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Sophie Mayuko Arni
Founder, Managing Director
Sophie Mayuko Arni is an art curator and editor based between Tokyo and Dubai. She is the curator of the "East-East: UAE meets Japan" exhibition series, which has been featured in The National, Dubai TV, Khaleej Times, Identity Magazine, Vogue Arabia, and Bijutsu Techo. With over 20 participating artists, the exhibition is currently at its fifth volume and has toured multiple cities in the UAE and Japan, including Abu Dhabi (NYU Abu Dhabi Project Space, 2016), Dubai (CHI-KA Space at Alserkal Avenue, 2017-18), Tokyo (BLOCK HOUSE, HB.Nezu, 2020), and Atami (ATAMI ART GRANT at Hotel Acao Annex, 2022).
Originally Swiss-Japanese, Sophie was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and grew up between the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. She graduated with a B.A. in Art & Art History from NYU Abu Dhabi and with an MPhil in Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices from Tokyo University of the Arts. Her previous experience in the arts includes working at Sotheby's in London and Christie's in New York, and consulting the CEO’s Office of Startbahn, Japan’s leading blockchain infrastructure for the art industry.
She founded Global Art Daily during her studies at NYU Abu Dhabi. The publication now counts over 100 artist interviews. Appearing on panel talks about Asian and Arab contemporary art, Sophie has also written for Arab News Japan, SOLE Magazine, NYLON Japan, and The Fiker Institute, a Dubai-based think tank.
In 2022, she was recognized by the UAE Embassy in Japan for her efforts to bridge the UAE and Japan artistic scenes as part of the 50th Anniversary of UAE-Japan Diplomatic Relations.
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NiccolòAcram Cappelletto is an editor and curator based in Italy, who was previously a Postgraduate Research Fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi. After completing his B.A. in Art History with specializations in Political Science and Heritage Studies, he is conducting research on the connections between heritage and contemporary art in the context of postcolonial Italy. Recently, he collaborated on the Paris Bible Project with NYUAD and the Louvre Abu Dhabi on the study of bible manuscripts from the XIII century. Niccolò worked as a gallery and curatorial assistant with galleries in Venice, Paris, and Abu Dhabi. Interested in decolonial and demodernizing practices, he believes in the need to translate into an accessible practice the heavy theoretical frameworks of the present.
Born in South Korea, Insun Woo grew up in England, Bulgaria, Korea, Russia, and Japan. She is currently based in Abu Dhabi and New York City. After spending her freshman year exploring various fields—from political science to philosophy to computer science—she is pursuing a B.A in Art & Art History at NYU Abu Dhabi. Currently, her interests lie in creating spaces for those who have been silenced throughout history and fostering learning & dialogues through the arts.
Amy Qian is from Wuxi, China. She is a third-year student studying Art & Art History at NYU Abu Dhabi. Amy has worked as a gallery assistant with galleries from Shanghai, Bergamo, Kampala, and Dubai. She has also curated the exhibition territories of bodies for NYU Abu Dhabi’s Arts Proxy Program in 2022. She studied East Asian Art and Chinese Film at New York University, and is currently a Curatorial Assistant at NYUAD Art Gallery.
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