Venice Biennale 2019 Champions’ Programs Curator Guides

Our Champions’ Program offers supporters a unique opportunity to engage with the artworks on show, not only at the Biennale’s official Giardini and Arsenale locations, but also in some hidden locations across the islands of Venice.

A diverse group of Australian curators will conduct a series of guided tours, offering insights and context to give our Champions a deeper understanding of the artworks.

2019 GUIDES 

Eugenio Viola

Eugenio Viola is the Senior Curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) in Western Australia. Before he was Curator at Large at MADRE, the Contemporary Art Museum of Naples, where he was responsible for the development of the museum’s collection. There he co-curated the first Italian large-scale exhibitions of Boris Mikhailov, Francis Alÿs, and a complex Daniel Buren project. Viola worked as a guest curator for several Italian and international institutions. He has edited numerous publications, and he is a scholar in theories and practices related to performance art. He is a longtime contributor to American Artforum.

Credit: Eugenio Viola, Bogota, 2018 Photo: Camo

Jaynie Anderson 

Jaynie Anderson OSI FAHA is Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne. She has curated exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the National Gallery of Art Washington, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Her next exhibition The Invention of Melbourne, will open at the Old Treasury Museum, Melbourne in July 2019. 

Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow 

Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow is Curatorial Manager, International Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane.

As a curator, Geraldine is interested in the energy that arises from the intersections between people and cultures, drawing on her mixed Anglo-Celtic and Maori descent, as well as her work over the past two decades with artists from Australia and around the globe. She has explored questions around the agency of the individual, memory, space, trauma, justice, beauty and the creative process. Since arriving in Brisbane, her curatorial projects have included Picasso: The Vollard Suite, 2018; Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images, 2017; Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything, 2016 and Tim Fairfax: A World View, 2015. 

Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh

Aileen Burns and Johan Lundth have been Executive Directors at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane, Australia, since 2014. At the IMA, Burns and Lundh have focused on commissioning new works by artists such as Céline Condorelli, Luke Willis Thompson, and Amalia Pica. They have also organised survey exhibitions with Nicholas Mangan, Tom Nicholson, Hito Steyerl, Haegue Yang, among others. Prior to leading the IMA, Burns and Lundh were Directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland (2011–14), and part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Turner Prize. They have also edited a number of award winning books for Sternberg Press.

Max Delany

Max Delany is Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). He was formerly Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012–2016), and Director, Monash University Museum of Art (2004–2012), where he oversaw the development of MUMA’s award-winning architectural premises on the Caulfield campus. Max also holds the position of adjunct Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University. Recent curatorial projects at ACCA include Eva Rothschild: Kosmos, 2018 and Unfinished Business: Perspectives on art and feminism, 2017-18.

Mark Feary

Mark Feary is the Artistic Director at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne. As a curator, Feary has worked within the visual art sector for almost twenty years in a range of contemporary art centres, universities, museums and artist-led initiatives, with an emphasis on contemporary art. Feary has worked in curatorial and programming roles at Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Artspace, Sydney; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; and West Space, Melbourne. Feary has twice previously worked for the Australian Pavilion in Venice, in 2003 and 2005.   

Catherine Kovesi

Catherine is an historian of Renaissance Italy at the University of Melbourne. With a doctorate from Oxford, she has held Fellowships at Oriel College, Oxford, at the University of Western Australia, and at the Harvard Centre for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, in Florence. Her research focuses on debates surrounding luxury and ethical consumption in early modern Italy. Catherine has an especial interest in the history of Venice, a city in which she has lived, taught, and researched over many years. For the last decade she has been bringing students from the University of Melbourne to Venice and Florence, and has curated intimate Venetian tours for alumni. She is immersed in Venice’s lagoon culture, food, and unique sociability, and has an abiding interest in its artisanal crafts. Above all she has a profound love for this complex, fragile city, and introducing people to its hidden depths.

Dr Catherine McCormack

Dr Catherine McCormack is a writer and lecturer based in London. She has worked as an art educator for over fifteen years and started her career teaching art history in Venice. She is the course director and founder of the ‘Women and Art’ study program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London), and author of numerous exhibition catalogue essays and contributions to academic journals on historical and contemporary art. She is currently working on a book on patriarchy and the historical depiction of women’s bodies and her title The Art of Looking Up will be published by White Lion in October 2019.

Kendrah Morgan

Kendrah Morgan is Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. She began her curatorial career at Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand, after several years in the commercial gallery sector and lecturing in art and design history.

Kendrah has curated more than forty exhibitions, with Charles Blackman: Schoolgirls, (2017); Arthur Boyd: Brides (2014); and Fiona Hall: Big Game Hunting (2013) among her recent major projects. She has co-authored four books about aspects of Heide history including the double biography Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed (2015), which was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction and the Colin Roderick Literary Award.

Liz Nowell

Liz Nowell is a curator, administrator and writer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Currently she is the Chief Executive Office of ACE Open, South Australia’s flagship contemporary art space. Prior to this, Liz worked as Executive Director, curator and lecturer for a range of organisation across Sydney, Adelaide and New York including Sydney College of the Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and as studio manager for Australia artist Tony Albert. Her curatorial projects include Next Matriarch (co-curated with Kimberley Moulton), Putsch: proppaNOW and SafARI 2014. In 2018 she was named by Indaily as one of 40 under 40 business leaders in South Australia and selected for the Australia Council Future Leaders program.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith is the Director of Geelong Gallery. He has most recently been curator of the survey Fred Williams in You Yangs, and he was the initiating curator and member of the international curatorial team for the acclaimed touring exhibition Making Modernism: O’Keeffe, Preston & Cossington Smith.  He was previously Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art; Director & CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art; Director of Monash Gallery of Art; and Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria. He has individually and collaboratively curated over 50 solo, group and thematic exhibitions including major surveys of the works of Howard Arkley, Peter Booth, Louise Bourgeois, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Stephen Benwell and Kathy Temin. He has written on the works of more than 150 artists for a range of publications.

Dr Mikala Tai

Dr Mikala Tai is the director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. As a curator, researcher, and academic specialising in contemporary Asian art, she has collaborated with local, national, and international organisations to strengthen ties between Australia and Asia. Recent curatorial projects at 4A include "The Burrangong Affray" (co-curated with Micheal Do, 2018) and “Before the Rain” (2017). Her independent curatorial projects include "Trompe-l'œil" (Sullivan + Strumpf Singapore, 2018) and “Abdullah M.I. Syed: Diving Economy—Structures” (Aicon Gallery, New York, 2017). Tai has taught at Monash University, RMIT, and the University of Melbourne and is published widely.

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