Nana Cardona was born in Barcelona in 1978. Since she was a child she showed interest in art, influenced by the environment she grew up in and also by the ambiance in the Mediterranean and artistic town of Cadaques where she spent the summers.
In spite of wanting to be an artist or an art critic, she studied Political Science (at the UPF in Barcelona and the IEP in Toulouse -France-), combining her studies with different art courses in various art schools or studios (the Llotja, Studio of Maño, Studio of Gloria Muñoz).
After graduating, she worked in Casa Asia (Barcelona) in the department of economic cooperation and years later in the United Nations (New York), in the department of cooperation with NGOs. Upon returning to Barcelona she rejoined Casa Asia working as the coordinator of GovernAsia, a program on governance in Asia.
Some years later, she conducted her professional career towards contemporary art. Having gained experience as an analyst and researcher in the field of governance in Asia, she was prepared to conduct an investigation in that area, choosing the evolution of contemporary art as an indicator of artistic and cultural development as well as socio-political transparency. In general, an indicator of the development of a social welfare state.
The two countries selected were the Philippines, her mother being from this country and her father a Catalan and Vietnam, which she had previously visited and which captured her interest.
The proposal was presented in 2008 to the grant program Ruy de Clavijo of Casa Asia in support for research, and was approved by the institution. This grant enabled her to travel 5 months to Southeast Asia and carry out a field research. During this time, she met and interviewed 150 artists, visited about 80 contemporary art spaces and interacted with various people in the cultural environment of both countries. This was the starting point of nakkan.
Currently she is employeed in a private contemporary art foundation in Barcelona. She combines her carreer with personal initiatives such as this, which aside from being a website including various services, it is also a platform for artistic and economic cooperation through the arts with countries that show difficulties for the free development of the evolution of contemporary arts, an indicator that the author believes to be useful for facilitating socioeconomic and political information of present times.
The Ruy de Clavijo Grant I was awarded by Casa Asia in 2008 brought me 5 months to South East Asia to research contemporary arts in Vietnam and the Philippines.
Today, I am pleased to present to you my entire research in this dynamic and interactive Website in which you will meet periodically, 2 artists at a time, showing a video and a slideshow of some of their art works.
La beca Ruy de Clavijo que me fue otorgada por Casa Asia en el año 2008 me permitió hacer una investigación en el Sudeste asiático para investigar acerca del arte contemporáneo en Vietnam y Filipinas.
Actualmente, me alegra poder presentar el contenido de la investigación a través de esta Web en la que conoceréis periódicamente a 2 artistas cada vez con un video y un pase de imágenes de algunas de sus obras.
Enjoy the trip! Buen viaje!
This iniciative has been sponsored by the grant under the Ruy de Clavijo Programme 2008, summoned yearly by Casa Asia.