Art Talks: Ian Russell – Back to the Front: Political Ecology and Socially Engaged Art

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Ian Alden Russell is a curator, designer and professor based in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Summer 2015 International Artist-in-Residence Curator at Artpace. He is currently Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art, Curatorial Practice and Cultural Heritage at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also Guest Curator at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery assisting with the 250th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, featuring works by Taryn Simon, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Sarah Morris, Kerry Tribe, Rob Reynolds, and Dawn Clements. He previously curated the premiers of The Strangest Fruit (2013) by Vincent Valdez, Wafaa Bilal’s The Ashes Series (2003-2013) and Jin Shan’s My dad is Li Gang! 我爸是李刚! (2012).

With an academic background in intellectual history, archaeology, and heritage studies, he studies the practice of artists and curators in galleries, museums, heritage sites, and public spaces, especially the application of social practice in the constitution of cultural heritage. He is the editor of Art and Archaeology (Springer: 2014), Unquiet Pasts (Ashgate, 2010), and Images, Representations, and Heritage (Springer: 2006), and he is the author of many articles and essays on contemporary art, cultural heritage, archaeology, and critical theory. He is currently editing a new volume entitled Art/Archaeology (Routledge) with Michael Shanks and Mike Pearson, due to be published in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in History from Trinity College, Dublin and has held research fellowships at the University of Notre Dame, University College Dublin, and Brown University.