Give yourself compassion to learn who you are and make sure that you dream
Some pretty great advice from this amazing conversation with mathematician turned independent curator & writer Fatoş Üstek. Her list of accolades is HUGE and this is just a small preview: listed in the celebratory Apollo 40 under 40 Thinkers section in 2018 ; included in Evening Standard’s Progress 1000 London’s most influential people in 2018 and 2017; Artlyst Power 100 list 2018, and 2017; Artsy The Top 20 Most Influential Young Curators in Europe and nominated for ICI Gerrit Lansing Independent Curatorial Vision Award in 2016.
She was Director of Liverpool Biennial (2019-20), a jury member for Turner Prize Bursaries 2020, Arts Foundation Futures Award 2021, Scotland in Venice 2022, Dutch Pavilion 2022, and as an external member of the acquisitions committee for the Arts Council Collection (2018-2020). She is the curator of Do Ho Suh’s largest UK commission (2018-2020). She was formerly Director and Chief Curator of DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation), curated miart Talks 2018; Art Night, East London, 2017 and fig-2 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks, ICA, 2015. She acted as Associate Curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale, 2014. Ustek is a contributing editor to Extra Extra Magazine, a founding member of the Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA); trustee of Art Night; board member of Urbane Kunste Ruhr; advisory panel for Jan van Eyck Academie; member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) UK; and an ICI alumni.
Recently, Ustek delivered keynote lectures at London City Hall, Tate Modern, Leicester University and presented papers in conferences held in the UK, Europe, and South America. She publishes regularly in exhibition catalogues and art magazines and was the co-founding Editor of Nowiswere (2008-12a). Find out more here.
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Some of the links mentioned in this episode:
The Queen's Gambit
The Riddle of the Labyrinth