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Wassan Al-Khudhairi was recently named Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis where she will assume her new post August 2017. Previously she was the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama where she curated Third Space / shifting conversations about contemporary art an exhibition exploring connections between the American South and the Global South. Al-Khudhairi is the founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar where she was responsible for establishing the museum’s artistic program as well as overseeing policy development, acquisitions and managing the museum’s collection. She co-curated Mathaf’s inaugural exhibition Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Saraab: Cai Guo-Qiang. In 2012 Wassan was appointed one of the Artistic Directors of the 9th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea. She has been invited to participate in programs at various international institutions including the Mori Art Museum, SALT, Tate Modern, School of Visual Arts, California College of the Arts, and China Academy of Art Shanghai among others. Wassan graduated from Georgia State University, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Getty Leadership Institute.
He lives and works in Jakarta as an artist, curator and director of ruangrupa. He studied at Indonesia Art Institute (I.S.I), in Graphic Art Department. In 1998, a year after His first solo exhibition at the Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta (now Cemeti Art House), he stay in Amsterdam, Netherlands for two years residency at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten. Back in Jakarta in 2000, with five other artists from Jakarta he founded ruangrupa, an artists' run initiative, which focuses in visual arts and its relation with the social cultural context especially in urban environment.
His works range from installation, objects, drawing, digital print, and video. As an artist and curator he have been participated in many art projects and exhibitions in several cities in Indonesia and International. In Gwangju Biennial and Singapore Biennale 2016 he was involved as participating artist. He was also contributing in a collaborative curatorial project Riverscape in-flux 2012, Media Art Kitchen 2013, and Condition Report 2017 with several South East Asia curators and artists.
With ruangrupa as an artists’ collective platform he also have participated in Gwangju Biennale 2002 Korea, and Istanbul Biennale 2005, Asia Pacific Triennial Brisbane 2012, Sao Paulo Biennal 2014, and in 2016 curating Sonsbeek International in the Netherlands. From 2006-2009 he was a member of Jakarta Arts Council, in 2009 he became the artistic director of Jakarta Biennale, and since 2013 he is the executive director of Jakarta Biennale.
Kenji Kubota is an independent curator since 2006 focused on art practice toward diverse fields of society. He worked as a curator of Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo (1994-1999) and Contemporary Art Center Art Tower Mito in Ibaraki (2000-2006).
He is a founder of KENJI KUBOTA ART OFFICE (2008-), SNOW Contemporary (2010-) and Japan Art Donation (2011-). He has curated many exhibitions domestic and abroad including Don't Follow the Wind an ongoing project inside the uninhabited Fukushima exclusion zone, Roppongi Crossing 2010, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Twist & Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Money Talk, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, X-Color: Graffiti in Japan, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito. He is currently a board member of Art and Public Association (2009-) and Kawamura Culture and Art Foundation.
Curator of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts An alumna of Tainan National University of the Arts’ Institute of Sound and Image Management, Lin Hsiao-Yu now works as a Curator at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. She has curated several exhibitions, including The possibility of an Island—2016 Taiwan Biennia (co-curated with WU Dar-Kuen), Inter-vision: A Contemporary Art Exhibition Across the Strait (2013), Post-Adolescence (2010), Ventriloquized Voices--Contemporary Art from Taiwan, and was responsible for the executions of Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan-Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (2014), Taiwan Calling (2010), amongst other projects. She was also responsible for the coordination of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts’ Digital Technology and Visual Arts Collaborative Project (2012-2014) and is in charge of Taiwan Technology Integrated Art Innovation Developmental Project - Visual Arts (2015-2018). Her research interests are new media art and Taiwanese contemporary art.
(From press information)