The Artrooms organisers are thrilled to present you the members of the Selection Committee of the 2019 Edition of Artrooms Fair ROMA.
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Kent Archer,
Director and Curator at the University of Saskatchewan

Kent Archer is the former Director and Curator of several galleries at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. He has served on executive councils for a number of regional, provincial and national boards and juries for arts organizations across Canada. He is currently engaged in several research and curatorial projects.

Laura Carrara Cagni,
Director of Edward Williams Architects

Laura is a Founding Director at Edward Williams Architects. With a significant experience in large complex international public architectural projects, she previously delivered key buildings for clients in the UK, USA, Europe and the Middle East as an Associate Partner at Hopkins Architects.
Projects included The Brent Civic Centre and The Forum in Norwich, in the UK, ten new college buildings at Rice University in Texas, in the USA, a New Hospital in La Spezia in Italy, the Cyprus Cultural Centre, and twenty private villas in Dubai.
Laura was selected for the 1991 ILAUD, International Laboratory of Architecture and Design, where she returned as a reviewer in 1996. She published in the Space and Society magazine and lectured extensively in the UK, in Italy and in the US. In 2014, she was invited to be a scholar in residence at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Laura was a non-executive board member of the Italian family wine company Gancia Spa, helping to develop its business strategy and profile to allow it to be sold successfully to Russian Standard. Today she is a member of the Business Club Italia in London and sits on the board of the Club Torino London as vice president.

Jonathan Giustini,
Journalist and Writer

Jonathan Gusting has been a professional journalist since 1985, with wide experience in print media, radio and television. He manages and promotes many artists trough the Carta da Musica communication agency and he also published several books, always in relation with music.  Among them: Carta da musica (singer-songwriters and literature) for Minimum Fax, Claudio Lolli’s biography / Le terra, la luna e l’abbondanza for Alternative Press, Pupo’s biography / Un enigma chiamato Pupo for Rai / Eri e La storia dei Denovo e della Catania Rock/Tempi di libero rock for Arcana Editrice. His new book Ennio De Concini / Chi si firma è perduto (the story of the greatest screenwriter of Italian cinema) is coming out under Jacobelli Publisher.

Eddie Hewitt,
Curator

Eddie Hewitt has a passion for Culture and the Arts. He runs the Connected Cultures website, dedicated to all forms of creative expression, with a strong social element wherever possible. Eddie has a particular penchant for Contemporary Art, in all its genres, notably abstract paintings, representations of the human form, metalwork, glass, and pyrography. Whatever the materials and the style, he finds himself attracted to art that conveys a story, a sense of history and responsibility, a representation of how we are all linked.

Eddie has attended the Artrooms exhibitions at the Melia White House Hotel for the last three years and has relished the opportunity to experience many fine displays across an extensive range of styles. He always enjoys conversing with the artists, who come from across the globe, and has established connections with some hugely inspiring, fellow creative spirits. Eddie selects his ‘top ten’ favourite displays and focuses on them in his reviews.

Eddie likes to support and encourage emerging talents as well as to celebrate some of the ‘bigger names’ in the cultural world. This comes out in his reviews and features. He prefers commentaries to simple reviews, since this gives him a chance to get deeper into the subjects, and he likes to back these up with related articles, connecting the works within the wider artistic domain.

Dominique and Sylvain Levy,
Founders of DSLCollection

Initiated at the very beginning of the 21st century by Dominique and Sylvain Levy, DSLCollection focuses on contemporary Chinese art. The DSLcollection’s center of attention is artists from an emerging country – or rather re-emerging – on the world scene and it redefines the countours of a new world order. Definitely nomadic, the DSLCollection refuses to be set in one place and chooses the globalised territory of the digital world.
Born into a screen-based world, today’s new generation move in and out of the physical and virtual worlds at ease, believing that each world is “real” to them.
From 2005 (the year of the first video posted on Youtube ) we went from a website to a 2D and 3D museum, and in 2012 a museum on Second Life and now augmented reality and virtual reality.

Steuart Padwick,
Director of Steuart Padwick

British Designer Steuart Padwick is known for his warm, witty and sculptural designs. He is a designer of furniture, lighting and products for domestic and contract spaces with the aim of producing pieces that both fit the needs of people’s lives and enhance their modern environments. Steuart collaborates with many international retailers and manufacturers including The Conran Shop, Heals, Benchmark, CB2, Land of Nod and Made.com. His designs have been supplied to corporate offices such as Twitter as well as hotel and restaurant projects. He also produces one off commissions – including Nursery furniture for Princess Charlotte and Prince George. Steuart was the first designer to work with Made.com in 2010 and is still their best-selling designer. Founding CEO Ning Li was asked in 2016 which was his favourite piece of furniture on Made.com; “The Steuart Padwick Stroller desk will always have a special place with me. It was one of the first items we sold on MADE.COM. Originally the desk designed by Steuart Padwick was for sale for a high cost and people loved it but no one could afford it. We took the desk, deconstructed it and created a version for under £400 and it continues to be a best seller to this day”.
Steuart’s designs have been nominated for and won numerous awards and frequently features in leading publications around the world from FX, Elle Deco, Living Etc, It’s Nice That to the FT, The Telegraph, The Times and New York Times.
Steuart Padwick has had representation in Chicago since 2012 to work with the US and Canadian markets.

Luminita Sabau,
Founding Director Art Collection at DZ BANK AG

Luminita is an Art Historian focused on Photography, Contemporary Art and Architecture
She starded as a collection and exhibition curator at the newLY founded Museum for Architecture in Frankfurt. Then she was approached by the ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe to head the Museum’s Collections. Shortly after she took over the building of the art collection of  DG Bank in Frankfurt, which she headed for twenty years.
She has over 10 years experience in Museums & Exhibition Management and 25 Years experience in Corporate Collecting & Exhibition Management
During this time she initiated and curated internationally significant exhibitions such as: Space architecture (1987), New York Architecture (1989), Moving image (1992), Promise of Photography (travelling worldwide1999-2005), Space, Time, Architecture ( (2004), American Dream (2005), Dialogues & Attitudes ( 2007), Tacita Dean – The Russian Ending ( 2007), Taryn Simon – The Innocents (2007), Freedom is just another word… (2008), REAL (2008), Robert Longo – Of Man and Monsters ( 2009), Bella Italia (2010), The Lightness of Beeing (2012).
She is the editor of several publications on architecture and present day art.
Luminita is an expert in all aspects of Contemporary Art, Photography, Moving Image and Architecture. Her office provides support and assistance to Museums and CorporTE Art Programs including Art Collection Management (Establishment & Maintenance), Planning and curating of Private & Corporate Art Collections, Personalised service supporting fine art investment strategies, Managing the purchase and/or sale of artworks, Planning and/or selection of site-specific art works
Luminita has extensive international artist and curatorial networks.

Aurelie Samuel,
Heritage Curator and Director of Collections, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris

Aureelie Samuel is heritage curator and the director of collections of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris. She is an art historian specializing in Indian culture, spent fifteen years working at the Musée Guimet, first in the Japanese department and then as head of the textiles department. From that moment onwards, she has tried to highlight this priceless legacy, organizing thematic displays in the permanent galleries of the museum, as well as temporary exhibitions to emphasise the richness and width of the collection, alongside with the publication of articles and scientific papers. She primarily focused on exhibiting contemporary works alongside pieces from Guimet’s collections, introducing installations and works by living artists into the museum. Examples of this include Koi Current, Japanese artist Reiko Sudo’s reinterpretation of the traditional Japanese koinobori, and the exhibition La danse des formes – Textiles de Samiro Yunoki, which showcased works by this artist from the Mingei movement. Aurélie Samuel has curated the exhibitions, Costumes d’Enfants, Miroir des Grands (2010), at Musée Guimet;  Enfants de Chine, Petit Tigres et Jeunes Dragons (Musée des Arts Asiatiques de Nice, 2011), « Tsutsugaki », tissus japonais teints à l’indigo (2013) and Clemenceau, le Tigre et l’Asie (2014). Also at the Musée Guimet, Samuel co-curated the exhibition Kimono, Au bonheur des Dames, which presented traditional pieces alongside more recent interpretations of the kimono by contemporary Japanese and European designers.
For the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, she curated the exhibition Kabuki, Costumes du théâtre japonais in 2012.
Samuel has also coordinated various publications and regularly teaches at the École du Louvre in Paris and the Sorbonne in Abu Dhabi. She was named Chevalier des arts et lettres – promotion in July 2014.

Dr Robert Travers,
Founder of the Piano Nobile art gallery

Dr Robert Travers established Piano Nobile in 1985, following his PhD studies in London and Paris. The title derives from the Italian “piano nobile “– the first or second floor of an antic Italian palazzo displaying the most beautiful art. The original family gallery was built in Rome during the inter-war period and today, operating two sites in central London, Piano Nobile is a key force in the Modern British Art Market.
Committed to supporting public art institutions, Robert is in continuous collaboration with a number of international musuems such as Tate Britain, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Yale Center for British Art and Museum Beeldan aan Zee.

Bejarne Vaaga,
Leader of the Equinor art Programme hos Equinor

Bjarne Vaaga is the Leader of the Equinor art programme and a member of IACCCA (International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art).
His master’s degree in art history from 2006 was delivered at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Gianfranco Valleriani,
Video art curator and art adviser

Journalist, Video Art Curator and Researcher in Audio Visual Communication, Gianfranco Valeriani is actually the Director and Curator of Le Dame Art Gallery (London), Founder and Director of Brain Art Uk Ltd (London) and Adviser of Wolf Vostell Estate (Germany).
Director of international audio visual magazines, he wrote about cultural heritage and issues for newspapers and weekly publishings. Among them “Filmakers Magazine”, that has been distribuited in many international film festivals in Europe.
Member of the Italian Order of Journalists, since 1987, he was the Founder and Director of Calamo Comunicazione, a consulting company in communication for over 20 years.
He has been the Director of an associations operating in the cultural and communication sector, such as “The Big Blue”, engaged in promoting emerging experimental video-makers, and “The Ce.d.ro”, operating in the area of contemporary design.
He has been teaching visual communication and held lectures at international universities and institutions, including the Tate Modern in London (“Art and transforming the social”).
He is cooperating with the Chinese Art Foundation “Hafnia Foundation” (Fujian, China). For the Foundation Valleriani produced “After Nothing”, a 50-minute video documentary shot in China, experimenting with new forms of visual narrative.
Valleriani exposed his mixed media installation “Extended Blue”, at the MACRO, Contemporary Art Museum in Rome (December 14, 2017 – January 7, 2018), an art and communication project in which he explored new forms of video communication.
Valleriani is the curator of the video art section of the International Contemporary Art Fair Artrooms, (London, Rome, Seoul) and for Macro Contemporary Museum in Rome.