Marieke Van Hal is an art historian and Director of the Biennial Foundation. She worked as a Curator at Montevideo/TBA, the Netherlands Media Art Institute (1997-2001) after which she became General Coordinator of the International Foundation Manifesta - European Biennial of Contemporary Art and Managing Editor for "MJ-Manifesta Journal, Journal of Curatorial Practices" (2001-2006). In 2007 she was Director of the first Athens Biennial, for which she initiated the European Biennial Network financed by the European Commission.
Drawing from her experiences, Marieke van Hal founded in 2008 the Biennial Foundation, an independent platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience for biennial organisations worldwide. Marieke van Hal is a PhD candidate on ‘The Biennial Effect’ at the CCA-Curating Contemporary Art Department" of the Royal College of Art, London. She was co-curator of the Bergen Biennial Conference, 17-20 September 2009 in Bergen, Norway. Marieke van Hal works and lives in Athens, Greece.