Katya García-Antón is Director and Chief Curator of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA). She graduated with a BSC as a biologist, conducted two years of predoctoral field research in ecology and behaviour in the Amazon and Sierra Leone, and transitioned into the arts with an MA in 19th- and 20th-century art history from The Courtauld Institute of Arts, London. A UK and Spanish citizen, she worked at The Courtauld Institute of Art, BBC World Service (Latin American Broadcasts), Museo Nacional Reina Sofía Madrid, ICA London, IKON Birmingham, and as director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain (CAC) Genève. She is responsible for more than seventy exhibitions of art, architecture, and design of practitioners worldwide.
She curated the Nordic Pavilion, Venice Biennial in 2015, the Spanish Pavilion in the São Paolo Biennial 2004 and in the Venice Biennial 2011, co-curated the Prague Biennial 2005, and co-curated the flagship exhibition ‘Gestures in Time in Qalandiya International Biennial 2012’ in Palestine. In 2015 she launched Critical Writing Ensembles, a platform dedicated to stimulating the research and writing of art history that extends beyond the western canon (including South Asia and Indigenous worldviews).
She devised ‘Thinking at the Edge of the World: Perspectives from the North’ in 2015 as an ongoing program of knowledge-building (exhibitions and symposiums) addressing the histories of the North – including Arctic and environmental questions – and specially facilitating the empowerment of Sámi artistic practices and histories. In this regard, García-Antón has placed particular emphasis on advocating for, and implementing decolonial, transformative and Indigenising practices and programs. She is chief curator of the upcoming exhibition ‘Actions of Art and Solidarity’, Oslo, and is currently devising a program activating decolonial thinking from the perspective of the Afro-Norwegian communities in Norway in collaboration with various of its members, which will run until 2022.