Alessandra Cianetti | Director
Alessandra is a curator, producer and arts journalist. She has two MAs in Economics and Management of Arts and Cultural Activities; one of them from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice focusing on contemporary visual and live art. In her career as an art professional, she has worked with international arts and cultural organisations and institutions in conceiving, coordinating and marketing contemporary arts and culture events. These include art projects and performances with New Work Network and the drawing shed in London, cultural policies conferences with the Italian Ministry of Culture and Tor Vergata University in Rome, exhibitions, festivals and publishing projects with Fefe’ Project and Les Flaneurs website in Rome, and Ikona Gallery in Venice. Currently she is co-director at Something Human and writes for both Italian and British arts blogs such as Tafter, Soapbox Press, and The Flaneur. Find her research performingborders here.
Annie Jael Kwan | Director
Annie Jael Kwan is an independent curator and experienced producer based in London. She trained in theatre arts, film and cultural theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also lectured for several years, and then obtained a postgraduate qualification in Law. She has worked as producer and curator on numerous arts projects in the UK and internationally since 2005, working with major arts and cultural institutions, and international companies. She founded Something Human in 2012, to focus on her interests in critical ideas and explorations surrounding movement across borders and is a repeat recipient of grants from Arts Council England, National Arts Council Singapore and the Singapore International Foundation. As producer, her projects include Domestic Archaeology at the Geffrye Museum, funded by Arts Council England; Articulated London, a large-scale multidisciplinary exhibition at the four storey London Oxo Barge House, sponsored by Nokia Nseries; the Overture Film commissioned by the South Bank Centre and projected on the Royal Festival Hall; producing multidisciplinary festival SEA ArtsFest in 2013 and 2014, leading on curating its visual arts programme and SEA ArtsFilm. In 2015, she co-curated the exhibition, 50 Years of Theatre Memories, for irememberSG, as part of Singapore’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, and curated the exhibitions, EX PARTE connecting British and Singaporean artists for the Singapore Tourism Board, and London Calling for the British High Commission for the delegation of the British Prime Minister to Singapore. In 2016, she completed a curatorial research residency in Cambodia with the support of the Artist International Development Fund (British Council/ACE) and NAC Singapore, and was selected as one of the ten curators for the International Curators Forum’s programme, “Beyond the Frame”. She is currently undertaking a Masters in History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS and contributes to the publication, Art Asia Pacific.
Esther Carolin | Arts Outreach Coordinator
Esther studied English and History of Art at the University of Leeds, following this with a Masters in Art History at the University of Sussex focusing on socially engaged practice and public access to contemporary arts and culture. Exploration of and engagement with these issues continues to influence her professional practice including her experiences working with the arts charity Rowan Arts, community film organisation Reel Islington, and the artist-led estate based organisation the drawing shed. Working as an arts educator since 2007 she has developed and delivered workshops and initiatives in schools, galleries and community settings, with these experiences informing her role as Arts Outreach Coordinator for Something Human.