Ché Zara Blomfield
Curator, writer, founder of The Composing Rooms, co-founder of Baron Magazine and Jelato Love.
The Composing Rooms started in 2010 as a curatorial project encouraging collaboration and dialogue across mediums and practices, the first exhibition took place in Bloomsbury, London, utalising a vacant building initiative by Camden Council. In 2012, with a grant from Arts Council England, I transformed a disused space in Hoxton into a gallery to exhibit eight emerging international artists in their first UK solo exhibitions, this included: Petra Cortright, Jon Rafman, Kate Steciw, and Artie Vierkant. While based in Berlin, from 2013-2017, The Composing Rooms hosted over 26 exhibitions and events, including a performance and panel discussion with legendary internet artists jodi.org. In 2015, with left.gallery, we co-published Bang Bros, the first novel by Gene McHugh, an esteemed art critic renowned for his blog Post Internet which defined of the term. The book The Composing Rooms, A Timeline was published by Reflektor M in 2017.
Baron Magazine, was established as a satirical critique of austerity and sexism, heightened during the financial crisis in the UK. Since 2011, Baron has recieved press in over seven languages and copies are in the permanent collection of MoMA.
Jelato Love, is a new project space, co-founded in 2018 with Javier Esteban in Palma de Mallorca, with the aim to bring international contemporary art to the island and engage community in a range of diverse programming.
I'm currently writing a series of interviews titled 'After Art' for Spike Art Magazine: #1 - Ying Le on Tea, #2 - Aurime Aleksandraviciute on Floristry, #3 - Nonfood on Agriculture and Algae.
Other recent texts and publishing include:
Egon Van Herreweghe - Hopstreet Gallery (Exhibition Text - EN/NE/FR)
Sinae Yoo - Neumeister Bar-Am (Exhibition Text, EN)
20CM from the ground - L21 (Exhibition Text, EN/ES)
Berlin's art incubators - Tagesspiegel's Kunst Magazin (Article, DE Print/EN Online)
I've also written for Rhizome, Reflektor M, Art Licks, Novembre, and other magazines.
On topics where contemporary art meets technology, and on digital and self publishing, I have spoken at Kastela Arts Center, Athens; Goethe Institute, London; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Academy of Photography, Krakow and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Institutional exhibitions and projects include those at: Yves Klein Archives, Paris; Swiss Institute, Milan; and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge. I've also curated exhibitons and projects in Amsterdam, Auckland, Miami, and New York City.
I was born in Auckland [NZ] and after living in London [UK 2007-2013], and Berlin [DE 2013-2017] I now live in Palma, Mallorca [ES]. You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter or email me: email@example.com.
The background image is a painting by R. Lord called Geoengineeringwatch.org, 2016 (Gesso and charcoal on canvas, 230 x 166 cm) from her 2016 solo exhibition at The Composing Rooms, Berlin.