Anne-Marie Melster (Co-Founder and Executive Director, offices Germany, France, Spain) is a curator & art writer, academic and consultant for art/environment/education. She is a guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts (Polytechnic University of Valencia), the University of Hamburg and the Universidad Veritas in San José, Costa Rica and is collaborating with the Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota (Florida). She consults for international galleries and artists. She contributes to the art magazines exibart (Italy), Miami Art Guide, Weltkunst (Germany), artspace.com (New York City) among others. With her former company, Art & Culture Projects, she has managed contemporary art galleries, developed artist residencies in Hamburg and Düsseldorf (Germany), organized the cultural program of the renowned Collection Falckenberg in Hamburg and published catalogs and artist books. She consulted for young collectors of contemporary art, establishing their collections and developing communication strategies. Anne-Marie Melster was the personal and artistic assistant of Reinhold Würth, one of Europe’s most important collectors and art patrons. She also consulted for the Carbon Challenge Foundation who focused on sustainable management. She curates and organizes exhibitions, video projects, performances, workshops, panels and educational collaborations in various countries worldwide. She holds an MA in Art History, Spanish Philology and Political Sciences from the University of Hamburg. She is fluent in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Catalan.
Anne-Marie’s Standard Skills
Co-founder-member advisory board
Corinne Erni (Co-Founder and Member of the Advisory Board, Office New York) is a curator, catalyst, and cultural strategist who has spearheaded and branded interdisciplinary art programs. From 2010-2015, she built up the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY, a biennial arts festival that explores the future of cities with arts and culture as driving force. She is the Curator for Special Projects at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, USA.
As co-founder of ARTPORT_making waves, she co-curated biennial competitions of short art videos about global warming, Cool Stories for When the Planet Gets Hot, and traveling exhibitions such as Re-Cycles of Paradise, which explored the interconnectedness of gender and climate change and was first shown at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009.
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Lina Vincent Sunish
Lina Vincent Sunish
Associate curator India
Lina Vincent Sunish is an art historian and curator based in Goa (India). In the last ten years she has worked in the areas of arts research, design, curation and public art programming. She contributes to various Indian and International art magazines, including Art & Deal (Delhi) and Nigaah (Karachi/UAE). Selected curatorial projects include ‘I am Here’ an exhibition of videos at Jaaga Creative Common Space, Bangalore (2011), ‘Between the Lines: Identity, Place and Power – Selections from the Waswo X Waswo Collection of Indian Printmaking’ NGMA Bangalore and Mumbai ( 2012-13); ‘under my skin…under your skin’ selected video works by Baptist Coelho (2013-ongoing); MEMORABILIA, Sumukha Bangalore (2014). She is a curator with the Artist Pension Trust (APTGlobal) and is currently designing an educational exhibition on India’s medical heritage for IHST University Bangalore (supported by UNDP).
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Associate Development London/Paris
Alexandrina Pereira is an art advisor with focus on international contemporary and Latin American Art based in London and Paris. Before establishing her own art consultancy company APART CONSULTANTS, she worked for commercial art galleries, an auction house in London, as a Corporate Art Collection Manager and Advisor as well as for a private collector in Paris. She was also employed in several institutions – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Louise T Blouin Art Info London – and she has coordinated a number of art projects as well as a publication for the Saatchi Gallery. She focused during the last seven years on analyzing, sourcing, and sales of contemporary and Latin American art for a diverse group of international collectors and corporations, extending her expertise in the art market. She also raises funds and sponsorship for visual arts, curates and organizes independent projects both in the UK and abroad. She completed a Masters Degree at the University Paris IV Sorbonne with a research on an avant-garde group of abstract artists working in the Sixties and a Bachelor’s Degree of the University Paris IV Sorbonne in Art History from Antiquity to Modern Art. Further to her Postgraduate Diploma she has given lectures and written articles for museum catalogues and art galleries. Alexandrina is a specialist in researching, procuring and commissioning artwork from emerging and established artists for her clients.
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Eleonora Isunza de Pech
Eleonora Isunza de Pech
Eleonora Isunza de Pech is Co-director of Cinema Planeta, the International Environmental Film Festival Mexico and recipient of the 2010 National Award for the Protection of the Environment. Since 1988, she has worked as a writer, producer, and presenter of radio and television programs, including “Space 102.9′′ and “Space Children.” She organized the Flower Mexico Expo 2004 and 2007, and received the 2007 Award for Excellence in Tourism by the Governor of the State of Morelos. Since 1999 she has participated in regional programs such as The Heart of Mexico, in fairs and Expos such as Tourism Tianguis in Acapulco, FITUR in Madrid, Incentive Works in Toronto and IT & ME in Chicago. She studied Administration, Social Recreation, and Tourism, in Mexico City, and French History and Civilization in Lyon, France.
Eleonora’s Standard Skills
Coordinator Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Aline’s Standard Skills
Lina Nakazawa-Piras is a project coordinator and manager for cultural and multimedia projects, most recently at art institutions such as Musée du Louvre, Cité des Sciences et d’Industrie, and Centre des Monuments Nationaux in Paris. She has coordinated international and cross-cultural projects in France, Japan, Germany, Norway, Kuwait, Italy, and the US. She has been a writer and translator for several institutions and publications; has written articles about museums and cultural institutions for the Maison des Musées du Monde; and contributed to the editing of exhibition catalogues and art publications for the National Museum of Western Arts of Tokyo, the Collection Art Brut de Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Edition la Martinière in Paris. Using her communication skills and expertise in educational, artistic, and cultural development, Lina’s passion is to act as an intermediary between art and people in order to spread knowledge and raise awareness of issues close to her heart through cultural experiences.
Lina holds a master’s degree in art history from the Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, and a bachelor of arts majoring in language studies from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
Lina’s Standard Skills
Art Historian & Art Critic
Dr. Jeanette Zwingenberger Ph.D. is an art historian, member of the AICA (International Association of Art Critics), and an independent curator based in Paris. Originally a scholar with a formation in Renaissance Art, and now a specialist in the contemporary art scene, she is the author of more than thirty books and exhibition catalogues, numerous papers, and writes for art das Kunstmagazin, Artpress, and L’œil. As a guest professor, she has been invited to various European and American universities: Paris, Tours, Freiburg, the University of Chicago, and the State University of New York, as well as the College Internationale de Philosophie and the College de France.
A partial list of exhibitions and art events she has organized comprises: Visual perception, Languages, Environment and Cannibalism both of which travelled to several private and public institutions: The Palais de Beaux-Arts (Lille), The Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Paris), the Fondation Hippocrène (Paris), La Maison Rouge Fondation Antoine de Galbert (Paris), Me Collectors Room, Thomas Olbricht, Berlin, the Stiftung Genshagen (Berlin), Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche (Osnabrück), 54th Biennale di Venezia (Venice) and Museum of Modern Art Moscow.
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Communications Assistant, Spain
Violeta Garín has worked in communication and cultural management for international cultural events. She studied Art History at the universities of Valencia (Spain) and Heidelberg (Germany) and is currently preparing her Final Project about service and cultural marketing in order to complete a Master´s degree in Cultural Management (UV-UPV, Valencia). In 2010 she co-coordinated KUNST+KRISE / ARTE + CRISIS, an Intercultural Art Conference produced by the Instituto Cervantes Berlin involving Spanish and German high profile art professionals and cultural managers. The conference´s purpose was to discuss the effects of the economic recession on Western Contemporary Art. Apart from acting as a content adviser and link between the participants and the German counterpart organization Goethe Institut, she also assisted the awarded artist Santiago Sierra to carry out his installation commissioned by the organizers. Between 2009 and 2010 she worked as a press assistant in the 27th edition of Valencia International Film Festival Cinema Jove and has also organized cultural and language programs for Spanish students in Dublin, Ireland. She is fluent in Spanish, English, German and Catalan.