Omar Kholeif, Curator, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015

Omar Kholeif is a curator, writer and editor. He is the Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and a professor in visual arts and art history at the University of Chicago.

Previously, he was Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and Senior Visiting Curator at Cornerhouse and HOME, Manchester. He has also held posts including Head of Art and Technology at SPACE, London (where he was director of The White Building, London’s centre for art and technology) and was Curator at FACT, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool.

He has curated major exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Liverpool Biennial, the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and Armory Focus: Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean at the Armory Show, New York. In 2012, he was a co-curator of the Liverpool Biennial. Kholeif has also been Artistic Director at the Arab British Centre, London and founding director of the UK’s Arab Film Festival.

He was a founding editor of Portal 9, an Arabic-English journal of urbanism and architecture and was Senior Editor of Ibraaz Publishing. He is the author and editor of over two dozen books including,You Are Here: Art After the Internet (2014), Jeddah Childhood circa 1994 (2014), Moving Image (2015), and Electronic Superhighway (2016)

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