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BALTIC Welcomes Irene Aristizábal as Head of Curatorial and Public Practice

The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, has appointed Irene Aristizábal as its new head of curatorial and public practice. Aristizábal comes to the institution from Nottingham Contemporary, where she has worked as head of exhibitions since 2013. She will take up the position in March 2019.

“Irene is a deeply respected and knowledgeable curator with significant experience of embedding complex public programs within exhibition making practice,” BALTIC director Sarah Munro said in a statement. “BALTIC is leading a new conversation and vision in response to urgent times and I’m so pleased to have Irene’s vision, drive and expertise standing alongside me as we rise to the challenges ahead.”

During her tenure at Nottingham Contemporary, Aristizábal curated exhibitions and commissioned projects by Pia Camil, Steffani Jemison, Otobong Nkanga, Simon Starling, Rana Hamadeh, Danai Anesiadou, and Danh Vō, among others. Her recent group exhibitions include “Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender Resistance” (2018) and “States of America: Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era” (2017). She will also serve as a cocurator of the British Art Show 9, alongside Hammad Nasar, which will open in Manchester in 2020.

Previously, Aristizábal was a curator at the FRAC Nord Pas de Calais in Dunkirk from 2010 to 2011 and the codirector of the nonprofit space Bétonsalon in Paris from 2005 to 2006. Commenting on her new role, she said: “I have long admired BALTIC’s internationally recognised program and its strong commitment to supporting the local artistic community. I am thrilled to be joining BALTIC at this exciting time and look forward to working with colleagues and partners to develop an exciting and ambitious program.”

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