Join Rachel Kent, Chief Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney and curator of Kader Attia for a special exhibition tour of Kader Attia on the final weekend of the exhibition.
Rachel Kent is the Chief Curator at the MCA, having joined in 2000 in the role of Curator. From 1995 she held the position of Curator at The University of Melbourne Museum of Art, working across the university’s extensive collections, temporary exhibitions and artistic residency program.
Kent has presented exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the USA and Canada. She speaks and publishes widely on contemporary art and curatorial practice. Rachel has worked with leading international and Australian artists including Kutlug Ataman, Lee Bul, Olafur Eliasson, Tim Hawkinson, Annette Messager, Yoko Ono, Mike Parr and Shahzia Sikander. She curated a major survey by Ed Ruscha at the MCA in 2004 and her key international thematic exhibitions include Liquid Sea (2003), Masquerade: Representation and the self in contemporary art (2006, and Marking Time (2012).
In 2008 she curated the survey exhibition Yinka Shonibare MBE for the MCA which travelled to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC in 2009-10. She edited a monograph by Prestel Publishing and the MCA to accompany the exhibition. In 2011 she collaborated with the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal, Canada on a solo exhibition and new film commission by Runa Islam. In 2013, Kent curated the first major show in Australia of Kenyan-born, Brooklyn-based artist Wangechi Mutu at the MCA.