International Visitor Programme : April 2018

Tom Trevor

Tom Trevor

Tom Trevor is Artistic Director of the Atlantic Project, leading on the development of a new international biennial festival of contemporary art for the South West of England, in the lead-up to the Mayflower 400 anniversary in 2020. He is also Guest Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Previously he was Artistic Director of the 4th Dojima River Biennale in Osaka, Japan (2014-15), curatorial consultant to the 1st ARoS Triennial in Aarhus, Denmark (2014-15), Guest Curator at the Devi Art Foundation in Delhi, India (2013-14), Director of Arnolfini in Bristol, UK (2005-13), Associate Curator of the Art Fund International collection (2007-12) and Director of Spacex in Exeter, UK (1999-2005).

As a champion of experimental emerging practice, Trevor has curated more than 100 projects, including numerous early career shows of artists as well as first UK exhibitions of renowned international figures such as Maria Thereza Alves, Cosima von Bonin, Matti Braun, Tania Bruguera, Meschac Gaba, Doris Salcedo, Do Ho Suh, Joelle Tuerlinckx, Lois Weinberger and Haegue Yang, amongst others. He has curated numerous group exhibitions and led on large-scale international initiatives (e.g. introducing Japanese audiences to the work of artists such as Melanie Gilligan, Michael Stevenson, Hito Steyerl and SUPERFLEX for the first time). He also has experience of interdisciplinary programming, including performance art, experimental music, dance, film, digital and online projects.

Trevor’s recent curated projects include 'Music for Museums' (a series of performances, film screenings and sound interventions) throughout the Whitechapel Gallery (2015-16); the 4th Dojima River Biennale in Osaka (2015), entitled 'Take Me To The River' (with artists from eight countries showing alongside emerging and established practitioners from Japan); 'Black Sun' at the Devi Art Foundation in Delhi (2013) (including leading artists from the South Asian diaspora); and Joelle Tuerlinckx’s 'Wor(l)d(k) in Progress?' at Arnolfini (2013) (developed in collaboration with Wiels, Brussels, and Haus der Kunst, Munich). Major commissions he worked on in 2015 include John Akomfrah’s 'Vertigo Sea' for the 56th Venice Biennale (Associate Producer) and 'New York City Apartment / Bristol' by Do Ho Suh for the Art Fund International collection.

Vincenzo de Bellis

Vincenzo de Bellis. Photo: Marco De Scalzi

Vincenzo de Bellis is Curator of Visual Arts at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. At Walker he has recently organised exhibitions such as 'Nairy Baghramian: Deformation Professionelle' (2017) and 'I am you, You are too' (2017). He has also served as Coordinating Curator for Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World (2017). He is currently working on 'Illusion Brought me Here', a survey exhibition by Mexican Artist Mario Garcia Torres, scheduled to open at Walker, October 24, 2018 and then touring to Wiels, Brussels in May 2019. Prior to joining the Walker in 2016, De Bellis was director and curator of Peep-Hole Art Center in Milan, which he co-founded in 2009. There he produced a range of exhibitions with artists including Mario García Torres, Uri Aran, Paolo Gioli, Ahmet Ogut, Andra Ursuta, Renata Lucas, Paolo Icaro, Pavel Buchler, Gabriel Sierra, Francesco Arena, Rosalind Nashashibi, and Trisha Baga, as well as publications with Jimmie Durham, Liam Gillick, Chistodolous Panayioutu, Alejandro Cesarco, Dora Garcia, Judith Hopf, Seth Price and Paul Sietsema. In 2015 De Bellis curated Ennesima, an Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art at Triennale di Milano and a solo exhibition by Betty Woodman at ICA, London and Museo Marino Marini, Florence. He has also held the position of Artistic Director of the International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art in Milan since 2012. Previously de Bellis held curatorial roles at Museion, Bolzano, where he also guest-curated a survey show 'Soft Information in Your Hard Facts' by Mexican artist Gabriel Kuri and GAMeC, Bergamo. De Bellis holds a Master of Arts in Curatorial Studies from Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. He is a contributor to numerous exhibition catalogues and art publications, including and Mousse Magazine.

Gabriel Mestre Arrioja

Gabriel Mestre Arrioja is a writer, artist, filmmaker and independent curator. Mestre Arrioja works with non-linear projects to generate different epistemological production that reunites artistic practices, the knowledge of the indigenous people of Mexico and the First Nations of the Americas with the history of the avant-garde art movements and notions from critical thinking. His projects are to find different schemes of participation and collaboration with individuals and groups alienated by Capitalism and other production systems, promoting, among other things: aims of decolonialization, the exercise of institutional criticism and civil rights empowerment and the building of alternative and solidarity economies. Since 2002, he has managed several projects as independent, self-supported or freelance curator. His achievements have been developed mostly in the fields of contemporary art and visual culture but also within anthropology and the environmental science. He has collaborated with selected institutions (public, private and personal ones) in Europe and Asia, as well as in the Americas, running his exhibitions, publications and public programs in a number of countries such as: Iceland, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Cuba, Colombia and Mexico. Recently, his curatorial research, mediation and management of projects have been benefited by different international grants, programs and institutions, such as: Danish Art Foundation, IASPIS, FRAME, CCA Estonia, CAC Vilnius, Icelandic Art Center, IFA, Goethe Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum and Jumex Foundation, among others. He is the founder of the Curatorial Residency In Mexico (CRIMEX), the project space Surplus Int. and the non-profit organization Artenación.