ABOUT

Masasam is an initiative that began in 2007 directed by Sandra Maunac and Monica Santos. Coming from different professional backgrounds they coincide in the need to formulate curatorial projects that include their two areas of expertise.

Sandra Maunac majored in History with a DEA in International and African Studies at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). She has been coordinator of cultural activities at the Three Cultures Foundation in Seville (Spain). She has worked in Cairo, Egypt, as representative of artists at the Egyptian Centre for Culture and Art abroad. She was part of the organisation of the African Film Festival of Tarifa (Spain) and in charge of artistic direction and lateral activities from 2005 until 2010.

Monica Santos majored in Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from York University (UK). During the past years she has worked in galleries, art fairs, biennials and as independent art curator of solo and group exhibitions at a national and international level. She has also worked for Entropia, first European video art production company, representing resident artists. She was also part of the organisation of the African Film Festival of Tarifa (Spain) in charge of artistic direction and lateral activities in the editions of 2009 and 2010.

There are two underlying concepts that define all the curatorial projects they develop: on the one hand, the need to include manifestations that represent other realities, other imaginaries different to those that we are accustomed to and that monopolize our cultural arena. In fact they try to rebuild our relation with the “other”. Thus, most of the projects they have developed are from artists from Africa and the Middle East. On the other hand, through the work of the artists with which they work with, Masasam tries to disarticulate those conventionally accepted visions which seem to be subject to circular and closed discourses, by incorporating disruptions, intervals, cracks and interrogations. Their projects thus never intend to be closed neither visually nor theoretically, but rather, are always open to questioning and debate.