PARTICIPANTS – CURATORS’ AGENDA: VIENNA 2018
Camilla Cole (UK, 1985) studied History of Art at UCL and Curating at Goldsmiths, London. She has worked in commercial galleries and private collections and managed the organization of international exhibitions. Camilla specialized in temporary site-specific group exhibitions taking place in disused spaces and showcasing emerging as well as established artists. At the moment, she is working independently, focusing her research on developing and future technologies and their influence on culture and nature. Most recently, she coordinated the exhibition Invasive Behaviour, which explored ideas of downloaded personalities, emotions constituted by data and human amalgamation with artificial intelligence.
Jo Ferly (Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, 1970) is an artist and freelance art director. As the director and founder of L’Artocarpe, an international art platform based in Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, operating since 2009, she has produced many exhibitions and theoretical events. From 2016 to 2017, Jo has run a series of 10 lectures on contemporary art for Mémorial Acte, the main museum of the island. She has been invited by major institutions (including Perez Art Museum, Miami; Havana Biennal, Cuba; and Biennale of Aruba) to reflect on the art practices of artists from the Caribbean. She is regularly contributing to curatorial missions, including the one for the Cultural office of Guadeloupe, on which she is currently working. Jo’s ongoing project is a contribution to an exhibition for Clément Foundation (Martinique).
John Kenneth Paranada (UK/Philippines, 1988) is an independent curator based in London and Manila. He graduated from the MFA Curating Programme at the Goldsmiths University of London and the MAS Curating degree at the Zurich University of the Arts. His curatorial practice is grounded in mining post-colonial experiences in contemporary visuality and spirituality in the age of post-capitalist structures and the Anthropocene conundrum. He was the youngest member of the Node Curatorial Studies, Berlin in 2012 where he curated a group exhibition co-produced by the Grimm Museum and Node Centre. During the past couple of years, John curated numerous exhibitions in galleries and institutions across Europe and beyond. He is a recipient of Her Majesty’s Exceptional Talent Visa in the United Kingdom and recently took part in the MAC Belfast Curatorial Directions 2017.
Melody Chuan (Taiwan, 1984) is a project manager in the Taipei-based architectural design company archicake design, working on various governmental exhibition projects in Taiwan. Her interest in the topics of fine arts, art investment, and architecture have been expanding ever since she completed her BA in Economics at the Tunghai University. Prior to that, she took part in training programs of the Department of Art and Design at Yuanzhi University, the Children Arts Education Program of National Taiwan University of Arts, and Art as an Alternative Investment – the program of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She has worked for Taipei Fine Arts Museum and M97 Gallery & Project Space in Shanghai. Moreover, she is active as a freelance translator and organizer of exhibitions in the fields of art, architecture, design, and culture.
Nia Tabakova (Bulgaria, 1983) is an independent curator. She completed her BA and MA degrees in History of Art at UCL and Courtauld Institute of Art, London. During her second masters at Birkbeck College, Nia studied Arts Policy and Management and realized her first curatorial project. Since 2012 she has been the co-curator of the annual exhibition So Close, So Far, presenting works by Bulgarian artists living abroad. In 2017 she co-curated the exhibition Fragmented Stories: Sofia-Berlin – a collaborative project between Sofia History Museum, Goethe-Institut Bulgarien, and Verein Berliner Künstler. She has worked as an assistant editor at the Contemporary Magazine in London and is a founding member of So Close, So Far – the non-profit arts organization based in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Nina Rokvic (Australia, 1993) is an emerging art writer and aspiring curator who is interested in the historical contexts of art – the narratives that surround artworks and their ability to predict contemporary practices. Her writing focuses largely on the structures and mechanisms of contemporary art production and exhibition practices, as well as the analysis of the viewer experience in the gallery space and the spectacle of the whole. Nina has recently begun to investigate the methods of exhibiting through virtual reality technology, and the presentation of new media art within as well as outside the traditional gallery spaces.
Sania Galundia (India, 1991) currently works as the curatorial and outreach coordinator at Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum at the City Palace in Jaipur. She completed an MA in History of Art at the National Museum Institute, New Delhi with the thesis titled The Art of Subodh Gupta: Special Reference to Food as Theme and Metaphor. In July 2018, Sania has been selected for the Curatorial Intensive South Asia residential fellowship – an initiative of Goethe-Institut and Khoj International Artists’ Association, set to culminate in an exhibition taking place in New Delhi in December 2018. Previously, she was active as the Assistant Curator at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
Sayori Radda (UK/Austria, 1992) recently completed her MFA in Curating at the Goldsmiths University of London. Her previous fields of study include the history of art and fashion design. During the past two years, Sayori co-curated following exhibitions: We’re All involved in this Mess and Synthetic Hapticality at Enclave: Arts Infrastructure, and Slow Fade at Gossamer Fog Gallery in London. Her curatorial practice employs experimental approaches and revolves around topics of present and future technologies and humans’ relationship to this, ever-changing and overwhelming force. Sayori’s further interests lie in site-specific installations, video works, performance art, as well as the interdisciplinary field of entanglement between fashion and arts.