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Simona Nastac is a curator, critic and poet living in London. She studied Art History and Theory in Bucharest and holds an MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths University, London. Committed to socio-critical art and context responsive practices, she is forever looking for unexpected outcomes able to shake the world. In a gentle way.

She has curated exhibitions and live poetry events in London, Seoul, New York, Saint Petersburg, Prague, Shanghai, Cluj and Bucharest, which featured renowned artists Anish Kapoor, Hito Steyerl, Guy Ben-Ner, Tony Cragg, Jordan Wolfson, Nigel Rolfe, Christian Bök, Jaap Blonk, and Dan Perjovschi, amongst others. She has also written numerous reviews for magazines and newspapers such as Flash Art, Eikon, Springerin, Hart, Praesens, IDEA Cluj, Cultural Observer and ARTA Bucharest. From July 2006 to December 2013 she was Head of Arts at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London.

In 2017 she published her first poetry book, “The Depressing Colour of Honey” (Tracus Arte, Bucharest), which won the Alexandru Mușina Prize “The King of the Morning” for poetry debut. The volume was also shortlisted for the “George Bacovia” National Debut Prize in 2018. She performed at the European Poetry Festival London, Poets at Meru (Iași), Tranzit Iași, Tramvaiul 26 (Bucharest), and Dactăr Nicu’s Skyzoid Poets (Tipografia, Brașov). Since 2016 she has been the curator of the experiMental poetry night at Bucharest International Festival of Poetry.

Areas of interest: everything at the intersection of art, poetry, ecology and social justice. Even if such an intersection might not exist.