Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (b. 1957, Ridgewood, NJ) currently serves as Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Evanston and is the curator of “Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms - The 14th Istanbul Biennial” (September 5–October 31, 2015). She is also Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles for the 2014/15 academic year.
Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds in 2014, she was previously Menschel Visiting Professor in Art at The Cooper Union, New York and Pernod Ricard Visiting Professor at Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt. Curator Christov-Bakargiev was Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13) from 2009–12. The exhibition took place in Kassel, Germany (June 9 - September 16, 2012), in Kabul, Afghanistan and included projects in Alexandria/Cairo, Egypt and Banff, Canada. Previously, she was Artistic Director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008) and Chief Curator at Castello di Rivoli Museum for Contemporary Art, Turin (2002–08, interim director, 2009). She was also Senior Curator at P.S.1, New York (1999–2001).
Her books include William Kentridge (1998), Arte Povera (1999), and for dOCUMENTA (13) the 100 Notes – 100 Thoughts series as well as The Logbook and The Book of Books.