Kiara Cristina Ventura (born. 1996) is a Dominican-American Afro-Latina curator, writer, and owner of PROCESSA (formerly Artsy Window). Bronx native, Ventura curates spaces highlighting and documenting the works of young artists of color. Ventura’s love for art history began when she interned at The Metropolitan Museum of Art during high school. She then double majored in Art History & Journalism at NYU and graduated in May 2018. Noticing the lack of representation of artists of color in her art history classes and within the larger art world, she responded via writing, curating, and teaching mobile art history classes. She initiated herself as an independent curator with the exhibition, FOR US. Since early 2019, she has been working alongside curator Larry Ossei Mensah as a mentee and curatorial assistant. Ventura is currently a curatorial fellow at NXTHVN as part of their 4th cohort.
With a love for contemporary art, art history, and spirituality, Ventura is continuing in breaking barriers by independently curating, writing, organizing public programs, and creating digital content. She has curated at The Museum of the African Diaspora San Francisco, The Bronx Art Space, Vis Arts Maryland, Penn State University, The Longwood Gallery at Hostos, The Andrew Freedman Home, and Reparations Club LA. Kiara serves on the advisory board for Bronx Art Space. Her writing has appeared in Art Forum, Performa Mag, Cultured Mag, Teen Vogue and more.
In August 2019 to May 2020 she started Teen Vogue’s first art column, Art School, highlighting the work of visual artists through intimate profiles about their experiences, career, and muses. Ventura currently writes for LATINA under her art column, Curated By KCV, where she highlights the work of Latinx creatives and visual artists.
PROCESSA (formerly ARTSYWINDOW) (est. 2015) is Ventura’s brainchild where she physically and virtually curates exhibitions, programs, and products for creatives and communities of color. Under her platform, she is teaching mobile & digital art history classes about contemporary artists of color. She has previously taught at the Miranda Kuo Gallery, the Gavin Brown Enterprise, VICE headquarters, various artist & collectors’ living rooms, Ed.Varie, 8Ball Collective Headquarters, and Ghetto Gastro.
Her work has been written about in Afro Punk, Sugarcane, Gallery Gurls, Art Forum, and Art Net.
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