Samantha Ozer

I am an independent curator, producer, and writer, based between London, Mexico City, and New York. As an independent curator, I have organized exhibitions and screenings at both non-profit and commercial spaces. As a curatorial member of The Racial Imaginary Institute, I co-curated the online exhibition Listening for the Unsaid in collaboration with the David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. As a content researcher and writer for the Poetic Justice group at the MIT Media Lab, I organized the guest lecture series for Ekene Ijeoma’s course Black Mobility and Safety in the US (2020/21) Guest speakers included filmmakers John Akomfrah and Garrett Bradley; artists Hugh Hayden and Hank Willis Thomas; writers Darryl Pinckney and Linda Villaorsa; activists Joyce McMillan and Nsé Ufot, amongst others. I have previously worked with the curatorial teams at MoMA PS1, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, Milan; and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. My writing has appeared in Artforum, PIN–UP magazine, Shifter journal, and Texte zur Kunst. I have a forthcoming essay in Volume III of Sternberg Press’ Intersubjectivity series, edited by Lou Cantor and Emily Watlington.

MoMA PS1 Curatorial projects include: Dineo Seshee Bopape (TBC), Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well (2021), Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life (2021), Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (2020-21), Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011 (2019-20)

 

The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA R&D events include: Salon 28: Angels (2018), Salon 29: Dependency (2019), Salon 30: White Male (2019), Salon 31: Workspheres (2019), Salon 32: Plastics (2019), Salon 33: Hair (2019), Salon 34: Anger (2019), and Salon 35: Dogs (2020).

Independent Curatorial Projects include:

 

Set to Go at space52, Athens, 2021, with work by Lotte Andersen, Tibor de Laminne de Bex, Adham Faramawy, Santiago Gómez, Luiz Roque, Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca

Crossing Currents at Galerie Nordenhake, Mexico City, 2021, with work by Basma Alsharif, Cécile B. Evans, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Garush Melkonyan, Laura Huertas Millán, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Fernando Ocaña, Karrabing Film Collective, Luiz Roque, Himali Singh Soin, WangShui, Kandis Williams, Tania Ximena, and Yang Fudong

To Dream a Man at Clima Gallery, Milan 2020, with work by Farah Al Qasimi, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Dalton Gata, Brook Hsu, Elizabeth Jaeger, Fin Simonetti

Project Press:

PIN-UP magazine (MoMA R&D Salon 30: White Male, 2019)

The New Yorker (MoMA R&D Salon 32: Plastics, 2019)

Purple (Crossing Currents at Galerie Nordenhake Mexico City, 2021)

MATERIA (Crossing Currents at Galerie Nordenhake Mexico City, 2021)

Purple (Set to Go at space52, 2021)

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Editorial Projects:

Artforum

Samuel Guerrero at Ladrón Galeria, Mexico City (2021)

en llamas (in flames) at Llano, Mexico City (2021)

Zuzanna Czebatul at Sans titre (2016), Paris (2020)

Interview: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste (2020)

Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson (2020)

 

Text zur Kunst

Keeping History Close: Samantha Ozer on Wu Tsang’s “visionary company” at Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2021)

 

PIN-UP magazine

Architecture and Contamination: An Interview with Andrea Bagnato and Ivan L. Munuera (2020)

Interview: Maite Borjabad on Designs for Different Futures (2020)

MASA Nomadic Design Gallery took over a Castle in Mexico City (2019)

Art Observed:

Reviews of

Lisa Yuskavage at David Zwirner, London (2017)

Pablo Picasso at Gagosian, London (2017)

Adrián Villar Rojas at Marian Goodman, London (2017)

Jordan Wolfson at Sadie Coles HQ, London (2017)

Cy Twombly at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017)

Jean-Luc Moulène at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017)

David Salle at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2017)

Richard Serra at Gagosian, London (2017)

Pat Steir at Dominique Lévy, London (2017)

Sean Scully at Timothy Taylor, London (2016)

Njideka Akunyili Crosby at Victoria Miro, London (2016)

Tony Cragg at Lisson Gallery, London (2016)

Danny Lyon at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016)

Please feel free to contact me at ozer.samantha(at)gmail.com