Simon Sheikh

Biography

Simon Sheikh lives and work in Berlin and London. He is a freelance curator and critic. A correspondent for Springerin, Vienna, and a columnist for e-flux Journal, New York, he is also a researcher for the ongoing Former West project, initiated by BAK in Utrecht, and has just received his PhD from the University of Lund on the topic of exhibition-making and political imaginaries. Since September 2012, he has taken up a post as a Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths College, London. Sheikh was coordinator of the Critical Studies Program, Malmö Art Academy, Malmö from 2002 to 2009. Prior to that, Sheikh was director of Overgaden – Institute for Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, 1999–2002, and curator at NIFCA, Helsinki, 2003–2004. He was also editor of the magazine Øjeblikket between 1996 and 2000, and a member of the project group GLOBE from 1993–2000. His curatorial work includes exhibitions such as: Capital (It Fails Us Now), UKS, Oslo, 2005 and Kunstihoone, Tallinn, 2006; Circa Berlin, Nikolaj – Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, 2005; and Models of Resistance, Overgaden, Copenhagen, 2000 (with GLOBE). Sheikh’s writings can also be found in such periodicals as Afterall, AnArchitectur, Open and Texte zur Kunst. Recent publications include: Capital (It Fails Us Now) (2006); In the Place of the Public Sphere? (2005); Knut Åsdam (monograph) (2004); and the anthology We are all Normal (with Katya Sander) (2001). A collection of his essays is forthcoming from b_books, Berlin.