Curator Mara Johanna Kolmel and gallery director Natalia Fuller founded the SALOON London in July 2019.
The SALOON is an international network for women active in the art scenes of Berlin, Brussels, Dresden, Hamburg, London, Paris and Vienna. The members work as curators, artists or journalists, as well as in galleries, museums or universities. The SALOON considers itself a non-profit network for females of the local art scene with the objectives of creating new art-related projects, organizing exhibitions, enabling members to exchange experiences and knowledge as well as other art-related collaborations. Independent curator and writer Tina Sauerlaender (Director & Head Curator of peer to space) founded the SALOON Berlin in summer 2012.
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Mara Johanna Kolmel is a curator and art historian based in London. She obtained her MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She holds a BA in Cultural Studies from Leuphana University in Germany, where she is currently completing the PhD Voyage to the Virtual. Contemporary Sculpture between the Corporeal and the Digital. Mara has worked in curatorial roles internationally for the Biennale of Sydney, the Kunsthalle Hamburg and Gallery Adagio Sydney. As a member of the curatorial collective Approved by Pablo, since 2015, she has realised exhibitions at Somerset House and The Silver Building in London.
Mara is a founding member of the research group Data Power: Activisms/Appropriations/Aesthetics and The Museum of Data bringing together international scholars, activists and practitioners to explore data as a site for methodological experimentation, social activism, artistic intervention, and critical engagement. She is associated with Dori O., a tentacular artist of many bodies collectively thinking and acting through the internet. Mara’s writings have appeared in Art Bulletin, Texte zur Kunst and Die Nadel. She is a co-editor of the anthology Dada Data. Contemporary Art Practice in the Era of Post-Truth Politics with Sarah Hegenbart.
Natalia Fuller received an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Following the Courtauld, Natalia worked on the exhibitions team at Lisson Gallery for several years. She is now Associate Director at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London whose programme focuses on emerging and female artists. Natalia’s research has concentrated on conceptual and video art with a special interest in the interplay between art and politics.