Image: Bea McMahon, Cats, 2011. HD video still. Commissioned by Flat Time House for the exhibition Bea McMahon, ‘Trinity: A Symmetric Metric of Feats and Tales’, April – May 2011.


Elisa Kay is a curator and organiser of contemporary art projects. She was Curator/Director of Flat Time House, the home and studio of the late British artist John Latham in South London, from 2008 – 2012, during which time she co-edited of the monographic DVD John Latham Films: 1960-1971 with LUX and Lisson Gallery. From 2010-11 she was Contemporary Art Society Centenary Fellow at Nottingham Castle Museum, where she curated the group exhibition Three Stones in the City of Ladies. Most recently she was Project Manager for How to work together, a shared programme of contemporary art commissioning and research organised by Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.

At BEEF, Elisa will focus on two curatorial projects: a programme of research that attempts to bring some attention to the work of a number of women artists whose work has been passed over in the histories of British art since the 1970s, particularly those working with the ephemeral practices of performance and moving image (see BEEF event Karen Di Franco on Carlyle Reedy); and the culmination of a personal detective story that links John Latham, the American TV drama Lost, and Flann O’Brien’s comic novel The Third Policeman.