and artists’ studios.read more »