Fatos Üstek. Photo: Christa Holka.

Fatos Üstek Appointed Director of Liverpool Biennial

The Liverpool Biennial announced that Turkish curator and writer Fatos Üstek has been named its next director. Üstek, who currently serves as director and chief curator of the David Roberts Art Foundation in London, will succeed Sally Tallant in May. Tallant stepped down in the fall of 2018 to head the Queens Museum in New York.

“Üstek’s rich experience across different art forms and her international connections will enable us to build confidently on the achievements of our two previous directors, Lewis Biggs and Sally Tallant,” Kathleen Soriano, chair of the biennial’s board of trustees, said. “We are excited at the prospect of working with Üstek and are confident that she will lead with energy and artistic integrity on the delivery of future, ambitious biennials in Liverpool for our local, national, and global audiences.”

Previously, Üstek served as associate curator for the Tenth Gwangju Biennale in South Korea in 2014 and as curator of fig-2, which presented fifty projects in fifty weeks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London throughout 2015; of Art Night 2017; and of miart Talks 2018 in Milan. She is an external member of the Acquisitions Committee for the Arts Council Collection. Most recently, she curated Do Ho Suh’s largest commission in the UK for Art Night and Sculpture in the City.

“In my new role I will be taking Liverpool as my point of reference, while reflecting on current global discourses and developments in the international arena,” Üstek said. “I look forward to inviting everyone to join me and the Liverpool Biennial team in the city of Liverpool in 2020 for the eleventh biennial.” The event, which kicks off on July 11, will be curated by Manuela Moscoso.