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Denise Ryner is the Director/Curator at Or Gallery, Vancouver (2017-present). She’s also an associate curator in collaboration with Anselm Franke at the Visual Arts and Film Department of Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Her curatorial, research, and writing interests include place-as-agent in exhibition-making and the cultural production of transnational counterflows of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2019 she co-organized the Bodies, Borders, Fields symposium with writer Yaniya Lee. Independent curatorial projects include Common Cause: before and beyond the global (Mercer Union/Toronto, 2018), Bodies of Fact: The Archive from Witness to Voice (HKW/Berlin, 2017), Harbour/Haven, in collaboration with Tonel (‘thirstDays’ VIVO Media Arts/Vancouver, 2016), Interim Measures (8-11 Project Space, Toronto, 2015), Projections at the Perel (SFU Galleries/SWARM 2015) and Rain or Shine Saturdays (SFU Galleries). She has written for Canadian Art, Blackflash, C Mag, FUSE, and guest co-edited Canadian Art’s Fall 2020 Chroma issue with Yaniya Lee. She has taught in ECUAD’s Curatorial Studies program as both a guest and sessional lecturer.