Ian Alden Russell
Ian Alden Russell is a curator and educator working in Hong Kong, Ireland, Turkey, and the United States, Russell’s curatorial practice and critical writings on contemporary art address archival practice, historical materialism, identity politics, institutional discrimination, labour economies, new media, political ecology, and socially engaged art practice. In the aftermath of the Umbrella Movement – a pro-democracy movement that grew out of the 2014 Hong Kong protests – Russell was curatorial consultant for the 2015 Umbrella Festival. Russell was also based in Istanbul in the aftermath of the Gezi Park Protests in 2013, where he curated An Innocent City in collaboration with Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence and was Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice at Koç University, Istanbul. He is currently Curator at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery (USA).
His curatorial and education work has been hosted by Artpace (San Antonio, Texas), Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), CREATE (Dublin, Ireland), the Green On Red Gallery (Dublin, Ireland), Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey), Ormston House (Limerick, Ireland), the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland), the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (Hong Kong), the Museum of Innocence (Istanbul, Turkey), the National College of Art & Design (Dublin, Ireland), Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and Sculpture in the Parklands (Offaly, Ireland).
His books and essays on contemporary art and heritage have been published by Ashgate, Brown University, Cambridge University Press, Cittadellarte, deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lars Muller Publishers, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Springer-Kluwer, University of Chicago Press, and Yapı Kredi Publishers.
He has been a guest critic at Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, Rhode Island School of Design, and School of Visual Arts, New York. He has been a guest speaker at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Columbia University, Contemporary Istanbul, Fudan University (Shanghai, China), the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Harvard University, New York University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, and University of Shanghai.
Born in Richmond, Virginia and educated in Ireland, he holds a Ph.D. in History from Trinity College Dublin and has held fellowships at Brown University, University of Notre Dame, and University College Dublin.
Concurrently with his FSAS residency, Russell was co-curator with Mary Conlon of ‘Against The Current’, US artist Mark Dion’s first exhibition in Ireland at Ormston House, Limerick in November 2015. This was in collaboration with IMMA where Dion was undertaking a production residency.
Wafaa Bilal, The Things I Could Tell... (2015). Curated by Ian Alden Russell.
Originally produced and commissioned by Artpace, San Antonio, Texas.
Photograph by Mark Menjivar.