Rose Issa Projects

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Rose Issa is a curator, writer and producer who has championed visual art and film from the Arab world and Iran for nearly 30 years. She has lived in Iran, Lebanon, France and, for the last 20 years, London, where from her private project space in Kensington she showcases upcoming and established artists, and produces exhibitions and publications with public and private institutions worldwide.

Through curating numerous exhibitions and film festivals, she introduced for the first time to Western audiences many of the artists who have since become stars of the international scene, including : Chant Avedissian, Mohamed Ehsai, Shadi Ghadirian, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Bahman Ghobadi, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Farhad Moshiri, Abbas Kiarostami, Rashid Koraichi and Nja Mahdaoui among many more.

Rose Issa has served as guest curator for numerous private and public institutions, including Tate Britain, London (2008) ; European Parliament (2008) ; the State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow (2007) ; the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2007) ; ING Bank, Geneva (2007) ; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2006) ; the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin (2004) ; The CCCB (Contemporary Cultural Centre), Barcelona (2003) ; IFA - Institut fur Auslandsbezeihungen (2002-3), Germany ; Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (1996-1997) ; the Barbican Art Centre (2001, 1995) ; and The Leighton House Museum (ongoing, since 1992).

She also advises public and private art institutions on their loans and acquisitions
of contemporary artworks from the Middle East, including The British Museum ; the Imperial War Museum ; The Museum of Mankind ; the Victoria and Albert Museum ;
The National Museums of Scotland ; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ; The Smithsonian Institution (Sackler/Freer Gallery and National Museum of African Arts) ; the World Bank, Washington DC ; and The National Gallery of Jordan. She was a Jury member for the National Pavillions at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and for the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam (2006).

In addition she has collaborated with the Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia (2009) ; Paul Klee Museum, Bern (2009) ; and Belvedere Museum, Vienna (2009).
She is also the Director of Beyond Art Production Ltd, which publishes many of her exhibition catalogues.

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