Arianna Mercado is a cultural worker from Manila currently based in London. She is the co-founder of Kiat Kiat Projects, a nomadic curatorial initiative. Arianna’s research interests have focused on comradeship and celebration in parallel to the materiality of power and geopolitical entanglements. She received her MFA in Curating (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was awarded a fellowship within the same programme. Arianna currently works at Afterall, a contemporary arts research center within the University of the Arts London.
Recently, she curated Ópera de Balcón at Cell Project Space, Tools of the Trade with Kiat Kiat Projects, and Pigeon Pavilion with Izzy Waite for the 2021 Bangkok Biennial. She has written on Pow Martinez for Ocula, Shireen Seno in the 2nd issue of tractions: experiments in art writing, and meditations on curatorship and labor in the 19th issue of Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art.
Isles and Islands: Cultural flows between the UK and the Philippines (lead editor) published by the British Council
Singapore Art Museum Curatorial and Research Residency
Tandang Tandâ Areté Sandbox Residency