Richard Birkett is curator at Artists Space, New York. He was previously curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London from 2007 to 2010. He has curated exhibitions and programs with artists including Chto Delat?, Cameron Rowland, Aaron Flint Jamison, Bernadette Corporation, Hito Steyerl, Terry Atkinson, Laura Poitras and Cosey Fanni Tutti; and group projects including Nought to Sixty (ICA, 2008), Talk Show (ICA, 2009), Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose (Artists Space, 2012), Frozen Lakes (Artists Space, 2013), and Materials and Money and Crisis (mumok, Vienna, 2013) and Supply Lines: Photography and Logistics (National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina, 2015).
He has edited publications including Cosey Complex (with Maria Fusco, 2012), Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years (with BC, Jim Fletcher and Stefan Kalmár, 2013) and Tell It To My Heart – Collected by Julie Ault, Volume 2 (with Julie Ault and Martin Beck, 2015). His writing has featured in journals and magazines including Afterall, Artforum,Art in America, Flash Art, Mousse, Parse and Untitled, and he has contributed essays to monographs including Zak Kyes: Working With… (Sternberg Press, 2012), Andrea Büttner (MK Gallery, 2013) and Tell It To My Heart – Collected by Julie Ault, Volume 2 (Hatje Cantz, 2016).
Richard Birkett’s research while on residency at HIAP will contribute to the development of a future publication, produced in collaboration with the New York based artist Cameron Rowland, extending out of Rowland’s solo exhibition that took place at Artists Space in January 2016. This exhibition served as a critical analysis of particular materials, offering an understanding of the interdependence of carceral machinery, infrastructural development, and the genealogical function of property. The book seeks to further consider the terms of racial capitalism and its development.