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Summary: Vasif Kortun is a writer, curator and teacher in the field of contemporary art. He is the founding director of Platform Garanti CAC [2001-] a non-profit contemporary art institution with an extensive library, documentation center, artist archives, exhibition space and an international residency program for artists, critics and curators. He also founded Proje4L, Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art [2001-2003], where he curated seminal exhibitions of artist from Turkey. The first director of the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College [1994 and 1997], he organized the first U.S. museum exhibitions of artists like Kara Walker, Nedko Solakov and Boris Mikhailov. Vasif Kortun was the chief curator of the 1992, and co-curator of 2005 Istanbul Biennials; a co-curator of Sao Paolo , Tirana , Second Ceramics Biennial [Albisola, 2003], Taipei Biennial in , The UAE Pavilion, Venice Bienial . He has curated the Turkish pavilions for 1994 and 1998 Sao Paolo and 2007 Venice Biennials. He is a board member of the Foundation for Arts Initiatives, and sits on the advisory committees of the Periferic Biennial; Artists Pension Trust Dubai, The Gyeonggi Creation Center, Korea, and Broadsheet Magazine Australia.
Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center formally ended its activities under the name Platform in 2010. The former institution has since combined its activities with Garanti Kültür Inc.’s Garanti Gallery (GG) and the Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Center. Opening in spring 2011, the remodelled and renamed institution will benefit from a fully accessible and public library of more than 30,000 publications; an archive of documents and products by architects and designers, visual artists' files, and data on the local socio-economical history. Since 2002 Platform Garanti has acted as a dynamic catalyst for the dissemination, research and practice of contemporary art in the city, providing a meeting point for exchange between contemporary artists, curators and critics. The institution's library and archives have expanded exponentially over the last eight years, often through the generous support of friends and colleagues, as well as on the occasion of specific initiatives such as the 2006 Frieze Art Fair 'Collection Point' project. Today the institution holds documentation on works by more than 200 artists from Turkey and the most comprehensive library of art publications in the city. The collection includes, but is not limited to: magazine publications, exhibition catalogues, rare books, catalogue raisonnés, and books on theory and philosophy. More recent endeavors include the creation of an archive that focuses on the history of design and architecture in Turkey, the amassing of a curatorial archive, and research into the history of contemporary art exhibitions in Turkey.