Senior Advisor, Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain
Livia Alexander is a New York based arts executive, writer, and curator. Alexander is a regular consultant to a variety of art organizations and galleries and is currently engaged as Senior Advisor to Al Riwaq Art Space in Bahrain, as well as Project Director for Katamon in Color, a cross-platform digital project. She is the co-founder of ArteEast, a leading international non-profit organization established in 2003 to support and promote artists from the Middle East, North Africa and its diasporas, which she directed until 2013. Dr. Alexander holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Cinema and Middle East Studies. She lectures and publishes extensively about art policy, art markets, cultural politics and cinemas of the Middle East and her writing has appeared in a variety of scholarly publications and edited volumes, including Journal of Visual Anthropology, Framework, MERIP, among others. Alexander has curated, managed and produced numerous film programs, exhibitions and events, including most recently Moumen Smihi: Cinema and Arab Modernities, in collaboration with Professor Peter Limbrick. She was a nominator for the prestigious 2011-2 Jameel Art Prize organized by the V & A and 2013 KfW Stiftung Residency. She is currently serving on the artistic committee of the 2014 Marrakech Biennale.