Dr. Omar Kholeif

Contributor / Keynote Speaker

Dr. Omar Kholeif is an author, curator, cultural historian, and broadcaster. After beginning their career in documentary television, Kholeif moved into the picture palaces of art, where their work continues to explore issues at the nexus of emerging digital technologies, social justice and conscious alliance. The curator of over 50 exhibitions and 100 commissions, Kholeif is also the author or co-author of over 30 publications, most recently, Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age (Sternberg, 2018); Art in the Age of Anxiety (MIT, 2021); Creating Dangerously (Sharjah, 2021), Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence (Lenz, 2021), as well as forthcoming monographs, Internet Art: From Dial Up to the Rise of NFTs (Phaidon, 2023) and Code-Switchers: The Art of Being Invisible (2023/2024).

Kholeif curates the 1-54 Forum on Contemporary African Art and is founder of the publishing and broadcast imprint, artPost21. In 2020, they celebrated a decade of their art apparel label, the center of cultural confusion. They have taught fine art, art history and visual culture at universities, including, University of Chicago; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; the University of Oxford and Hunter College, City University of New York.

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