Hunter College MFA Studio Building
New York, NY 10013
As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—an itinerant public discussion series featuring international curators—Mai Abu ElDahab (co-curator of the 2014 Liverpool Biennial) will present her current research interests and curatorial projects.
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Mai Abu ElDahab is a freelance curator from Cairo living in Brussels, Belgium, where she was Director of the non-profit art space Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp (2007-12). There, she curated a program of solo exhibitions by Guy Ben-Ner, Mariana Castillo-Deball, Michael Stevenson, Hassan Khan, Michael Portnoy, Norma Jeane, Tim Etchells, Patricia Esquivias, and Barbara Visser, amongst many others. She also edited and co-edited several publications including 'After Berkeley' (2012), 'From Berkeley to Berkeley' (2011), 'Circular Facts' (2011), and 'Hassan Khan “The Agreement”' (2011). Along with frequent speaking engagements, she most recently commissioned and produced a record of songs written and composed by artists entitled “Behave Like an Audience” to be published by Sternberg Press in March 2013.
The Curator’s Perspective is a free, itinerant public discussion series ICI developed as a way for international curators to share their research and experiences with audiences in New York. These talks provide ICI the opportunity to assemble documentation on and disseminate information about a wide variety of international perspectives on art today. This year audiences have heard perspectives on art, culture, and exhibition-making from curators based in Dakar, Jakarta, Gdansk, Berlin/Mexico City, and Melbourne. In fall 2013, practitioners will talk about what they’re most interested in at the moment, including the artists and the sociopolitical contexts that are shaping practices now.