Candida Pestana

Before joining the Postgraduate Programme in Curating in 2010, I was working on a curatorial project in South Africa with a focus on social justice and human rights. Therefore, I felt that this degree could enhance my curatorial skills, having insights through a specific mentorship on the type of research that I was already working on. The Postgraduate Programme in Curating allowed me to have a direct access to cultural entrepreneurs, artists, curators, museum directors and build a wider international network. It also had a strong influence on my career path helping me structure my research and expanding different possibilities of performing within the curatorial field. After completing the 2 year-MAS Curating I had a clearer view of my future goals and enough experience to embrace any professional challenge.

Currently, I am working on a unique cultural initiative in Saudi Arabia. I arrived in the country in 2014 as an Educational Curator at The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, the first Cultural Center of its kind in the region. Developed inside an iconic architectural building by Snøhetta, it comprises multiple components: a library, a museum, visual and performing arts facilities, a Children´s Museum and an array of learning spaces in its 80,000 square-meter facility. The Center is set to positively impact and influence new generations of Saudis through its onsite, offsite, and online programs. The Center also act as a hub for networking, bringing individuals, institutions, and organizations together to exchange ideas, collaborate, and foster cross-cultural understanding.