Ché Zara Blomfield
Curator and writer from Aotearoa, founder of The Composing Rooms, co-founder of Baron Magazine and Jelato Love.
The Composing Rooms was founded in 2010 as a curatorial project encouraging collaboration and dialogue. The first exhibition in Bloomsbury, London, utalised Camden Council's vacant building initiative. In 2012, a grant from Arts Council England enabled the renovation of a disused space in Hoxton to exhibit eight emerging artists in their first UK solo exhibitions, this included: Petra Cortright, Jon Rafman, Kate Steciw, and Artie Vierkant. From 2013-2017, The Composing Rooms hosted over 26 exhibitions and events in a space opposite UdK, Berlin, including a performance and panel discussion with influential internet artists jodi.org. In 2015, with left.gallery, we published Bang Bros, the first novel by Gene McHugh, an esteemed art critic renowned for his blog Post Internet which defined of the term. In 2017, coinciding with the closure of the space in Berlin, The Composing Rooms, A Timeline was published by Reflektor M.
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, New York.
Jelato Love, is project space co-founded in 2018 with Javier Esteban in Palma de Mallorca, we aim to bring international contemporary art to the island and engage community in a range of diverse programming. We have exhibited solo exhibitions of: Michael Pybus, Estrid Lutz, Keith Allyn Spencer, and Yanyan Huang opens September 22nd.
I've recently been 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, #4 - Margaret Burton on Fashion.
Other texts and publishing include:
Aaron Graham - Neumeister Bar-Am (Exhibition Text, EN)
Egon Van Herreweghe - Hopstreet Gallery (Exhibition Text - EN/NE/FR)
Sinae Yoo - Neumeister Bar-Am (Exhibition Text, EN)
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 [Aotearoa/NZ] and after living in London [UK 2007-2013], and Berlin [DE 2013-2017] I now live in Palma, Mallorca [ES]. You can find 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.