Karen McKinnon

08.03.2018

Introducing Karen McKinnon, Director of Artes Mundi, an art curator with a truly international career, and one of the Professors of Practice we are celebrating as part of International Women's Day 2018.

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Karen MacKinnon has been working as an international curator based in Wales for the past sixteen years, including roles at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. During that time she has organised and curated contemporary and historical exhibitions and has developed a specific interest in the relationships between local and global, place and locality. More recently, she has been working in a number of different contexts both on and off site, working with socially engaged practitioners as well as those whose work is gallery based. In 2005 she curated the exhibition Somewhere Else Wales at the Venice Biennale which included the work of Peter Finnemore, Laura Ford, Paul Granjon and a residency with Bedwyr Williams. In 2008 she co-curated with Maria Clara Bernal the exhibition Displaced: contemporary art from Colombia which showed the work of 15 artists including artists such as Oscar Munoz, Jose Alejandro Restrepo and Maria Elvira Escalon. She has also worked on Let’s see what happens… an international exchange between seven artists Tim Davies, Yingmei Duan, Paul Emmanuel, Owen Griffiths, Zeng Huanguang, Maleonn Ma, Fern Thomas. In 2013, Karen was appointed Director of Artes Mundi International Visual Arts Exhibition and Prize.

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