Mirjam Westen is a curator, critic and editor in the field of contemporary art, gender and global art. Her essays and reviews have been published in journals, art magazines and catalogues. She recently curated Prospects & Concepts with work by young artists (Van Nelle, Rotterdam), the international group show ‘Threads’ and a solo presentation of Esiri Erheriene-Essi, titled ‘Don’t Support the Greedy’.
She organized ‘Female Power’ (Arnhem 2013), ‘rebelle. Art & Feminism 1969-2009’. (Arnhem 2009) and was co-curator of ‘A chacun sa grace. Femmes Artistes en Belgique et aux Pays-Bas 1500-1950’ (Antwerp 1999-Arnhem 2000).
Working as a senior curator of contemporary art in the Museum Arnhem (NL), she has curated numerous exhibitions from 1991 to the present day, amongst others, Kara Walker (2002), Emily Jacir (2003), Lida Abdul (2006), Regina Galindo (2007), L.A. Raeven (2010), Berni Searle (2011), Heidi Sincuba (2011) and Alicia Framis (2013). In addition to her curatorial and writing activities, she gives lectures. She is member of AICA, ArtTable, M/Othjer Voices and of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT).
Recent publications include essays in n_paradoxa and in Changing Perspective. Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art (Amsterdam: Framer Framed 2012).