Meet CIMAM's 50 grant beneficiaries!

19 October 2021

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CIMAM 2021 Grant Beneficiaries

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the names of the 50 contemporary art curators, researchers, and museum professionals from 32 different countries awarded support to attend the CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference, in-person and online. Titled Under Pressure. Museums in Times of Xenophobia and Climate Emergency, this important meeting will be held in Lodz and Gdansk, Poland 5–7 November 2021 hosted by Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz and the NOMUS New Art Museum/ Branch of the National Museum in Gdansk.

Grants are generously supported by the Getty FoundationV-A-C Foundation, Byucksan Foundation, Mercedes Vilardell, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Office for Contemporary Art Norway. CIMAM’s Travel Grant Program supports individuals’ curatorial and research development through their attendance at the Annual Conference where the most current concerns on contemporary art practices are being discussed.

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

Xavier Acarín, Curator, Barcelona, Spain; Zeina Arida, Director, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon; Azad Asifovich, Curator, Ta(r)dino 6 Art Platform, Paris/Baku, France/Azerbaïdjan; Mira Asriningtyas, Curator, LIR / 900mdpl, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Duygu Barlas, Founder Narmanlı Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey; Javiera Luisina Cádiz Bedini, Researcher, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; Nadejda Cervinscaia, Cultural Manager, POD, Shanghai, China; Hanul Cho, Curator, Researcher, Seoul, South Korea; Endri Dani, Artist and Researcher, ZETA Contemporary Art Center, Tirana, Albania; Janine Gaëlle Dieudji, Exhibitions Director, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, Marrakech, Morocco; Duygu Doğan Taupitz, Exhition architect, Production Manager, Arter, Istanbul, Turkey; Dominique Domerçant, Writer, Educator, Founder and Curator, Haiti Women's Museum, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Salima El Aissaoui, Cultural Mediator, Curator, Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Sale, Morocco; Beatriz Escudero, Exhibitions Department, Es Baluard, Llucmajor, Spain; Jaime Guillermo González Solís, Adjunct Curator, MUAC, Mexico City, Mexico; Michał Grzegorzek, Curator, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; Kristine Guzman, General Coordinator, MUSAC, León, Spain; Susanne Hætta, Author, Artist, Photographer, Vadsoe, Norway; Rebeen Hamarafiq, Artist, Curator, Researcher, Directory of Fine Art, Sulaimanyah, Iraq; Giancarlo Hannud, Curator, São Paulo, Brazil; Lilit Hovhannisyan, Art historian, Curator, Nikolay Nikoghosyan, Cultural Foundation, Yerevan, Armenia; Remy Jarry, Lecturer, Researcher, PhD, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; Małgorzata Kaczmarska, Art Director, Chef Curator, Associate Professor, PhD in Fine Arts, IMO Gallery of Contemporary Art in Stary Sącz, Kraków, Poland; Anna Karpenko, Curator, Minsk, Belarus; Anastasiia Kharitonova, Curator of Museum Education, The State Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia; Valentinas Klimašauskas, Curator, Writer, Vilnius, Lithuania; Tatiana Kochubinska, Curator, Kyiv, Ukraine; Inga Lace; C-MAP Central and Eastern Europe Fellow, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Riga, Latvia; Victoria Machipisa, Student, University of Cape Town, Cape town, South Africa; Ana-Maria Maciuca-Pufu, Curator, Bucharest Municipality Museum, Bucharest, Romania; Martina Millà, Head of Exhibitions, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain; Sabrina Moura de Araujo, Curator, Vasto/ University of Campinas, Santana de Parnaíba, Brazil; Riason Naidoo, Curator, Fish Hoek (Cape Town)  , South Africa; Gabi Ngcobo, Curatorial Director, Javett Art Centre at UP, Johannesburg, South Africa; Varda Nisar, Phd Candidate/Researcher, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada/Pakistan; Marie Helene Pereira, Director of programs, RAW Material Company, Dakar, Senegal; Nicole Rafiki, Artist and Curator, Oslo, Norway; Fernanda Ramos, Curatorial Assistant and Curator, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico; Marcela Romer, Director, National Historic Flag Monument, Rosario, Argentina; Asli Samadova, Founder, Ta(r)dino 6 Art Platform, Baku, Azerbaijan; Marcela Sastre, Director, Fine Arts Museum of Salta, Salta, Argentina; Rogerio Victor Satil Neves, Museologist and Master Student, Budapest, Brazil/Hungary; Alice Scope, Art Curator, Kyiv, Ukraine; Seda Shekoyan, Curator and Researcher, Aliq Media Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia; Ana Škegro, Curator, Head of Experimental and Research Department, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia; Inger Emilie Solheim, Artist, Writer, Curator, Tromsø, Norway; Yuliya Sorokina, Curator, Tutor, PhD, Asia Art+ Public Foundation, Almaty, Kazakhstan; Alexandra Stock, Creative Director, ARCHiNOS Architecture & Heritage Preservation, Cairo, Egypt; Krisztián Gábor Török, Curator, Budapest, Hungary; Zoe Yeh, Curator, Honggah Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.

Grant Funders 2021

The Getty Foundation

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.

V-A-C Foundation

V-A-C Foundation produces new culture together with artists and audiences alike. It is a platform for open discussion aimed at redefining the contemporary landscape. Working with local communities, V-A-C promotes its exhibition, publishing, performative and learning programmes beyond all disciplinary boundaries and thus constantly resets the coordinates for dialogue within a new global geography. This methodology is employed in all V-A-C initiatives, taking place in its Venetian space, through international, cross-institutional partnerships and in its future home for arts and culture in Moscow, GES2.

Byucksan 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

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. Supports artists from the African continent at Gasworks, London. Sponsor for the Bamako Encounters, Mali and the Lubumbashi Biennale, Congo.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Through an extensive program of exhibitions, events, education, research, and publishing, the institution reflects on current developments in Russian and international culture, creating opportunities for public dialogue, as well as the production of new work and ideas in Moscow. At the center of all these activities is the Museum’s collection, which is the first archive in the country related to the development of Russian contemporary art from the 1950s through the present. Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich, Garage is the first philanthropic organization in Russia to create a comprehensive public mandate for contemporary art and culture. Open seven days a week, it was initially housed in the renowned Bakhmetevsky Bus Garage in Moscow, designed by the Constructivist architect Konstantin Melnikov. In 2012 Garage relocated to a temporary pavilion in Gorky Park, specifically commissioned from award-winning architect Shigeru Ban. A year later, a purpose-built Education Center was opened next to the Pavilion. On June 12, 2015, Garage welcomed visitors to its first permanent home. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and his OMA studio, this groundbreaking preservation project transformed the famous Vremena Goda (Seasons of the Year) Soviet Modernist restaurant, built in 1968 in Gorky Park, into a contemporary museum.

OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway

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.