Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is an author, an organizer of events and exhibitions, and a researcher of artistic practices, the histories of art and the politics of aesthetics. She is the director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte contemporanea and GAM Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin, Italy. Additionally she is Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013-ongoing).

Previously, she drafted the 14th edition of the Istanbul Biennial (SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms) in 2015 and was the artistic director of dOCUMENTA (13) which took place in 2012 in Kassel, Germany as well as in Kabul, Afghanistan; Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt; and Banff, Canada. She was the artistic director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions-Forms That Turn in 2008; and senior curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate in New York, from 1999 to 2001.