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Alani Nelson

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About me

Currently I am in the second year of my postgraduate degree in curating at Goldsmiths University of London. As a result of volunteer and intern experience within arts organizations and galleries; as well as obtaining an array of skills in customer engagement, I am now seeking a position within the field of curating and/ or archive work.

Skills

  • Microsoft Offic
  • Adaptive Communication
  • Active Listening
  • Level Headed
  • Collaboration
  • Data Entry
  • Academic Writing

Work history

Currently

Library Volunteer - Cultural Studies

Stuart Hall Library

May 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • As a volunteer with the Stuart Hall Library apart of my duties include indexing relevant articles from contemporary art publications and condensing longer portions of text into accessible abstracts. As an assistant to the head librarian I also aided in liaising between the library and art institutions that have published relevant exhibition catalogues and other text based material in order to diversify the library’s collection. Administrative duties were fundamental to this position, these include: re-shelving books, collating visitor data, and maintaining audio-visual installations within the space.

2017

Curatorial Volunteer

JonaQuestArt Gallery

Apr 2017 - Jul 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • As a curatorial assistant apart of my tasks included working with the owner to offer ideas for exhibition themes and text to articulate the ambitions of the gallery’s annual exhibition Vibrant Continuum. While working toward this transition I helped to revamp the space by repainting the gallery and offering a more minimalist approach to hanging works as well as handing works of art. During this time, I also had a great deal of interaction with customers and helped to contextualize acquisitions from West Africa and the UK within the galleries transnational framework.

2015

Curatorial Intern

PDA Projects

May 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Canada
  • Internship
  • As a summer intern with PDA Projects I functioned as liaison between the curator, gallery owner, and artists during the gallery's first performance art festival, Coalesce. Working with live performers it was important for me to mediate smooth transitions between the artist’s performances and maintain the cleanliness of the gallery space. Leading up to the festival I acted as a weekly gallery sitter where my duties included setting up digital works of art and maintaining the safety of fragile works of art.

2014

Art & Design Editorial Intern

Complex Magazine

May 2014 - Sep 2014
  • New York, United States
  • Internship
  • As an editorial intern with Complex Media my duties included transcribing interviews and photo research. During this time, I had the opportunity to publish several online articles pertaining street art, architecture, and home design objects. I also enjoyed the chance to interview artist and curators as a part of my research for articles. This was a collaborative environment that also relied on individual accountability, during this period I thrived and was able to meet deadlines in an efficient and timely manner.

Education

Currently

Master of Arts in Curating

Goldsmiths, University of London

Sep 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Thus far I have completed one year of a two-year program where I received passing marks that included a 67% on my critical studies essay composed of 4500 words submitted by deadline. Thus far my research is engaged with Diasporic Studies, with a focus on African- American and post-colonial experiences. I am very interested in seeing how these cultural experiences and narratives intersect with digital cultures and online methods of resistance and activism.