Gilane Tawadros is a curator and writer and was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in London, chaired by Professor Stuart Hall, which, over a decade, achieved an international reputation as a ground-breaking cultural agency at the leading edge of artistic and cultural debates nationally and internationally.
Gilane Tawadros, Haig Aivazian, Reem Shilleh, Paul Domela and Judith Nesbitt, Curators Workshop, Sharjah Biennial (2009) Image by Waugh Office
Tawadros is the current Director of Whitechapel Gallery. She was the Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists rights management organization and is Co-Director of the Art360 Foundation which she established in 2016 with Mark Waugh.
She has written extensively on contemporary art and curated a number of international exhibitions. She was the first art historian to be appointed to the Blanche, Edith and Irving Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, USA. She is Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation and Trustee of the Stuart Croft Foundation. Her forthcoming anthology The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon: Global Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Difference is published by Bloomsbury.