Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Curator of the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, the lauded Documenta 13 and director of two institutions in Turin

For most people, directing one major art institution is a fulltime job. But when you have the energy and drive of Christov-Bakargiev, you don’t settle for anything less than being the director of two. At the beginning of this year she took up her roles as director of both Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM) and Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, both in Turin. Making connections is her lifeblood. To quote Adrián Villar Rojas, one of the younger artists Christov-Bakargiev has championed, not least in her 2015 Istanbul Biennial, ‘She’s a neverending hyper-connectivity machine. She can connect and create relations with anything.’ Since taking up her current posts, she’s pushed various Arte Povera artists, at both institutions, while revisiting her ongoing enquiries into the possible intellectual connections between art nouveau and the Anthropocene in the group show Organisms (at GAM) and hosting an Ed Atkins solo show (Castello di Rivoli).