Mishelle is a UK based freelance curator working to create dialogues relating to societal concerns in the Middle East through art, culture & creative based methods. Prior to freelancing, Mishelle worked in the public health and social impact sectors, working primarily with organizations who are focused on minority & immigrant concerns. Her efforts are focused on program design, coordination, communications and promotion of organizational initiatives to local communities. 

Mishelle obtained a master of art in Culture, Policy & Management. Her master’s dissertation “Instagram an effective, contemporary tool for Palestinian cultural resistance,” examined the social media platform ‘Instagram’ as an effective contemporary form of cultural resistance for Palestinians against the Israeli occupation. Her research explored how various Palestinian photographers and activists utilize Instagram to capture and highlight the Palestinian narrative and how the platform itself is utilized by users to represent political visibilities that motivate social action in support of Palestine. 

Mishelle enjoys speaking Spanish with her 2 year old daughter Julieta, salsa dancing, and is always in search of the best Mexican food in London. 

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What is your background?

My background is in public service & social impact. I came to London from New York City about 4 years ago looking to switch careers and focused on completing a masters in cultural policy at City, University of London.

I had an opportunity to intern for a Middle Eastern and Arab art gallery, where I now freelance as a program curator where I work to create dialogues relating to societal concerns in the Middle East through art, culture & creative based methods.

I’m also a mum to a cheeky 2-year-old little girl, Julieta, so most of my free time is spent researching and visiting all of London’s amazing parks & playgrounds! 

What Interest You in Digital Art/ New Media Art?

We live in such a digitally influenced world, and I find it fascinating and refreshing when artists explore the possibilities of this new intersection of technology & art in their work. I am interested most in interactive digital installations & mixed media.

Why Did You Choose to Volunteer at Agora Digital Art?

I want to contribute to building and growing an engaging digital arts program for people interested in new media, while developing my skills and also doing something that’s interesting & fun. 

What Would You Like to Gain with Your Volunteer Experience?

I hope to learn more about new media & the digital art sector as well as local and international artists in this space. I also hope to gain additional experience as a program curator, while contributing my current experience to growing an engaging program.

I am looking forward to collaborating with an amazing team of people who are dedicated and passionate about the arts and learn from their visions, perspectives & experiences.

Where Do You See Agora Digital Art Going in the Future?

I see Agora Digital Art as a place to convene artists, curators, people in the art world and also those interested & wanting to learn about digital art and new media. Agora will be a platform to connect & engage with people in the arts, facilitate meaningful discourse, share ideas, and collaborate with others.

Mishelle Brito’ s Portfolio for Agora

Curator and Moderator