Daniella Rose King, Curator (former ICA Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow)

Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow


Daniella Rose King is a London-born writer, curator, and producer concerned with the social history of art, particularly when it brings to light forgotten, oppressed, or difficult histories, moments of struggle, and spaces of resistance. Prior to joining the Institute of Contemporary Art she was based in New York where she worked with Naeem Mohaiemen on the documenta 14 commissions, Two Meetings and a Funeral and Tripoli Cancelled, and artist Simone Leigh as curatorial researcher for her New Museum exhibition and residency “The Waiting Room,” and Tate Modern project “Psychic Friends Network.” In 2017 she curated “On Visibility and Camouflage: Black Women Artists for BLM” at We Buy Gold in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and King was the 2015-16 Whitney Independent Study Program Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow.

She has contributed to exhibition catalogues, magazines, journals and online platforms. Her writing has appeared in the Studio Museum in Harlem 2017 Artist in Residence Brochure, Ocula Magazine, Frieze, Art-Agenda, Art Monthly, Ibraaz, Harpers Bazaar Art, New African Magazine, Contemporary And, Portal 9 Journal, and Nafas Art Magazine.

King was Assistant Curator at Nottingham Contemporary; Program Curator at MASS Alexandria, Egypt; Exhibitions and Events Manager at Iniva, London; visiting curator at Cornerhouse (now HOME) in Manchester and deputy curator of the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

In 2014 she co-founded the curatorial collective DAM Projects. DAM use temporary exhibitions and events to support emerging, underexposed and unorthodox artists, art scenes, discourses and debates. The inaugural program Sunday School ran from 2014-15 and featured six solo shows from recent UK art school graduates and six exhibitions looking at emerging international art scenes.