Charles Esche (1962) is a curator, director and writer, and co-founder and co-director of Afterall Journal and Afterall Books. In April 2014, he was awarded Bard College’s Audrey Irmas Awardfor Curatorial Excellence. The prize is a multiple recognition of Esche’s endless commitment to rethinking what art can do, and redefining what it can be.
He is currently Director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and over the past two decades has been involved in exhibitions including: Strange and Close at CAPC, Bordeaux (2011); An Idea for Living at the U3 Slovene Triennial (2011); the 2nd and 3rd RIWAQ Biennials in Ramallah, Palestine (2007/2009); the 9th International Istanbul Biennial (2005); and the 4thGwangju Biennale, Republic of Korea (2002). Most recently, Esche curated the 31st Bienal de Sao Paulo in Brazil, which was shown in autumn 2014.