Vasif Kortun is a writer, curator, and teacher in the field of contemporary visual art. Kortun (born 1958) lives and works in Istanbul and has curated numerous exhibitions in Turkey and internationally. He is the programs and research director of SALT, which opened in 2011 in Istanbul, and is the founding director of several spaces, including Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul (2001–2010); Proje4L Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art (2001–2004); and the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York (1993–1997).
For the Istanbul Biennial, Kortun was co-curator (with Charles Esche) in 2005 and chief curator in 1992. In addition, he co-curated the Taipei Biennial (2008); Biennale of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, Albisola, Italy (2003); and São Paolo Biennial (1998). For the Venice Biennale, Kortun organized the Turkish Pavilion in 2007 and was curator of the UAE Pavilion in 2011. In 2006, he received the Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
This lecture is presented by the Core Program of the Glassell School of Art.