Anne-Marie Melster (Co-Founder and Co-Director, Office 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 catalogues 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.
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Corinne Erni (Co-Founder and Co-Director, 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.
As co-founder and co-director of ARTPORT_making waves, a curators’ collective dedicated to art and climate change, 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.
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Coordinator Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Veeranganakumari Solanki is an independent curator and art-writer; based in Mumbai, India. She studied English Literature and holds post-graduate diplomas in Indian Aesthetics, Art Criticism and Theory as well as a Masters in History. Her curatorial experience has involved research, curating and writing for several art publications and journals on emerging Indian, Asian and international artists and art practices; in India as well as internationally. Solanki was a participant of the first Gwangju Biennale International Curators’ course, and has curated and co-curated exhibitions in India as well as internationally. She has been appointed as a jury member of the 8th edition of the Arte Laguna Prize and is the recipient of the first illySustainArt Curator’s prize (2011) and the 1st Annual ALICE (Artistic Landmark in Contemporary Experience) Public’s Voice Award 2012 for best Emerging Curator. She has contributed papers and articles to several international art journals and publications.
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Adviser Communication and Corporate Outreach
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 awarenes 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.
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Strategic Adviser France
Pascal Perzo (Strategic Adviser France) is the Founding President of AGORAVIA and former managing director of the Institute Aspen France after serving at the French Embassy as a cultural attaché in Yemen. He then joined the private sector in managerial functions of development (IBM, Reed Midem Organisation, ONDEO / SUEZ). Recently, he has co-founded the Corporations’ diplomacy Forum and managed the first EUROPA Conference with a special highlight on Art and diversity with artists at La Sorbonne. He advises governments, Foundations, NGOs, companies, collectors and artists regarding cultural dialogue and sustainable development. He is also Vice-president of Art-US, member of the board of Art and Flux (Paris-Sorbonne with Yann Toma), board member of the Dance company Hallet Heghayan. Among his cultural activities are: the Restoration of the Wall of Sanaa, Founder and General Secretary of APAY association for the Architectural and cultural Heritage of the Yemen (1992-2000 UNESCO committee), exhibitions in the International Center of the Stained-glass window (Chartres) and the Institute of the Arab World (Paris). He managed the Midem (International Music Market) in Cannes and launched the Midem in the United States and in Asia as well as the MIPTV MIPCOM (TV programs market online). Between 2003 and 2008 he managed the Aspen Institute under Raymond Barre’s presidency. He managed programs and conferences in partnership with international institutions and governments, such as the Francophonie International Organization. He co-founded the first Cultural diplomacy Forum (Paris / Washington). Pascal Perzo graduated from Sciences Po Paris, and also from the French Institute of Press, and holds an Executive MBA from HEC Group.
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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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Academic Liaison Adviser
Alain Couturier (Academic Liaison Adviser) is the former director of the French Alliance in Ahmedabad, India, the only official representation of France in the Gujarat Region. He was a keynote figure in the development of French-Indian exchanges in many domains such as pedagogy, cultural heritage, technology and inter-university partnerships. In the cultural field, he organized artists’ residencies, French-Indian creations, exhibitions as well as collaborations between the Louvre museum’s team and Indian curators. Alain Couturier was in charge of presenting a dynamic, innovative and modern image of France.
He was a permanent teacher and trainer of French culture and language didactic at the French Alliance of Paris and provided training and pedagogic consulting in Italy, Portugal, Vietnam and Mauritius. He provided similar training at the University of Paris III and UNESCO, among other institutions.
He gathered international experience through his work at the International Institute of Public Administration (IIAP), where his focus was governmental external communication policies for decision makers involved in public interest matters, such as fighting deforestation. His missions took place in Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, Cameroon, Mauritius and Laos.
Alain Couturier is a trained psychologist and holds a B.A in philosophy, as well as a master degree in languages didactic from La Sorbonne University Paris III.
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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 od 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 Spanisch 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 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 Valnecia International Film Festival Cinema Jove and has also organized cultural and llanguage programs for Spanish students in Dublin, Ireland. She is fluent in Spanish, English, German and Catalan.
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Morgana Planchais has an artistic practice and a current student course in visual arts. After an artistic residence in Frans Krajcberg’s studios in Brazil in 2008 and stays abroad, she returned to Paris to found an association and a place for cultural activities and art residencies with a group of young international artists (Jour et Nuit Culture association). She exhibited her drawings inspired by trees and vegetal shapes at the Espace Krajcberg in Paris in 2012, a place engaged for art and nature conservation. She has been participating in exhibitions in Paris institutions as the Musée du Montparnasse and the Musée de la Poste (2013), in collectives shows. She also worked with the Paris Observatory creating a monumental painting for the “Cosmos” exhibition (2009-2010) on the occasion of the International Year of Astronomy; her work was presented in the Palais de la Découverte and the Musée de l’Air in 2009.
Through her association which includes the management of a place of artists’ studios in Paris and cultural activities, she has been acquiring artist management skills, administrative management and mediation skills, and also relational skills. In addition to that, she had the opportunity to set up group exhibitions at the Musée du Montparnasse and the Musée de la Poste. Through her trips abroad, she also developed an ease in the practice of the Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Morgana Planchais holds a bachelor of space design (2006) and the first artistic prize “Coup de Coeur 2007” delivered by Paris Jeunes Aventures association and the council of Paris. morgana-planchais.com/