Omar Kholeif Hired as Curator at Whitechapel Gallery


London’s Whitechapel Gallery has hired author and curator Omar Kholeif as curator. Kholeif, who will start his new job in January, has held curatorial positions at a number of institutions, and co-curated the 2012 Liverpool Biennial. 

He replaces Kirsty Ogg, who had been the gallery’s curator since 2009. Ogg has accepted a post at Bloomberg New Contemporaries, a London-based organization that supports emerging artists.

Kholeif has held the title of visiting curator at Cornerhouse, in Manchester, since 2010, and at HOME, an arts venue slated to open in 2015. He is also a curator and director at the White Building, an art and technology center in London. Previously, Kholeif was the curator at Liverpool’s FACT from 2009 to 2013, the artistic director and curator-at-large at the Arab British Centre in London, and the founding director of the UK’s Arab Film Festival. He’s the senior editor of Ibraaz Publishing, which specializes in art and visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East, and is the author of You Are Here: Looking at Art after the Internet (Cornerhouse Books, 2014).

In a statement, Kholeif described Whitechapel as “a critical reference for contemporary art internationally,” and expressed his eagerness to expand “the Gallery’s global view” and reach “new audiences through engaging exhibitions and innovative digital initiatives.”