Nicolaus Schafhausen

Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts/Shorefast Foundation

Nicolaus Schafhausen is a curator, director, teacher, author, and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art. Since 2011 he has been the Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts/Shorefast. Schafhausen was the Artistic Director of Tell me about yesterday tomorrow (2020) an exhibition at the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism about the future of the past and an accompanying publication (2021). He was the curator of the German Pavilion for the 52nd (2007) and 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), and curator of the Kosovo Pavilion on the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Schafhausen also co-curated the 6th Moscow Biennale in 2015. Additionally, Schafhausen has led institutions such as the Witte de With Center Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and Frankfurter Kunstverein. He was Founding Director of the European Kunsthalle, conceived as a project to examine the conditions and structures of contemporary art institutions, independent of local government mandates. In 2019, he stepped down as Director of Kunsthalle Wien, a position he held since 2012 for political reasons. Schafhausen observed that the future of such cultural institutions was thrown into question by rising nationalist policies in Austria and elsewhere. He has called for stronger support from independent state institutions and cultural administrations in times of right-wing populist movements.

Iris Stünzi

Program Manager

Claire Shea

Adjunct Researcher

Claire Shea has recently joined Fogo Island Arts as an Adjunct Researcher. From 2017 to 2021, Shea was the Deputy Director at Para Site, Hong Kong’s leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia. In 2014, she was an Associate Curator for the 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial, ‘We have never participated’ at OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen. Shea was previously Curatorial Director at Cass Sculpture Foundation in Goodwood, England, (2008-2016), a member of Bold Tendencies’s selection and steering committee in London, England (2010-2015), she curated the inaugural Thun Ceramic Residency in Bolzano, Italy (2015) and worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy (2006-2008).

Micaela Dixon

Program Coordinator

Micaela Dixon is a writer and researcher currently based on the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk known as “Fogo Island.” Dixon was previously the Artist Liaison Trainee at Hauser & Wirth and has completed internships at David Zwirner Gallery and Christie’s Auction House in London. She completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Art History and Literature & Critical Theory. Dixon is presently an MA Candidate at Goldsmith’s University, where she is researching how an Indigenous alter-anthropology can provide a new basis for understanding: an aesthetics of tension and the ending of a world.

Mikaela Kautzky

Program Coordinator

Mikaela Kautzky was Program Coordinator for Fogo Island Arts in 2019 and summer, 2021. Kautzky is an interdisciplinary artist of mixed european descent who has been living and working on the stolen traditional territories of the xwməθkwəyə̓ m (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səli̓lw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, currently known as “vancouver.” Kautzky will receive a BFA from Emily Carr University in 2022 and has been invited to the group exhibition The Concrete Art of Skateboarding, at the Audain Art Museum on shared Sk̲wx̲u7mesh Úxumixw (Squamish) and L̓il̓wat7úl (Lil’wat) territory in what is now known as “whistler, b.c.” Kautzky enjoys working with a participatory, interactive, or collaborative approach and is interested in the agency of materiality as well as play (: Kautzky often employs mediums such as homemade dyes/paints, textiles, mosaics, film, writing, and photography; has published work in ArtMaze, SBC, and SpeciWomen Magazine; and has recently done work for Antisocial Skateboard Shop, Dress-Up Collective, K2, Old Fashioned Standards, Stussy, and Vans.

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