Curatorial Team

  • Barrie Mowatt

    Artistic Director

    Barrie Mowatt has a long and accomplished history as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, beginning with the establishment of the Buschlen Mowatt fine art gallery in 1979. Barrie is the visionary behind the Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum, where he combines his passion for art, education and community service in exhibitions that bring great art to public spaces where people live, work, play and transit, free for all to enjoy, explore and be inspired by. Barrie is also the founder of the Celebration of Hope Foundation, Taste the Nation, and the Buschlen Mowatt Scholarship Program at Arts Umbrella. He is the recipient of the Vancouver Business in Arts Award.

  • Marcello Dantas

    Senior Curator (Latin and South America; Asia-Pacific) Open Air Museum

    Marcello Dantas is the mind behind some of the best museums and exhibitions of recent years in Brazil. Museums include Museum of Portuguese Language, Museum of the American Man, Telecommunications Museum, and Museum of Mining and Metal. Dantas’ exhibitions of note include Bossa na Oca, Roberto Carlos – 50 Years of Music, Água na Oca, 50 anos de TV e +, and also exhibitions of renowned foreign artists such as Antony Gormley, Christian Boltanski, Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola and Laurie Anderson. Not to mention his international projects such as the Museum of the Caribbean in Barranquilla (Colombia) and Pelé Station in Berlin, during the World Cup in Germany. He was responsible for innovating the concept of museology in Brazil bringing unprecedented doses of technology, interactivity and multimedia resources to offer the visitor what he called an experience of total immersion.

  • Jeffrey Uslip

    Senior Curator (North America) Open Air Museum

    New York-based curator Jeffrey Uslip has organized exhibitions with some of the most innovative, diverse and challenging contemporary artists of our time. While serving as Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs / Chief Curator of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Uslip curated exhibitions with Hurvin Anderson, Mark Bradford, and Lisa Yuskavage. In addition, he curated exhibitions with Jesse Howard, one of Missouri’s seminal self-taught artists; a survey with Los Angeles-based artist Joe Goode; and organized the museum debuts of Laurie Simmons’s series Two Boys and The Love Doll and Katharina Frisch’s Postcards. At CAM, Uslip also commissioned a monumental painting with Barnaby Furnas titled The Last Flood and curated the first solo museum exhibitions with mid career artists Arcangelo Sassolino and Mark Flood, and presented the first solo museum exhibitions with emerging artists Wyatt Kahn, Jon Rafman, and Liat Yossifor. In addition, Uslip organized Kelley Walker: Direct Drive, the artist’s most comprehensive survey in America to date.

    Throughout his career, Uslip also organized exhibitions for PS1/MoMA; Artists Space; Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; California State University, Los Angeles; and LA><ART, Los Angeles and is an advanced PhD candidate at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where he is completing his dissertation titled “Mourning in America: Cady Noland and the Age of Reagan.”

  • Michael Suh

    Senior Curator (Asia) Open Air Museum

    Michael Suh carries years of experience as Executive Director for the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing. Other prominent positions include founder and director of the vibrARTion Project, Deputy Director for International Coordination, China Sculpture Institute, ISC Member of International Committee, KAO (Kinetic Art Organization) Executive Director for China. Major activities include Beijing Olympic Sculpture Project, Yuzi Paradise International Sculpture Project (one of the first sculpture projects involving international artists to work in China for larger sculpture commissions), NordArt China Pavilion for Chinese Cultural Year in Germany, Forms of the Formless: Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art, A Passage to the Alps: Chinese Artists in St. Urban and “Critical Connections” celebrating the 65th Anniversary of China-Switzerland Partnerships.

    Michael Suh is currently Guest Professor at the Guangxi Normal University School of Fine Arts.

Advisors

  • Rakhi Sarkar

    Curatorial Advisor, Open Air Museum and International Artist Residencies

    Director and founder of the Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata India

  • Hans Ulrich Obrist

    Curatorial Advisor, Open Air Museum

    Director International Programmes, Serpentine Gallery, London

  • Steve Nash

    Curatorial Advisor, Open Air Museum

    Former Excutive Director of The Palm Springs Art Museum, former Chief Curator Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Texas.

  • Zheng Shengtian

    Curatorial Advisor, Open Air

    Adjunct Director at Institute of Asian Art, Vancouver Art Gallery and Managing Editor of Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.

  • Ilko Davidov

    Curatorial Advisor, Biennale CineFest

    Director, Chicago Movies and Music Festival (CIMMFest).

  • Ted Grouya

    Curatorial Advisor, Biennale CineFest

    Director and Founder American Documentary Film Festival (AmDocs).

  • Marek Hovorka

    Curatorial Advisor, Biennale CineFest

    Director and Founder Czech International Film Festival Jilhava , Czech Republic.

  • Inti Codera

    Curatorial Advisor, Biennale CineFest

    Director Mexico City International Documentary and Film Festival (DOCSDF)

  • Rene Rozon

    Curatorial Advisor, Biennale CineFest

    Founder and Director Montreal World Festival of Films (FFM).

  • Andre Vaillancourt

    Curatorial Advisor, Biennale CineFest

    Production Director Montreal World Festival of Films (FFM).

  • Helmut Batista

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Director Capacete International Residency Programme, Rio de Janeiro.

  • Alexandre Gabriel

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Artistic director, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Sarah Fillmore

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Senior Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Co-chair of the Sobey Art Award, Halifax Nova Scotia.

  • Dieter Rolstraete

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Curator, Chicago Contemporary Museum

  • Bruce Johnson

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Curator of The Rooms Art Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland

  • Paul Walde

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Curator LOLA , London, Ontario, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art, University of Victoria, Canada

  • Richard Ingleby

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Director Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Toby Webster

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Director The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Pooja Sood

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Director, KHOJ, New Delhi, India

  • Bose Krishnamachari

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Co-Founder and Director Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India

  • Basma El Husseiny

    Curatorial Advisor, International Artist Residencies

    Managing Director of Cultural Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy), Cairo Egypt