Liverpool Biennial has announced the joint appointment of Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman as curators of its 2014 edition. The two curators will join a creative team led by Artistic Director Sally Tallant who is currently developing the Biennial’s on-going programme of public discourse and long-term commissions and projects.
Mai Abu ElDahab is a freelance curator from Cairo currently based in Brussels, Belgium. She was formerly director of the non-profit art space Objectif Exhibitions in Antwerp (2007-12), where she curated a programme of solo shows that included exhibitions by Norma Jeane and Tim Etchells, Mark Aerial Waller and Chris Evans. She has edited a number of publications including After Berkeley (2012) and From Berkeley to Berkeley (2011), both of which featured interviews with artists from the Objectif Exhibitions programme. Most recently, she has commissioned and produced a 10-inch vinyl record entitled Behave Like an Audience. The record includes songs written, composed and performed by artists, again selected from her time in Antwerp.
New York based Anthony Huberman is a curator and writer from Geneva. He is founding director of The Artist’s Institute, where he has worked with artists such as Rosemarie Trockel, Jimmie Durham and Jo Baer. He is also a lecturer at Hunter College, New York and in August 2013 he will become director of the CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco. He has formerly held curating posts at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. As a writer he has contributed to a number of publications including Artforum, Afterall and Flash Art, and is a contributing editor to Bomb magazine.
Sally Tallant said: “I am delighted that Anthony and Mai accepted our invitation to curate this edition of the Biennial. Together they bring extraordinary expertise and I am looking forward to working with them both to develop an exciting Biennial for 2014 in Liverpool.”
Liverpool Biennial attracted 690,000 visitors in 2012 and contributed £20m to Liverpool’s economy. As such, it is the largest contemporary art festival in the UK. Liverpool Biennial 2014 will take place from 5 July to the end of October 2014.
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