CURATORIAL PRACTICE

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An Alternative Map of the Universe – curated by Niccolo Moronato, Jessica Taylor and Abbas Zahedi for Guest Projects – London, 2019. Image design by Marcelo Vendramel and courtesy of the curators and The International Curators Forum.

Counterspace | 2019 – Present, London. Counterspace is the first decolonial thinktank mapping Cultural Activism worldwide. Connecting the dots it creates the first global directory, network and social movement linking the countercultural experiences and radical culture shakers (artists, curators or both) who are creatively decolonising culture, inspiring others to join the collective machinery towards change. Apart from the countercultural directory browsable by continent, praxis and social construct, it also offers other online and offline tools and resources such as panels,  experimental labs, a podcast and printed publications.

Founding Curator | Researcher. Content Curator. Panellist. Labs Facilitator. Podcaster. Author. Communication.  Key achievements: First online and offline decolonial thinktank, countercultural directory and social movement mapping and exploring Cultural Activism worldwide. Panellist for Cyborg Shamanism Panel by Adah Parris in Shambala Festival – Northamptonshire, 2020. Community organising fostering Social Practice global networks and unity as a key liberation factor in a – still dividing – identity politics activist scene.

 

Haringey Arts | 2016-2017, London. Haringey Arts is a community interest company developing the North London living/working converted warehouses district of Haringey connecting the creative talent in the area through events, workshops and collaborations creating profile.

Assistant Curator | Curation of commissioned artwork for warehouse related projects. Social Media Manager of ‘Tottenham Creative Warehouse District’. HA website updates & newsletters. Art programme curation for London primary schools with HA artists. Key achievements: Groundbreaking neighbourhood-based platform for gentrification-displaced artists, contexts of care/ dissent/ liberation and intentional intersection spaces for community development.

Black Cultural Archives | 2015, London. BCA is the first national Black Culture heritage public institution in the UK. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and celebrate Black Culture in Britain.

Relationship & Development Assistant | Digital Marketing. Key achievement: Revealing hidden histories of Britain’s Black heritage focusing on social and political issues through art.

Peckham Platform | 2015, London. Peckham Platform is a social art gallery connecting people, art and place in the South London neighbourhood of Peckham believing that communities can inform and shape their engagement with their locality by working with contemporary visual artists bringing meaningful contemporary social practice alive influencing policy making in the area and beyond.

Gallery Assistant | Assisting ‘Twelve’ exhibition by Melanie Manchot, ‘Cuming: a Natural Selection’ exhibition by Janetka Platun and ‘Doing Nothing is Not an Option: in Memory of Nigerian Writer and Activist Ken Saro-Wiwa’ exhibition by Michael McMillan. Key achievement: Fostering Social Practice in migrant, disenfranchised and gentrificated Peckham neighbourhood.

 

Interarts | 2014, Barcelona. Interarts is a private agency which specialises in human development through culture via cultural policies and cultural cooperation. Fomecc is one of its projects promoting and connecting creative industries in Spain, South America and West Africa.

Project Assistant – Content Curator | Curator of Fomecc – Creative Industries Networking Platform researching and selecting content, community build-up and follow-up. Key achievement: Community organising fostering Social Practice international networks.

Ribermusica |  2007-2009, Barcelona. Ribermusica is a nonprofit organisation with a long trajectory working on Social Practice using music as a tool for cohesion in Barcelona’s neighbourhood La Ribera through several community-based projects. Among them, Ribermusica Festival which brings music performances into unusual places.

Assistant Curator | Booking of 20 unusual venues (shops, libraries, barbershops, bakeries, parks, restaurants, hotels …) for editions 2007, 2008 and 2009. Key achievements: Hosting horizontal music performances, creating contexts of care/ dissent / liberation and intentional intersection spaces for community gathering / development.

HostelArt | 2005-2013, Barcelona. HostelArt was a Social Practice groundbreaking platform in the independent backpackers hostel sector creating an alternative room for arts & culture by developing a nonprofit project where artists, travellers + city audience and hostels, benefited from a free monthly cultural programme. And where artists benefited from international art residencies in other European independent backpackers hostels.

Founding Curator |  Production, organisation, administration and communication of ninety-six art exhibitions, four hundred concerts, four hundred Dj sessions, four hundred screenings, two charity theme Festivals, a fashion catwalk, one hundred design markets, five outdoor live graffiti paintings, five big decoration projects and three international art residencies in other European independent backpackers hostels.  Key achievements: Groundbreaking platform democratising art, creating different art circuits, space for Barcelona’s multidisciplinary arts underground scene, international and local community gathering and intentional intersection context of dissent / liberation. Inspired following independent backpackers hostels bringing arts & culture to their spaces worldwide.