Nathalie Anglès is the Executive Director and co-founder of Residency Unlimited (RU). Founded in 2009, RU is a Brooklyn based non-profit organization that promotes exchange and diversity through its customized residency program and year-round public programs for US based and international artists and curators. A history and political science major, Nathalie is also a graduate from The École du MAGASIN curatorial studies program in Grenoble, (Le Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble France). Her extensive experience in the field of artist residencies in the US and Europe began managing the residency program for US based artists at the Frank Gehry designed American Center in Paris followed by the position of Director of Location One’s International Residency program in New York (2000-2008). Nathalie worked in a curatorial and administrative capacity in institutions such as École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (ENSBA) and Union centrale des Arts décoratifs (UCAD) in Paris as well as Sotheby’s London in the Impressionist and Modern art department. In 2008, Nathalie was awarded the French government distinction Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Lulu Meng is the Operations Director at RU and 2015 RU artist resident.
Lulu specializes in costume design, stagecraft and event planning where she implements her diverse experience in woodworking, welding, set construction, CAD drawing, garment making and project management. As an artist, Lulu applies her skills to both her artwork, art handling and fabrication. As the project manager at RU, she communicates with the artists prior to and during their residency to provide material/studio/production research and support to plan and realize their proposed projects.
Through her meditative practice, art making and yoga, Lulu ponders what it is to be an individual living in a modern society and what connects people. Lulu’s conceptual based art practice is rooted in her interaction with and observation of people, environments, and the relations among them. She is captivated by the push and pull between an individual’s tendency to be unique and the coexisting longing to belong to a community. Lulu materializes her contemplation in installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, video or whichever format that communicates the ideas. Her recent participatory projects reflect on experiences of living in and between the physical and virtual world.
Mariko Takashima is an arts-administrator with a strong interest to effectively merge the arts and the public in meaningful ways through site specific works that inspire dialogue around environmental issues, sustainability and community revitalization. Mariko holds a Master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University, and has extensive experience working and interning at various arts organizations across the city. A former intern at Residency Unlimited working on Project H.E.A.L. with an Artist + Entrepreneur Co-Innovation Accelerator in Louisville, Kentucky (funded by an NEA Our Town grant), Mariko is excited to rejoin RU as Communications Manager.
Camille Flahaut is currently completing her bachelor’s at Medipol University in Istanbul after spending a semester interning at RU, where she worked closely with the Executive Director and RU team. Her aim is to pursue a Masters in Management of Cultural Institutions starting in September of 2020. Her previous experience working with non-profits in France equipped her to become instrumental to the RU team and she continues to work with us as the Young Visual Artist Award (YVAA)coordinator.
Audrée Anid is a Lebanese-American mixed-media artist and independent curator with experience in both the commercial and nonprofit arts sector of New York City. Audrée was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in the Bronx and is now based in Brooklyn. In 2018, she co-founded RATA Projects, an independent curatorial initiative aimed at supporting and showcasing emerging artists. Audrée is currently an Associate Director at James Cohan Gallery in New York where she has curated several exhibitions including “Borders” in January 2019, works by Nam June Paik, and exhibitions by the Palestinian-American artist Jordan Nassar. While at the gallery, she has facilitated and overseen various free interdisciplinary public programs including artist talks, discussions with contemporary writers and critics, and musical performances. Upcoming curatorial projects at James Cohan Gallery include the Winter 2021 group exhibition and a solo exhibition by Delhi-based artist Gauri Gill opening in October 2021.
Meyken Barreto is currently an adjunct lecturer at City College of New York, she is also a curator and art writer.
Meyken has served as Regional Director at Artist Pension Trust (APT), Gallery Manager at Y Gallery in New York, and Studio Manager at Los Carpinteros Studio in Madrid and Havana. She has taught Art History at Havana University and San Geronimo College in Havana. She has lectured in international institutions such as Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Martin Luther University, Halle (Saale). In 2018 she was Curator in Residence at Residency Unlimited, NY and in 2009 she won Cuba’s National Curatorship Award.
Recently she has curated the exhibitions Shifting Streams. Twelve artists by the Hudson River at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, New York, 2020; The Path Leading to the Center at Lakehouse, Guttenberg Arts, 2017; Cabinet of Curiosities: The whimsical world of Carlos de Medeiros at Guttenberg Arts, NJ in 2017; and co-curated the group exhibitions All That You Have Is Your Soul at Faction Art Projects, New York in 2018; Divagation at Y Gallery, New York in 2016; Pioneros: Building Cuba’s Socialist Childhood at Aronson Galleries at Parsons, The New School for Design, New York in 2015, and Flow: Economies of the look and creativity in contemporary art from the Caribbean at IDB Cultural Center, Washington DC in 2014. She contributes to various art publications such as ArteCubano, Art OnCuba, and Artnexus.
Lilia Kudelia is a curator and art historian whose research interests span across modern and contemporary movements with particular focus on the visual arts in the post-communist states and the intersection of art and technology. Currently enrolled in a graduate studies program at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, she places an emphasis on increasing support for the artists from Central and Eastern Europe. Previously she was the assistant curator at Dallas Contemporary in Dallas, TX and held curatorial and research positions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Art Arsenal in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2017 Kudelia co-curated Ukrainian National Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale that featured work by the photographer Boris Mikhailov. She has a degree in Cultural Studies from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine.
As Guest curator at RU, Lilia will focus on the YVAA artists in residence. The Young Visual Artists Awards (YVAA) is a network of twelve national awards that provide young artists from Eastern, Central and Southern Europe with a two month residency hosted by Residency Unlimited (RU) in New York on an annual basis since 2015. The finalists are selected by a panel in each country organized by local partnering organizations. The program is supported by Trust for Mutual Understanding.
Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger is a NY-based curator with a focus on place-based practices around social, cultural, and civic issues. Projects include Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; (after)care, a site-specific exhibition in a former emergency waiting room at Kings County Hospital Center, East Flatbush; Jameco Exchange, a site-responsive and socially engaged education exhibition in a vacant storefront in Jamaica, Queens; and Hold These Truths and Bring in the Reality at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in Manhattan. Projects on the intersection of art and data include: Once Upon a Time There was the End, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY; Data Deluge, Ballroom Marfa, TX; and Library Science, Artspace, New Haven, CT. Gugelberger has served as curator at No Longer Empty (NLE), a non-profit organization that curated site-responsive and community-centered exhibitions, education, and programs in unique spaces, where she also served as director of the NLE Curatorial Lab program. Prior, she was a Curator at Exit Art where she curated the organization’s final exhibitions Every Exit Is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art and Collective/Performative (co-curator). Gugelberger holds an MA in Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, NY.
When developing my projects, I am an object-oriented art historian and curator, meaning that I like to work very collaboratively with artists and let work that interests me to guide the development of the curatorial theme. To this end, I seek a deep understanding of an artist’s production and then work to situated it within wider socio-political and artistic contexts. Although I come from a Westernist background, I am particularly committed to provincializing the western viewpoint, and interrogating it as one of multiple identities rather than as the default. I am interested, therefore, in art in a global context, in alternative systems of making, and especially in institutional critique of the post-Enlightenment inheritance. I believe that a teleological understanding of western society relates to the scientific revolution and to colonialism, and still structures much in our post-Enlightenment world. I am therefore drawn to artists who interrogate this inheritance.
Bell received her PhD from NYU and has held fellowships in both Europe and the United States, including at the Morgan Library and Museum’s Drawing Institute and at the Deutsches Forum für kunstgeschichte in Paris. Based in New York City, Andrea teaches Art History and Criticism at Parsons School of Design and writes about contemporary art for Whitehot Magazine.
Andrea is the co-founder of Do You Like Art, an on-line streaming platform that makes progressive Art History courses accessible to everyone. Launching later in 2021, you can find more information on the project at doyoulikeart.com.