I look at work from around the world for possible exhibition, collecting, or educational programming. I am drawn to work that is layered - visually or conceptually - and push the boundaries of traditional photography.

Natasha Egan

Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (US)
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Natasha Egan

“As a director and curator at an academic art museum, I am open to seeing the work of both emerging and established artists whose work focuses on societal issues in the broadest terms. I’m interested in projects that educate the viewer about a topic with artistic and conceptual integrity.”

Since 2011, Natasha Egan has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), where she was previously the associate director and curator since 2000. She has organized over fifty exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal issues, such as the environment, war, and economics.

Some highlight exhibitions: Alienation and Assimilation: Contemporary Images and Installations from the Republic of Korea (1998); Made in China (2006); The Edge of Intent (2009); Survival Techniques: Narratives of Resistance co-organized with Davide Quadrio (2012); Archive State (2014), North Korean Perspectives co-organized with Marc Prüst (2015); Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy co-organized with Karen Irvine (2016) and #AiWeiwei (2017).

Egan was a guest curator for the 2010 FotoFest Biennial in Houston; the United States pavilion curator for the 2016 Photo Dubai Exhibition; and has juried international exhibitions. In 2019, her exhibition Stateless: Views of Global Migration, featuring eight international artists, opened at the MoCP.

Egan has contributed essays to numerous publications such as Beate Gütschow LS/S (Aperture); Michael Wolf: The Transparent City (Aperture); Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment with photographs by Todd Stewart (University of Oklahoma Press), Black Maps: American Landscapes and the Apocalyptic Sublime with photographs by David Maisel (Steidl) and Taxonomy of Landscape with photographs by Victoria Sambunaris (Radius).

For over a decade, she taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago and holds a BA in Asian studies, MA in museum studies, and MFA in fine art photography.

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