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Katya García-Antón

Katya García-Antón has been Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway since February 2014. Katya García-Antón obtained an MA in 19th and 20th century Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Arts London. Thereafter she worked at The Courtauld Institute of Art, BBC World Service (Latin American Broadcasts), Museo Nacional Reina Sofía Madrid, ICA London, IKON Birmingham and as Director of Centre d’Art Contemporain (CAC) Genève. She is responsible for more than 70 exhibitions of art, architecture and design of practitioners world-wide presented in art institutions in Europe, as well as Latin America and the Middle East. Amongst these curatorial projects are the Spanish Pavillon in the Sao Paolo Biennial 2004 and the Venice Biennial 2011, the Prague Biennial 2005 and the flagship exhibition “Gestures in Time” which she co-curated for the Qalandiya International Biennial. In the last three years, Katya García-Antón was advisor for PICE (AC/E) the international arts programme of the Ministry of Culture, Spain, and Jury Member for Pro Helvetia Switzerland in the selection of artists/architects for the Swiss Pavilion in the Art and Architecture Biennials in Venice; she was also Curatorial Mentor for the ‘Ineditos’ young curator programme in Casa Encendida, Madrid. In autumn 2013 she curated the retrospective of feminist figurative painter Sylvia Sleigh in CAAC Sevilla, as well as presented a paper in the International Symposium ‘Art and Social Inclusion’ at the Cinemathèque de Tangiers (programme by Museo Picasso Malaga). She conceived the foundational concept for the current two-year programme on critical writing in Switzerland for Pro Helvetia, Zurich. In 2015 she curated, as OCA Director (with the collaboration of OCA Senior Programmer, Antonio Cataldo), the project ´Rapture´by artist Camille Norment for the Nordic Pavilion in the Venice Biennial. She is currently developing a two year programme of research and projects entitled “Thinking at the Edge of the World. Perspectives from the North”.

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