Associate Artists Mentors

The Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists programme is a major new initiative, in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI) and CACTUS, which aims to support artists based in the North of England to develop their careers internationally. Ten selected artists are working closely with international curators who mentor them; providing the artists with an opportunity to develop their practice, gain an insight into the dynamics of the art industry, and develop international networks. The curators are: 

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook is Associate Curator at DiverseWorks in Houston. Her curatorial work reconsiders the relationship between images and objects, and investigates methods of delegation embedded within performative and participatory work. While at DiverseWorks, she has helped to organize commissioned projects with Tony Feher, Liz Magic Laser, Heather and Ivan Morison, Wu Tsang, Pepe Mar, and Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe. Recently, she curated two archival-based exhibitions The Eleventh Hour (2013) and SonicWorks (2014). Her writing has appeared in a number of art journals and catalogues, including Modern Painters, Flash Art, and the upcoming Prospect 3 catalogue. Prior to joining DiverseWorks, Cook worked for dOCUMENTA(13)’s publication team, and was a fellow for the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York. 

Övül Durmusoglu

Övül Durmusoglu is a curator and writer. She is the director/curator of YAMA screen in Istanbul. She works as a curatorial advisor and public program curator for Gulsun Karamustafa's monograph to open at Hamburger Bahnhof in summer 2016. She also co-leads Solar Fantastic, a research and publication project between Mexico and Turkey. Durmusoglu has recently curated Future Queer, the 20th year anniversary exhibition for Kaos GL association in Istanbul. In the past, she acted as the curator of the festival Sofia Contemporary 2013 titled Near, Closer, Together: Exercises for a Common Ground. She organised different programs and events as a Goethe Institute fellow at Maybe Education and Public Programs for dOCUMENTA (13). 

Mónica Espinel

Mónica Espinel is an independent curator and critic based in New York. She holds a BS in Psychology from Florida International University and an MA in Art History from Hunter College. She has held positions at Marvelli Gallery, Wildenstein & Co., and Frederico Sève/Latincollector. Her curatorial projects include: Black Milk: Theories on Suicide (Marvelli, 2004), Emerging Artist Series (Gramercy Post, 2005–6), Ceremonies of Summer (Latincollector, 2008), Then & Now: Abstraction in Latin American Art (Deutsche Bank, 2010), Memory Leaks (Creon, 2010), Taking AIM (co-curator, Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2011). She is the recipient of ArtTable’s Mentorship Grant to be a curatorial fellow at Wave Hill (2009), a Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation Curatorial Fellowship at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2010), and a Roswell L. Gilpatric Award to work in the department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2011).

Amanda de la Garza Mata

Amanda de la Garza Mata lives and works in Mexico City. She holds a BA in Sociology, an MA in Cultural Anthropology, and an MA in Curatorial Studies. She has been Associate Curator at the University Museum of Contemporary Art since 2012. De la Garza Mata has co-curated the exhibitions Mina 8. Unidad Pasta de Conchos, Colección: el crímen fundacional, and Jonas Mekas. She works as an editor in the independent publisher Tabasco189 Ediciones, a project focused on establishing links between contemporary art and literature. She also forms part of the collective Ciudad Ilusoria, an audiovisual platform that reflects upon urbanism, architecture, and urban anthropology. De la Garza Mata has co-organised the poetry festival Enclave at the International Book Fair of the Mining Palace (2012 and 2013). She has published art reviews, research articles, and poems in local and international journals and catalogues on a wide variety of subjects.

Meaghan Kent

Meaghan Kent is the Director and Chief Curator of SITE95. Kent was a gallery director for the past ten years and has worked at Casey Kaplan, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and I-20, managing the careers of internationally emerging and established artists and coordinating exhibitions locally and worldwide. Prior to her move to New York, Kent completed her MA in art history at George Washington University, Washington, DC and her BA at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kent has written and curated independently, most recently contributing to Art in America online. Recent curated exhibitions include: P2V: P. Scott Cunningham and Antoine Lefebvre at Dimensions Variable, Miami, and Trombly Rodriguez: The Fabric of a Space at the Abrons Arts Center, New York.

Rosa Lleó

Rosa Lleó is a writer and independent curator based in Barcelona. She is founder and co-director, together with João Laia, of the non-profit space The Green Parrot. Lleó regularly writes for La Vanguardia’s cultural supplement Cultura/s and occasionally for international art magazines. She also teaches Contemporary Art at the Department of Media Studies at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. Previously, she had worked as Researcher at the department of Public Programs at MACBA (Barcelona 2013), as a contemporary art editor at ACTAR Publishers (Barcelona, 2010-2012), and researcher and editorial assistant at Afterall (London, 2009). Lleó has curated exhibitions and events at MACBA (Barcelona, 2014), Fundació Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona, 2013), La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2010) and 176 Project Space (London, 2009). She did an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London (London, 2007-2009) and took part on the Curatorlab program at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm, 2012).

Rattanamol Singh Johal

Rattanamol Singh Johal is the C-MAP Fellow for Asia in the Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA and a member of the post Editorial Team. He has previously worked in various capacities, including curator, archivist and publications editor at Khoj International Artists' Association in New Delhi. He entered the Art History doctoral program at Columbia University in 2013 after earning a BA in Art History & Political Science at the Macaulay Honors College, CUNY (2009) and an MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2011). Interested in exploring the afterlives of the documentary mode, he examines artistic practices from around the globe that continue to critically push the genre into speculative, fictive, forensic, and other terrains.

Karen Patterson

Karen Patterson is an Associate Curator with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Her primary focus is the Arts Center’s premier collection of folk art, self-taught art, and artist environments. Her recent curatorial projects include Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez, Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values, and This Must Be The Place, an exhibition series exploring the relationship between artists and their formative places. Karen completed her BA in Folklore Studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and her Masters of Art Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her focus was the home collection of Chicago artist Ray Yoshida. Prior to joining JMKAC, she developed interpretive programs for house museums and heritage sites in Canada and the US and co-founded a 12-hour public art festival, Nocturne: Art at Night, in Nova Scotia. 

Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo

Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo is an art historian from the UCM, Madrid, MA in Cultural Management from Instituto Ortega y Gasset and has a diploma in Corporate Communications from Universidad de los Andes de Santiago de Chile. She started her career in Spain at Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado and as editor and coordinator of masdearte.com. In 2003 she moved to Chile, where she collaborated with MAVI, MAC and Centro Cultural de España. As of 2009 she has lived in Brazil. She was previously the Director of Galeria Baró. As a researcher, Ramos is part of History in display (WT), a collaborative project with contemporary artists on critical insertion in Brazilian museums. She is also developing the research Artist working, (thinking on) new economies, a report and exhibition about the labor conditions in contemporary art. 

Rotem Rozental

Rotem Rozental is a Doctorate Candidate at the Art History Department of Binghamton University. Her PhD research investigates the intersections of photographic archives, technologies and nationalism, focusing on Zionist archives. Rotem completed her MA studies with honorary distinction at the Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas (Tel Aviv University). Rotem is currently the online editorial director of the Jerusalem Season of Culture. In the framework of this annual festival, she was appointed co-artistic director of We – Festi-Conference for Creative Collectives (2012-2013). In 2014, she initiated JSOC’s latest online project - PostScript. Since 2010, Rotem is the editor of The Shpilman Institute for Photography Blog and social media. She is also a researcher in the Institute.

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