Dr Nayia Yiakoumaki is curator at the Whitechapel Gallery in London where, since 2005, she developed an innovative programme of exhibitions related to the use of archives as a curatorial resource. This programme has attracted international attention from professional peers and has been running for more than a decade. In September 2016, Nayia took on a new role co-directing the Athens Biennale, as Director of Research and International Networks and in 2017 became Head of Curatorial Studies at the Whitechapel Gallery. She has lectured extensively in universities in the UK and abroad since 1991 on the subject of Curating and Visual Arts.
In addition Nayia devises NEON Curatorial Exchange & Award, an initiative founded by NEON organization and delivered by the Whitechapel Gallery, which fosters professional relationships for emerging curators. Nayia Yiakoumaki has conceived a number of successful exhibitions and commissions, including John Latham: Anarchive (2010), Rothko in Britain (2012), Aspen Magazine: 1965-1971 (2012), Black Eyes & Lemonade: Curating Popular Art (2013), Stephen Willats: Concerning Our Present Way of Living (2014), Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred (2015-2016), Imprint 93 (2016), Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe? (2016-2017), Killed Negatives: Unseen Images of 1930s America (2018) and Staging Jackson Pollock (2018).