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BIEN VU brings together the complementary experience of its founders and principals: Anaïs Lellouche whose curatorial experience at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (Metz, France), the State Library of Victoria (Melbourne) and Nuit Blanche (Paris and Melbourne) brings international expertise and networks; and Kathryn Kiely, an experienced Registrar and Project Manager of major exhibitions for leading galleries in Australia, such as the State Library of Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Our founding partners, Anaïs Lellouche, Mireille Bourgeois and Marion Ritter are graduates from the program of excellence for curators, Bard College’s Centre for Curatorial Studies (NY, USA). Our collective is enriched by Emily Bates, art historian and formally at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Anaïs Lellouche has over 10 years of professional experience working in Paris, New York and Melbourne. She prepared the inauguration of a major European institution: the Centre Pompidou-Metz. She forged a unique experience in the development of cultural institutions from the ground up. She worked on major exhibitions, such as French artist Daniel Buren and American artist Sol LeWitt.
She has also developed comprehensive experience in public art, working in New York at Creative Time and in city-wide events such as Nuit Blanche (White Night).
She is dedicated to developing international cultural ties by connecting art scenes.
Kathryn Kiely has spent 20 years facilitating fine art exhibitions gaining curatorial, registration and project management experience. She provides logistical, shipping and handling expertise, together with extensive collection management experience.
Since 2012 she has expanded her expertise contracting for various cultural institutions in Melbourne including the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne.
Previously she held registration posts at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and was Assistant Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Kathryn has a BA in art history and a Post Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Mireille Bourgeois is an expert in media art. She has published widely for Visual Arts News, Creative Times Press, C-Magazine, Border Crossings, the Canadian Film Institute, and Incite Journal of Experimental Media. She has independently curated throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Bourgeois’ career includes, Director of the Centre for Art Tapes, a media art production and exhibition space; National President of the Independent Media Arts Alliance, and is currently Curator at Nova Scotia Provincial Art Bank. Mireille Bourgeois has an MA from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
Marion Ritter is a Cologne-based critic, curator and editor. She is founder and editor of Artblog Cologne (www.artblogcologne.com), a website on art for the wider Cologne region (Bonn, Düsseldorf, Essen, the BeNeLux). The site brings together the region’s most important art critics, authors as well as curated artist projects. Artblog Cologne also collaborates with institutions such as museums and archives.
As a freelance curator, Ritter has been realising various exhibitions with the artspace OG2 (such as at Kölnischer Kunstverein), Columns at Galerie Desaga, and projects in the framework of ‘Die beste aller Welten’. She has been editor of a series of magazines for Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 and worked as a publishing assistant at Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.
She holds a Master degree in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, New York.
Emily Bates is a New York-based art historian and curator. Recently, she co-curated Open Experience, a selection of early performance work by David Lamelas and Carlos D'Alessio in New York, as well as Los Impolíticos, a survey of contemporary Latin American art at the Palazzo delle Arti in Naples, Italy.
In 2013, she joined the pioneer New York gallery, Gavin Brown's enterprise, where she works with a roster of over 30 internationally renowned visual artists, as well as advising major private and public collections worldwide.
Previously, she held posts with the Brooklyn Museum, Bitforms Gallery, and the Department of Media and Performance Art at New York's MoMA, Museum of Modern Art.