The Biennale of Sydney announced Mami Kataoka as the Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney to be held in 2018.
Mami Kataoka, the acclaimed Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, is the first curator from Asia to be appointed as Artistic Director of the Biennale of Sydney. No stranger to Australia (having been one of 13 eminent international advisors to this year’s 20th edition and with strong connections to local curators and artists), Ms. Kataoka is a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends within Japanese and Asian art.
Ms. Kataoka is renowned internationally for her curatorial practice, having engaged in many projects including as co-artistic director of ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012), and guest curator of Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (2012) at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Ms. 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.
Mami Kataoka has been the Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo since 2003 where she has curated numerous notable exhibitions including Roppongi Crossing (2004, 2013); Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan (2010); as well as major survey shows of prominent artists in Asia such as Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Ai Weiwei, Lee Bul, Makoto Aida, Lee Mingwei, and N.S. Harsha (upcoming). Between 2007 and 2009, Ms. Kataoka was the International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London, during which time she curated Laughing in a Foreign Language (2008) and co-curated Walking in My Mind (2009). She was Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery from 1998 to 2002. 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. Ms. Kataoka frequently writes and lectures on contemporary art in Asia. She is a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School.
- Mami Kataoka