Defne Ayas

Defne Ayas

Rotterdam ~ The Netherlands

Defne Ayas is the Curator/Director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam since 2012, where she commissioned and organised long-term projects, group exhibitions and solo projects, including Kunsthalle for Music (2017-2018), Öğüt & Macuga by Ahmet Öğüt and Goshka Macuga (2017), The Ten Murders of Josephine by Rana Hamadeh (2017), The Music of Ramon Raquello and his Orchestra by Eric Baudelaire (2017),  Art in the Age of... (2015), Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland (2015), The Temptation of AA Bronson (2013), Tulkus 1880 to 2018 by Paola Pivi (2013-2018), The Humans by Alexandre Singh (2012-2013) and Blueprints by Qiu Zhijie (2012) amidst others. Ayas was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey in the 56th Venice Biennale; co-curator of the 6th Moscow Biennale and co-curator of the 11th Baltic Triennale. She remains a curator at large of PERFORMA (New York).