Simon Sheikh (born 1965) is a curator and writer who researches practices of
exhibition-making and political imaginaries. He is Reader in Art and Programme
Director of the MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London, London.
Sheikh was coordinator of the Critical Studies Program at Malmö Art Academy,
Malmö from 2002 to 2009. He was also curator at NIFCA, Helsinki, 2003–2004 and,
prior to that, director of Overgaden – Institute for Contemporary Art,
Copenhagen from 1999–2002. Between 1996 and 2000, he was editor of the magazine
Øjeblikket and a member of the project group GLOBE from 1993–2000. His recent
curatorial work includes: Reading /
Capital (for Althusser), DEPO, Istanbul, 2014; Unauthorized, Inter Arts Lab, Malmö, 2012; All That Fits: The Aesthetics of Journalism, QUAD, Derby, 2011 (with Alfredo Cramerotti); Do You
Remember the Future?, TOK / Project Loft Etagi, Saint Petersburg, 2011; Vectors of the Possible, BAK, basis voor
actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2010; and Capital (It Fails Us Now), UKS, Oslo, 2005 and Kunstihoone, Tallinn, 2006. Sheikh’s
writings can also be found in such periodicals as Afterall, an architecture,
Open, Springerin, and Texte zur
Kunst. He has edited and authored several publications, including: On Horizons: A Critical Reader on
Contemporary Art (with Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder) (2011); Capital (it fails us now) (2006); In the Place of the Public Sphere? (2005); Knut Åsdam. Speech. Living.
Sexualities. Struggle. (2004); and We
Are All Normal (And We Want Our Freedom): A Collection of Contemporary Nordic
Artists Writings (with Katya Sander) (2001). Sheikh lives and works in
Berlin and London.