Arianna Mercado is a curator and writer based between London and Manila. She is the co-founder of Kiat Kiat Projects, a nomadic curatorial initiative with a focus on alternative exhibition formats.
Mercado’s curatorial practice has been involved with understanding and decoding informal relationships, spontaneity, and chaos to grasp varied and persisting methods of collaboration and collective working. Her current research has been focused on thinking through archipelagos and urban wildlife as mirrors into ideas of mobility, networks, and connections.
Mercado is the recipient of the 2017 Purita Kalaw-Ledesma Prize for Art Criticism and has worked on projects with Calle Wright, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London.