Hong Kong’s Para/Site Art Space Appoints Cosmin Costinas to Be the First Outset Curator of Contemporary Art

Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to contemporary visual art exhibitions, has named Cosmin Costinas as its new Executive Director/Curator, effective immediately. Mr. Costinas will relocate from his base in the Netherlands in autumn 2011.

A writer and critic with broad international reach, Mr. Costinas is the outgoing curator at BAK, Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands and is also an advisory board member of Patterns/Erste Bank Foundation, Vienna, Austria. He also serves as a founding curator of Electric Palm Tree, a long-term curatorial platform for research and production.

Mr. Costinas has published and lectured extensively in Asia and Europe on the contemporary art of many regions. He is also the co-author of the novel Philip (Project Press, Dublin, 2007) and has contributed to magazines, books and exhibition catalogues across Europe and Southeast Asia.

Mr. Costinas said: “I am thrilled to be joining Para/Site at this exceptional moment of its history and I am looking forward to bringing my international and regional experience in leading the institution through this process of growth and rethinking of its role on the local and world stages. I believe we will consolidate Para/Site as an internationally relevant critical platform for contemporary art and as one of the core institutions designing a new, multi-centered global geography of art.”

At Para/Site, Mr. Costinas will focus on extending the organization’s ambitious curatorial vision, a basis for the institution’s strong reputation as a champion of contemporary art in Hong Kong, since its inception as an artist-run space in 1996.

Mr. Costinas will become the first Outset Curator of Contemporary Art at Para/Site, and will play a central role in leading the organisation into its next phase of development, strengthening and forging long-term relationships with local and international arts institutions. Mr. Costinas will curate displays and exhibitions both at Para/Site’s Sheung Wan space, as well as at offsite and international venues.

Tim Li, Para/Site Board Chairman, said: “Our belief in professional curatorship has become one of the most important core values of the organization. The appointment of Cosmin, a proficient curator with bold vision is a conscious decision made by the Board. He will play a central role in leading the organization to the next phase of development and we are thankful to Outset Contemporary Art Fund in supporting Para/Site Art Space making this important step for its growth.”

Yana Peel, Co-Director of Outset said: ” We are proud to be supporting Cosmin Costinas as The Outset Curator of Contemporary Art, as an extension of the foundation’s decade of work in bringing challenging contemporary art to the public. The directors and patrons of Outset hope that its model of private patronage for public art gains momentum in Hong Kong and that its commitment to Para/Site encourages further private support for one of the leading independent art spaces in Asia”.

Para/Site Art Space
G/F, 4 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

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