Sumac Space has been fortunate to collaborate with people whose spirit, passion, and knowledge we admire.
Katharina Ehrl (Co-Founder / Curator until Nov. 2022) / Jaroslava Tomanová / Darya Aloufy / Fabrizio Ajello / Giuseppe La Corte / QZR Studio / Annette Kaplan / Ester Di Leo / Francesco Fumelli / Hamidreza Karami / Sophie Schiettekatte / Alessia Simone / Franco Speroni / Angelika Stepken / Marco Tognetti / Laura Vetter / Zahra Zeinali / Farzaneh Abdoli / Victoria DeBlassie / Monica Hirano / Adela Lovric / Milad Odabaei / David Revés / Ofelia Sisca / Agnes Stillger / Huda Takriti / Srđan Tunić / Niklas Wolf / Sırma Zaimoğlu / Rana ElNemr / Flavia Elena Malusardi / Connor Maley
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Daniel H. Rey b. 1998, San Juan de Pasto, Colombia. Lives and works between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE. Daniel is an independent curator advocating for #YouthCuratingYouth and cross-pollination between Latin America and the Arab world. Daniel’s work balances institutional and grassroots presence via Art Jameel, Dirwaza Curatorial Lab, and Global Art Daily. An emerging writer, arts educator and public programmer, he has participated in projects via Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Art, Emergentes Paraguay, Art Jameel, Alserkal Avenue, Art Dubai, ArtPool, Warehouse421, Sotheby’s, and Middle East Institute. His work with youth, commissions, and exhibitions has been featured on The National, Mille World, El Correo del Golfo, and ABC Color, among others. Daniel feels at home in Paraguay, Norway, the UAE, and hopefully in Mars. firstname.lastname@example.org; @danihrey
Exhibition Almacén المخزن Armazém
On-View: 26.04.2022 – 05.07.2022
Ruba Al-Sweel is an arts and culture writer and researcher from the Middle East with words in Art Asia Pacific, Vogue, VICE, The Brooklyn Rail, MOUSSE Magazine, among others. She holds a master’s degree in media and creative industries from SciencesPo, Paris, and takes particular interest in the emergence of internet subcultures. Al-Sweel also manages strategic, integrated and global communications at Art Jameel, an independent organisation that supports artists and creative communities.
Exhibition Garden of e-arthly Delights
On-View: 06.09.2021 – 02.11.2021
Aline Lenzhofer is a cultural worker and curator with a focus on collaborative practices, socio-political issues, and artistic forms of the WANA region. With a background in cultural and social anthropology and a degree in applied cultural studies, Aline Lenzhofer has worked with various art spaces such as Institut d’art contemporain de Villeurbanne (Lyon), Kulte Center for Contemporary Art (Rabat), the Austrian Cultural Forum (Cairo) and das weisse haus (Vienna). Currently, she works as co-curator of the visual arts program at philomena+ and as a freelance cultural worker in Vienna. Her recent projects include group exhibitions, interactive screening programs, and public art interventions, among them, are “Republished: Questioning Boundaries” (2019), “Travel Apparatus” (2020), Fit’ri:na Festival – a festival behind glass (2020), “Revisiting Casablanca” (2021) and “Banal Complexities” (2021).
Exhibition Longing for Community
On-View: 24.01.2022 – 22.03.2022
Didem Yazıcı is an independent curator and writer, based in Karlsruhe Germany. Her curatorial work is inspired by thinking across disciplines in and outside of art, the potentiality of exhibitions as socio-poetic spaces, the legacy of intersectional feminism and global exhibition histories. Recently, she worked at the Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe (2017-18) where she co-curated exhibitions, and worked on conceptualizing and realizing the 200th anniversary programme. In 2016, she worked as Curator for the Infra-curatorial Platform of the 11th Shanghai Biennale invited by the curators Raqs Media Collective and Curator-in-residence at the Goethe Institute in Cairo. As a member of the curatorial team of Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (2015-16), she curated group and solo exhibitions as well as video programs of ‘Schau_Raum’, and co-edited exhibition catalogues. Prior to that, she worked as a freelance curator, and curated the first solo exhibition of Mehtap Baydu in Berlin, titled ‘Tales of Shahmaran’ and a group exhibition ‘Left Unsaid’ in Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin in 2014. Previously, she was a curatorial researcher-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and worked at dOCUMENTA (13) as a project coordinator of Maybe Education and Public Programs (2012-13) in Kassel. In 2009, she was the coordinator of Hafriyat non-profit art space in Istanbul. She studied B.A. in Art History at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul (2008) and M.A in Curatorial and Critical Studies at the Städelschule and Goethe University in Frankfurt. (2012).
Exhibition Unconquered Spirit
On-View: 06.04.2021 – 01.06.2021
Baharak Omidfard is a curator with both an artistic and academic background. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication from Tehran University of Art, Iran, and was later awarded a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Art History from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. In her academic work, Baharak Omidfard has extensively explored the topic of “farewell” in contemporary art. She has curated exhibitions for experimental art in Germany, France and Switzerland. She received a curatorial grant from Rhineland-Palatinate and has gathered work experience in several museums. Currently, she is interested in the interface between art and public spaces and her most recent research focus deals with artistic and research methods of “connection” and “disconnection”.
Exhibition Dear Fractured Stones,
On-View: 22.11.2021 – 18.01.2022
Darya Aloufy (b.1992) is an art historian and curator. She holds a BA in History of Art from Tel Aviv University and an MA in History of Art from University College London. Her research focuses on ambivalent narratives of identity and counter-narratives, with special interest in photographic archives as well as women’s image. She is currently the Assistant Curator at TAU Gallery.
Exhibition Present Imperfect
On-View: 02.02.2021 – 23.03.2021