Entering the field of curating with a background in architecture, my work focuses on cross-disciplinary encounters at the intersection of art, architecture, design, visual and urban studies.
Being a strong supporter of rhizomatic forms of knowledge, I see the curatorial as a space that welcomes multiple experiences and practices as well as a way of rethinking hierarchical structures and disciplinary domains; as an open-ended field rather than a predetermined practice.
At the core of my current curatorial practice and research it lies a fascination with the politics of the city and the ways culture shapes public life.
I approach cities, public and urban spaces from an anthropocentric perspective, strongly believing that in a time of large-scale transformations and blurred boundaries between public and private, collaborative public interventions between art practitioners and city-makers have the possibility of improving the understanding of cities and their cultural and social life.
Anna Dufour Montuori
Prior to completing the Curating Contemporary Art MA at the Royal College of art I practiced as a 17th and 19th century art historian researcher at the Musée du Louvre and in the French Academia.
At the moment my research interest lies both in the curatorial innovations currently happening in commercial art galleries and in the public art problematics.
I am passionate about the democratisation of the arts and about accompanying emerging artists in ambitious new career developments.
Prior to the course of Curating Contemporary Art at Royal College of Art, I had rich experience in tax, accounting, sales and marketing and business management at Google, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Central to my interest is the public, its constituents and the relationship with the environment, as an audience, a conduit, a receiver and an enabler, which leads to my inquiries in the roles and the agency of institutions and the political, economic, social and human behavioural and psychological implications and consequences of technology in a post-truth, post-human era. My recent projects include: ‘Every Second in Between’ — public art commission in White City, London; West Bund Art & Design — art fair in Shanghai, China; and ‘Constructive Spaces’ – Virtual Reality exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
I completed a BA Hons in Fine Art at Newcastle University before achieving an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art. In the past I have worked as a HIX Award Co-ordinator for the 2016 HIX Emerging Artist Award. I have also worked at various other arts institutions including Thackeray Gallery, White Cube and Saatchi Gallery. I am passionate about supporting emerging artists at the beginning of their careers and also how art can be made accessible to non-art audiences.
As a curator with a background in architecture, my current curatorial practice encompasses site-specific public art, multidisciplinary approach of knowledge production, and contemporary Asian art in the context of Post-colonialism and globalization.
Sara Thorsen Fredborg
As a curator with a background in art history and museology, I have always been interested in collections, and the way they are used to approach contemporary issues and contemporary audiences. While studying at the Royal College of Art my practice and research interests have expanded from the context of museums and collections to the commissioning of new works, and the politics of the public realm. My research has revolved around (individual and/or collective) identity, and the contemporary moment, particularly in relation to site-specificity and art with political or social agency.
My main interest lies in curating in the urban context and working with emerging artists from the Arab region on developing their artistic practices. For my research, I focus on the notions of the local and the transnational in relation to the contemporary art scene and the curatorial approaches in the Arab region.
Prior to my MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, I have worked on multiple exhibitions within and outside the gallery context both in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and London, United Kingdom including ‘Exclusion’ a purpose built exhibition featuring four female contemporary Saudi artists at Saatchi Gallery, London. As the founder of Sahaba club -a dedicated space for female artists with a focus on art, critical thinking, and philosophy; I aim to take the conversation about art and creative practice beyond the confined walls of a gallery space and into the the public realm.