New blood at the top for Modern Art

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The Institute of Modern Art on the corner of Brunswick and Berwick St, Fortitude Valley has new Co-Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh.

Aileen and Johan are both writers and curators, and they join us from their previous post as Co-Directors of the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry (CCA), Northern Ireland. They bring with them a commitment to supporting the production of new artwork, inter-institutional collaboration, and education. Over the coming months, they will build a program of research-led thematic seasons, involving exhibitions, residencies, publications, and discursive initiatives, embedding the IMA in its region, while connecting it internationally.

At the CCA, Aileen and Johan produced exhibitions with such artists as Goldin+Senneby, Jesse Jones, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Raqs Media Collective, and Haegue Yang. Recently they were part of the curatorial team for the 2013 Turner Prize. At CCA, with Independent Curators International, they organised the first Curatorial Intensive in Europe. The faculty included Mai Abu ElDahab, Annie Fletcher, Khwezi Gule, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Teresa Margolles, and Declan McGonagle. Previously, they curated exhibitions and projects for Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto; Konsthall C, Stockholm; Overgaden ICA, Copenhagen; and Western Front, Vancouver; featuring such artists as Bik Van der Pol, Geoffrey Farmer, and Superflex. They have written for Art in AmericaArt PapersFillipJournal for Curatorial Studies,KaleidoscopeMetropolis M, and Mousse, as well as for exhibition catalogues and books.

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