WHO WE ARE
FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF OPEN SPACE CONTEMPORARY
(b. 1990, London)
Second Generation Collector,
Independent Curator and Founding Director,
Working between Istanbul and London
Huma Kabakcı graduated from BA Advertising & Marketing at London College of Communication in 2011, and later on graduated from her MA in Curating Contemporary Art at Royal College of Art (London). She worked and interned in various galleries, museums and auction houses, both in the UK and Turkey, including Sotheby’s New Bond Street (Contemporary Art Sales department), The Albion Gallery (London), Pera Museum (Turkey), as well as three major collection exhibitions she worked on in museums during the 2010 Ruhr & Pecs Capital of Culture project.
Since graduating from Royal College of Art (London), Kabakcı founded Open Space Contemporary and has been collaborating with various projects and organisations including Alt, Artkurio, Block Universe, IKSV, Pera Museum, The Art Department and SALT.
She contributed in various publications including Guggenheim Blog, IAN (Istanbul Art News), Past meets Present Exhibition Catalogue and SYRUP Magazine. Kabakcı has been involved in the following art institutions and foundations as a patron: AWITA (Association Women In the Arts), Delfina Foundation, Gasworks, Royal Academy (Young Patron) and SAHA Foundation.
Inês Geraldes Cardoso
(b. 1990, São Paulo)
Curator, writer and project manager
working between London and Lisbon.
After her MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, Inês Geraldes Cardoso worked as curator in residence at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin) and was selected for EGEAC’s Young Curators Open Call (Lisbon). Previously, Geraldes Cardoso has worked as curatorial assistant at Kunsthalle Lissabon and has international work experience from institutions including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Situations.
Her practice draws on her background in Art History and Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews and her research interests lie in the intersections between theory and practice. Geraldes Cardoso is concerned with fostering critical, cross-cultural exchange and seeks to develop collaborative models that foreground artistic investigation. This approach has been crucial to projects with institutions including Fondazione Sandretto (Turin), Curatorial Program for Research (Baltic Sea), EGEAC (Lisbon), Royal College of Art (London), and Acme Project Space (London).