Young Curators Residency Programme
Since 2020, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo promotes the Young Curators Residency Programme Madrid. The project aims to support emerging curatorial practice while spreading knowledge of the Spanish art scene on an international level. The YCRP Madrid stems from the experience of the Young Curators Residency Programme Torino, that takes place every year in Italy since 2007.
The participants of the Young Curators Residency Programme are selected among recent alumnae and alumni of the most renowned programmes for curators worldwide. The biographies listed in this page are updated to the year in which the curators participated to the Young Curators Residency Programme Madrid.
Marta Cacciavillani (Italy, 1991) is a curator, writer, and editor based in Milan. Her current research traces forgotten and silenced histories of political resistance and collective learning. She is particularly interested in time-based practices that sit at the intersection of literature, popular culture, and technology, with an emphasis on engaging queer, and decolonial discourse. Cacciavillani has held curatorial positions at Art in General, New York; The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York; and Serpentine Galleries, London, among others. Between 2015 and 2017, she was managing editor of the online journal, aCCeSsions. She has curated exhibitions, film screenings, performances, and panels at institutions including Anthology Film Archives, P! Gallery, The Knockdown Center, and ISCP, all in New York; NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi; the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; and LimeWharf, London. She holds a BA from Central Saint Martins in Criticism, Communication and Curation of Art and Design, London; and an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York.
Lxo Cohen (UK) is a London-based curator whose research interests explore histories, theories and practices current to performance, identity politics and the intersections of queer and decolonial thinking. Cohen is currently involved in Windows into Worlds, an ongoing collaborative research project with a team of performance theorists, researchers, academics and curators between the UK, US and Singapore presenting audiovisual exhibitions and installations showcasing new connections between performance and digital video alongside open ‘video labs’. Cohen worked as an assistant curator at the CAC Vilnius and as Heidi Ballet’s research curator for The Morality Reflex (2016), an exhibition addressing body politics and morality as something corporeal, its research surveying moments like the AIDS crisis, the history of birth control, and witch hunts in 15th century Europe, when moral values were being questioned and redefined. Cohen has independently and collaboratively organised exhibitions and performances at 310 New Cross (2018), Goldsmiths CCA (2018), Chisenhale Studios (2018), DKUK (2016), Guest Projects (2012). Cohen is also a member of the London-based curatorial collective To Whom This May Concern.
Laura Plant (UK, 1992) is a curator, writer and designer based between London and Glasgow. She is interested in addressing communal learning and obscured forms of knowledge through curating. Her research looks at art practices which trace the material compositions and social architecture of trade, biosocial histories and political resistance, cultivating an expanded ecological thinking. In 2019 she completed the MFA Curating at Goldsmiths College having previously studied at Falmouth University. She is currently part of a research group at the Horniman Museum and a member of the curatorial collective To Whom This May Concern, who run a peripatetic programme in London. In an ongoing research project Tending the shy weed, which looks at the transitory lives of plants in a globalised world, she curated a programme at the South London Botanical Institute. Other recent curatorial projects include collaborations with Tenderbooks, Chisenhale Studios, Women’s Art Library, Enclave and activist organisation Platform. She has previously held positions at New Contemporaries (London), Mary Mary (Glasgow) and The Pipe Factory (Glasgow). In 2019 she took part in the Guapamacátaro Art & Ecology research residency in Michoacán, Mexico.
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