Photo: Ania Krupiakov
Or Tshuva is a curator, educator and cultural organiser based in Manchester, where she is currently leading 422 Arts. Before that, she was a curator at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, where between 2016-2021, she curated large-scale exhibitions and commissioned new artworks and interventional projects for the museum's collection gallery. Her curatorial projects were exhibited at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi, IN), Jerusalem Design Week, Artport Tel Aviv, Beit Hagefen: Arab-Jewish Cultural Centre and more. She was involved in curatorial and research residencies at the MuCEM (Marseille, FR), Liverpool Biennial, and Residency Unlimited (Brooklyn, NY). In 2013, she co-founded Redline Beer Sheva, a non-profit gallery for socially-engaged art and artist residency in Beersheba where she worked as a curator and artistic director until 2016.
Or is passionate about working with artists and organisations to facilitate meaningful public engagement. Her work is often site and context-specific and responds to a certain need or question raised by the community or place itself. She specialises in developing new commissions and research-based projects spanning new media, installation, and performance. Her writings and curatorial projects have previously dealt with activism, memory, commemoration, global histories, decolonial practices, feminism, institutional critique and globalisation.
Or gained her master's degree with distinction from Goldsmiths University of London's Visual Cultures department and a postgraduate diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from Tel Aviv University. She was a lecturer in curatorial studies at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology, and the Arts in Tel Aviv, a visiting lecturer in Museology and Curatorial Studies at Tel Aviv University and Bar Ilan University, and a guest speaker at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, HaMidrasha School of Art, King's College London, and Residency Unlimited (NY), where she initiated the Curatorial Peer Learning Group in 2021.
In 2017, she co-authored (together with Danielle Heiblum) the book 'Altering Narratives: Essential Political Practices in Visual Culture' [Hebrew] which won Mifal HaPais' Lottery Fund research grant for new publications in visual culture.
≥≥ When not curating and seeing art, Or uses her research, design, and project management skills to bring unloved houses back to life and develop her growing property portfolio in Manchester and the North West. Follow her on Instagram for occasional residency opportunities and makeover updates ≤≤