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Defne Ayas (b.1976) is the Director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. She curated the Pavilion of Turkey in the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale; and has been a curator of PERFORMA, the biennial of visual art performance of New York, since its inception in 2005. She lived in Shanghai, China and co-founded Arthub Asia – an Asia-wide active research and production initiative (with Davide Quadrio).

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