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  • Catherine David

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    Catherine David is an independent curator based in Paris. She began her career as a curator at the National Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Georges Pompidou (1982-1990), followed by curator at the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (1990-1994), both in Paris. From 1994 to 1997, David served as Artistic Director for documenta X in Kassel, Germany, and from 1998 onwards has been Director of the long-term project Contemporary Arab Representations (Beirut/Cairo/Iraqi Equation), produced by Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona. In 2000, David organized The State of Things for the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. Between 2002 and 2004, she was Director of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. As an independent curator, David organized the monograph exhibition of Bahman Jalali at Tàpies Fondation in Barcelona and the interdisciplinary event Di/Visions: Culture and Politics of the Middle East at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (2007); received the Bard Award for curatorial excellence in New York (2008); curated the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2009); organized the Hassan Sharif exhibition Experiments & Objects 1979-2011 at the ADACH Exhibition Hall in Abu Dhabi and launched the first monographic book on the artist at the Venice Biennale (2011); and curated A Blind Spot at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, Mutatis Mutandis at Secession in Vienna and Marwan & Abdelrahman Munif Correspondences 1991-2004 for the Beirut Art Fair (2012).

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