PIIGS Curators

GREECE – NEON PROGRAMMENeon Foundation,  Athens.

Elina Axioti (Thessaloniki, 1981) lives and works in Athens and Berlin. She studied Architecture, Humanities and Cultural Studies and she is currently working on her doctoral thesis at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She tough on Culture, Design and New Media at the University of the Aegean. She was co-founder of the curatorial collective Floater and the creative studio Lamb and Lamp and she is the director of the non-profit cultural organisation Architecture Syndicate. She worked as a project manager for the Campana brothers’ installations in New Hotel and for the exhibition design of Doug Aitken’s Black Mirror in Deste’s project space. Last year she conducted research at The Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture in New York. She has presented work in cultural initiatives organised by the Athens Biennial, the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, the Storefront for Art and Architecture OfficeUS, the NGBK Berlin, the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin and the Universität Stuttgart. She was the recipient of NEON Curatorial Award 2014.

Galini Notti (Athens, 1980) is an independent curator based in Athens. She also works on the inventory of the art collection of The American College of Greece and writes about artists and exhibitions. Recently she curated the group shows Overseas at The American College of Greece and Fireworks out of season – Riviera at Riviera open-air cinema. Previously she co-curated Agora – 4th Athens Biennale as part of a large curatorial team. She holds a Bachelor degree in Philosophy from the University of Ioannina and has received graduate degrees in Aesthetics from Paris 1 University and in Museology from the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Her professional experience includes work in museums and galleries in Athens, Paris and New York. In 2013 she was the recipient of the NEON Curatorial Award.

Nicolas Vamvouklis (Mytilene, 1990) lives and works in Milan and Athens. He studied at the University of Crete, the Greek National Ballet School and the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano. He has collaborated with the National Opera of Greece, Bejart Ballet Lausanne, Marina Abramović Institute and Athens Festival. His projects have been presented in the Tate Modern, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Triennale Milano, STOFF Stockholm and Goldsmiths Visual Cultures Society among others. In 2014, he founded the K-Gold Temporary Gallery where he curated the projects Memory Synapses (2014), Fragmenta (2015) and Brave New World (2016). Vamvouklis was part of the NEON 2015 Curatorial Exchange at the Whitechapel Gallery and the VIII QUI. Enter Atlas International Symposium for Emerging Curators at the GAMeC Bergamo. He is currently a curatorial and archival research fellow at FABRICA (Benetton Group).

Panos Giannikopoulos (Athens, 1991) lives and works in Athens. He studied History, Archaeology and History of Art at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and Social Sciences at Panteion University. He currently works as a curator at the Contemporary Greek Art Institute – iset. Most recently he curated the group shows Message the History at the Contemporary Greek Art Institute and Open Archive: Public Art from the Center of Athens at Art Athina, International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens. He has collaborated as a researcher and curator with the 4th Athens Biennale Agora (2013) and the 5to6 Athens Biennale Omonoia (2015). He has also worked as a curatorial team intern at Istanbul Modern, Museum of Modern Art for the exhibitions Neighbours and Plurivocality (2014). He was part of the 2013 NEON Curatorial Exchange, an initiative in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery. At the present time he is a participant at the Schwarz Foundation Curatorial Fellowship (2016).

Irene Kalliga is an art historian specialising in modern and contemporary art based in Athens, Greece. She holds an MA degree in History of Art from UCL and a BA in History of Art from the University of Warwick. Irene has worked for Christie’s Post-war and Contemporary Department and for the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Since 2014, she is part of NEON Organization for Culture and Development as an Exhibitions Coordinator. At NEON she has been involved with the exhibitions As One (2016), Numbers are prehistoric | Mario Merz (2015-2016), Terrapolis (2015), A Transfer by Maria Loizidou (2015), Renaissance Stories (2015) and Tino Sehgal (2014).

ITALY – CAMPO 15, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.

Michele Bertolino (Torino, 1992) lives in Torino. He graduated at University of Torino in Philosophy with a thesis about the ontological structure of the artistic action (The Structure of the Artistic Action). He has written for some specialized magazines such as Exibart and Collaab. Currently he works as a gallery assistant at Norma Mangione Gallery, in Turin. His research lines ranges from ontology of art, analytical approach to artistic matters, and philosophy of art, spreading between the reflection upon the object of art itself to the ontology of the social dimension of the world of art.

Gianpaolo Cacciottolo (Salerno, 1987) lives and works between Salerno and Naples. He graduated in Science of Cultural Heritage at the University of Salerno and, at the same University, in Art History and Criticism with a thesis about Harald Szeemann. He is contributor for Inside Art and Arshake. He has been the curator of a series of group exhibitions of young artists from the province of Salerno between 2013 and 2014.

Alessandro Ferraro (Genoa, 1990), art historian, he graduated at University of Genoa in Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage (Thesis: Pictorial references in de Chirico’s writings: the Ebdomero) and, in the same atheneum, in History of Art (Thesis: Critical debate on photography during the nineties). He writes on art-specialized magazines such as Exibart and Alfabeta2. His research lines ranges from visual studies and pictorial turn to post-bellic italian art.

Bernardo Follini (Milan, 1993), lives in Milan, he graduated in Science of Cultural Heritage at Università Cattolica of Milan with the dissertation Americanness, Dadaism and Situationism in Ed Ruscha. Critique of an artist’s book: Royal Road Test. Founder and art editor of blog La Cultura del Bloggo. Among his latest projects, he curated the exhibition 200000 of Antoine Zgraggen at Galleria l’Affiche (Milan), and the exhibition Gabriele Amadori vedere la musica, ascoltare l’immagine with Anna Detheridge at Museo Diocesano di Brescia.

Giulia Gregnanin (Rome, 1990) lives and works in Milan. She obtained a MA in Contemporary Art at IULM University (Milan) with the thesis The Nose: a work by William Kentridge, supervised by Vincenzo Trione. She co-curated the photographic exhibitions on Claudio Abate and Aurelio Amendola at Triennale di Milano.
Currently she works at Flash Art Italia as editorial assistant.

Sergey Kantsedal (Ukraine, 1989) is an independent curator. He was born in Kharkov where he graduated from State Academy of Design and Arts in Theory and History of Art and worked at the Centre of Contemporary Art Yermilov Centre. For several years he was running the Symposium of Contemporary Art BIRUCHIY, an open platform of interaction between artists in unique natural conditions of the Biruchiy island on the Azov Sea in Ukraine. He also took part in the Third Moscow Curatorial Summer School and attended a residence at Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto. Currently lives and works in Turin.

Veronica Mazzucco (Feltre, 1987) is an independent curator floating in the North-East of Italy. She graduated in Conservation of Cultural Heritage (University of Udine) and obtained then a Master Degree in Management of Arts and Cultural Activities (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice). Before CAMPO15 she worked at the 54. Venice Biennale “ILLUMInations”, at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice) and collaborated in Dolomiti Contemporanee, an independent contemporary art project. She’s also contributor for the italian webmagazine Artribune. Among her personal projects the blog La Parlanza

Carolina Rossi Casanovas (Naples, 1985) lives and works in Turin. She graduated in Visual Arts at Sapienza University of Rome and in Archaeology and Visual Arts at University of Naples. Currently works in the Education Department of PAV – Experimental Center for Contemporary Art in Turin. Among his latest projects, Le Jardin (2013), winner of Un’opera per il Castello Art Prize, grant for young artist in Naples, promoted and supported by MiBACT – Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

Mattia Solari (Verona, 1987) lives between Verona and Turin, he graduated in Visual Arts at IUAV in Venice in 2012 with professor Mario Airò with a dissertation about the shift between Sixties Minimalism and Nienties post-minimalism artistic practices, then he graduated in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at NABA, Milan, in 2014 with a thesis with curator and professor Marco Scotini on an intervention of public art in Milan. His research interests span austellungsmachen practices, iconology and iconoclasm, institutional critique and art criticism, art phenomenology and aesthetics as well as history of culture at large.

Elisa Torchio (Turin, 1993) lives and works in Turin. She graduated in Communication and Development of Art at Albertina Academy of Fine Art of Turin, writing a thesis titled The organization of perception: The theory of Gestalt employed on the exhibition display.

IRELAND – Art + Research Collaboration, IADT, Dun Laoghaire.

Sophie Behal is an artist and curator based in Dublin. Recent projects include The Dublin Art Book Fair (curator), 2014 & 2015,Temple Bar Gallery and Studios; Foundation 15 (assistant curator), Tullamore Arts Festival, 2015, guest curator for Temple Bar Gallery’s education program 2014 & 2015; Thinking Things, solo exhibition, Soma Contemporary Gallery, Waterford; The Mind is the Screen – cocurated exhibition, K-Fest, Kerry, 2015;The Infinite Line ( A Search for the Unknown ) – cocurated exhibition, performance, symposium and publication, TACTIC Gallery, Cork, 2014. Sophie graduated from the CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in 2012 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art and is currently studying towards an MA in Art, Research and Collaboration with IADT. She works for the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin.

Maeve Lynch is a freelance arts project manager,artist and curator with 10 years experience working in the creative industries. She graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design (CCAD) in 2012 with first class honours BA in Fine Art and also holds a first class honours Higher Diploma in Public Relations from CIT (2014). He has worked with many arts organisations and projects in Cork City, Ireland. Most recently as Project Manager for TNCE Creative Europe Project, Cork (2016); Interim Assistant Director at Cork Printmakers (2015); Social Media Manager for Culture Night Cork (2015); Gallery Manager at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery (2013-2014); and her current role in student engagement in CIT Crawford College of Art and Design where she coordinates the visiting artist lecture series. She is also a guest lecturer in Public Relations on the MA in Art & Process in CCAD. Maeve has curated a number of exhibitions in Ireland including The Infinite Line [A Search for the Unknown], Tactic Cork; The Mind Is The Screen, Killorglin; Space and Ladders, Lismore Castle Arts; Guns and Chiffon (Kerry Contemporary), Deisart, Dingle. 

Steven Nestor (1972) is based in Dublin. He studied History & German, University College Dublin 1991-1995; History, Universität Regensburg, 1993-1994; Photography, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2005-2009 and is currently studying for a Masters in Art Research Collaboration, Institute of Art, Design & Technology, 2015-2017. His papers include To a Presence in Absence: A Study of the Photographic Opera on the Ancient World by Herbert List and Joel Sternfeld via the writings of Martin Heidegger and Jacques Derrida. September 2016, Photography in Academic Research, University College London; City, Martyred, November 2015, Art | Memory | Place, Postgraduate research seminar, Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Fog of Photography: Newsweek & the Vietnam War, June 2009, Photography and International Conflict, Clinton Institute for American Studies, UCD. He is also a practitioner of photography. His work is usually presented as a historical narrative and record in the form of a photobook and has been exhibited at Arles, Athens, Dublin, Kassel, London, Malaysia, Milan, Rome and Southampton.

Rosie O’ Reilly works as a visual artist, maker and activist. She graduated from Trinity College with a BA in Philosophy and Sociology where she focussed on applying phenomenology to a study of the “self”. Her work explores the application of phenomenology as rhetoric for questioning ‘how we are in the world’ in relation to scale, space, time and landscape. Recent Solo shows include (2014) ‘Seasons in Translation’, Gijon Spain, ‘4/704’ (2013) solo show at The Fringe festival Dublin and group shows include Museum of Contemporary Art in Dublin 2013, Science Gallery 2013 & 2014. She has worked in the area of human and environmental rights since 2008 co-founding not for profit “re-dress” an organisation that brings to light the injustices in global supply chains. She has curated exhibitions,conferences and workshops focussed on communicating these issues. She is creative director of We Are Islanders a design house that produces limited edition runs of products that challenge conventional product supply chains. She is on the board of Uplift.ie and founded The Hike this year which will deliver workshops in refugee camps in Calais through 2016.

Benjamin Stafford is a curator and gallerist based in Dublin. Since 2014 he has been the Assistant Director of the Kevin Kavanagh gallery in Dublin, with a focus on organising exhibitions and art fair programmes.From 2011 – 2013 he was Director of Development at the Little Museum of Dublin, and has organised lectures, events and exhibitions in Dublin and New York. He holds a BA in Theology and a Diploma in European Painting, and is currently studying for an MA in Art and Research Collaboration at IADT.

PORTUGAL – ARTIS Instituto de História da Arte Faculdade de Letras, University of Lisboa, Lisboa.

Margarida Grilo (Lisboa, 1989) graduated in General Studies, with a major in Art History and a minor in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Lisbon, Portugal). She also holds a postgraduate degree in Contemporary Art Studies and Curatorship (University of Lisbon, Portugal) and is presently studying towards a Master in Art, Heritage and Restoration Theory (University of Lisbon, Portugal).She worked previously as a contemporary dancer and music composer for performance art displays, and is currently devoted to the conceptualization of contemporary art, particularly on the intersections between art and science and the resulting cultural perceptions that this entails.

Nicoli Braga Macêdo (São Paulo, 1991) resides in Lisbon, since 2015. She is a historian, graduated in São Paulo-Brazil and is specialized in history of art at MASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo). Recently started to colaborate with a contemporary art museum, MAAT (Museum of Art, Arquitecture and Techonolgy) at educational area. Her professional experience embraces different areas like teaching, historical files, museums and independent curator with young artists. Presently she is studying a MA in History of Art, focused in Contemporary Art, at University of Lisbon. Her thesis is around photography, which shows figures of women, and how our image is affected by patriarchal rules nowadays.

Salomé Nascimento (Lisbon, 1970). works and lives in Lisbon, Portugal. MA in Communication Design, University of Lisbon.
She studied painting in Venice, Academia di Belle Arti, video at the Ar.Co School of Visual Art, Lisbon and Curatorial Practice at the School for Curatorial Studies, Venice. PGDip. in Institutional and Pedagogical Applications of Art Therapy, at Portuguese Society of Art Therapy, Lisbon and PGDip. in Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Art, University of Lisbon. Founder and director at the ME108 cultural space (ateliers, events and workshops). Her professional activity began in Italy (Milan and Venice), where she worked as a graphic designer and an illustrator. As the art director of westzone publishing she developed several editorial projects with contemporary artists including Nan Goldin, Richard Serra, Dennis Hopper, Wolfgang Laib and Brice Marden. As part of her training as an art therapist, worked with mentally disorder patients, in thematic projects directed to integration in society, self-knowledge and personal grow. As an artist, Salome Nascimento works with biographies, she is interested in exploring relative reality and the way history is created. Her body of work encompasses painting, encaustic, photography, video and installation.

SPAIN – Master de Historia del Arte Contemporáneo y Cultura Visual, University Complutense of Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid.

Jone Alaitz Uriarte (Donostia-­San Sebastian, Basque Country, 1986) is Exhibitions coordinator in Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture. She obtained a BA in Philosophy, a MA in Cultural Management (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid) and a MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Museo Reina Sofía). She has worked in Donostia­-San Sebastián European Capital of Culture 2016, Instituto Cervantes (Madrid) and ICO Museum (Madrid), and as editor of INPUT art magazine.

Carles Àngel Saurí (València, 1992) is a freelance curator based in València and Madrid. He obtained a BA in Fine Arts (Universitat de València) and a MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Museo Reina Sofía). He is co­founder of Nitrato de Chile, a cultural association based in Valencia that is working about peripheries and the artistic community outside the central context. His research is focused on digital spam art, outsider artists and failure and success relations in contemporary art context.

Sofía Fernández Álvarez (Madrid, 1990) is an art historian based in Madrid. She obtained a MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Museo Reina Sofía). She has worked as assistant coordinator of Temporary Exhibitions in Museo Reina Sofía and has curated exhibitions and public art events in Madrid and New York. She has contributed with a chapter in the book La Revolución Peatonal (Mexico City: El Caminante, 2015) and in several art magazines such as Interartive and Kult­ur.

Álvaro Giménez Ibáñez (Salamanca, 1993) is a visual artist based in Madrid. He obtained a BA in Fine Arts (Universidad de Salamanca) and a MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Museo Reina Sofía). As an artist, he has shown in several group exhibitions. He is Co­founder and Co­editor of ACTA#1 art magazine. His research is focused on domination language in neoliberalism, relations between artists and institutions and on recent political art practices in Spain that face the consensus tale of Democratic Transition.

Alejandro Castañeda (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, 1990) is a visual artist based in Madrid. He obtained a BA in Fine Arts (Universidad de La Laguna; Manchester School of Art) and a MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Universidad Complutense de Madrid). He has worked as assistant coordinator in Cultural Activities Department of Museo Reina Sofía, Temporary Exhibitions Department in TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, and Domaine de Boisbuchet. His research is focused on new institutional forms, cultural public management and European peripheral regions.