International Visitor Programme : August 2019

Sonel Breslav

Sonel Breslav, is the Director of Fairs & Editions at Printed Matter, Inc. the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination, understanding and appreciation of artists’ books and related publications. Sonel will present a short history of Printed Matter, Inc, with a focus on the NY and LA Art Book Fairs, now entering its 14th year in production, the leading international gathering for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating the full breadth of the art publishing community.


Natasha Ginwala

Natasha Ginwala is a curator and writer. She is Associate Curator at Gropius Bau, Berlin and Artistic Director of Gwangju Biennale 2020 with Defne Ayas. Ginwala has curated Contour Biennale 8, Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium and was part of the curatorial team of documenta 14, 2017. Other recent projects include COLOMBOSCOPE Festival ‘Sea Change’ (2019); Arrival, Incision. Indian Modernism as Peripatetic Itinerary in the framework of “Hello World. Revising a Collection” at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, 2018; Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future at ifa Gallery Berlin and Stuttgart, 2018; My East is Your West at the 56th Venice Biennale, 2015; and Corruption: Everybody Knows… with e-flux, New York, 2015. Ginwala was a member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2014, and has co-curated The Museum of Rhythm, at Taipei Biennial 2012 and at Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, 2016–17. From 2013–15, in collaboration with Vivian Ziherl, she led the multi-part curatorial project Landings presented at various partner organizations. Ginwala writes on contemporary art and visual culture in various periodicals and has contributed to numerous publications. She is a recipient of the 2018 visual arts research grant from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.


Defne Ayas

Defne Ayas has served as a director and curator to several cultural institutions and research initiatives across the world, including the Netherlands, China, the United States and Russia. Ayas was the director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (2012-2017). Currently, Ayas is the Artistic Co-Director of the Gwangju Biennale 2020 (w/Natasha Ginwala) and works as a Curator at Large at V-A-C Foundation in Moscow. She has served as curator of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); co-curator of the 6th Moscow Biennale (2015); co-curator of the 11th Baltic Triennial (2012), and curator of New York-based Performa since 2005.


Jacopo Crivelli Visconti

Jacopo Crivelli Visconti is a curator and art critic based in São Paulo. He holds a PhD in architecture from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), and was a member of the team of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo from 2001 to 2009, when he curated the official Brazilian participation at the 52nd International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2007). His recent works include: Untimely, Again, Pavilion of the Republic of Chipre at the 58th Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2019); Brasile – Il coltello nella carne, PAC – Padiglione d’arte contemporanea, Milan, Italy (2018); Matriz do tempo real, Museu de Arte Contemporânea of the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Memories of Underdevelopment, Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego, USA (2017); Héctor Zamora – Dinâmica não linear, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2016); Sean Scully, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil (2015); and Ir para volver, 12th Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (2014). He is the author of the book Novas derivas (WMF Martins Fontes, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014; Ediciones Metales Pesados, Santiago, Chile, 2016). He regularly collaborates with publications on contemporary art, architecture and design, contributes to exhibition catalogs, and writes monographs on artists.