about the curator


a brief introduction

GANTUYA BADAMGARAV (GANA)

Founding Director of Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association and 976 Art Gallery

The first Commissioner of Mongolia Pavilion at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, Gana holds an MA in macro-economic policy from Williams College, MA, USA. Following her passion, she quitted her successful career and established 976 Art Gallery in 2012 and Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association.

Given very limited resources and risk, Gana worked actively to support contemporary art; united organizations and people to channel their resources and passion. To increase international visibility of Mongolian contemporary art, she had put forward ambitious goals. Gana initiated and organized the first and second Mongolia participations in 56th and 57th Venice Art Biennale and partnered with Documenta 14 and other important international exhibitions to involve Mongolian artists. In her home country she organized and curated over 50 exhibitions.

In 2016, she was invited to 8 World Summit for Arts and Culture in Malta and Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2018, to speak about her experience of supporting contemporary art during the time of budget deficit. She is one of the authors of Daybook, published by Documenta 14.

CONTACTS:
Email: gantuya@mcasa-mongolia.com
Phone: 976-99051127

WEBSITES:

http://mcasa-mongolia.com/
http://mongolia-pavilion-venice-biennale.com/
http://www.976artgallery.com/

CAMILLA BOEMIO is a writer, curator, university consultant and theorist whose practice deals with investigating the politics of participation in curatorial practices, the intersection of culture and contemporary aesthetics.

She has written and edited books; contributed essays and reviews to other books, journals, magazines and websites; given public lectures, talks and conference papers. She is the co-author of Portable Nation (Maretti editor, 2014).

In 2018; she took part to The Venice Vending Machine at Tate Exchange Liverpool.

In 2017, she curated Delivering Obsolescence: Art Bank, Data Bank, Food Bank a Special Project at the 5th Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, in Ukraine.

In 2016, she was the curator of Diminished Capacity the first Nigerian Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia; and in 2013 she was co-deputy curator of Portable Nation. Disappearance as work in Progress – Approaches to Ecological Romanticism the Maldives Pavilion at 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, and in summer 2014 she curated Apprehension Global Society and Contemporary Art on the Twitter Generation  symposium, a Parallel Event 6th Bucharest Biennial at Universitatea Națională de Arte București.

In 2010-2012 she was a lecturer and art science consultant at the ISWA European Project who was coordinated by UNIVPM. She has curated an innovative European program focusing on contemporary culture through a combination of visual arts, new media, technology and science. One of the exhibitions curated was the group show After the Crash at the Botanical Garden Museum of Roma, including artists Trevor Paglen, Ravi Agarwal and Justine Cooper

Mazdak Faiznia

Mazdak Faiznia was born on May 5, 1982 in Kermanshah, a Kurdish city in the west of Iran. He graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Brera Academy/Milan/Italy), where he studied Visual Cultures and Curatorship-Communication and Organization for contemporary art. He is a PhD candidate in Economy and Cultural Management at The University of Rome Tor Vergata, dissertation title: “Nomad Contemporary Heritage”. Since 2014, he has been the artistic director of the Faiznia Family Foundation (fff). Some of the projects carried out by the Faiznia Family Foundation are: the Iran’s Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015, with the co-curator Mazdak Faiznia and Marco Meneguzzo, the Pavilion of the Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art at the Venice Biennial of Architecture 2016, collaboration with the Iran’s Pavilion at the Triennale Design-Milan 2016, the Scientific Committee for the exhibition “Poetics-artists’ books from the 20th century” at the Napelonica hall and the Museo della Permanente- Milan 2017.