2022 Critic-in-Residence: Regine Basha
Regine Basha has worked for over 20 years curating exhibitions and public programs nationally and internationally in a variety of public institutions, public spaces, galleries and museums. In the past decade, she has a developed a specific expertise in the work of sound installation artists as well as art coming from the MENA region and its diaspora. Her exhibitions have been funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the NEA, and have been reviewed by the New York Times, Artforum and The Wire.

Basha was born in Israel to Iraqi parents, and grew up in Montreal and Los Angeles. She studied studio art and art history at New York University and Concordia University and completed her M.A in 1996 from Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Bashaprojects sites the curatorial output of cultural producer Regine Basha. It serves as both a virtual compendium of curated exhibitions, public interventions and writing from today through until the past two decades, as well as a platform for two independent broadcast channels, Resident : Host and Tuning Baghdad. Resident : Host provides access to studio visits and interviews that are a large part of the curator’s research but are often inaccessible to an audience. Tuning Baghdad is a personal audio-visual archive of music, story-telling and narrative history related to her family’s background as an Iraqi-Jew.

2022 Critic Emerita: Sylvie Fortin
Sylvie Fortin is an independent curator, researcher, critic, and editor based between Montréal, New York, and Omaha, NE, where she is the Curator-in-Residence 2019–2021 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She was Executive/Artistic Director of La Biennale de Montréal (2013–2017), Executive Director/Editor of ART PAPERS in Atlanta (2004–2012), Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, 2013), Curator of Manif 5 – the 5th Québec City Biennial (2010), and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery (1996-2001). Fortin lectures internationally and her critical essays and reviews have been published in numerous catalogues, anthologies, and periodicals, including Art/Agenda, Artforum International, ART PAPERS, Art Press, C Magazine, Flash Art, Frieze and others. Fortin initiated PASS, the journal of International Biennial Association (IBA), in 2018 and led its recent reconfiguration into an online platform, of which she is the editor. She also edited the Fall 2020 issue of PUBLIC Art |Culture |Ideas on the currencies of hospitality, which she has been researching since 2017.

Her recent curation of new works by Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens at Bemis Center (2019–2020) will travel through 2023, extending the inquiry into the intersections between habitat and hospitality through local collaborations that radically reconfigure the exhibition for each of its upcoming presentations at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, KS (2021) and Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, Canada (2023). She is currently collaborating with Argentinian-French artist Liv Schulman for the North American premiere of her work, including the ambitious commission entitled The New Inflation, a feature-length film researched, cast, and shot in Omaha, to be released in 2022. She is also developing a group exhibition in three episodes delving into the storied entanglements of the body and hospitality, to be presented at Bemis Center (2021–2022), University at Buffalo Art Galleries (2022–2023), and as a publication (2023).

Past Critics-in-Residence
2021 Jessica Lynne
2019 Janka Vukmir
2018 Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
2017 Larry Ossei-Mensah
2016 Branko Franceschi
2015 Sylvie Fortin
2014 Moukhtar Kocache
2013 Charlotta Kotik, Critic Emerita 2021
2012 Saul Ostrow, Critic Emeritus 2019
2011 Sara Reisman, Critic Emerita 2020
2010 Sandra Skurvida
2009 Frances Richard, Critic Emerita 2017
2008 Martha Schwendener
2008 Micaela Giovannotti
2007 Omar Lopez Chahoud
2006 Kóan Jeff Baysa, Critic Emeritus 2011
2005 Reena Jana
2004 Olu Oguibe
2003 Euridice Arratia
2002 Yu Yeon Kim
2001 Christian Viveros-Fauné
2000 Denise Carvalho, Critic Emerita 2012
1999 Dominique Nahas, Critic Emeritus 2013
1998 Franklin Sirmans
1997 Lilly Wei, Critic Emerita 2014
1996 Gregory Volk, Critic Emeritus 2015
1995 Carlos Basualdo
1994 Dan Cameron
1993 Raphael Rubinstein, Critic Emeritus 2018
1992 Robert C. Morgan, Critic Emeritus 2016

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