Participants – Curators’ Agenda: VIENNA 2017
Bahar Ahu Sağın (Turkey, 1984) is working as an exhibition projects specialist at Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul. She holds a BA degree in Economics from Koç University and is completing her MA degree in Arts Management at Yeditepe University. She is currently conducting her thesis research on collaborative art practices. Her main research is concentrated on media and performance arts. She is also a collaborator in the amberplatform, which explores the possible affinities between the fields of art and technology.
Ilaria Goglia (Italy, 1982) is an art historian and emerging curator based in Rome and has been working in both institutional and independent art spaces, in Italy and in Europe. She collaborated, as assistant curator, at MHKA, Museum of contemporary art in Antwerp, and at PILOTHENKUECHE, international residency program in Leipzig. Since three years she is part of the educational department of MAXXI, National museum for art of XXI century, which designs activities to involve different targets of people in the critical understanding of contemporary art. She recently became part of Spazio Y team, an independent art space runned by an artists’ collective in Rome.
Ilethia Sharp (USA, 1989) is a communications specialist, arts writer, and curator with curatorial projects that exhibit sculpture, installation, architecture, new media, and technology-art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Media Arts from Pace University in New York City with a minor in Contemporary Art History and completed a Study Abroad program at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. She has independently curated “pop-up” or temporary site-specific contemporary art exhibitions that re-imagine spaces and architecture. As a curator she is interested in genre-bending, conceptual, contemporary art that heightens cultural awareness, encourages societal progression with art historical narratives.
Lucia Galvez Chico (Mexico, 1994) recently graduated with a degree in Cultural and Social Entrepreneurship. For most of her professional experience, she has worked in different areas of the Mexican contemporary art scene. She has been involved with Gallery Weekend Mexico, Zona Maco Contemporary Art Fair, MUAC (The University Museum of Contemporary Art), Karen Huber Gallery, and most recently, as a local editor for My Art Guides Mexico City. Lucia is also interested in architecture, and very much enjoys writing.
Malou Solfjeld (Denmark, 1991) studied Art History at Copenhagen University and Neuroaesthetics at Bergen University. She is currently working at the Center of Contemporary Art, Mallorca, focusing on the Artist-in-Residence program and International PR. Prior experience in the art world counts museum jobs in Denmark and PR-assistance in VOLTA art fairs in Basel and NYC. Malou has a professional and personal interest in philosophy, neuroscience and psychology on phenomenological being in relation to contemporary art and is currently working on a project with the title: “Perception of Reality – On animation and animism, from cave paintings to virtual reality”.
Michaela Bear (Australia, 1993) is an emerging arts practitioner. Her recent endeavors include a research-focused Curatorial Bursary at the University of Queensland Art Museum and working as the Curatorial Assistant/ Assistant Editor for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial in Hawaiʻi. She is especially interested in the use of architectural and geographical space as a curatorial mediator, as well as examining art as a tool for establishing and examining cultural diversity. Bear completed her Honours in Art History at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2016.
Oleksandra Poliushkina (Ukraine, 1989) is an art historian, emerging curator based in Kiev, Ukraine. She collaborated with PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Ukraine, Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, Manifesta 10 in St.Petersburg, Russia.
Pedro Henrique de Melo, MAIS (Brazil, 1990) is a curator and artist manager based in Vienna, Austria. Having obtained his Master´s degree at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, he has gained experience in the art world from working at a commercial gallery and by participating in art fairs in Europe and abroad. Among his curatorial efforts, the exhibition “Goliath” (freiraum exhibition space at MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria in 2017) is the latest. Since October 2016, Pedro also works as project manager at the artist representation firm Vera Steinkellner GmbH.
Tan Yue (China, 1989) is an associate curator of Guangdong Times Museum. She has been worked closely with the curatorial team for exhibitions planning, research and project development. Contemporary art in public realm and social engagement are the focus of her interests. Last year, she has started a process oriented project series called Banyan Commune, which is also a brand new program to Times Museum. The project is based on a continues dialogue, understanding, and communication about the local community, and also questioning the role of the art institutions in a greater social context.
Victoria Vargas Downing (Chile, 1988) is an art historian and heritage researcher. She studied theory and history of arts at the University of Chile and holds a Curating Diploma. Victoria has worked as teacher assistant and research assistant in different projects and with different art organizations in Chile (museums, galleries and non-profit organizations). Recently finished MA in Arts Management and Heritages studies, and co-curated Imtiaz Dharker: sense of line exhibition at Leeds University, UK, she is part of the project of restoration of a Chilean mural in the same university. Her research is based on the approximations between contemporary art and alternatives heritages discourses.