Defne Ayas

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  • ISEA2011

    Defne Ayas is a cu­ra­tor and pro­ducer. Based mostly in Shang­hai and some­times in New York and Is­tan­bul, Ayas works as a di­rec­tor of pro­grams to Arthub Asia, a multi-dis­ci­pli­nary or­ga­ni­za­tion de­voted to con­tem­po­rary art cre­ation in China and rest of Asia, and as an art his­tory in­struc­tor at New York Uni­ver­sity in Shang­hai. Ayas has also been a cu­ra­tor of PER­FORMA since 2004, the bi­en­nial of vi­sual art per­for­mance of New York City, where she has pre­sented more than fifty live per­for­mances and per­for­mance-re­lated pro­grams with an in­ter­na­tional ros­ter of artists, cu­ra­tors, and crit­i­cal thinkers.  Prior to join­ing PER­FORMA, Ayas co­or­di­nated New Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art’s pub­lic- and new me­dia-pro­gram­ming.

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