Curatorial team members

Oana Stănescu

Expert in communication and marketing strategies

Oana Stănescu is a communication specialist, cultural manager and entrepreneur, with over 17 years of experience in Public Relations. She founded a PR agency which specializes in promoting books and authors. In this context, she launched the Romanian Publishing Industry Awards, and the International Festival of Literature in Timisoara ”West of East, East of West” and developed branding and PR campaigns for important international and Romanian institutions: Frankfurt Book Fair, Czech Centrum Romania and the Czech Ministry of Culture, Goethe-Institut Bukarest, the University of Bucharest. She has also been involved in promoting the international classical music festival “Clara Haskil”.

Teodora Borghoff

Expert in community engagement and social inclusion

Teodora Borghoff is a local development expert, with extensive experience in facilitating participatory processes with multiple stakeholders, project design and project implementation for various structures ranging from NGOs to public administration. She has contributed in Timișoara’s candidacy for the European Capital of Culture Title from various positions and perspectives: first as executive director of the Timișoara European Capital of Culture Association (February-December 2012), later on as community facilitator and content editor of the bidbook (January – December 2016). Her experience in projects which reconcile and activate the members of the community was enriched as an EU-AID senior volunteer, and lobby and advocacy advisor in Ethiopia, and as programme director at the Timișoara Community Foundation.

Corina Bucea

Expert in cultural education and mediation

Corina Bucea is a cultural manager, with expertise in the coordination of cultural programmes, artistic production, education and art mediation programmes, and policies. She is one of the co-founders of the contemporary art space Paintbrush Factory (Fabrica de Pensule) in Cluj, Romania, where she worked as a manager and programme director. She has been involved in several international projects, being connected with networks such as IETM, Balkan Express, Tandem. She has worked in various projects representing Romania at the Art and Architecture Venice Biennale, and as project manager at the Cluj Cultural Centre.

Matevž Čelik Vidmar

“Connections” Curator

Matevž Čelik is an architect, writer, editor, researcher, cultural manager and developer of new cultural models. He is the founder and program director of Future Architecture platform, a pan-European platform for exchange and networking between emerging talents and architectural institutions. Between 2010 and 2020 he served as director of MAO, Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, which under his leadership grew into a flagship national institution with international reach. Matevž Čelik stands behind the repositioning of BIO Ljubljana, the oldest design biennial in Europe, which has been transformed from a standard design exhibition into a live experiment to explore the potentials of design to instigate positive change. In 2016, 2018 and 2020 Matevž Čelik was the Commissioner of the Slovenian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He is a member of the advisory board of the Archipelago Festival in Geneva.

Cosmina Goagea

“Places” Curator

Cosmina Goagea Her research and curatorial practice is focused on museum exhibition, participatory architecture, place-making through cultural interventions, as well as cultural strategies for urban development. She has coordinated several programmes which involved international networks of curators, architects and artists, programmes which have received awards such as the DASA Award of European Museum Academy and the BIGSEE Design Award (for the National Museum of Romanian Literature and Anton Pann Memorial House), shortlisted at European Prize for Public Space (with the project “Magic Blocks. Scenarios for the socialist blocks of flats”), awards in the frame of Romanian Biennial of Architecture, Annual of Architecture Bucharest, Romanian Design Week (for the programs “Connected. Things about Future, Cities and People”, “Carol Factory”, “Bucharest South, Beyond the City”, “Urban Activations in Romania”). She leads the communication and action platform programme Zeppelin. Special interests:interaction design, cultural entrepreneurship, participatory art and urban interventions, social design, bottom-up city making, experience economy, situation design, cultural identity and sites of memory.

Corina Oprea

“People” Curator

Corina Oprea is a curator, author, and editor with a solid experience in the academia and the arts. She got involved in developing networks of cooperation and action in the field of art research and curating practices. Her curatorial practice is versatile, it reaches for outcomes beyond mere show, and focus on the artists as vectors of change in the community, who have the capacity to address the issues of the marginalized.She is Managing Editor for L’Internationale Online and previously she has worked as Artistic Director of Konsthall C, Associate Curator at WELD, Assistant Artistic Director at Intercult (Stockholm), and Assistant Curator and Researcher at Centre Pompidou (Paris). She has taught Decolonization and Curatorial Practice at Stockholm University of Arts and she has been a guest lecturer at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm School of the Arts at DOCH, adn Loughborough University (UK). She is board member of the art publication Palleten (Sweden) and of the Quarto dance company (Sweden/Brazil). Her fields of interest include art research and art production, specifically performance and public space.

Silviu Scrob

Expert in cultural production management

Silviu Scrob is a cultural manager specialized in cultural production management (technical production, stage management and project management). He has been the Technical Director of the Sibiu European Capital of Culture 2007 and worked as technical production manager for festivals and events like Electric Castle - New Media, Summer Well, ARTmania, Media Music Awards, Pope Francis Visit in Blaj, Golden Stag, TIFF, Sibiu International Theatre Festival. He has a profound interest in the cultural and creative industries and holds a PhD in the field of Performing Arts. Starting with 2014, he manifested his passion for jazz in the Mozaic Jazz Festival.