58th Carnegie International — Curatorial Team

Sept 24, 2022—Apr 2, 2023 ▪ Various Locations

Sohrab Mohebbi, the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International, has assembled a Pittsburgh-based curatorial team, an international curatorial council, and an advisory group to create the exhibition. The curatorial team, which includes associate curator Ryan Inouye, and curatorial assistant Talia Heiman, will contribute to exhibition research, artist selection, public programs, and publication projects for the Carnegie International. Working closely with Mohebbi, Inouye and Heiman will serve as instrumental thought partners and provide strategic guidance as well as liaise with artists, international collaborators, and local partners to bring this edition of the Carnegie International to life.

Drawing on a range of professional experiences and intellectual commitments, the four-person curatorial council will help shape and challenge expectations of an international exhibition in the United States. Members include Freya Chou, Renée Akitelek Mboya, Robert M. Ochshorn, and Pablo José Ramírez. The formation of the curatorial council acknowledges a commitment to polyphony by creating an ensemble of positions that reflects the international scope and intention of the exhibition. The council members will introduce artists’ practices and projects to the Carnegie International, maintain regular dialogue with the curatorial team and contribute to the making of the exhibition, publication, and public programs. In addition, Mohebbi and Inouye have invited an advisory group to facilitate focused research around the world and provide guidance regarding specific regions. These advisors include Thiago de Paula Souza, Arlette Quỳnh-Anh Trần, and Renan Laru-an.

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Photo: Sean Eaton

58th Carnegie International Curatorial Team

A man standing in a dramatically lit location.
Sohrab Mohebbi. Photo: Sabrina Santiago

Sohrab Mohebbi

Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator

Sohrab Mohebbi is the Kathe and Jim Patrinos Curator of the 58th Carnegie International. He also serves as curator-at-large at SculptureCenter in New York, and in 2022, was appointed Director of SculptureCenter. Before joining that organization in 2018, he was associate curator at REDCAT in Los Angeles and curatorial fellow at the Queens Museum. He is an advisor at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and has organized exhibitions and programs for the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA; SALT, Istanbul; and the Center for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg, South Africa. He received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BFA in photography from Tehran Art University.

Mohebbi has organized solo exhibitions by Banu Cennetoğlu, Fiona Connor, Tishan Hsu, Hassan Khan, John Knight, and Falke Pisano, among others. His group exhibitions include Searching the Sky for Rain (2019), It is obvious from the map (2017; co-curated by Thomas Keenan) and Hotel Theory (2015; with Ruth Estévez), which received The Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award in 2013. In 2012, he was the recipient of a grant from the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for his blog presencedocuments.

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Ryan Inouye. Photo: Bryan Conley

Ryan Inouye

Associate Curator

Ryan Inouye is associate curator for the 58th Carnegie International. He served most recently as senior curator at Sharjah Art Foundation in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where he curated exhibitions and co-organized the 2018 edition of the March Meeting, an annual program that explores developments in culture through contemporary art. Previously, he served as associate curator of Sharjah Biennial 12: The past, the present, the possible (2014–2015) and held curatorial posts at the New Museum in New York, focusing on the 2012 New Museum Triennial and Museum as Hub initiative, as well as at REDCAT in Los Angeles. Inouye received an MRes from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

a woman standing in front of a green wall.
Talia Heiman. Photo: Bryan Conley

Talia Heiman

Curatorial Assistant

Talia Heiman, curatorial assistant for the 58th Carnegie International, has held curatorial positions at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has curated exhibitions and programs at The Kitchen, New York; the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; and AA|LA Gallery, Los Angeles. She has published catalogue essays for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the 57th Carnegie International. Heiman received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BA from New York University.

58th Carnegie International Curatorial Council

Freya Chou is a curator and writer based in Hong Kong. Having served as co-curator of the 10th Shanghai Biennial and the first curator of education and public programs at Para Site in Hong Kong, Chou currently works independently on research projects with several organizations, including the Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. She was recently named curator of Hong Kong’s participation in the 59th Venice Biennale.

Renée Akitelek Mboya is a writer, curator, and filmmaker. Her custom is one that relies on biography and storytelling as forms of research and production. Mboya is presently preoccupied with looking and speaking about images and the ways in which they are produced, especially how they have come to play a critical role as evidence of white paranoia, and as aesthetic idioms of racial violence. Mboya seeks to better understand the ways in which images are used to reinforce the institutionally manufactured narrative of the racialized body as a constant danger to the law. Mboya works in Dakar and Nairobi and is a collaborative editor with the Wali Chafu Collective.

Robert M. Ochshorn is a software engineer, cultural theorist, and media researcher based in San Francisco. He develops unusual digital interfaces to observe and activate sound, video, and language. He is interested in how new communication tools enable new social practices, and vice versa. Ochshorn is a columnist for Starship Magazine and co-founder and chief technology officer at Reduct.Video.

Pablo José Ramírez is a curator, writer, and cultural theorist who lives and works in Guatemala and Amsterdam. He is the Adjunct Curator of First Nations and Indigenous Art at Tate Modern. Ramírez co-curated with Cecilia Fajardo-Hill the 19th Bienal Paiz and was the 2019 recipient of the Independent Curators International/CPPC Award for Central America and the Caribbean. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Infrasonica. Ramírez’s work revisits post-colonial societies to consider non-Western ontologies, indigeneity, forms of racial occlusion, and sound.

58th Carnegie International Advisors

Thiago de Paula Souza is a curator and educator. De Paula Souza is co-curating The River is a Serpent, the 3rd edition of Frestas – Triennial of Arts (Sesc São Paulo), in Sorocaba, São Paulo. In 2018 and 2019 he participated in the Basis Voor Actuele Kunst (BAK) post-academic Fellowship Program and served on the curatorial team of the 10th Berlin Biennale. De Paula Souza is a PhD candidate at HDK–Valand at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Arlette Quỳnh-Anh Trần is a curator and writer based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Currently, she is director and curator of Post Vidai Collection, and also part of Art Labor, an artist collective in Saigon. From 2006 to 2007 she was assistant curator for the Saigon Open City project, the first attempt to realize a large-scale exhibition of contemporary art in Vietnam.

Renan Laru-an is a researcher and curator working in Southeast Asia. He is the public engagement and artistic formation coordinator at the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN). He co-curated the 6th Singapore Biennale in 2019 and the 8th OK.Video-Indonesia Media Arts Festival in 2017. Laru-an was recently appointed co-curator of the 2nd Biennale Matter of Art in 2022.

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