Aby Cohen


Born in Brazil,  Slovenian Citizen (EU) , currently lives in UK.  Awarded  GOLDEN TRIGA  PQ2011  as Designer and Curator working for Brazil` National Exhibition. PQ2015 International Curator for SharedSpace/ POLITICS, invited by Sodja Lotker,  in Prague. Awarded with the 2013 IDCA – International Communication Design Awards for MixMax Brasil project made for the TropenMusem, in Amsterdam. 

Set and Exhibition Designer, Curator and Lecturer, working  as freelancer/sole-trader for Theatre, Film, Exhibition and live events.  PhD in Arts / Performance at  University of Sao Paulo with  focus on the design practice in the intersection between Performance Design+Art Installation+Exhibition.

Has been also developed independent projects in performance and exhibition,  including directing site-specific performances . Large experience in national and international projects in United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Republic of Serbia, Sweden, Suriname, Taiwan, Japan, United States of America, Brazil and Argentina. Recently leading projects of artistic residence in Brazil, Wales and Scotland, working with local artists and communities at relevant local site-specifics. Combining the practice, production, organisation and educational skills. 

Relevant International connection with relevant organisations and institutions like Biennial of Arts/Sao Paulo, British Council, Creative Scotland, Prague Quadrennial/ Prague Theatre Institute, OISTAT– International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians, among others. Creating exchanging opportunities for new projects engaging local communities. 2018 MOMENTUM Delegate at EDINBURGH ARTS FESTIVAL. 

Experienced Lecturer and Tutor in BA and MA in Theatre, Performance Design and Film Animation. Former Head of MA Program and Lecturer at Fine Arts University, Sao Paulo.  International lectures, presentations and workshops given on the past decade at: Nottingham Trent University in 2012; University of Amsterdam in 2012; SCENA Lisbon – Portugal in 2012;  INTENSIVEDAGARNA – Sweden in 2012; Novi Sad University – Rep. Serbia in 2011 and 2013; USITT – USA in 2012, 2013 and 2014; Seville – Spain in 2016; RWCMD – Cardiff in 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019;  Prague Quadrennial – Czech Rep. in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019.

The career and experience were built on working as exhibition producer coordinator, exhibition designer, educator and curator, with experience in all areas of the entertainment industry from theatre, film, multimedia, exhibitions and live events. From the role of Exhibition Production Coordinator, working as a freelancer for the company Arte3, Advisory Production Cultural Marketing, for more than 10 years, she had the opportunity to learn how to manage major art exhibitions and events in Brazil and abroad, as Biennial of Arts Sao Paulo/2008; Design Biennials/ 2008 and 2010; Biennial of the End of the World – Patagonia/2007; Mercosur Biennials /1999 and 2003; Celebrations of 500 Years Brazil`s Discovery/ 2000. 

Former Vice-President of OISTAT International  (2013-2017), elected at OISTAT World Congress during the WSD2013 at RWCMD,  Cardiff, in 2013.   OISTAT member since 2003 and working in  collaboration  as Team project for Scenofest 2007 and 2011/Prague, WSD2013/ Wales, E-Scapes Int Conference 2014/Brazil, WSD2017/Taiwan, SCENA2020/Egypt, among others.




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