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FOUNDER & CURATOR
Sally Montes (Mexican, b. 1981, based in Mexico City) studied Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. As a student she was invited to curate a collaborative independent event for Documenta 13 involving three schools, during this time she also gained experience working with artist / curator Robin Kahn and the women of the western sahara. She has exhibited and worked throughout Europe, The United States and Mexico.
AKI AORA was founded in January 2014 by Sally Montes.
Whilst studying art history and media science at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Maria Isserlis (Ukrainian, b. 1986, based in Berlin) had already started an internship at the State Hermitage Museum as an assistant curator. Following this she became an assistant curator at the contemporary art department of the State Hermitage Museum whilst working in parallel as a freelance curator for the Goethe Institute St. Petersburg. After this experience she was based in Berlin and worked with the Haus am Waldsee Museum.
Since June 2013 Maria has been working as the General Coordinator of MANIFESTA 10 in St. Petersburg. Following Manifesta in Zurich Maria joined the curatorial team of the biennial. In 2017-18 Maria was invited to the V-A-C Foundation in Venice as an exhibition director.
GRANTS & HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR
Tara Lasrado (Australian, b. 1991, based in Zürich) is currently working on diverse international art and cultural projects including Forward Festival, PEACH and Cabaret Voltaire. She is also co-curating a public programme, Progetto 6000, with emerging contemporary artists from Ticino, Switzerland.
Tara graduated from Utrecht School of the Arts with a Masters in Arts Management in 2013 during which time she was involved with MilesKm, an international artists collective and residency, and co-founded wetrecht, a collaborative project conceived as a site-specific response to living and working in Utrecht.
From 2013 - 2016 Tara worked for Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, in both the head office in Amsterdam on Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg and in the local Manifesta 11 team in Zürich.