Barrak Alzaid is an artist and curator. Born in Kuwait, he received in MA in Performance studies from NYU. Prior roles include Director of Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai), and Artistic Director of ArteEast (New York). At ArteEast he developed and launched an international residency initiative that included The Watermill Center (New York) and The Sultan Gallery (Kuwait). In addition he has curated a monthly artist talk series featuring leading artists and curators, and he remains the chief editor of the ArteEast Quarterly, a dynamic online portal featuring three publications that highlight contemporary art, literature culture from the Middle East, Turkey, Iran, North Africa and the diaspora. He coordinated the first public March Meeting in 2010 with the Sharjah Art Foundation.
As an artist he is a member of the collective GCC, and has participated in group shows at Fridericianum (Kassel) and the New Museum (New York) as well as solo shows at MoMA PS1 (New York), Project Native Informant (London), Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler (Berlin) and The Sultan Gallery (Kuwait).
Curatorial works include How to do things with hair, antinormanybody (2011) and The Anti-Artist Talks at Performa 11 (2011) and he acted as co-editor and curator of For Lives Undone: Gaza Summons its Writers to Speak, an online publication featuring works by Gazan writers, and a series of literary salons at Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (2012). In 2013 he was the producer for the New York edition of the Cairo-based TransDance Festival and has produced works at Socrates Sculpture Park, Center for Performance Research, and New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
In January 2012 he was a curator-in-residence at The Delfina Foundation. He has contributed to various publications including Jadaliyya, Performa Magazine, ArtAsiaPacific Magazine, Ibraaz and Canvas Magazine.