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Omar Kholeif

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/or catalogues on art.

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 as a guest curator for Manchester International Festival. Previously, Kholeif 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; the Abraaj Group Art Prize; the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, and the Liverpool Biennial. 

His publications include, most recently, Goodbye World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age (Sternberg Press) and The Artists Who Will Change The World (Thames and Hudson, both 2018). 

Kholeif holds MA degrees from the University of Glasgow and the Royal College of Art, London as well as a PhD from the University of Reading. He is a Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of AICA, International Association of Art Critics. In 2016, he was the Goldberg Visiting Professor at Hunter College, New York. 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 has won awards and grants from major organisations, most recently from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Study of Fine Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation | Creative Capital.

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

Research Interests:art and technology; film and video; sound; the law; the internet as medium; post-colonial histories; the Middle East and South Asia; museology; curating as artistic practice.