Gilane Tawadros

Guest Speaker - 2005

Gilane Tawadros is a curator and writer. She served as Director of the contemporary visual arts organisation InIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), London, from its foundation in 1994 until 2005. Under her direction, InIVA was established as a leading global visual arts agency, working in partnership with individuals and organisations worldwide and realising a groundbreaking programme of exhibitions and publications, education, research and multimedia projects.
Born in Cairo and resident in the UK since 1970, Tawadros studied art history at the University of Sussex and film at the University of Paris IV.
She has written extensively on contemporary art, and has served on the editorial boards of Art History and Third Text. She has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art, including the 2006 Brighton Photo Biennale; The Real Me (ICA, 2005); Sutapa Biswas (2004) and Fault Lines: Contemporary African Art and Shifting Landscapes (50th Venice Biennale,2003). She is currently a Board member of the Forum for African Arts and the International Foundation of Manifesta (IFM).