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Fatos Üstek, (1980, Ankara, Turkey)

Independent curator and writer, based in London.

Fatoş Üstek is the director and chief curator of  DRAF since 2018. She is curator of miart Talks 2018, Milano; Art Night 2017, East London; and fig-2, 50 projects in 50 weeks, 2015, ICA Studio, London. Üstek is external member of acquisitions committee for Arts Council Collection (2018-2020), chief-juror for the Celeste Prize 2017, jury for the sculpture section at the 2017 Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice. She is founding member of Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA); Art Nights Trustee, member of Block Universe Advisory Board, member of AICA UK, and ICI Alumni.  She curates, lectures and publishes internationally. 
Ustek acted as associate curator for the 10th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, has curated an opera in five acts at DRAF, London; an exhibition trilogy entitled Now Expanded that took place at Kunstfabrik, Berlin; Tent, Rotterdam and DRAF, London among various group shows in Europe, Far East and Turkey. Ustek is founding editor of Nowiswere Contemporary Art Magazine (with Veronika Hauer) actively worked between 2008-2012, is the editor of Unexpected Encounters Situations of Contemporary Art and Architecture (Turkish Only, 2012; English Only, upcoming) published by Zorlu Centre, Istanbul; is author of Book of Confusions, 2012, published by Rossi&Rossi, London.

In 2008 Ustek received her M.A. at the Contemporary Art Theory Department at Goldsmiths College London, after completing her BA in Mathematics at Bogazici University, Istanbul. Additionally, where she also acquired a degree from the Film Studies.