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Artists’ Profiles

Artists’ profiles are on reserve until Wednesday 8th April (the show’s midway point), when the exhibition is due to be handed over to the curators, for their rehang.

This ‘in advance’ silence, and subsequent lack of knowledge concerning the creative and constructed substance of the artists’s work, will add to the challenge for the curators.

Artists include: Paul Abbott, Sarah Faulkner, Kelise Franclemont, Joseph Lichy, Regan O’Callaghan, Shadi Mahsa, Alex Roberts, Jonathan Slaughter, Laura Solomons, Louise Wheeler, Michael Williams, and Saeideh Yazea.

Curators’ Profiles

The curatorial collaborative is embarking on this experimental project in cooperation with a selection of MA Fine Arts students with the aim to explore various approaches to exhibition making. Five students from the MA Curating & Collections programme attempt to make a contribution to the contemporary art discourse on curating and investigate the relationship between the exhibition maker, the artist and their work. The curatorial collaborative’s fundamental objectives are to examine how to best overcome obstacles which arise within an institutional context and those created by practical parameters in addition to finding a cohesive aesthetic language despite the radical challenge of the absence of knowledge regarding artistic, structural content.


Curators biographies:

Sara Elmasri  Helsinki, Finland

I received my undergraduate degree, BA in Modern History & English and Comparative Literature from the American University in Cairo. Prior to enrolling at Chelsea my work experience was both event management and freelance photography. My research interests involve exploring curating non-contemporary work by using contemporary curatorial practices.


Oxana Smirnova  Moscow, Russia

I am an independent curator. I gained my Bachelor Degree at Instituto Europeo de Diseno at Barcelona. My professional experience includes two years at Marka creative agency, where I was mainly responsible for the communication with artists/museums and involved in the processes of creating exhibitions’ concepts and their realization. The projects include: Bond by GQ multimedia exhibition; Night at the Museum 2012, 2013, 2014; Lexus Hybrid Art project 2012, 2013, 2014; Covered with Snow exhibition; Parajanov exhibition; Jaguar Summer Museum 2012. I’m currently developing a few individual projects, one of which is called “My Body is a Temple” and is based on performance art.


Fabian Strobel  Düsseldorf, Germany

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in art history and philosophy from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. I gained various practical experiences through internships at Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf, and by initiating the curatorial projects art.spiring and, where I held the position of the project coordinator. My current dissertation is focusing on Performance Art and the question, how you can exhibit Performance Art without the actual act of performances.


Roberta Vacca  Alba, Italy

I received my undergraduate degree in Science of Cultural Heritage in the Università degli Studi in Turin. Since moving to London four years ago I worked in different realities between which the Southbank Centre, the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art and Chiswick House. My curatorial research is focusing on live performance and the strategies to preserve, document and reenact this type of art.


Yang Yang  Beijing, China

After completing my BA studies in English Literature in China I decided to move to the UK where I received my first MA degree in Linguistics at the University of Leicester in 2009. My current research is focusing on text-based conceptual art.

Introducing ‘Housed:’ in the Cookhouse at Chelsea College of Arts, London

A four-day exhibition, and collaborative project involving MA Fine Art and Curating students.

From 7-10 April 2015, 12 artists and 5 curators come together for a week-long project to test the boundaries and relationship between the artist and curator in an established academic gallery space.


How far can you stretch the authorized set up of the museum/ institution? [1]

Art as a mirror and as a lamp. [2]

Housed: seeks to explore the interplay between the artist, the viewer and the location setting… the latter being a ‘display space’ within an art school context. Who are we? Who are they? And what role does the environment holding the exhibition play in this relationship? The collaboration (Chelsea MAFA & MACC students) will provide both groups an opportunity to address the Meta Artist/ Curator position.

Housed: seeks to reveal what remains dormant and under-exposed within us in response to the traditional and institutional framing of the socio-political artistic practice. The premise of this exhibition proposes a chain of perspectives that challenge the ‘occupancy’ inside the regimented frameworks that artists continually try to support, intervene and critically address.

[1] Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM), Toyko, Japan.
[2] James Lingwood, Co-Director of Artangel, UK.