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Monika Szewczyk,

Monika Szewczyk organizes exhibitions, writes, edits and teaches – often in partnership with institutions of art and higher learning. Having moved to the Greek capital in January 2015 to join the curatorial team of the 14th edition of documenta, "Learning from Athens (working title)", Szewczyk continues to live in the Greek capital and currently works independently. With Marina Fokidis, founding editor of South as a State of Mind, she is now planning the continuation of this Athenian magazine beyond its recent role as journal of documenta 14. From 2012 through 2014, she shaped Visual Arts Program as Curator at the then newly opened Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago. Previously she was Head of Publications at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (2008–2011) and Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2004–2007). Throughout, she has taught at the Emily Carr University in Vancouver (2002-2007), Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (2008-2012), Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2011), and the University of Chicago (2012-2014). Szewczyk has (co-) authored texts for numerous catalogues and journals such as AfterallA PriorF.R. DavidMoussee-flux journal online and The Exhibitionist and edited volumes ranging from artist’s books, through monographs to readers and catalogues. She holds degrees from the University of British Columbia in International Relations (BA) and Art History (MA). Beginning with her masters thesis on Vito Acconci’s ‘home made epic’, The Red Tapes; through published texts such as ‘art of conversation’; to close collaborations with artists and institutions her work continues to draw inspiration from oral technologies and traditions.