Dr Damian Smith
AICA Australia (International Association of Art Critics)
Damian Smith is a curator, arts writer and academic, the Secretary of AICA Australia (International Association of Art Critics) and the curator of the Australian contribution to the 13th Bienal de la Habana. A former resident of Habana, his doctoral dissertation – Barefoot Curating: Contemporary Art and the Role of the Freelance Curator – draws largely on his experience working with the Bienal de la Habana and associated cultural institutions. In 2016 the State Library of Victoria established the Damian Smith Archive, which contains approximately 200 published essays on contemporary art, along with additional artworks and ephemera. In 2016, Smith was an invited guest speaker at the UNESCO–sponsored International Association of Art Critics World Congress, held at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Habana, Cuba.