Philippe Pirotte is an art historian, curator, critic, and Director of the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule and of Portikus, leading centres for contemporary art in Germany and beyond. Pirotte was one of the co-founders of the contemporary art centre objectif_exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium. From 2005 to 2011, he was Director of the internationally renowned Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland where he organized solo exhibitions by artists such as Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Owen Land, Oscar Tuazon, Jutta Koether, Allan Kaprow, and Corey McCorkle. From 2004 to 2013, Pirotte held the position of Senior Advisor at the Rijksakademie for Visual Arts in Amsterdam. In 2012, he became Adjunct Senior Curator at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He also served as Advising Program Director for the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing and is an advisor for the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris/San Francisco).
Aseman Sabet is a doctoral candidate in Art History at Université de Montréal. Her research examines the emergence of a theory of tactile knowledge in eighteenth-century esthetic discourse and art criticism. She is also an independent curator and a sessional lecturer who frequently contributes to a number of contemporaray art publications. She is co-director of the French chapter of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics and a member of the board of directors of the artist-run Centre Clark since 2014. She lives and works in Montréal.
Corey McCorkle is an artist who lives and works in New York. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (MFA), he also completed the Architecture Program at Pratt Institute in New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Maccarone, New York (2013, 2011, 2007); Artpace San Antonio, Texas (2010); FRAC île de France, Le Plateau, Paris (2010); Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (2009); and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2005). His work has been featured in many group exhibitions, including Inside Out, MOCA Cleveland (2012); Erre, Centre Pompidou-Metz (2011); The World is Yours, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæck, Denmark (2009); Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture, Barbican, London, England (2009); Political/Minimal, Kunst-Werke, Berlin (2008); Modern Ruin, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008); Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum, New York; Traces du Sacré, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2008); 4th Berlin Biennale (2006); The Plain of Heaven, Creative Time, New York (2005); and Greater New York, PS1, New York (2004). McCorkle is the Interim Senior Lecturer who is responsible for the Art & Architecture course at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm since February 2015 and an Adjunct Professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture at New York University.
Kitty Scott is the Carol and Morton Rapp Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Previously she was Director of Visual Arts at The Banff Centre, Canada; Chief Curator at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Her extensive resume includes exhibitions of artists such as Francis Alÿs, Stephen Andrews, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Paul Chan, Peter Doig, Janice Kerbel, Ragnar Kjartansson, Ken Lum, Scott McFarland, Silke Otto-Knapp, Frances Stark and Ron Terada. She was a core agent for dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012 and co-curator of Liverpool Biennial 2018. Scott has written extensively on contemporary art for catalogues, books and journals and edited the publication Raising Frankenstein: Curatorial Education and Its Discontents (2010). She regularly lectures at arts schools and curatorial programmes throughout North America.
Executive and Artistic Director
Sylvie Fortin joined La Biennale de Montréal as Executive and Artistic Director in September 2013. She was previously Editor-in-Chief (2004-2007) and Executive Director/Editor (2007-2012) of ART PAPERS, leading the Atlanta-based organization from a regional publication to a global thought leader. She was Curator of Manif 5 – the 5th Québec City Biennale (2010), Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery (1996-2001), Program Coordinator at LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE (Quebec City, 1991-1994), and a long-term collaborator with the Montreal artist-run centre OBORO (1994-2001). Her critical essays and reviews have been published in numerous catalogues, anthologies and periodicals, including Artforum International, Art Press, C Magazine, Fuse, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art and Parachute