2017 Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans: Public Symposium

2017 Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans: Public Symposium
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC)
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
FREE and open to the public

The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2017 New Orleans program will each present their exhibition and project proposals, which they have developed over the course of the program.

Symposium Schedule
Welcome and Session 1: 2:30–4:15pm
Break: 4:15–4:30pm
Session 2: 4:30–6pm

The Curatorial Intensive is a weeklong professional development program which brings together emerging curators for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues. Please see the program details for more information.

Participants include: Andrea Ancira (Mexico City, Mexico), Kai Barrow (New Orleans, LA), Naz Cuguoğlu (Istanbul, Turkey), Dorothée Dupuis (Mexico City, Mexico), Alexandria Eregbu (Chicago, IL), Queta Beasley Harris (New Orleans, LA), Ladi’Sasha Jones (New York, NY), José López Serra (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Ximena Moreno (Santiago, Chile), Ekrem Serdar (Buffalo, NY), Vere van Gool (New York, NY), and Jess Wilcox (New York, NY).

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March 30, 2017

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


Andrea Ancira

Andrea Ancira is an independent writer and researcher based in Mexico City. She is interested in contemporary experimental artistic practices and their role in shaping social identities, discourses and sensibilities. When examining these practices— either in the field of sound or image— she has approached them from their possible implications in the conformation of ideas of utopia, revolution and the commons. The perspective from where she explores these phenomena is informed by multiple theoretical frameworks such as marxism, history of contemporary culture and politics, feminism, decolonial studies, among others. Her work has been published in academic and non-academic platforms. She is an associate curator of Centro de la Imagen for the upcoming exhibition of experimental filmaker Teo Hernández.

Kai Barrow

Kai Lumumba Barrow is the founder of Gallery of the Streets in New Orleans. For over 35 years her work has been grounded in efforts to end structural oppression and state violence. Her work intersects theories and practices that transgress the borders of the arts, academic, and organizing worlds. Barrow is a co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization to end the prison industrial complex, and currently sits on the Community Advisory Board. She has also worked with national, regional, and local organizations to coordinate and design convenings, trainings, mass mobilizations, nonviolent direct actions, and guerrilla theatre. She has campaigned to stop jail expansion; confront police violence; reveal prosecutorial misconduct; bring visibility to women prisoners, political prisoners, and people confined to control units; interrupt gender discrimination and bias within prisons, policing, and sentencing; challenge the human rights abuses of prisoners, former prisoners and their family members, and experiment with decarceration models for shrinking the system. As an artist, she is drawn to surrealism as a movement that, according to Robin D.G. Kelley, “invites dreaming, urges us to improvise and invent, and recognizes the imagination as our most powerful weapon.” In 2010, she formed Gallery of the Streets to “engage everyday spaces as sites of resistance.” An evolving national network of artists, activists, organizers, scholars, cultural workers, and community supporters, its signature program, visual opera, fuses public art and community engagement to confront power, provoke dialogue, and cultivate sustainable spaces. They identify points of intervention and create site-specific installations, and sound, movement, and visual compositions that are organized and performed in traditional and non-traditional spaces. They believe that art is an invitation for dialogue and can shift our ideas and our practices.

Naz Cuguoğlu

Naz Cuguoğlu is a curator and art writer, based in San Francisco Bay Area and Istanbul. She is the co-founder of “Collective Çukurcuma,” experimenting with collaborative thinking processes through its reading group meetings and international collaborative exhibitions. She currently works as Americas Collection Fellow at KADIST and held various positions at The Wattis Institute, de Young Museum, SFMOMA Public Knowledge, Zilberman Gallery, Maumau Art Residency, and Mixer. Her writings have been featured in SFMOMA Open Space, Art Asia Pacific, Hyperallergic, Art South Africa,, and elsewhere.

She took part in projects and residencies such as ICI New Orleans Curatorial Intensive, TATE Intensive, The Whole Life Academy, and CeRRCa Art Residency. Her participations have been funded by organizations such as SAHA, Roberto Cimetta, Turkish Cultural Foundation and HKW. She received her BA in Psychology and MA in Social Psychology focusing on cultural studies, and currently enrolled at the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts with a fellowship.

Selected exhibitions curated by Cuguoglu are: Sanctuary (fused space, San Francisco, 2019), Anger is a solution, if anger means kittens (D21 Kunstraum Leipzig, 2018), Ghosts (Red Bull Art Around Arnavutköy, Istanbul, 2018), Restless Monuments (Zilberman Gallery, Istanbul, 2018), House of Wisdom (Various spaces in Nottingham, 2018; Public Program of 15th Istanbul Biennial; Framer Framed, Amsterdam; Dzialdov, Berlin; 2017), Survival Kit (Cultural Transit Foundation, Yekaterinburg; Space Debris, Istanbul; 2017), Asymmetric Kin (COOP Gallery, Nashville; Mixer, Istanbul; 2016), and After Alexandria, the Flood (5533 and Recai Mehmed Efendi Library, Istanbul, 2015).

She co-edited two books: After Alexandria, the Flood and Between Places, and presented at institutions such as Joan Mitchell Foundation, SALT, Norköpping Art Museum, Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans) and Curb Event Center (Nashville).

Dorothée Dupuis

Dorothée Dupuis is a French curator, writer and editor based in Mexico City. She was director of Triangle France in Marseille from 2007 to 2012. Founder and editor of Terremoto, and co-director of Petunia magazine, Dupuis is a dedicated feminist, her curatorial practice and writings seek to expose, question and challenge power structures in the eld of art. Her recent curatorial projects in 2016 included a residence in PAOS Gdl, Guadalajara, Adrien Vescovi in IFAL House of France, México DF, and the 30th International Studios Program in the FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France. Her work has been published in several exhibition catalogs and publications including: ArtReview, Crash, Flash Art, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, Metropolis M, Mousse and Spike, among others.

Alexandria Eregbu

Alexandria Eregbu is a visual artist and independent curator. At her core, Alexandria is most passionate about re-imagining 21st century possibilities for creative practice through service and support structures that promote accessibility for communities engaging the arts. Her early interests in civic justice were initially fostered through her involvement with TRACE (Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community, and Environment) a creative leadership program facilitated through the Chicago Park District between 2013-2017. As an artist, Alexandria’s dynamic practice has illuminated pathways globally, nationally, and throughout the Midwest. She has held fellowships with ACRE (Steuben, WI); HATCH Projects, Stony Island Arts Bank, (Chicago, IL); The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA), Independent Curators International (New Orleans, New York City, Martinique); and The Camargo Foundation/3Arts Residency (France). Amongst her curatorial projects includes: du monde noir, an artistically run collective which seeks to identify contemporary evidences of Surrealist activity produced by visual artists and writers of the African diaspora in the U.S. and abroad. Alexandria serves as a Curator of Commissioned Works for Illinois Humanities and their two-year initiative, ‘Envisioning Justice.’ She is an MA Candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual Critical Studies.

Queta Beasley Harris

Queta Beasley Harris, a native of New Orleans, is an applied urban anthropologist, ethnographer, urban design and sustainability curator, visual artist, and movement instructor. Her interests focus on the relationship between semiotics, contingency and context of storytelling; naturalization and social construction of identity; strategies re-imagining place and space in urban environments; holistic design in developing global markets; and the politics of geography on global organizational landscapes. Her current research centers on transnational collaboration and feminist women of color networks utilizing art, movement building and activism as sites of resistance. Queta has facilitated cultural adaptation workshops for professional development and has lectured on conceptualizing alternative integrative wellness practices within appropriate socio-cultural context. She has worked with organizations such as the Gulf Coast Fellowship for Community Transformation - funded by the Ford Foundation, Xavier University of New Orleans Department of Psychology, and Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Queta serves on the advisory board for Gallery of the Streets and was a collaborating artist for Ecohybridity: A Love Song for Nola. She is a member of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA). Queta is co-founder and ethnographer of La Nouvelle Consulting.

Ladi’Sasha Jones

Ladi’Sasha Jones is a writer and curator from Harlem, NY. She has written for Aperture, IAM magazine, Houston Center for Photography, Temporary Art Review, and Recess among others. Currently, Ladi’Sasha is the Sophie Davis Curatorial Fellow for Gender and Racial Parity at the Norton Museum of Art. She held prior appointments at the New Museum’s IdeasCity platform and NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. As a founding board member of the I, Too, Arts Collective, Ladi’Sasha is a part of a group working to transform the historic landmark brownstone of American poet James Mercer Langston Hughes into a residency for Black writers. She holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Temple University and a M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.

José López Serra

José López Serra is a cultural agent based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since 2015, he has co-directed Hidrante, a no-budget independent project space in San Juan. Hidrante functions as a curatorial studio of sorts, with an open programming that frequently works to introduce new artists and practices to the Puerto Rican context. López Serra was a fellow curator at Beta-Local’s La Práctica in 2017-2018. In 2017, he participated in the ICI’s Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans. He received his BA in Public Communications and Photography from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus in 2015.

Ximena Moreno

Ximena Moreno is a researcher based in Santiago, Chile. She received her MA in Global Arts from Goldsmiths University of London. Her work focuses on managing visual arts projects and research for publishing and curatorial purposes. While in London, she collaborated writing for Artishock and La Panera Magazine. Until March 2017, she was the producer at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), which belongs to Universidad de Chile. She participated in “Towards Tomorrow’s Museum” programme at Tate Modern, London and in “Politics of near Futures: Possibilities, Prophecies, Prognoses” a summer school at Heidelberg University. Moreno received Becas Chile (2013-2014) a scholarship given by the Chilean government and also Santander Scholarship for Latin American students (2013) given by Goldsmith University of London. Currently she is co-founder of Revista Porvenir, a visual culture digital magazine and professor. Starting in April 2017, she will work as the Coordinator of Visual Arts at Matucana 100, a Cultural Center located in Santiago.

Ekrem Serdar

Ekrem Serdar is the curator at Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, where he is responsible for the organization’s exhibitions, public programming, and artist residencies. He is the recipient of a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2017). His writings have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Millennium Film Journal, 5harfliler, among other publications. He is from Ankara, Turkey. More information can be found at

Vere van Gool

Vere van Gool is a curator and writer based in New York. Currently, Vere works at the New Museum as Associate Director of IdeasCity — a residency and forum that explores the role of art and culture beyond the walls of the museum. IdeasCity brings together experimental visions for the future of art, activism, and cities shaped by a commitment to cultural practice and social justice. Its educational and public programs have featured John Akomfrah, Tania Bruguera, Theaster Gates, Sophia Al-Maria, and Hito Steyerl, amongst others. Vere’s work and writing has been published internationally.

Jess Wilcox

Jess Wilcox is the Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria Queens. Since joining Socrates in 2016, she has curated park’s 30th anniversary exhibition, LANDMARK, Folly 2016, and the 2016 Emerging Artist Fellowship exhibition. Previously she worked at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she organized public programs and projects including Between the Door and the Street, a performance initiated by Suzanne Lacy and A Butterfly for Brooklyn, a pyrotechnic work presented in Prospect Park by Judy Chicago, among others. She also co-curated Agitprop!, a group exhibition that evolved over time and incorporated artists as co-curators. She has organized shows at Abrons Art Center, ISCP, Performa, and SculptureCenter, among others. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Currently she is organizing Socrates Sculpture Park’s first single artist exhibition, Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again.

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