WHO'S IN TOWN?
CHARLES ESCHE

SALT BEYOĞLU

JULY 12, 2011 18.30 – 20.00

PART 1 Charles Esche is a curator, writer, Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and co-founder of "Afterall Journal" and Afterall Books, based at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London. He is a visiting lecturer at a number of European academies, a regular advisor at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, and a board member of Manifesta. From Charles Esche's talk in the Walk-in Cinema.
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Charles Esche is a curator, writer, Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and co-founder of Afterall Journal and Afterall Books, based at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London. He is a visiting lecturer at a number of European academies, a regular advisor at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, and a board member of Manifesta.

A collaboration project entitled IstanbulEindhoven SaltVanAbbe is being jointly developed by SALT and Van Abbemuseum in the framework of the 2012 Turkey-Netherlands year. This will be an ongoing project throughout 2012.

In past years, Esche has curated the following biennials: U3 – 6th Triennial of Contemporary Slovenian Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2010); the 3rd Riwaq Biennale, Ramallah, Palestine (2009) with Reem Fadda; 2nd Riwaq Biennale (2007) with Khalil Rabah; 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005) with Vasıf Kortun, Esra Sarıgedik Öktem and November Paynter; and the Gwangju Biennale (2002) with Hou Hanru and Song Wang Kyung. He co-curated Tate Triennial: Intelligence at Tate Britain and Amateur - Variable Research Initiatives at Konstmuseum and Konsthall, Göteborg, both in 2000. From 2000-2004, he was Director of the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, and from 1998-2002, he organized the international art academic research project ‘Proto-academy’ at Edinburgh College of Art. Visual Arts Director at Tramway, Glasgow, from 1993-1997, Esche curated exhibitions by Elisabeth Ballet, Christine Borland, Roderick Buchanan, Douglas Gordon, Jonathan Monk, Stephen Willats and Richard Wright, as well as group shows Trust and The Unbelievable Truth.

A book of Esche’s selected writings, Modest Proposals, was published by Baglam Press, Istanbul, in 2005. He has written for numerous catalogues, magazines and art magazines, including Artforum, Frieze, Parkett and Art Monthly.