Defne Ayas from 2012 to 2017 was the Director of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. She co-founded Arthub Asia in 2007 — an Asia-wide active research and production initiative. Since 2005, she has been a curator of PERFORMA, the biennial of visual art performance in New York. In September 2012, Ayas co-curated the 11th Baltic Triennale as well as the Istanbul and Bandung City pavilions at the 9thShanghai Biennale. In 2015, Ayas curated the Pavilion of Turkey at the Venice Biennale.