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I’m drawn to the cūra within the curatorial, an etymological root pointing to attention and healing.

I begin from an embodied experience of exhaustion and alienation, conditions both individual and collective. I perceive these as symptoms of extractivist approaches to the living land and, as a reflection, the manipulation of our own bodies and the creative energy within. As a curator, I feel the responsibility to hold space for a holistic and cyclical conception of creativity to take hold within the community of contemporary art and culture in which I have my grounding. This is leading me deeper into explorations of creativity as a life process, with an emphasis on Body Earth and Body Soul integration.

I draw from a range of practices and disciplines, including but not limited to artistic research, somatics and imagination, improvisational dance, ecotherapy, dreamwork, deep ecology, ritual healing and sustainability studies.

I provide support to artists through dialogue, bring sensitivity to the formats of ‘making public’, whilst foregrounding the value of subtle movement and hidden processes alongside visible productions.

In 2018-19 I’m engaged in a yearlong R&D project, supported by the Developing Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England, thinking through the notion of recovery. What are we recovering from? What are we called to recover? I’m looking at how creativity is sparked within various therapeutic modalities and how the space for such activities is held.

I work as an independent curator with a base in London and Tallinn. I hold an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College and between 2014-18 I was Co-Founder and Co-Director of Jupiter Woods in SE15, where I produced numerous exhibitions, discursive events, residencies and off-site projects.

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