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Zoe Shearman

Independent curator, writer and lecturer.

Zoë Shearman is an independent curator and writer based in the UK. She is founding Director/Curator of the projects agency Relational and was formerly Co-Director of Spacex Gallery in Exeter, UK and Director of Exhibitions at Riverside Studios in London. Forthcoming books include Anti-bodies (Relational, 2013); she is UK Correspondent of Gallery Magazine, China and is developing an exhibition project for SongEun Art and Cultural Foundation in Seoul, South Korea (April 2014).
Most recently, she co-edited the book Cargo (University of Plymouth Press, UK, 2011) and her writings have been published by The Green Box, Berlin; Art Monthly; and engage Journal. She has produced numerous exhibition publications including monographs on Eric Bainbridge Louise Bourgeois, Joan Brossa, Yoko Ono and Jayne Parker.
She was overall curator of the Anti-bodies programme, a partnership with Arnolfini, Kurator, Plymouth Arts Centre and Spacex Gallery, UK (2009-2012). With Arnolfini she curated Craftivism (with Christine + Irene Hohenbücher, JODI, Stephanie Syjuco and others) (2009) and Far West Metro (with Cao Fei, Melanie Jackson, Michael Lin and others) (2008). She curated a series of artists' interventions as part of the major historical exhibition Human Cargo at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, UK (2007) and was a guest curator for 8 + 8 Contemporary International Video Art at 53 Art Museum, Guangzhou, China (2011)
At Spacex (1999-2001), she co-curated first UK solo exhibitions by Angus Fairhurst, Christine + Irene Hohenbücher, Sigalit Landau and Lois Weinberger. After leaving she continued to work with Spacex co-curating the multi-site projects Patterns (2001) (with Zineb Sedira and Samta Benyahia) and Homeland (2004) (44 artists including Tariq Alvi, Guillermo Gomez Pena, Rosalind Nashashibi, Grayson Perry).
As an independent curator (1994-1999) she curated context-based projects for the Architectural Association, Institute of International Visual Arts, Wellcome Trust, Camden Arts Centre and the Freud Museum, London. In 1996 she co-curated, with Tom Trevor, a major multi-site project, The Visible & the Invisible representing the body in contemporary art & society, including first UK presentations by Tania Bruguera and Doris Salcedo along with site-specific installations by Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Donald Rodney and others.
At Riverside (1990-1994) she curated or co-curated first UK solo exhibitions in a public institution of Eric Bainbridge, Louise Bourgeois, Mat Collishaw, Peter Fend, Yoko Ono, Bethan Huws, Tania Kovats and Simon Patterson, among others; 'off-site' projects by artists including Judith Barry; and the seminar series Legitimate Practices in partnership with Artforum (with Thomas Crow, Isabella Graw, Hans Haacke, Chris Dercon and others). She toured Bill Viola's Reasons For Knocking at an Empty House to Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla, Spain and Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal. At Riverside she also worked with artists including Ida Applebroog, IRWIN, Ilya Kabakov and Tim Rollins + K.O.S (1987-1990).
She has taught on a number of postgraduate Curatorial Programmes and is member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT).
She has undertaken a range of independent consultancy work for organisations including Arts Council England and the Architectural Association, London. She holds a degree in History of Art from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London.



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