International Visitor Programme : April 2008

Jonathan Watkins

Director/Curator

Jonathan Watkins

Jonathan Watkins has been the Director of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, since 1999. Previously he worked for a number of years in London, as Curator of the Serpentine Gallery (1995-1997) and Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1990-1995). Watkins has curated a number of large international exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney (1998); ‘Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art’ (Hayward Gallery, London 2001); ‘Quotidiana’ (Castello di Rivoli, Turin 1999); Tate Triennial (2003); Shanghai Biennale (2006); Sharjah Biennial (2007); ‘Negotiations’ (Today Art Museum, Beijing 2010); and the Guangzhou Triennial (2012). He was part of the curatorial team for ‘Europarte’ (Venice Biennale, 1997); ‘Milano Europa 2000’, (Palazzo di Triennale, Milan 2000); and ‘Riwaq’ (Palestinian Biennial 2007). He also curated the Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2013. Watkins has written extensively on contemporary art. Recent essays by him have focused on the work of Giuseppe Penone, Martin Creed, Semyon Faibisovich, Yang Zhenzhong, Noguchi Rika, Caro Niederer, Beat Streuli and Cornelia Parker. He was the author of the Phaidon monograph on Japanese artist On Kawara.


Vasif Kortun

Director, curator

Vasif Kortun is the curator and the director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, in Istanbul. His texts have appeared in many different books, magazines and exhibition catalogs.Jahresring 51: Szene Turkei: Abseits aber Tor, a book on Turkey co-authored with Erden Kosova was published in 2004. The co-curator of the 9th Istanbul Biennial in 2005, Kortun received the 9th annual Award for Curatorial Excellence given by the Center for Curatorial Studies in 2006. He is was the co-curator of the Taipei Biennial 2008.