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Ilhan Ozan is a curator and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in global modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on Turkey and the Middle East. His dissertation research, advised by Terry Smith, examines the representation of contemporary Turkish art and its curatorial modalities in international art biennials during the Cold War. Ozan completed his MA in History of Art and Archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, as a Fulbright scholar (2016-18). His MA thesis “Unfolding Abstraction: Regionalism and Diplomacy in the Fifth Tehran Biennial (1966),” advised by Finbarr Barry Flood, was marked with distinction by the Institute. Ozan previously worked in Research and Programs at SALT, Istanbul (2014-16), where he contributed to a number of research and exhibition projects in a curatorial capacity.