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Beral Madra

Curator, Writer, Critic and Art Director, BM Contemporary Art Center

Beral Madra, a critic and curator, directed Gallery BM (1984-1990) and is currently directing BM Contemporary Art Centre (since 1990). She lives and works in Istanbul.

She coordinated the 1st (1987) and the 2nd (1989) Istanbul Biennale, curated exhibitions of Turkish artists in 43rd, 45th, 49th, 50th and 51st Venice Biennale, co-curated the exhibition Modernities and Memories: Recent Works from the Islamic World in 47th Venice Biennale.

Since 1984 she has organized more than 250 local and international artists in her art centre and in other official art spaces in Istanbul. She curated and co-curated over 20 international group shows including Atmosphere 41 Contemporary Art from Georgia, Siemens Art Gallery, Istanbul (2007); Opening of BM-Suma, Visual Art Centre. Istanbul; Bahçesaray, Crimea, Contemporary Art Exhibition (Turkey, Greece, Russia, Ukraine) (2008); Neighbours in Dialogue Exhibition, Sarajevo (2008); A week of Art and Culture from Turkey, Pamplona (Huarte Contemporary Art Center), Spain (2008); Istanbul Diptychs, Istanbul Centre in Brussels (2008); Contemporary Art Collection for Point Hotel, Istanbul (2009); Interstices, Central Asia Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, (2009); Next Wave, Exhibition of 17 Women Artists from Turkey, Berlin Academy Pariser Platz (2009); 2010-2011 Cityscapes, Lothringer 13, Munich and Istanbul Siemens Art Gallery; 2011 Advisory Curator of the Pavilion of Azerbaijan at 54th Venice Biennale; 2011 A Conceptual Heritage: Vanguard Exhibitions, 1980-1990, Antik AŞ Artam Art Gallery; co-curated ANTEPRİMA, 6 Video Artists from Turkey and Italy, ICI, Istanbul.

Her involvement in publications include Identity of Contemporary Art (1987), Post-peripheral Flux-A Decade of Contemporary Art in Istanbul (1996); Iki Yılda Bir Sanat (Art Every Two Years- Essays on Biennale), Norgunk Yayıncılık, 2003; Neighbours in Dialogue, Norgunk, 2005; Maidan” Essays on Contemporary Art in South Caucasus and Middle East, BM CAC Publications, 2007. Home Affairs: Essays on Contemporary Art in Turkey, BM CAC Publications, 2009. 1980-1995 articles in Gösteri, Arredamento Dekorasyon, Cumhuriyet, Istanbul, Kalın, Anons; 1995-2010 Radikal (160 articles); From 2011 on in Birgün. Edited numerous catalogues and books published by the Visual arts Directorate of İstanbul 2010 ECOC.

Beral Madra