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Hamza Walker,
2007

Hamza Walker was born in 1966 in New York City, has spent 22 years as the Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. He was also on the faculty of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has written for TransNew Art ExaminerParkett, and Artforum, and penned catalogue essays on Darren Almond, Rebecca Morris, Giovanni Anselmo, Thomas Hirschhorn, Moshekwa Langa, and Katharina Grosse. He hasl also organized the first United States exhibition of works by Antwerp native Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven in 2010. At the Ren, Hamza has curated numerous group exhibitions that speak to the contemporary moment, including Teen Paranormal Romance (2014); Suicide Narcissus 2013); Black Is, Black Ain’t (2008); and New Video, New Europe (2004). He also worked closely with individual artists on many solo exhibitions, including William J. O’Brien (2011); Kateřina Šedá, It Doesn’t Matter (2008); Mai-Thu Perret, “And every woman will be a walking synthesis of the universe” (2006); and Simparch and Kevin Drumm, Spec: An Electro-Acoustic Investigation (2001). Prior to his work at the Renaissance Society, Walker was the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs. Walker is the Executive Director of Los Angeles nonprofit art space LAXART since late 2016.



HAMZA WALKER, PHOTO BY DAWOUD BEY,
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