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Maki Nishida

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Maki Nishida (Born in Fukuoka, Japan)





Nishida received her BA in History of Art and Aesthetics at Keio University in Tokyo and earned MA in History of Art in University College London. Since 2007 in England, she has continuously explored her carrier with working at various institutions such as art university, museum, gallery and consultancy for collectors, which eventually deepened her knowledge to overlook art scenes from different perspectives both from public and private sectors. In April 2016, she has resided herself back in Japan and was appointed as an assistant curator at Aichi Triennale 2016 to work with many international artists. She also works as an independent curator aside from her extended skills in writings and translation.

At Tabakalera, Nishida focuses on the backbone to the renowned food culture in San Sebastian, conducting her research on Txoko; the 'Gentlemen's cooking club' that played an integral role in the community and culture of the city, particularly under the Franco regime. Through the act of gathering and forming a community with a strong connection with food in a particular context, she also refers the reflection in the contemporary society where everything tends to be politicised and depoeticised.



Residency: November 28, 2016 - December 25, 2016
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT], TABAKALERA International Centre for Contemporary Culture
Supported by BASQUE INSTITUTE ETXEPARE, ACCIÓN CULTURAL ESPAÑA (AC/E), EU JAPAN FEST, the Agency for Cultural Affairs Fovernment of Japan in the fiscal 2016

2016-12- 1

Haizea Barcenilla

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Haizea Barcenilla (Born in San Sebastián, Spain)




Barcenilla is an art critic, curator and art history lecturer at the University of the Basque Country. Her research revolves around two axes of interest: on the one hand, the ideas of public and common, and how they can influence curatorial practice and artistic research; on the other one, the revisitation of history from a gender point of view.

She has written extensively on both topics, including a PhD about curating and the commons, and also curated and produced various artworks and exhibitions. The recent ones are framed in the New Patrons scheme, in which she helped develop and produce the publication Manual de Uso by artist Andrea Acosta about the Zorrozaurre neighborhood in Bilbao, and the video Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska, with the collaboration of Tabakalera, for the town of Hernani.

Her project research for Tokyo through the residency, entitled the eventual common, consists in a research of the way in which public space is understood, enacted and performed in Japan, specially through the social organization of "Machizukuri". She would like to link this performative quality to the idea of the commons, and to see how artists and curators are working with this kind of practices and uses of space.







Residency: December 4, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT], TABAKALERA International Centre for Contemporary Culture
Supported by BASQUE INSTITUTE ETXEPARE, ACCIÓN CULTURAL ESPAÑA (AC/E), EU JAPAN FEST, the Agency for Cultural Affairs Fovernment of Japan in the fiscal 2016

Curator Talk: "AIT SLIDE TALK #34 "Can we curate commons?"
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Daikanyama AIT Room


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Manual de Uso Project by Andrea Acosta in Sala Rekalde, Bilbao. New Patrons program, 2014. Photo by Andrea Acosta

Haizea 2
Presentation of Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska in Tabakalera. New Patrons program, 2015. Photo by Señora Polaroiska

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Presentation of Andrekale by Señora Polaroiska in Hernani. New Patrons program, 2016. Photo by Señora Polaroiska

2016-12- 1

Penwadee Nophaket Manont

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Penwadee Nophaket Manont
(Born in 1973, California, The United States of America. Lives and Works in Bangkok, Thailand)

Penwadee Nophaket Manont

Born in 1973, California, The United States of America. Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand. She has a focus in Art and Culture dialogues along with interests in Social and Environment issues. Penwadee pursued both a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication Arts and a Master's Degree in Environmental Management. She started her career as a Graphic Designer, and shifted to the field of Art and Cultural Management by working as an Assistant Curator at Project 304 alternative art space in 2001. Later, she became part of the Curatorial Team at The Jim Thompson Art Center, during 2007-2012. She is currently an Independent Art Curator, as well as a Cultural Worker.

Her Curatorial Projects include the Mekong Art & Culture Project: Curatorial and Traveling Exhibition (2007-2008), supported by Rockefeller Foundation and Silpakorn University, where she was one of the four Southeast Asian Art Curators for the Underlying exhibition, from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. She also co-curated Poperomia/Golden Teardrop (2013), an exhibition at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, Italy. At the end of 2013, Penwadee founded ANTs' POWER Art & Cultural Group, who are active on Human Rights and Democracy related issues. Research & Archiving Project includes The Exhibition History in Thailand from the 1970s to the Present, supported by The Asian Culture Center (ACC), Institute of Asian Culture Development, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Gwangju, South Korea. Penwadee worked as a Project Manager/Researcher throughout 2015.





Stay: February 22 - March 26, 2016
Co-organized by: The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Event:A Roundtable with artists and other guests from Thailand
Date: Sat, Mar 12, 2016
*Details to be announced soon.

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Vote as You Like (Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, 2014)


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Underlying (The exhibition travelled to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, 2007-2008)


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Poperomia / Golden Teardrop (Thai Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2013)

2016-2- 8

Marianna Dobkowska

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Marianna Dobkowska (Born in Poland)
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Marianna Dobkowska curates projects, residencies and exhibitions, edits and designs publications and produces new works at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw. She studied art history at Warsaw University and curating at Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She was a curator and manager of the Polish-Norwegian production and research based project and exhibition, Rooted Design for Routed Living. Alternative design strategies and editor of the book under the same title as well as co-manager of Re-tooling Residencies, a project dedicated to investigate the current condition of the residency models and fostering development of new residency-based initiatives in Eastern Europe. Dobkowska's curatorial projects include a solo show of American artist Jesse Aron Green The Allies, a cycle of exhibitions of young Ukrainian artists Transfer and We Are Like Gardens - a permaculture garden established in the park surrounding CCA Ujazdowski Castle. During her research stay at AIT Marianna Dobkowska focuses on social practice Japanese art, grassroots initiatives and programs that have a wide community base.
facebook.com/air.laboratory.csw
www.csw.art.pl
www.re-tooling-residencies.org
www.design-in-residence.org





Stay: July 7, 2015 - August 4, 2015
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation
TALL: AIT SLIDE TALK #32: "A-I-R and the City / Laboratory of relations"
Talk by Marianna Dobkowska from the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 22nd, 19:00-21:00
Venue: AIT Room, Daikanyama
*The talk will be held in English, with no Japanese translation.


Marianna Dobkowska
Bread and pizza baking oven project of Juliette Delventhal and Paweł Kruk at A-I-R Laboratory, summer 2011
Photo: Michał Grochowiak
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw



Marianna Dobkowska
"Eldorado Summer Resort (for passive and active laziness)", Martin Kaltwasser /
Folke Köbberling, wooden platforms, glasshouses and public program,park in front of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, summer 2009
Photo: Michał Grochowiak
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw



Marianna Dobkowska
Francis Thorburn "Vehicle # 11: Amphibian", moving sculpture and public event, summer 2012
Photo: Bartosz Górka
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw



Marianna Dobkowska
Edyta Jarząb performing at Plac Konstytucji in Warsaw, in the frames of workshop "Urban Sound Design Studio"
led by Caroline Claus, Warsaw, July 2015
Photo: Bartosz Górka
Courtesy of CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw



2015-7-15

Anna Ptak

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Anna Ptak (Born in 1979, Poland)

Anna Ptak

Anna Ptak (b. 1979) is a curator and art producer, with background in cultural anthropology. Since 2008 she is a curator at A-I-R Laboratory - a residency programme at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland. In frames of A-I-R Laboratory she has worked on multiple art productions and long term interdisciplinary art projects involving research on institutional and social conditions of art making, such as Re-tooling Residencies (2010/2011; Ptak is the editor of the reader accompanying the project), Studio Warsaw (2011/12) and currently Re-Directing: East which seeks for the new communication channels between art practices in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. As a curator she is mainly dealing with collaborative frameworks, she's interested in performative and collective aspects of audiovisual media.

Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle
A-I-R Laboratory
Re-tooling Residencies project and publication
Neues Theater by Daniel Kötter

As independent curator and producer:
Wyspa. Now is Now
Filmworks Farm  http://dizajnprojekt.pl/





Stay: November 20, 2013 - December 23, 2013
Co-organized by:The Agency of Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)
Events:
ARCUS Open Studio #02days / 100 days(Sat, Nov 30th - Sun, Dec 1st 2013 at ARCUS Studio)
AIT × ARCUS Night (Sat, Dec 7th 2013, 18:30 - 21:30 at Daikanyama AIT room)
AIR_J Report: AIR and I, 05: Practices of scale. A report on artistic field trip to Japan.


2013-11-26

Jimmy Ogonga

ジミー・オゴンガ/Jimmy Ogonga(Born in1977, Kenya)

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photo by: Megumi Matsubara




Jimmy Ogonga (b. 1977) is an itinerant Artist and Producer whose work interweaves between Artistic practice and Curatorial strategies. He is an alumnus of the Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten, Amsterdam. His curatorial projects include The Mombasa Billboard Project (2002, Mombasa), Amnesia (2006-2009, Nairobi).

Jimmy has co-curated artistic projects including: "Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art" with Thembinkosi Goniwe (2010, Johannesburg), "GEO-graphics" - with Koyo Kouoh & David Adjaye (2010, Belgium), Incubator for a pan-African roaming biennial as part of Manifesta 8 - with Gabi Ngcobo, Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR), Johannesburg; Khadija El Bennaoui, Art Moves Africa (AMA); Mia Jankowicz, of Contemporary Image Collective (CIC).

In 2001, he founded Nairobi Arts Trust/Centre of Contemporary Art, Nairobi (CCAEA), an organization that works as a catalyst for the visual arts and the creation of significant art projects.
Jimmy's articles and texts have been published on several occasions in exhibition publications and art catalogues.




Stay: Julu 8, 2013 - August 5, 2013
Co-organized by: The Backers Foundation


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Left(Top): Performance by Yazmany Arboleda - Monday Morning in Nairobi(2011)
Left(Bottom):Performance by Ingrid Mwangi
Right: The Nairobi Arts Trust / Centre for Contemporary Art of East Africa (CCAEA)

2013-7-23

Vera Mey

Vera Mey (Born in 1987 in Wellington)

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Born in 1987 in Wellington, currently lives and works in New Zealand. Vera Mey is a curator and currently Assistant Director of AUT University?s ST PAUL St Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests lie in reading contemporary Asian art and it?s histories from her particular locale and context in the antipodes and from a perspective of being a first generation Asian New Zealand with heritage from Cambodia and Indonesia. She has held various teaching and education related positions at Artspace, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and was the 2010 contemporary art correspondent of National Radio?s Nights with Bryan Crump. In 2011 she was selected as a participating curator on the Gwangju Biennale Foundation 3rd International Curator Course led by Professor Ute Meta Bauer. Curated exhibitions and projects include: Local Time: Horotiu (2012), Assembly (2012), In Spite of Ourselves: Approaching Documentary (2012), ST PAUL St Gallery and The Dowse Art Museum. In 2012 she convened the inaugural ST PAUL St Gallery Curatorial Symposium. In that year she was also selected for the Asia New Zealand Foundation/Creative New Zealand Curator's Tour to South Korea, Japan and China to further research in the region. For 2013 she will convene the AUT University Master of Arts Management Curatorial Strategy programme. Outside of her institutional position she is part of the independent initiative Parlour working alongside three artists in to realise various art projects.



Stay: January 18, 2013 - Feburuary 19, 2013
Founder: The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2012
Event: Talk&Dinner with Curator in Residence (closed)


2013-1-18

Sharmini Pereira

Sharmini Pereira, lives and works in London.

http://www.rakingleaves.org/

 

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2008-5- 5

Maxine Kopsa

2007-4- 4

Sophie O'Brien

Sophie O'Brien, independent curator and writer, Australia.

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2006-6- 6