AXIS is a socially-engaged curatorial collaborative composed of Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos. In their joint curatorial practice, Alé and Mattos are committed to producing exhibitions, projects, and screenings of contemporary art that respond to the pressing social, cultural, and political conditions of our time.
Together, they curated Unfortunately, It Was Paradise (2020) at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, in collaboration with the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Durham Art Gallery; and Video Pool, Calgary; EXTRACOLONIAL: Reflections for Action (2020) at Sur Gallery, Toronto; and LAW & (DIS)ORDER (2020) and All is well on the border (2017) at Vtape, Toronto.
In late 2019, Alé and Mattos participated in the Shanghai Curators Lab, a curatorial residency program organized by the Shanghai Academy of Fine Art, Shanghai International Art City Research Institute, and Power Station of Art.
Noor Alé is Assistant Curator at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington. Her curatorial practice examines the intersections of contemporary art with geopolitics and social justice. She has contributed to curatorial research, exhibition management, and public programmes at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; and Art Dubai, among others. She holds an MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art and a BA in Art History from the University of Guelph. She has written for Canadian Art, C Magazine, Peripheral Review, PUBLIC, Guggenheim Blogs, and the National Gallery of Canada Magazine. She was recently awarded a curatorial residency at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity and will be guest curating exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Windsor.
Claudia Mattos is a curator and art historian based in Miami, FL. She currently serves as Director at the gallery David Castillo, Miami. Previously, she served as Assistant Curator of Media Arts and Live Events at The Baltimore Museum of Art where she curated exhibitions of works by Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin as well as the art collaborative DIS. She has contributed to exhibitions, curatorial research and writing at The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Independent Curators International, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Performa, New York; Locust Projects, Miami; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, among others. She earned an MA with distinction in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London; and a BA in Art History and Visual Studies from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. In 2022, Claudia will be a Researcher-in-Residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. Learn more about Claudia's personal projects on her website: claudiamattos.com