Art Reoriented

About Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath are internationally recognized independent curators and academics, and the co-founders of Art Reoriented, a multidisciplinary curatorial platform based in Munich and New York. Since 2016, they are also the co-chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation in Hamburg.

Over the past decade they have jointly curated numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions in renowned museums and institutions worldwide. Their curatorial projects are marked by a rigorous inter-temporal, trans-cultural, and cross-disciplinary approach. Bardaouil and Fellrath’s work is equally rooted in the field of modernist studies, as well as global contemporary artistic practices.

Their most recent exhibition Ways of Seeing is currently on view at Arter Space for Art in Istanbul, and will travel to the Villa Empain in Brussels in the Fall of 2017. Their critically acclaimed exhibition Art et Liberté: Rupture, War and Surrealism in Egypt (1938 – 1948) was recently shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2016/2017) and the Reina Sofía in Madrid (2017), and will be on view at the Kunstsammlung K20 in Düsseldorf (2017), the Tate Liverpool (2017/2018), and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2018).

Some of Bardaouil and Fellrath’s previous exhibitions include Staging film: The relation of image and space in video art at the Busan Museum of Art (2016), When process becomes form: Dansaekwha and Korean abstraction at the Villa Empain in Brussels (2016), I Spy With My Little Eye: A new generation of Beirut artists at the Mosaic Rooms in London and Casa Arabe in Madrid and Cordoba (2015), Mona Hatoum: Turbulence at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha (2014), Songs of Loss and Songs of Love at the Gwangju Museum of Art (2014), Paul Guiragossian: The Human Condition at the Beirut Exhibition Center in Beirut (2013), and Mathaf’s inaugural contemporary art exhibition Told Untold Retold (2010). Their seminal traveling exhibition Tea with Nefertiti: The Making of the Artwork by the Artist, the Museum, and the Public was presented at Mathaf in Doha, the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, IVAM in Valencia, and the State Museum of Egyptian Art in Munich (2012–14). In 2017, they were the curators of Safar, the 4th edition of the Jeddah 21,39. In 2015/2016 they were part of the team of curatorial attachés for the 20th Sydney Biennale. For the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, Bardaouil and Fellrath were the curators of the Lebanese Pavilion, with the presentation of Akram Zaatari: Letter to a refusing pilot.

Bardaouil and Fellrath have held teaching positions at several universities including the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, the London School of Economics, the Singapore Institute of Management, and the American University of Beirut. Their academic research projects include collaborations with numerous institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA) in Paris, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. They are the authors and editors of more than 20 international publications, including recently the academic monograph Surrealism in Egypt: Modernism and the Art and Liberty Group (I.B. Tauris, 2016), Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring: Conversations with Artists from the Arab World (Skira, 2014), and Tea with Nefertiti: The Making of the Artwork by the Artist, the Museum, and the Public (Bloomsbury, 2012 and Skira 2013 / 2014). In addition they frequently have been contributing to a broad range of academic journals, books, newspapers and art magazines.

Bardaouil and Fellrath have served as jurors on various judging panels such as the Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil (Sao Paolo), the Beirut Art Center’s Exposure exhibition for emerging artists (Beirut), the Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition (Istanbul) and the Boghossian Foundation Prize for young artists (Beirut). In 2017 and 2018 they are the guest curators for Art Dubai.

Image courtesy of Arter and Işık Kaya