I’m interested in projects related to politics and post conflict and experimental contemporary practice.
Shoair Mavlian is Director of Photoworks and was named Apollo Magazine’s 40 under 40 Europe – Thinkers. As Director of Photoworks, she curated Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Zone Grise / The Land In between for the MEP – Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2019) and A New Europe, Brighton Photo Biennial (2018).
From 2011-2018, she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated the major exhibitions Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art (2018), The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection (2016), Conflict, Time, Photography (2014), Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions (2014) and Harry Callahan (2013). While at Tate Modern, she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection, including Dayanita Singh (2017), Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon (2017), Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen (2016), Close Up: Identity and the Photographic Portrait (2015), Charlotte Posenenske and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg (2014), Lewis Baltz and Minimalism (2012), and New Documentary Forms (2011).
Recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge (Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2016) and In flux (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015 and Getxo Photo 2017).
Shoair has a background in fine art photography practice and the history of photography focusing on the twentieth century. She has a strong interest in photography relating to conflict and memory, Central and Latin American photography and emerging contemporary practice. Recent publications include Ursula Schulz-Dornburg: The Land in Between (Mack 2018) and Catherine Wagner: Place, History and the Archive (Damiani 2018).