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Leah Gordon is a multi-media artist who curates, collects, researches, writes, educates and directs. She works across a variety of media including photography, film and installations, often including commissioned sculpture and painting. In the 1980's she wrote lyrics, sang and played for the feminist folk punk band, 'The Doonicans'. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade and industrialisation; and grassroots religious, class and folk histories. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK; Parc de la Villette, Paris and NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Her photography book 'Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti' was published in June 2010. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Art’ at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; on the curatorial team for ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, UCLA and was the guest curator for the 2016 NYC Outsider Art Fair. In 2015 Leah Gordon was the recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

Selected Exhibitions

2017
Joint show with Andre Eugene, Havre Magasinet Museum, Boden, Sweden

2016
Atlas [of the ruins] of Europe, CentroCentro Cibeles de Cultura Ciudadania, Madrid

2015
From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography, MOA|FL Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, USA
Meeting Point, Kunstverein Konstanz, Germany

2014
11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dak'art 2014, Senegal
Les Rencontres Photographiques de Guyane, French Guiana
Alles Maskerade! MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany
Ort Gallery, Birmingham, UK (Solo Show)
HOUSE 2014, Regency House, Brighton, UK
Médiathèque Intercommunale André Labarrère, Pau, France (Solo Show)
It’s Folk, Let’s Dance, 99 Mary St, Sheffield, UK

2013
Kanaval, PHI Centre, Montreal, Canada (Solo Show)

2012
Taboo, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney
Kanaval, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (Solo Show)
Caste, Riflemaker Gallery, London (Solo Show)

2011
Kanaval, Side Gallery, Newcastle, UK (Solo Show)

2010
The Invisibles, Riflemaker Gallery, London (Solo Show)

2009
Kanaval, Photofusion, London (Solo Show)
Kreyol Factory, Parc de la Villette, Paris

Curating

2018
The Psycho-geography of Port-au-Prince, (co-curating with Edouard Duval-Carrie) at Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY NY

2016
Guest Curator at the Outsider Art Fair NYC, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC

2015
4th Ghetto Biennale 2015 - KREYÒL, VODOU and the LAKOU : forms of resistance, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

2013
‘The 3rd Ghetto Biennale 2013: Decentering the Market and Other Tales of Progress’, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
'Toward a Creole Procession', (co-curated with Ranu Mukherjee) in collaboration with CCA at Luggage Store, San Francisco

2012
‘Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou’, (co-curated with Alex Farquharson), at the Nottingham
Contemporary, UK
'In Extremis', (on curatorial team) at Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles & Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec City, Canada.

2011
The 2nd Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
'Death & Fertility' adjunct curator, Haitian Pavilion at 54th Venice Biennale
‘Nouvo Rezistans’, Institut Français, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

2009
1st Ghetto Biennale, director and co-curator, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

2007
Curator for sculpture commission for the International Museum of Slavery, Liverpool.

Selected Publications

2017
Leah Gordon (ed.), Ghetto Biennale 2009-2015, (Ghetto Biennale 2017)

2016
Natasha Hoare, The New Curator, (Laurence King Publishing 2016)

M. Attah, B. Burbridge & C. Davies (ed.s), Self Styled, (Photoworks Annual Issue 23 2016)

Nanne Buurman, Sarah Dornhof, Birgit Hopfener & Barbara Lutz, (eds.), Situating Global Art : Topologies – Temporalities – Trajectories (Transcript 2016)

Dave Beech (ed.), Art & the Public Sphere Journal, (Intellect Journals 2016)

2015 
Claire Tancons & Krista Thompson (ed.s), EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean, (Independent Curators International (ICI) and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans 2015)

Barbara Lynes (ed.), From Within and Without: The History of Haitian Photography, (NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, USA 2015)

David Bindman (ed), The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume 5 Part 1, The Twentieth Century: the Impact of Africa, (Harvard University Press 2014)

Dr. Stephanie Dathe & Dr. Axel Lapp (ed.s), Alles Maskerade!, (Museum Villa Rot & MEWO Kunsthalle 2014)
2013
Brook Andrews (ed), Taboo, (Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia 2013)

2012 
Alex Farquharson & Leah Gordon (ed.s) 'Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou', (Nottingham Contemporary 2012)

Don Cosentino (ed.) 'In Extremis: Death & Life in 21st Century Haitian Art' (Fowler Museum, UCLA & University of Washington Press)

2010
Leah Gordon, Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti, (Soul Jazz Publishing 2010)

Research, Production Grants & Awards

2016
Invited for Artist residency at Hangar: Centre of Artistic Research, Lisbon funded by the Triangle Network
2015
Recipient of the 2015 Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean
2014
HOUSE festival commission for the project Caste | Cast at Regency Town House, Brighton
2012
Recipient of Research Institute for Media Art and Design (University of Bedfordshire) award for the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive in New York

Speaking Engagements

2016
Leah Gordon | Alternative Strategies in the Caribbean at ICI Curatorial Hub, NYC
Artist Talk, Havremagasinet, Boden, Sweden

2015
First International ICOM Dominican Republic: Museums for a Sustainable Society, Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo
After Revolution: Versions and Re-visions of Haiti, Institute for Black Atlantic Research, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Artist Talk, Trampolinhuset, Copenhagen
Ghetto Biennale at Udstillingsstedet Q, Royal Academy Fine Art, Copenhagen
Intervolved Histories at Uncertain States Critical Visual Dialogues

2014
Biennials: Prospect and Perspectives, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Alternative Methods: Art and Education, Futurecamp, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
Perspectives: Barbara Kruger, Modern Art Oxford, UK
Transcultural Trajectories of Art History: Legacies of Modernity and Global Entanglements, Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg, Germany
Collecting Geographies Conference, Global Collaborations, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Communities in Conversation, Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden
Artists’ Talk, Konsthallen Goteborg, Sweden
Artists’ Talk, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Artists’ Talk, Centre of Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry
‘The Tailors of Port-au-Prince’ at the Newcastle Photography Festival

2013
‘The Ghetto Biennale’, Open School East, London
‘In Conversation’ with Michaelle Jean, ex Governor General of Canada, PHI Center, Montreal
‘Battle of Images’ invited speaker at CIC (Contemporary Image Collective), Cairo, Egypt

2012
International Congress on Global art, visuality and coloniality, invited speaker, Centro dos de Mayo, Madrid
TrAIN lecture, Chelsea College of Art, London

2011
'Global art education and the Biennale aesthetic', Soundings, 54th Venice Biennale, Italy
Artists’ Talk, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA

2010
Opening Forum of the 17th Sydney Biennale: Power, Poverty, Equality and Freedom (and how we relate to art...), invited speaker, Art Museum of NSW, Sydney:

2009
‘In Conversation’ at Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris.

Selected filmography and screenings

Atis-Rezistans: the Sculptors of Grand Rue; Leah Gordon 2008
DV 34 mins film essay documenting a collective of slum based Vodou artists in Port au Prince, Haiti and a meditation on the links between sex, death and creativity.
2013
Musée de la Civilisation, Québec, Canada (in exhibition)
2012
Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney, Australia (in exhibition)
Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA (in exhibition)
Kafou, Nottingham Contemporary, UK (in exhibition)
2010
Musee de l'Homme, Paris, France
2009
World Nomads Film Festival, curated by Jonathan Demme, Mayles Documentary Theatre, Harlem
2009
Mercredis, Musee de l'Homme, Paris
Puerto Rico Ethnographic Film Festival (prize winner)
2008
Afro-American Studies Society, Bates College, Maine USA
Caribbean Studies Conference, Edinburgh

Bounda pa Bounda: A Drag Zaka; Leah Gordon 2008
DV video observational film that documents Bounda pa Bounda (Cheek by Arse), a character from Jacmel carnival, as he drags up in a sacred space before going onto the streets with his Rara band.
2014
Médiathèque Intercommunale André Labarrère, Pau, France
Les Rencontres Photographiques de Guyane, French Guiana
2012
Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney (in exhibition)
Nottingham Contemporary
2011
Side Gallery, Newcastle (in exhibition)
2009
Photofusion Gallery, London (in exhibition)

Teaching

2013
Visiting artist, MFA in Social Practice, California College for the Arts, San Francisco
2011 – 2013
Senior Lecturer in Photography & Video Art at University of Bedfordshire
2003 – ongoing
University of the Creative Arts, Farnham: Visiting lecturer for BA Digital, Film and Screen Arts
2012
Visiting artist, MA in Photographic Arts, Paris 8, St Denis, Paris
2011
California College of the Arts, San Francisco for lecture programme and as visiting artist for MFA in Social Practice.
2008
Visiting artist, Dept. of Afro-American Studies at Bates College, Maine, USA.

Qualifications

1980-1983 BA Hons in Film & Photographic Arts from Polytechnic of Central London
2004-2006MA in Photographic Studies from University of Westminster