ICF x Liverpool Biennial 2018 Curatorial Residency


Curator Huma Kabakci was selected as a result of a nation-wide open call to undertake a curatorial placement working with the Liverpool Biennial team supported by ICF from May to September 2018 in lead up to the opening of the city’s 10th Biennial, entitled Beautiful world, where are you? 

Huma Kabakcı (b. in 1990, London, UK) graduated from BA Advertising & Marketing at London College of Communication in 2011, and later on graduated from her MA in Curating Contemporary Art at Royal College of Art, London. She worked and interned in various galleries, museums and auction houses, both in the UK and Turkey, including Sotheby’s New Bond Street (Contemporary Art Sales department), The Albion Gallery (London), Pera Museum (Turkey), as well as three major collection exhibitions she worked on in museums during the 2010 Ruhr & Pecs Capital of Culture project.

Since graduating from her MA Huma Kabakcı founded Open Space Contemporary and has been collaborating with various projects and organisations including Alt, Artkurio, Block Universe, IKSV, Open Dialogue Istanbul, The Art Department and SALT. Along with Block Universe, Open Space Contemporary co-commissioned Işıl Eğrikavuk’s performance titled “Pluto’s Kitchen” at the Ned and Shoreditch House as a part of Block Universe Performance Festival (26 April 2017 & 30 May 2017).

Huma’s recent curatorial projects include; Adventitious Encounters group exhibition (9-22 March 2018) with 20 international emerging and established artists which she co-curated and organised as Open Space Contemporary Founder and Ladies’ Paradise group exhibition (22 February- 12 April 2018) taking place at Grace Belgravia with four emerging female artists including Merve İşeri, Clementine Keith-Roach, Güneş Terkol and Sofia Stevi. Over the years, she has gained excellent knowledge in Turkish, Middle Eastern Contemporary Art and Emerging Contemporary Art in London and her curatorial interest lies in subjects such as; diaspora, cultural identity, gender, memory and the body.

She contributed to various publications including Guggenheim Blog, IAN, Ibraaz Online Publication and SYRUP Magazine. Huma currently lives and works between Istanbul and London.