CIMAM 2022 Grant Beneficiaries

12 September 2022


We are thrilled to announce the names of the 41 contemporary art curators, researchers, and museum directors from 24 different countries who have been awarded support to attend the CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference. The CIMAM 2022 Annual Conference, titled The Attentive Museum. Permeable Practices for a Common Ground, will be held in Mallorca (Balearic Islands), Spain on 11–13 November, hosted by Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma.

CIMAM Travel Grants are generously supported by

The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles; Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul; OCA – Office for Contemporary Art, Norway, Oslo; Mercedes Vilardell March, London/Mallorca; SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul; Beijing Public Art and Culture Foundation, Beijing and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Madrid.

The aim of the CIMAM Travel Grant Program is to support the curatorial and research development of applicants through their attendance at the Annual Conference where the most current concerns on contemporary art practices are being discussed.

  • Maria Lucia Aleman, Executive Director, Museo De Arte Contemporáneo De Panamá, Panama, Panama.
  • Cristina Anglada, Art Curator, This Is Jackalope, Bunyola, Mallorca, Spain.
  • Ana Ara, Independent Curator, Madrid, Spain.
  • Nicolle Bittencourt, Museologist (Brazil) / Research Student (Tokyo), The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Eric Kuikende, Provenance Researcher, National Museum of Congo, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Mifta Zeleke, Curator, Educator, and Writer, Guramayne Art Center and Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Amanda Bonan, Curator, MAR - Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Thi Thanh Mai Bui, Researcher, Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Junyao Chen, Independent Curator, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China.
  • Raphael Chikukwa, Executive Director, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Sebastian Cichocki, Chief Curator and Head of Research, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland.
  • Naz Cuguoglu, Curatorial Fellow, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, United States, Istanbul/Turkey.
  • Shayari De Silva, Curator, Art and Archival Collection, Geoffrey Bawa Trust, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Pamela Desjardins, Independent Curator, and Researcher, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Jodie DiNapoli, Researcher, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
  • Marianna Dobkowska, Curator, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Jimena Ferreiro, Curator, Researcher and Professor at UNSAM and UNLP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Joachim Friis, Fellow University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.
  • Hama Goro, Director, Centre Soleil d'Afrique, Bamako, Mali.
  • María Iñigo, Assistant Professor, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Violeta Janeiro, Independent Curator, Madrid, Spain.
  • Oksana Kapishnikova, Executive Secretary, ICOM National Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
  • Tammy Langtry, Curator, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • María José Lemaitre, Archive Coordinator, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile.
  • Sharon Lerner, Director, Museo De Arte De Lima, Lima, Peru.
  • Rosa Lleo, Independent Curator, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Leonhard Bartolomeus Manubada, Curator, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], Yamaguchi, Japan.
  • Renee Mboya, Writer/Filmmaker/Curator, Wali Chafu Collective, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Asep Topan Mulyono, Independent Curator, Jakarta Institute of Arts, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Paula Nascimento, Independent Curator, NESR Art Foundation, Luanda, Angola.
  • Ayca Okay, Independent Curator, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Carlos Jr. Quijon, Critic and Independent Curator, Quezon City, Philippines.
  • Daniela Ramos, Curator, Art Mediator, Cultural Producer, Nesttun, Norway.
  • Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo, Independent Curator, Madrid, Spain.
  • Frida Rusnak, Curator/mediator, Oslo Open, Oslo, Norway.
  • Marta Sese, Independent Curator/Art Writer, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Ulya Soley, Curator, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Dianna Su, Lecturer, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.
  • Veronica Valentini, Curator, BAR Project / Concomitentes / E.M.M.A., Barcelona, Spain.
  • Julio Cesar Vazquez-Ortiz, Independent Curator and Cultural Manager, Caceres, Spain.
  • Lorena Andrea Vicini, Researcher and Communications Manager, Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

CIMAM is profoundly grateful to the institutions and individuals that have supported this year's Travel Grant Program. Thank you!

The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles

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Getty Center, © J. Paul Getty Trust

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect. The CIMAM travel grants are made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Connecting Professionals/Sharing Expertise initiative.

Byucksan Cultural Foundation, Seoul

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Mr. Higgin Kim, Founder, Byucksan Cultural Foundation

The Byucksan Foundation was established in 2010 to contribute to the development of culture and arts. Byuksan Foundation Key Culture Projects: Fine art Patronage: We aim to foster Korean contemporary art by supporting up and coming artists (Sang-yoon Yoon, Kyung-woo Han, Myeong-beom Kim, Jaye Rhee), and provide funding for the Membership Society of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, which supports the various projects of National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. We also took part in fundraising for installing Haegue Yang’s work in the Tate Modern, as well as Wan Lee, whose work was featured at the Korea Pavilion. We also funded the symposium titled From Postwar to Contemporary Korean Art (1953-present): Conflicts, Innovations and Interactions that was held at LACMA last October.

We have been purchasing works by Korean-American artists or sponsored artists donating them to LACMA since 2019. (In 2019, Gala Porras-Kim: 109 west Mexico ceramics from the LACMA collection: Colima index,2017 / in 2020, Jaye Rhee: Once Called Future2019 medium: 3 channel video installation with sound / in 2021, Jane jin Kaisen: Community of Parting,2019 Double-channel video installation; film Purchased with funds provied by Byucksan Foundation)

Music Patronage: We are patrons of talented musical groups such as the Sejong Soloists, Korea Festival Ensemble, and Trio de Seoul in order to promote the development of Korean classical music. Furthermore, we discovered and supported young artists (Woo-cheol Na, Gi-chang Lee, Hye-rin Oh, Yoon-soo Yeo) to help them focus their energy on improving their music. We have been expanding our musical patronage since we started with composer Jee Seo in 2017. NEXT Classic Concert: We hold classical music concerts held by talent donating musicians in schools in order to lead the culture of giving back to society in a world with an education system that is orientated around the university entrance exams. Establish the Byucksan Theater Award, and Support Theater Production: We aim to establish the Byucksan Theater Award in order to foster Korean theater, and support play writes. The winning piece shall be given the rare opportunity to put their work on stage, acting as a platform for struggling debuted play writes to enter the theater scene.

Mercedes Vilardell March, Mallorca/London

Mercedes Vilardell March

Mercedes Vilardell is Chair of Tate’s African Acquisitions Committee, Member of the African Acquisitions Committee at the Centre Pompidou, Member of the Executive Commission of the Reina Sofia Foundation, Board member of The Showroom in London; and Member of the executive committee of Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

In addition to supporting Gasworks with an artist residency, she also supports Delfina Foundation, Chisenhale Gallery, and one student a year from the African continent at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Mercedes is also a sponsor for the Bamako Encounters, Mali, and the Lubumbashi Biennale, Congo.

OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo

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Installation view ‘The Sámi Pavilion’ transforming the pavilion of the Nordic Countries at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (23 April–27 November 2022). Photo: Michael Miller / OCA © Michael Miller / OCA

The Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) is a non-profit foundation created by the Norwegian Ministries of Culture and of Foreign Affairs in 2001. Its principle aim is to foster dialogue between art practitioners in Norway, including Sápmi, and the international arts scene, and support artists based in Norway in their activities around the world. As a result OCA’s discursive, exhibition, publication, residency and visitor programmes focus on bringing to Norway the plurality of practices and histories at the forefront of international artistic debates, as much as they are concerned with actively participating in such debates nationally and internationally. OCA has been responsible for Norway's contribution to the visual arts section of La Biennale di Venezia since 2001.

SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, Istanbul

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SAHA Studio. Photo by Kayhan Kaygusuz

SAHA Association was founded to support artists, curators, and writers working in visual arts from Turkey in improving their production and development environments, and to enhance their interactions with international art institutions and networks.


- Collaborates with not-for-profit organizations to realize exhibitions, publications, projects and public programs by the invited artists and curators; over the course of the specific project, SAHA acts as a facilitator and gives production grants if necessary.

- Establishes partnerships with residency and research programs abroad to facilitate the participation of art professionals from Turkey; works directly with the artists and curators invited to SAHA Studio in Istanbul for their new projects and to expand their networks.

- Helps art institutions and professionals to conduct research in Turkey and to produce new projects with artists and curators that they would like to invite.

- Develops funds and programs geared towards contemporary art biennials, art initiatives and art writers in different parts of the country to foster sustainability of independent artistic production in Turkey.

Founded in 2011 by nine founding members and by the contributions of 31 members, SAHA believes in the importance of collective effort to create an independent “field” [saha] that helps integrate art from Turkey into the universal artistic ecosystem. SAHA is a not-for-profit organization that offers its support to visual arts through a participatory approach in governance and fundraising with its members, institutional supporters, project partners, and consultants.

Beijing Public Art and Culture Foundation

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Beijing Public Art and Culture Foundation, Beijing, China

Beijing Public Art and Culture Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Beijing. The main purpose is to promote contemporary Chinese art culture and facilitate the development of cultural undertakings. The foundation's public welfare activities include funding outstanding curators and talented artists; funding cultural and artistic research, training and exchanging public welfare activities; offering opportunities to exhibit talented artwork; protection and restoration of public artworks.

69 Art Campus, where Beijing Public Art and Culture Foundation is based, is a direct subsidiary of the Foundation. By combining the everyday nature of office architecture with the local nature of contemporary art practice, 69 Art Campus aims to revolutionize traditional ways of seeing and being seen. 69 Art Campus allows artists, curatorial concepts, and other elements to meet in the field of the quotidian and engage in dialogue and coexistence with different subjects in this scene.

Exhibitions at 69 Art Campus are designed to be an intervention: neither a decoration in the living room of a private collection house or a commercial office nor a narrative space typical of contemporary art galleries. The exhibition hopes to reconcile between art and the everyday in the fluid middle ground between the public and the private.

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is an agency that orchestrates public support for the promotion of culture, both in Spain and overseas. Its aims include promoting Spain’s rich and plural artistic legacy and fostering the internationalisation of its most contemporary creative and culture sector.

From historical heritage to emerging creation, AC/E strives to give prominence to culture as an essential component of a country’s reality and image, projecting it both within and outside Spain.

These grants have been made possible with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).