Space Studios, EAST LONDON
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th June 2018

 

Shoair Mavlian

Director – Photoworks 

Shoair Mavlian is director of Photoworks and is responsible for curating the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial. She was formerly assistant curator, photography and international art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated the major exhibitions ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018), ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’ (2016), ‘Conflict, Time, Photography’ (2014), ‘Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions’ (2014) and ‘Harry Callahan’ (2013). While at Tate Modern she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection including ‘Dayanita Singh’ (2017), ‘Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon’ (2017), ‘Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’ (2016), ‘Close Up: Identity and the Photographic Portrait’ (2015), ‘Charlotte Posenenske and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’ (2014), ‘Lewis Baltz and Minimalism’ (2012), and ‘New Documentary Forms’ (2011).  

Recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition ‘Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge’ (Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2016) and ‘In flux’ (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015 and Getxo Photo 2017). 

Shoair has a background in fine art photography practice and the history of photography focusing on the twentieth century. She has a strong interest in photography relating to conflict and memory, Central and Latin American photography and emerging contemporary practice. Recent publications include ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and International Art’ and ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’

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