We are glad to welcome Irene Aristizábal to CIMAM!

6 October 2023

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"I am particularly interested in innovative curatorial practice that challenges established boundaries and considers methodologies that embrace decolonial, anti-colonial, and feminist models and frameworks. I would be interested in exchanging on these subjects and many others with other experts in the field.

Being part of CIMAM supports my professional development and I look forward to expanding my networks."

Irene Aristizábal, Head of Curatorial and Public Practice, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom

Irene Aristizábal is Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art’s Head of Curatorial and Public Practice since 2019. She has recently curated exhibitions by Jala Wahid, Carolina Caycedo, Judy Chicago, Ad Minoliti and Abel Rodríguez. She was the co-curator of British Art Show 9 (2021–22), the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK, organised every five years by Hayward Gallery Touring. Prior to Baltic, Irene worked as Head of Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary, where she curated exhibitions and commissioned projects by artists including Pia Camil, Steffani Jemison, Otobong Nkanga, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Sun Ra, Danh Võ, Carol Rama and Asco. Recent group exhibitions include Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender Resistance (2018–9), States of America: Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era (2017), and Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas (2015).

She was curator at the FRAC Nord Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, and was the recipient of the H+F Curatorial Grant (2010). Prior to that she co-directed the not-for-profit space Bétonsalon in Paris (2005–6).

Irene is a member of the Acquisitions Committee for the Frac Grand Large in Dunkirk and was a member of the Advisory Board of La Galerie, Contemporary Art Centre in Noisy-le-Sec (2020–22). She was a jury for the Turner Prize in 2022 and participated in the British Council Commission Selection Committee for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022


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Thank you Irene Aristizábal for becoming a member of CIMAM!