Stéphanie Noach (NL)
Stéphanie Noach conducts research, writes, teaches and curates exhibitions. Her current research focuses on the dynamic relations between the dark, opaque and black in contemporary art, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, and departs from an oceanic and postcolonial perspective. In her curatorial practice, she explores alternative manners of doing exhibitions. Together with curator Beatriz Gago, she developed a series of curatorial experiments outside of the regular spaces for contemporary art: Delta (2018-2019), a book-exhibition which was presented through discursive events with biologists, anthropologists, philosophers, oceanographers and poets at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museo de Bellas Artes de La Habana, MUAC in México, Lugar a dudas and Flora. Ars+Natura in Colombia; Pórtate Bien (2016), a performative exhibition in the night club Fábrica de Arte Cubano, La Habana; and Sin oficio ni beneficio/Handmade Twitting (2015), a virtual exhibition at Cuba’s largest online auction site, Revolico (Twelfth Havana Biennial). She worked as a curator and assistant of the director at the Havana Biennial (2011-2015), and as invited curator at the Museo de Antioquia in Medellín (89 noches, 2017), and Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (I would prefer not to, 2014). She initiated a platform for curatorial and theater studies at the University of Arts of Cuba (Havana), taught at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Medellín), and is now lecturer at Leiden University where she teaches courses on contemporary art, specially from Latin America and the Caribbean, exploring issues of ecology, politics and the relation between art and animals. She has an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies with a Concentration in Museum Studies (NYU) and a master in Art History (University of Amsterdam). She is currently doing a PhD about the potentialities of darkness in Latin American and Caribbean art at Leiden University.