Curators

Panel discussion about art and economics in South and Southeast Asia with Karolina Jeftic, June Yap, Costa Vayenas and Annette Schönholzer

Art experts from the regions

The curators play a key role in the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Through their research and travel, they build theses that form the bases of their exhibitions, and contribute to the Guggenheim's permanent collection. 

June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia

Based in Singapore, June Yap worked for six years in the curatorial departments of museums of modern and contemporary art, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum, and for another four years as an independent curator. Through her curatorial projects she has worked with artists throughout South and Southeast Asia, and organized an exhibition of the work of Ho Tzu Nyen for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011.
Yap is also currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Cultural Studies in Asia program at the National University of Singapore. She holds a MA in fine art (art history) from the University of Melbourne, as well as BA in philosophy and sociology from the National University of Singapore.

June Yap, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, South and Southeast Asia

Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America

Born in Mexico City in 1972, Pablo León de la Barra earned his Ph.D. in Histories and Theories from the Architectural Association, London. He has curated or co-curated more than a dozen exhibitions resulting from his extensive research in Latin America over the past decade. He is also the founder of the Novo Museo Tropical, and was the curator of the first Bienal Tropical in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011). In 2012, he received the first Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America

Sara Raza, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa

Sara  is an independent curator, writer, editor, and educator. Resident in London, she works on projects based in Asia, Europe, and the Gulf. As adjunct associate curator at Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, Raza has curated solo exhibitions by Adel Abidin, Wafaa Bilal, and Mohammed Kazem, as well as several group exhibitions. She is ArtAsiaPacific magazine’s desk editor for West and Central Asia, a regular contributor to the website Ibraaz, and the founder of Punk Orientalism, a multidisciplinary curatorial and publishing platform focusing on post-Soviet contemporary art from Central Asia, the Caspian, and the Caucasus. Raza is Head of Education and Public Programmes and Chief Curator of Yarat Contemporary Art Space’s 2015 Public Art Festival.

Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America