Denise Araouzou (b. 1992) is an interdependent curator, researcher and writer. Currently, she is a junior curator of Mediterranea 19: School of Waters (BJCEM) while at Ki-Culture she is coordinating an upcoming exhibition on the climate crisis. Her research-based practice interweaves architectural theory, urban studies, social sciences, contemporary art, new media practices and environmental studies. She is learning to cultivate and promote ecological sustainability in curatorial and arts practices. She has an MA in History of Art from the University of Glasgow.

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Editor | The Paradox of Labour: A Reader on the Work of Adrian Melis 
(Barcelona: Offset Derra, 2021)

Resident | SeaPort: Mediterranean Basin Curatorial Project, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design x Beit-Ha’Gefen x Artis (March - June 2021)

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Veronika Gyòcsi Collection

Fig. 1 Veronika Gyòcsi Stenzel, Self-Portrait, c. 1985


The Veronika Gyòcsi Collection was formed through a series of unlikely events tracing back to the mid-1970s in the Soviet Union by Vienna-based Hungarian entrepreneur Veronika Gyòcsi Stenzel. The collection grew steadily over a span of twenty years, coming to an end in 1998 following her company’s bankruptcy. By then, close to four hundred works by one hundred nonconformist and postwar artists had been collected. Today, part of the collection hangs in her home in Austria and a larger part is in storage. More than twenty years have passed and efforts are being made to transform the collection into a catalyst and platform for research, writing and exhibition-making; guided by a methodological approach rooted in fostering meaningful collaborations with artists, curators, researchers, collectors, arts institutions and museums.