Natasha Marie Llorens is a Franco-American independent curator and writer. Recent curatorial projects include Waiting for Omar Gatlato: A Survey of Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora at the Wallach Art Gallery.

Why do a show about Algeria? Why do a nationalist show? Why do it in New York?

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Natasha Marie Llorens, curator of the exhibition "Waiting for Omar Gatlato: A Survey of Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora"


by Natasha Marie Llorens


In addition to Waiting for Omar Gatlato: A Survey of Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora, Llorens recent curatorial projects include The Wall at the End of the Rainbow at the Jan van Eyck Academie. Llorens also edited the first English-language anthology of writing on Algerian and Franco-Algerian aesthetics and art history, co-published by The Wallach Art Gallery and Sternberg Press. She is currently at work on a group exhibition at Framer Framed in Amsterdam the relationship between representation and the genocide in Srebrenica in the mid-1990s, and the second iteration of Waiting For Omar Gatlato in Marseille at La Friche de la Belle de Mai in 2020 at the invitation of Triangle France / Astérides in collaboration with the Centre nationales des arts plastiques (Cnap)

Llorens writes about North African and Middle Eastern contemporary art and film, feminist and queer politics in art, philosophies of violence, decolonial curatorial practice, and the work of her long-term collaborators. Her writing has appeared in ArtReview, Modern Painters, BOMB Magazine, Pastelegram, WdW Review, Contemporary Art Stavanger, Ibraaz, and many exhibition catalogs. She is a regular contributor to Art Agenda.

 A graduate of the MA program at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, Llorens is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University. Her academic research is focused on five experimental films from Algeria produced between 1965 and 1979. She has taught at Columbia University, the Cooper Union, and Eugene Lang College, all in New York City, and the Curatorial Studies MA program at Parsons in Paris. She is a curator in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie and a core tutor in History & Theory at Piet Zwart in Rotterdam.