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Maayan Sheleff

Maayan Sheleff is the artistic advisor of The Art Cube Artists’ Studios in Jerusalem and the curator of its international residency program, LowRes Jerusalem. She was the curator at CCA Tel Aviv and the assistant director of its curatorial studies program. Her projects take a reflexive approach towards participation and activism. She is currently studying for a Practice-Based PHD at the Curatorial platform, the University of Reading (UK) and Zhdk (CH), exploring the use of the voice in participatory practices, in relation to protest movements of the last decade. Some of her recent projects include “Voice Over” at the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Holland (opens October 2020) and “(Un)commoning Voices and (Non)communal Bodies” for Reading: International, UK (2019). Sheleff curated exhibitions in various institutions and in the public sphere, among them at the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Madre museum in Naples, Shift festival in Basel, Herzliya Museum, Israel, and the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem. She was co-curator of the first Tel Aviv- Yaffo biennial (ARTLV 2009). She teaches in Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem, and lectured as a guest in many other academic institutions, among them Stockholm University, School of Visual Arts, NY, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem,Tel Aviv University and others. She is on the advisory board of OnCurating. Some of her recent publications include: Rendering Borders– curatorial text for Morehshin Allahyari and Lior Zalmanson’s exhibition catalogue, Art Cube Artists’ Studios, 2018. Fear and Love in Graz, (in:) Empty Stages, Crowded Flats. Performativity as Curatorial Strategy, performing urgency #4, Editors Florian Malzacher and Janna Warsza, House on Fire publishing, 2017. The Infiltrators – Crossing Borders With Participatory Art, (in:) Refugees and Cultural Education- Formats and strategies for a new field of practice, editors Caroline Gritschke and Maren Ziese, Transcript publishing, Germany, 2016 The Chosen People – A Small Guide For a Big Revolution, a conversation with The Yes Men’s Andy Bichlbaum, Tohu online magazine, January 2016.

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Alumni Seminar

This week, 13 alumni from one of the first Curatorial Intensives held in 2010 participated in a seminar via Zoom. Dialing in from Mexico City, Lansing, Belgrade, Dublin, Lagos, New York City, Columbus, Toronto, Plovdiv, Portland, Porto, Wilmington, and Tel Aviv, the discussion included: David Ayala-Alfonso, Steven L. Bridges, Maja ?iri?, Oyinda Fakeye, Michele Horrigan, […]

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The Agency With Maayan Sheleff

Saturday, June 30 3–5pm ICI Curatorial Hub New York, NY Speakers will engage with the idea of “the agency” through various projects, debating the possibility of art as a vehicle for social change, and the shift in the roles of both artist and curator on the border between art and activism. Participants include Maayan Sheleff, […]

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Unsafe Safety

Maayan Sheleff, an alumna of the Curatorial Intensive in New York in 2010, reflects on the questions generated from a Zoom conversation with her cohort, as they relate to her own practice and PhD studies in her text, “Unsafe Safety”. Sheleff writes from Tel Aviv, Israel.

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