The Curator in Residence program is the first of its kind in the region. The program provides an opportunity for emerging local and national curatorial talent to develop and expand the scope of their practice through a one-year residency. During their residency, curators engage with a broad range of artists to create a series of exhibitions in Disjecta’s dynamic 6,000-square-feet of programming space.
Suzy Halajian leads the Curator in Residence program at Disjecta into its eighth season.
Past Curators in Residence include Julia Greenway (2017-2018), Michele Fiedler (2016-17), Chiara Giovando (2015-16), Rachel Adams (2014-15), Summer Guthery (2013-14), Josephine Zarkovich (2012-13), and Jenene Nagy (2011-12). Press releases on their appointments, programming, as well as all previous CiR announcements, exhibition press releases, and news coverage can be found on our Press page. Past exhibitions can be found on our Exhibitions and Events page.
Los Angeles based curator, Suzy Halajian will curate three exhibitions for the 2018-19 season at Disjecta.
Suzy Halajian is an independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles. Her work begins at the intersection of art and politics, treating image making as steeped in colonial pasts and modern surveillance states. Additionally, her research interests center on the legacies of trauma and conflict in experimental documentary and performance practices from the Middle East and North Africa and their diaspora. Halajian has curated exhibitions and programs at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Human Resources LA, ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (all Los Angeles); Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Sursock Museum, Beirut; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; UKS, Oslo, among others.
Halajian serves on the Programming Committee of Human Resources LA, and is the 2018-19 Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta, Portland. From 2015-16 she co-organized the invitation of sorts talk series in Los Angeles. In 2017 she was granted a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant with Anthony Carfello and Shoghig Halajian for the journal Georgia, and in 2014 she received a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Her writing has been published by ArtEast, BOMB, X-TRA, Ibraaz, among others.
The 2018-19 Curator-in-Residence program is supported by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center is supported by Oregon Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Oregon Community Foundation, James F. And Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Arts Impact Fund and The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation. Other businesses and individuals provided additional support.