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Charles Merewether - Abbreviated CV
2006 Biennale of Sydney Curator & Artistic Director
Art History, University of Sydney. Thesis: Neo-Colonialism, Primitivism and Minority Discourses in the Americas
M.A. prelim. Art History, University of Melbourne.
B.A. Comparative Literature, LaTrobe University.
Professional Activities (selected since 1994)
Artistic Director and Curator of the 15th Biennale of Sydney.
1994 - 2004
Collections Curator, Getty Research Institute, The Getty Center.
Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University
National Endowment of the Arts Review Panel
Editorial Board, Yishu, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Advisory Board, Art Asia Pacific
2001 - 03
Consultant for the internationally-based project Recovering the Critical Sources for Latin American/Latino Art, led by the International Center of the Americas at the Museum for Fine Arts, Houston and sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Macarthur Fellowship Nominator.
Advisory Editor, Grand Street (since 2001).
2001 - 03
Advisory Committee Minetta Brook: Hudson River Project
1999 - 2000
Outside Graduate Advisor, Liberal Arts and Sciences: Art Center, Pasadena
1999 - 2001
Advisory Committee Hudson River Art project
1996 - 2000
Exhibition Committee, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico.
Curatorial Exhibitions (selected since 1999)
Japanese postwar Avant-garde: Experiments in the Public Sphere: ca.1955-1975. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Mexico: From Empire to Revolution. Part One and Two Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles
Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History. Co-Curator with Susan Meiselas, Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle; Festival Internacional de Fotografia, Ayuntamiento de Madrid; Nederlands Foto Institutut, Rotterdam.
The Shadow of Gradiva. Getty Research Institute of Art History and the Humanities, Los Angeles
Towards Infinity: Immants Tillers. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico.
Curatorial Positions (since 1989)
1997 - 2000
Steering Exhibition Committee, Getty Research Institute
1996 - 2000
Exhibition Committee, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico.
Curatorial Consultant: Johannesburg Biennial, South Africa.
Curatorial Consultant: Exhibition, Internationalism and the Painting in the Sixties, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas.
Advisory Committee, Istanbul Biennale.
Curatorial Advisor: Sydney Biennial, Australia.
Curatorial Consultant: Exhibition, America, Bride of the Sun: Latin America, 500 years of cultural exchange, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp.
Inaugural Curator, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico.
Symposiums / Lectures (since 1992)
Paper, Symposium: Art, Monuments and Commemoration, Center for Cross-Cultural Research/ Humanities Research Center, Australian National University, Canberra (August); Lecture: National Arts School, Australian National University, Canberra (May); Lecture: University Art School, Istanbul (May); Panel Paper, Symposium: Sharjah Biennale, Dubai (April); Lecture: Prestige and Value: The case of Looting: University of Melbourne (March); Panel Paper, Symposium at ARCO, Madrid (February); Symposium: Biennales/Triennales New Delhi (January); Studio Talk: National College of Art and Beaconhouse National University in Lahore (January).
Discussant, Conference: Exhibiting East Asia Cambridge University (June); Imaginaries of the Modern Asia Art Archive, HongKong (May) & Beijing Academy of Art (May); Urban Imaginaries: An Asia-Pacific Research Symposium, Lignan University, HongKong (May); The Underground and Avant-Garde in Sixties Japan National School of Art, Australian National University (April); Imaginaries of the Modern Paper, Conference: 'Our Modernities' Asia Research Center, National University of Singapore (February).
Plenary Speaker, Conference: Ethics and Aesthetics Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Sydney (September); Salvaging Civilization. Seminar, The Power Institute of Fine Arts, University of Sydney (August); An Interval in Time: Event/Art/Archive Paper, Conference: 'Art and Human Rights' Humanities Research Center, Australian National University, Canberra (August); Inventories and Invention: Archives and the Avant-garde Paper, The Organization of Knowledge, CRASSH, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University (April).
At the threshold: Secrecy and Women. Paper, Symposium: Homage to Wifredo Lam, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam (December) A Breach in the Wall'. Paper, Symposium: On Contemporaneity in Contemporary Chinese Art He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (November) Participant in Conference 'Recovering Critical Sources'. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (September) Re-performing the Human: Chinese Performance art in Nineties. Panel: Chinese Contemporary v. Contemporary Chinese British Museum, London (April); Moderator: Workshop with Cai Guo Quiang, Californian Institute of the Arts (March).
Invention, Anti-archival practices Platform: Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey (November); Translation and Transnationalism: Reading the Local Otherwise. Paper, ARS 01 Symposium Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki (September); Respondent in Symposium: 'The Art of David Tudor: Indeterminacy and Performance in Postwar Culture.' Getty Research Institute (May); Mortality and the Archive, Dept. of Sociology and Religion, UC Santa Barbara (April); Art as Event Keynote speaker, Art History Graduate Students Association,UC Santa Barbara (April); The Artist Who Never Was Discussion with Ilya Kabakov and Boris Groys on the Soviet avant-garde, The Getty Center (February); 'Mortality and the Archive' Conference: Packrats & Bureaucrats, University of California, Santa Barbara (February).
Anxieties of Revelation: The work of Lauren Berkowitz (Melbourne: Craftsman House)
Liza Ryan: Conditions of Uncertainty (Amsterdam: Cinubia)
Nuevas Momentos del Arte Mexicano/New Moments in Mexican Art. (Madrid:Turner Libros)
The Necessity of Australian Art. Co-author with I. Burn, N. Lendon, A. Stephen. (Sydney: Hale and Ironmonger)
Art and Social Commitment: An End to the City Dreams, 1931-48. (Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales)
Books (editor or co-editorship)
Revolt of the Flesh: Postwar Art in Japan (Los Angeles: The Getty Research Institute)
The Archive - Contemporary Art Readers series. Guest Editor (London: Whitechapel Gallery/Mass: MIT Press)
Ai Weiwei: Beijing 1993-2003. Editor, (Beijing: Timezone8 Books)
A Marginal Body: The Photographic Image in Latin America. Editor. (Sydney: The Australian Centre for Photography)
Media Interventions. Co-editor. (Sydney: Intervention Inc)
The Great Divide. Co-editor with A.Stephen. (Melbourne: Independent publications)
Books (selected contributing essays)
Essay, Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Edited by Julie Alt, (London: Phaidon Press)
'Rites of Passage: From Modernity to Postmodernity in Chinese art'
'Roaming the Thresholds of Modernity: Exposure and Secrecy in Moriyama,' Daido Moriyama Catalogue Raisonne, (vol.3) Edited by Kiyokazu Tanno, (Tokyo Publishing House)
'Liliana Porter: El Romance y las ruinas del modernismo' Liliana Porter: Fotografia y Ficcion (Buenos Aires: Centro Cultural Recoleta, pp.149-158)
'Unland: Interview with Doris Salcedo', Art in Theory, 1900-2000: an anthology of changing ideas. Edited by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood, pp. 1180-1183.
'Exposure to Mortality/Archival Malpractice', Packratten und Bürokraten: Studien im Archiv. Edited by Sven Spieker Berlin: Kadmos Verlag
'On the Socialist Visual Experience: Interview with Wang Guangyi' Wang Guangyi Beijing: Timezone8 Books.
'A language to come: Japanese photography after the Event', Interarchive: Archival Practices and Sites in the Contemporary Art Field. Edited Hans-Peter Feldmann and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig/Kunstraum der Universität, Luneburg, pp. 168-176.
'Forgetting the Memory of the Word: Writing Lessons in Contemporary Chinese Art,' Re/Trace: Dialogues. Edited by Jagjit Chuhan, Angela Dimitrakaki, Emma Thomas. (Liverpool: John Moores University, pp. 62-69).
'Translation and Transnationalism: Reading the Local Otherwise.' ARS 01: Unfolding Perspectives. (Helsinki: Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma; pp. 57-66).
'Unland: Interview with Doris Salcedo,' Doris Salcedo. Edited by Ian Farr. (London: Phaidon Press, pp. 134-145).
'From Inscription to Dissolution: The work of Ana Mendieta.' Corpus Delecti: Performance Art and Women, edited by Coco Fusco. (London: Routledge, pp 134-151).
'Violence and the Aesthetics of Redemption,' Memory & Oblivion: Proceedings of XXIX International Congress of the History of Art, 1996, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers), pp. 1019-1023).
Selected Articles / Catalogue Essays (selected since 1996)
'The Long Striptease: The Art of Shanghai ' Parachute; 'Listening to the Silences' Exhibition: Witness +, (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney);
'Looting and Empire' Grand Street, No 71; 'Change Perspective: Interview with Ai Weiwei' Ai Weiwei: Beijing 1993-2003 (Beijing: Timezone8 Books); 'Yang Fudong, Doubt and Hope: An Interview.' Art Press, (No 290, May, pp. 30-34); 'The Specter of Being Human: Contemporary Chinese Art.' Yishu, (vol.2, No.2, Summer, pp. 58-81); 'Nostalgia for a Cosmopolitan Future: The work of Yang Fudong.' Exhibition: Camera, Musee d'art moderne, Paris.
On the Socialist Visual Experience: Interview with Wang Guangyi' (reprint) in Image is Power: the Art of Wang Guangyi, Zhang Xiaogang, Fang Lijun, He Xiangning Art Museum; 'Archival Invention' Exhibition: El Archivo Pons Artxiboa, pp. 65-76. San Sebastian: Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea
'After the Fact' (essay) Exhibition: Eztetyka del Sueno, (Madrid: Centro Velasquez, pp. 137-138).
Breathing the Night Air: The work of Enrique Martinez Celaya', Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, pp. 3-5); 'Disturbance in the Archive'(essay) Exhibition: Mas alla el Documento, Museo de Reina Sofia, Madrid, pp. 25-43.
A Lasting Impression (essay) Exhibition: The Trace Catalogue, First Liverpool Biennial; 'Displacement, Dissemination and Diaspora' Exhibition: Towards Infinity: Imants Tillers, pp. 11-17 and 21-27. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico; The Rise and Fall of Monuments', Grand Street magazine, No.68, pp. 183-191; 'The Spirit of Fire': Ana Mendieta, Grand Street magazine, No.67, pp. 49-50.
'Questions of Legacy', Grand Street magazine, No.66, pp. 147-159.
'The Aporias of Amnesia' (essay) Exhibition: Amnesia, pp. 19-25. Santa Monica Museum; "After the Fact: The photographs of William Doherty, Sophie Calle and Sophie Ristelhueber.' Grand Street magazine, No.64, p. 177-179;
'Archives of the Fallen', Grand Street, magazine No.62; 'Reading the Archive: The photographic practice of Milagros de la Torre' (essay), Exhibition: Milagros de la Torre Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, pp. 5-9 and 85-88; 'The Anonymity of violence: Re-elaborating the non-site' (revised essay). Edwin A.Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas. 'The Encounter' (introductory essay) Cronicas Americanas: A Retrospective of Jose Bedia, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico ; 'Being Otherwise' (essay) Atlantica (No.12), pp. 62-67.
"On Heterotopic Ground" (essay). Exhibition: Family, Nation, Tribe, Community: Shift Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, pp. 121-125. 'The Anonymity of violence: Re-elaborating the non-site' (essay). Exhibition: Propositions, Rochechouart Museum, Limoges, France, pp. 56-61; 'From Inscription to Dissolution: An Essay on Expenditure in the work of Ana Mendieta' (essay). Exhibition: Ana Mendieta Retrospective. Centro Gallego, Spain, pp. 83-131.'The Work of Recollection' (essay). Exhibition: Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, The Menil Foundation and Fotofest, Houston; 'A Matter of Recognition' African Arts, (Spring issue), pp. 71-73.
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