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Or Tshuva is a curator, educator and cultural organiser based in Manchester, where she is currently leading 422 Arts. Her curatorial projects were exhibited at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, 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 speaks widely about curating and contemporary art in museums, public events and academic institutions. 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.
She holds a master's degree in Global Arts, gained with distinction from the Visual Cultures Department, Goldsmiths University of London, in addition to a postgraduate diploma in Arts and Cultural Management, gained from the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University. 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.
Or’s curatorial projects are often site and context-specific and respond to a certain need or question raised by the community or place itself. She is interested in knowledge production mechanisms and the possible intersections between art and politics, under which curating may operate as a platform for public imagination and as a mode of civic enablement. She specialises in developing new commissions and research-based projects spanning performance, installation and new media. Her writings and curatorial projects have previously dealt with activism, memory, commemoration, global histories, feminism, institutional critique and globalisation, and were exhibited in both established and experimental non-commercial cultural institutes.
≥≥ 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 ≤≤