Rado Ištok (born 1989 in Veľký Krtíš, Slovakia) is a curator, writer, and editor. In 2018–2020 he was the curator of the European Cooperation Project 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture at the Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania, and he is the project leader of Spaces of Care, Disobedience and Desire (2018–2021), a discursive research platform in collaboration with Marie-Louise Richards and Natália Rebelo, supported by the artistic research funding of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. Recent exhibitions include Ala Younis: High Dam: Modern Pyramid (2020) at VIPER Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic; The Spectral Forest (2020) at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania; Dalibor Bača: Behind the Scenes (2020) at Modern Art Gallery in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic; Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn: Black Atlas (2019) at Július Koller Society in Bratislava, Slovakia; Liquid Horizons (2019) at tranzit.sk in Bratislava, Slovakia; Other Visions (2018) within the PAF - Festival of Film Animation in Olomouc, Czech Republic; and I’m fine, on my way home now (2017) at Allkonstrummet, Stockholm, Sweden. His editorial work includes the forthcoming exhibition catalogue The Spectral Forest (2021) and the e-publication Dwelling on the Threshold (Nida Art Colony, 2020). Together with Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn he co-edited the book Crating the World (Athénée Press, 2019), and with L’Internationale he co-edited the e-publication Decolonising Archives (L’Internationale Online, 2016). He lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
Ištok completed a curatorial residency held in 2021 in Prague in the framework of the tranzit.cz / Biennale Matter of Art project Center and Periphery: Cultural Deserts in Eastern Europe, funded by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway (EEA and Norway Grants) in the program Culture. The residency resulted in the creation of a new work that was exhibited at the second edition of the In the Matter of Art Biennial in 2022 in Prague.