Defne Ayas is the new Director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam as of 2012. Ayas arrived to Rotterdam from New York, where she remains a Curator-at-Large of Performa, the visual art performance biennial of New York City and via Shanghai, where she Co-Founded Arthub Asia, a contemporary art initiative devoted to art creation and exchange across Asia. Ayas is also Co Curator of Blind Dates Project, an artistic platform that she Co-Founded, dedicated to tackling the legacy and the rupture of the former Ottoman Empire.