Alongside Hopkins, Tairone Bastien will shape the Biennial’s curatorial vision. An independent curator and arts programmer based in Toronto, Bastien was a curator for Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018 and was a 2018 Journalism Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Previously, he directed programming for Alserkal Avenue, an arts district and organization in Dubai and presented commissioned projects that travelled to the Venice Biennial (2015), Dhaka Art Summit (2016), and Art Dubai (2016); oversaw public engagement for TCA Abu Dhabi, a government agency that developed new arts programming across the Emirates, including for the Louvre Abu Dhabi; and, was a curator for the first three iterations of Performa (2005-2009), New York’s biennial of performance art.