Arianna Mercado was curatorial fellow at ell Project Space from August 2021-March 2022 and curated Ópera De Balcón Solo exhibition by Bryan Giuseppi Rodriguez Cambana and organised the pubic programme for the exhibition which included Silly Love Songs and Cajón Remix.
Arianna Mercado is a cultural worker from Manila, the Philippines, currently based in London. In 2018, she co-founded Kiat Kiat Projects, a nomadic curatorial initiative that focuses on alternative exhibition formats. Mercado’s research has focused on informal networks, geopolitical entanglements, and historical materialism in the Global South, previously working on projects with Asia-Art-Activism, London; Calle Wright, Manila, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Mercado was a recipient of the Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism and her writing has been published in Ocula, The Philippine Star, and Ctrl+P Journal of Contemporary Art. In 2021, she co-curated the Pigeon Pavilion with Izzy Waite as part of the Bangkok Biennial, London, where she collaborated with Bryan Giuseppi Rodriguez Cambana.