On Spirits: Mami Kataoka and Stephanie Rosenthal in Conversation

Posted on 02 October 2015 in News
Mella Jaarsma, The Landscaper, 2013

Join Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Stephanie Rosenthal, Artistic Director of the upcoming 20th Biennale of Sydney in conversation exploring Eastern and Western philosophies and their crossovers. In this special presentation they will discuss artists whose work draws on rituals of both a religious and personal nature, while thinking through how these practices relate to power structures and how they have been redeployed for other purposes.

This event is presented as part of the advanced public program of the 20th Biennale of Sydney which opens on 18 March 2016 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and at various other venues throughout Sydney.

Sunday, 11 October 2015, 2-3pm

Centenary Auditorium, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, Sydney, NSW 2000

This is a free event, but bookings are essential

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Mami Kataoka


Mami Kataoka, a 20th Biennale of Sydney Attaché, is in Sydney conducting research in advance of next year’s Biennale. Notable exhibitions that she has curated include ‘Roppongi Crossing’ (2004, 2013) and ‘Sensing Nature: Perception of Nature in Japan’ (2010), as well as major survey shows on prominent artists in Asia such as Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Ai Weiwei, Lee Bul, Makoto Aida, and Lee Mingwei. Kataoka was also the International Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London between 2007 and 2009.

Frequently writing for publications and presenting lectures on contemporary art in Asia, Kataoka is a key figure in analysing socio-historical and generational trends within contemporary Japanese Art. In recent years she has extended her curatorial practice internationally, engaging in many projects including ‘ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale’ (2012), South Korea as Co-Artistic Director and guest curating ‘Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past’ (2012) at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Kataoka also curated ‘Ai Weiwei: According to What?’ (2012) at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, which toured to several other North American venues. Currently she serves as a board member of CIMAM, a member of Guggenheim Museum Asia Art Council and an advisory member for Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing.

Stephanie Rosenthal

Stephanie Rosenthal

Internationally acclaimed curator Dr Stephanie Rosenthal has held the position of Chief Curator at the Hayward Gallery in London since 2007. A key focus of her curatorial practice is the exploration of the relationship between visual art and performance. Notable exhibitions that Rosenthal has curated at the Hayward Gallery include ‘MIRRORCITY’ (2014); Ana Mendieta: Traces (2013); ‘Art of Change: New Directions from China’ (2012); ‘Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage’ (2011); ‘MOVE: Choreographing You’ (2010); ‘Walking in My Mind’ (2009); and ‘Robin Rhode: Who Saw Who’ (2009).

During her previous tenure of more than a decade at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Rosenthal worked as Assistant Curator and Co-curator on several celebrated exhibitions, such as ‘Night’ (1998) and ‘Objects in 20th Century Art’ (2000). Appointed Curator for Modern and Contemporary Art in 2000, Rosenthal went on to deliver a series of significant exhibitions, including ‘Allan Kaprow – Art as Life’ (2006); ‘Aernout Mik – Dispersions’ (2004); ‘Abigail O’Brien – The Seven Sacraments’ (2003); and ‘Stories. Narrative Structures in Contemporary Art’ (2002). She also curated the highly acclaimed ‘Paul McCarthy. LaLa Land Parody Paradise’ (2005), which toured to the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Image: Mella Jaarsma, The Landscaper (detail), 2013, costume: painted and carved wooden panels, iron, leather, sufi dancer, HD video 3’ 40’’. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Mie Cornoedus