Omar Kholeif, photo by Eric T. White

Biography

Dr Omar Kholeif is a writer, curator, editor and broadcaster. Over the last decade, he has curated more than 100 exhibitions, special projects and commissions globally. He has authored and/or edited more than twenty books and catalogues on art, including recent publications Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age (Sternberg Press, 2018) and The Artists Who Will Change the World (Thames and Hudson, 2018). 

Kholeif is currently serving as co-curator of Sharjah Biennial 14; curator of the V-A-C Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale; Senior Visiting Curator at HOME, Manchester; Curator for Abu Dhabi Art and guest curator for Manchester International Festival. Previously, he was Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the MCA Chicago; Curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London and Senior Curator at Cornerhouse, Manchester. 

His multiple curatorial projects include Focus: Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean at the Armory Show, New York; Abraaj Group Art Prize; Cyrus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and Liverpool Biennial. 

He is a Churchill Fellow, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of AICA, the International Association of Art Critics. He has served on numerous juries, including those for the Film London Jarman Award and the Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, and received awards and grants from major organisations, most recently from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Study of Fine Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation ǀ Creative Capital. 

Kholeif is currently Visiting Tutor at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford and, in 2016, was the Goldberg Visiting Professor at Hunter College, New York. He holds MA degrees from the University of Glasgow and Royal College of Art, London as well as a PhD from the University of Reading.

Born in Cairo, he currently lives and works in London.

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