Aby Cohen is a Brazilian designer, working for theatre, exhibition and cinema productions; creating and realizing important National and International projects.
Recently internationally awarded for two projects: 1 – Brazilian National Exhibition at PQ’11- Prague Quadrennial, 2011 – as Curator and Designer and awarded with the Golden Triga; 2 – Mix Max Brasil at Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, 2012 – 2015 awarded by the IDCA/International Design Communication Awards in 2º for the Best Exhibition Layout category in 2013.
In parallel to the professional practice, she is Lecturer for a M.A. Scenography program at the Faculty of Fine Arts – FBA, in Sao Paulo. PhD in Design for Performance at ECA│USP – School of Arts and Communication at University of Sao Paulo with focus on the design practice in the intersection between Scenography+Art Instalation+Exhibition.
In consequence of the successful participation in PQ’11, was invited to become one of the International Curators for PQ’15 , the Prague Quadrennial 2015 responsible for one of the themes proposed to the National Curators – Politics. Member of OISTAT since 2003, was elected, in 2013 during the World Congress in Cardiff –UK, the Vice-President of the OISTAT International.
Started the career as theatre designer at Macunaima Theatre Group, directed by Antunes Filho in 1992. Since than has been working with distinct theater companies, directors and for a variety of independent theater productions. Has also developed a large experience in working for exhibitions by getting involved in projects as such Biennale of Arts of Sao Paulo, Biennale Mercosul, Biennale Fin Del Mundo/Patagonia, Design and Architecture Biennale, among others.
Vice-President of OISTAT International for 2013-2017, elected during the OISTAT World Congress in Cardiff, in September 2013