Reem Shadid

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Reem Shadid (b. 1984, Jerusalem) is a curator who works on the emancipatory possibilities within artistic practice, exploring the ways it intersects with socio-economic forms. Shadid’s research explores various forms of protest that aim to disrupt the entangled dynamic between art and the neoliberal capitalist system, and hold accountable those in the art world who are complicit with state violence, injustice and oppressive systems of control. 

Shadid is the Director of the Beirut Art Center (2023 - present) and was Deputy Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, where she served in various capacities, focusing mainly on organising and producing the Sharjah Biennial (2006-2020). She is a contributing editor at Infrasonica, a digital platform of non-western cultures. She was also the producer and host of Radio Alhara’s show ‘Listening with Reem Shadid’; monthly listening sessions with artists, researchers and curators working at the intersection of sonic, visual and literary productions. 

Shadid holds an MS in Violence, Conflict and Development (2009) and an MA in History of Art and Archaeology (2016), both from SOAS University of London. 

Selected curatorial projects include ‘The Green Room’, V.O Curations, London (2021); ‘Speculative Imaginaries’, PROYECTOR, Madrid (2020); ‘New Affinities’, B7L9-art station, Tunis (2019); ‘Debt’, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2018); ‘Active Forms’, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (2018) and ‘March Project’, Sharjah Art Foundation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). 

She has also served on various advisory and selection committees of commissions and participated in several symposiums such as ‘Bye-Bye Biennial? Large-scale exhibitions in the post-pandemic world’, Frieze Magazine (2021); ‘In 20/20’, the Architecture Association, London; ‘Understanding Asia: Understanding Art and Culture’, Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane; ‘Africa Art Book Fair’, La Colonie, Paris; and ‘Collecting Territories’, Studio-X Amman – Columbia GSAAP, Amman amon.

She has also published writings with Sharjah Art Foundation; Perpetual Postponement; Mousse Magazine; Institut du Monde Arabe; and Versapolis Review.

Shadid has completed residencies at V.O Curations (2021) and Amant Residency (2020).

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