*1964 lives and works in Budapest
Barnabás Bencsik earned his degree in literature and history, later in history of art from the ELTE University Budapest. He has been involved with the Hungarian art scene since the early 1990s and ran the Studio Gallery, Budapest, the exhibition venue of the Studio of Young Artists Association, from 1990 to 1999. Since then, Bencsik has worked in numerous positions, such as head of the Trafo Gallery, Budapest (1999–2001); chief curator in Műcsarnok|Kunsthalle, where he contributed to the project at the Hungarian Pavilion of 49th Venice Biennale; artistic director of MEO–Contemporary Art Collection and has worked as an independent curator since 2002. From 2008-2013 he was director of Ludwig Museum–Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, but because of the radical shift in the Hungarian cultural policy, his tenure was not extended. Ever since then, he has been working as a freelance curator and lecturer, and runs the program of ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange, which he initiated in 2006, as an independent agency. He has also contributed to the realization of the OFF-Biennale, Budapest.
photo credit: Małgorzata Mazur