Contributor Bios

Misal Adnan

Misal Adnan Yıldız has been the Director of Artspace NZ since November 2014. Previously, he was the Artistic Director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart between 2011 and 2014, one of the curatorial collaborators of Fulya Erdemci for the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013), and manifested A History of Inspiration as part of Nouvelle Vagues, Summer 2013 program at Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Yıldız was a participant of Curatorlab/Konstfack between 2006 and 2008, and collaborated with IASPIS, both in Stockholm. He produced significant number of solo exhibitions with Slavs and Tatars, Cevdet Erek, Ahmet Ögüt, Marysia Lewandowska, Billy Apple and Hito Steyerl among others as well as some group shows after his proposals were selected through open calls or closed competitions: There is no audience at Montehermoso, in Spain (2009); Time Challenger, HISK, Belgium (2009); Correct me if I am critical, multi venue project in Berlin (2010). He was shortlisted for ICI Vision Award in 2012. Together with Michael Wang and Evelyn Simonds, Yıldız shared the Curate Award 2014, a global prize that recognizes new curatorial talent, awarded by Fondazione Prada and the Qatar Museums Authority. He currently develops an international exhibitions and events program including two new research areas for Artspace as Conversations, and Learning, Unlearning and Relearning.