about the founder

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.
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