Jenn Ellis FRSA is a curator, founder and patron from Switzerland, Colombia and the UK based in London following five years in Hong Kong. Passionate about the considered meeting of art, space and context, she has created over the last decade meaningful projects and connections between artists, galleries and institutions globally.
As the founder of curatorial studio APSARA, she has led and conceived solo projects commissioned by international galleries such as Silverlens, Sullivan+Strumpf, Blindspot Gallery, Lehmann Maupin etc with leading contemporary artists such as Dawn Ng, Sin Wai Kin, Edgar Calel and Mandy El- Sayegh. With a focus on creating thoughtful global dialogue, APSARA’s projects have been featured in the Art Newspaper to Vogue.
Jenn is equally the co-founder of acclaimed virtual platform AORA, which combines art, architecture and music to instil a sense of calm and wellbeing. Welcoming over 70,000+ unique virtual visitors since June 2020, and collaborating with 160+ artists, galleries and institutions globally, AORA has been profiled for its innovation and connection-making on the BBC to the Evening Standard.
Beyond Jenn’s curatorial activity, she co-hosts podcast Between Two Curators, lectures at various institutions including Sotheby’s Institute of Art, collects contemporary art, is a Tate Young Patrons Ambassador and sits on the council of Chisenhale Gallery.
Andrea Celeste La Forgia is an Italian artist and organiser based in London. She has worked in the arts and cultural sector for a number of galleries and artists as a studio, gallery and archive assistant. Working as a Studio Manager for APSARA, she supports the founder and curator Jennifer Ellis on all aspects of coordination and production of exhibitions and events.
Her own artistic practice combines elements of theatrical performance, sculpture, painting and spoken word. Using family experience and history as a starting point, often in dialogue with local history and archival research, she explores the condition of the contemporary working class. Recent exhibitions and performances include Hopscotch Reading Room (Berlin, DE), MAMA (Rotterdam, NL), Palazzo Massimo (Venice, IT), Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool, UK) and MAXXI (Rome, IT).