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.

Young Curators Residency Programme 2020 Curated by Alejandro Alonso Díaz

Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid 14.12.2021–16.01.2022

and yet the air was still stirring

and yet the air was still stirring borrows its title from the poetry of Sandra Santana in order to pay attention to the wounds inflicted by civilizational histories, and the impossibility of repair without the residue of trauma. This exhibition and its publication are an exercise in paying attention to perceived absences and seeking, through artistic practices, revelations of the presences that were forcibly dislocated and stashed away, hoping that no one would notice. Through their polyvocal practices, the featured artists reveal their own radical presence in the world and proclaim the urgency of their concerns. The questions they ask of colonial distraction, ecological revenge, ancestral sorrow, and hierarchies of power that operate upon everyday spaces and existences are globally relevant, even if the Spanish context provides immediate reference, posing urgent questions for our time. While they are all Spain-based, the participating artists do not represent one unified, monolithic group of creative workers but speak to the polyphony of the natural world. Through speculative fiction, contemporary rituals, and healing processes, the invited artists frame new spatio-temporal geographies and constitute speculative liberating futures beyond linear, colonial, and hegemonic temporalities.

Download the booklet of the project


Akis Kokkinos

Akis Kokkinos (b. Greece) is an independent curator living between London and Chios Island. Over the last nine years, Akis has worked for major cultural institutions in the UK and Greece, private collections, as well as independent projects.
Akis’ practice is focused on ways to disrupt the ‘objective’ and institutional by introducing or supporting other less appreciated and recognised forms of knowledge. Through multidisciplinary discourses, eco-feminist, non-western approaches, and other non- rational thoughts and philosophies, his practice focuses on the less spoken, invisible or liminal.
He studied the MA Curating contemporary art at the Royal College of Art (2018-2020), fully funded by the NEON scholarship, the Schilizzi Foundation, and the RCA continuation fund.
In 2021, Akis was awarded the DYCP by Arts Council England, worked as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and was selected for the Young Curators Residency Programme of Sandretto Foundation in Madrid, Spain. During the same year, he also set up DEO projects, the first contemporary art organisation in Chios, supporting transnational dialogue and the existing cultural infrastructure on the island.

Anushka Rajendran

Anushka Rajendran is a curator and researcher based in Delhi. Her ongoing curatorial research traces how the notion of “public” has acquired alternative significance to contemporary art in recent years, as well as the aesthetics of engagement within exhibition frameworks. This is informed by her previous research on responses by artists living in India in the 1990s to political and cultural trauma which has since expanded to encompass the South Asia region.
She is the curator of Prameya Art Foundation, Delhi and other projects include Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018 (India), Asian Art Biennial 2021 (Taiwan), and Colomboscope 2022 (Sri Lanka).

Yomna Osman

Yomna Osman (Egypt, 1990) is a curator, writer, and researcher based between California and Cairo. Her research interest lies in the intersection of forced-migration, gentrification, and power dynamics. Her ongoing research investigates contemporary post-conflict landscapes. She is particularly interested in archival and research-based transdisciplinary practices, with an emphasis on de-colonial and speculative discourses. Osman has held curatorial positions at The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; KADIST, San Francisco; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; ArteEast, New York, among others. She has curated exhibitions, performances, and screenings at various institutions and edited several books. She holds an BA from the American University in Cairo in International and Public Law; and a dual MA from the California College of Arts in Curatorial Practice and Visual Criticism.


Alejandro Alonso Díaz

Alejandro Alonso Díaz is a curator, writer and researcher whose work explores the metabolic encounters between natural, social and poetic structures of knowledge.

He is the director of fluent, a para-institution dedicated to artistic research which lent its research approach to exhibitions with Mariana Silva, Laida Lertxundi, Timothy Ivison & Julia Tcharfas, Claire Pentecost Paul Maheke, Louisa Martin and Tamara Henderson and many others. Alejandro’s writing on art, moving image and nature has been published in major cultural publications including Frieze, Mousse, Terremoto and The Stedelijk Museum Journal, as well as in many exhibition catalogues.



Mark Rappolt

Mark Rappolt is Editor-in-Chief at ArtReview and ArtReview Asia.

Tania Pardo

Tania Pardo is vice–director at the 2 de Mayo Centre of Art (CA2M) and is also a member of the advisory board of the Museum of Fine Arts in Santander. Previously, she has been exhibition manager at La Casa Encendida (2015-2019), curator in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Castilla y León (MUSAC) and project manager at the Santander Foundation 2016 (2009-2010)

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