Curator’s program Visual Arts: Mami Kataoka

21-22 Feb 2017
Visitor's programme

Photograph: Daniel Boud

Mami Kataoka is the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum & Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney in 2018

Flanders Arts Institute organizes 10 meetings with artists from Flanders and Brussels. The meetings will take place at the Institute.

Mami Kataoka is appointed Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney in 2018. Since 2003, Mami Kataoka is Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo. Notable exhibitions Mami Kataoka has curated include ‘Roppongi Crossing’ (2004, 2013), ‘Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan’ (2010); as well as major survey shows on prominent artists in Asia such as Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Ai Weiwei, Lee Bul, Makoto Aida, and most recently Lee Mingwei. Kataoka was also the International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009.

Frequently writing for publications and presenting lectures on contemporary art in Asia, Kataoka is a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends within contemporary Japanese art. In recent years, she has extended her curatorial practice internationally, engaging in many projects including ‘ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale’ (2012), as Co-Artistic Director and guest curating ‘Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past’ (2012) at the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco). Kataoka also curated ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’ (2012) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC), which toured to several other North American venues.

Currently, she serves as a board member of CIMAM, a member of Guggenheim Museum Asia Art Council and an advisory member for Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

About the tailor-made programmes for individuals

Every year, curators and programme directors from abroad are invited by Flanders Arts Institute to visit the contemporary visual and performing art scene in Flanders and Brussels, Belgium.

They are offered a tailor-made programme in which they meet artists and other art professionals. Included are visits to artists, museums, arts centres and galleries. The programme is prepared in close consultation with the curators and takes account of their wishes.

In addition they are put in touch with artists and organisations that are not so well known at international level. This way, Flanders Arts Institute tries to increase the knowledge about the Flemish contemporary art scene and enhance its position abroad. Each visit generally lasts three to four days, unless there are reasons that require a longer stay.

For whom?

This programme is intended for art professionals in the visual, audiovisual and/or media art sector, including curators, critics or researchers. The goal is to maintain a balance between young upcoming, freelance and established art professionals associated with major art institutions, biennials, festivals, universities and magazines.

More information

Get in touch with Lissa Kinnaer for more information on our international visitors’ programme visual arts, and with Milica Ilic for more information on our international visitors’ programme performing arts.