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Tue, February 09, 2021

18:00 – 19:00



Curator and Chisenhale Gallery’s Director Dr. Zoé Whitley participates in a dialogue about creativity and representation with Justin Randolph Thompson, Co-founder and Director of Black History Month Florence. Engaging a range of projects including the award-winning Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power and  Elijah Pierce’s America, the conversation will address curating beyond and within geographical boundaries.

A collaboration with Black History Month Florence


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Zoé Whitley


Dr. Zoé Whitley is, since March 2020, director of Chisenhale Gallery in London’s East End. A leading non-profit space founded by artists, Chisenhale produces and commissions new works of art with emerging British and international artists. In 2020, Zoé curated Frieze London’s special themed section, Possessions, exploring spirituality and contemporary art, and co-curated Elijah Pierce’s America at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Previous exhibitions to her credit include Cathy Wilkes’ British Pavilion presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2019 and co-curating the award-winning Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. She writes widely on contemporary artists and 20th century designers, including a children’s book on Frank Bowling and a forthcoming title in the same series on Sophie Taeuber-Arp. 

She serves on the 2020-21 Arts Council Collection committee in the UK. Zoé serves on the boards of Creative Access, the only organisation in the UK dedicated to recruiting under-represented talent in the creative industries, and Decolonising Arts Institute, University of the Arts London. Her prior roles include Senior Curator (Hayward Gallery), Curator, International Art (Tate Modern) and Curator of Contemporary Programmes (V&A).