About Rachel Ciesla

Rachel Ciesla is a curator and publisher working at the intersection of memory, place and identity. Rooted in ecology and shaped by technology, Rachel’s site-orientated and socially engaged practice aims to help navigate being human in our current time. A selection of recent projects include Healing Practices, Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne (2019); TIME, co-curated with Hannah Mathews, Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne (2018); and To Pierce, To Puncture, Verge Gallery, Sydney (2017).

In 2018, Rachel worked with the CEO & Director to relaunch the Melbourne Art Fair as a new boutique fair with a strong curatorial focus and program; building strong relationships with government stakeholders and corporate partners; and managing the production of over 40 national and international galleries.

Prior to relocating to Melbourne in 2016, Rachel was the General Manager and Co-Director of the artist run space Paper Mountain. As an art consultant she has managed public art commissions for local government and private developments including the Kings Square Temporary and Ephemeral Public Art Program, Claughton Reserve and PerthFLUX. She has also participated in international studios and field work including the International Studio for Arts and Culture, ISI Denpasar, Bali in 2013 and Contemporary Art in China, University of Melbourne, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong in 2017. Rachel holds a Master of Art Curatorship (First Class Honours) at the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Art History from the University of Western Australia.

I respectfully acknowledge the past and present Traditional Owners of the land on which I currently work and live, the Wurundjeri Peoples of the Kulin Nation. This was and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.


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