International Visitor Programme : December 2015

Thomas Lax

Curator

Thomas J. Lax. Photo: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Thomas J. Lax was appointed Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art in 2014. For the previous seven years, he worked at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where he organised over a dozen exhibitions as well as numerous screenings, performances and public programs. Lax is a faculty member at the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts; on the Advisory Committee Vera List Center for Arts and Politics; on the Arts Advisory Committee of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; a member of the Catalyst Circle at The Laundromat Project; and on the Advisory Board of Recess. He received his BA from Brown University in Africana Studies and Art/Semiotics, and an MA in Modern Art from Columbia University. In 2015, Lax was awarded the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement.


Maria Lind

Curator

Bernd Krauss, PigmaML, portrait of Maria Lind.

Maria Lind has been the Director of the Tensta Konsthall since 2011 and is the Artistic Director for the 11th Gwangju Biennale 2016. She was the director of the graduate programme at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, from 2008–10. Before that, she was the director of lASPIS in Stockholm (2005–07) and the director of the Munich Kunstverein (2002–04). Previously she was the curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm (from 1997–2001) and in 1998 co-curated Manifesta 2, Europe’s nomadic biennial of contemporary art. Responsible for the ‘Moderna Museet Projekt', Lind worked with artists on a series of 29 commissions that took place in a temporary project-space, or within or beyond the Museum in Stockholm. She is currently a professor of research at the Art Academy in Oslo. She is the co-editor of the following books: Curating with Light Luggage (2005) and Collected Newsletter; Taking the Matter into Common Hands: Collaborative Practices in Contemporary Art (2007); European Cultural Policies 2015; The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art (2008); Contemporary Art and Its Commercial Markets: A Report on Current Conditions and Future Scenarios (2012); Performing the Curatorial: With and Beyond Art (2012) and Art and the F Word: Reflections on the Browning of Europe (2015), all with Sternberg Press. She edited Abstraction as part of MIT’s and Whitechapel Gallery’s series ‘Documents on Contemporary Art’. In 2010 a selection of Maria Lind’s essays, Selected Maria Lind Writing, spanning from 1997–2010, was published by Sternberg Press, edited by Brian Kuan Wood. Lind won the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2009 and was a board member of IKT from 2006–2011.


Margarida Mendes

Curator

Margarida Mendes

Margarida Mendes is a researcher, curator and educator. In 2009 she founded the project space The Barber Shop in Lisbon, where she hosts a programme of seminars and residencies dedicated to artistic and philosophical research. Exploring the overlap between cybernetics, philosophy, sciences and experimental film, her personal research investigates the dynamic transformations of materialism and their impact on societal structures and cultural production. She has curated projects in various institutions, among them the Flat Time House, London; KIM? Contemporary Art Center in Riga; CAC Vilnius; Spike Island Centre of Contemporary Art & Design in Bristol; 98 Weeks in Beirut; or Museu de Serralves in Porto. Mendes holds an MA in Aural and Visual Culture from Goldsmiths College of London, and in 2013 she was part of the Synapse Curatorial Research Group included in the 'Anthropocene Project' at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, publishing in the volume Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray, edited by MIT Press (Cambridge, MA). Mendes will be accompanying Maria Lind on her research in Oslo in December 2015 as part of OCA's International Visitor Programme.