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Catinca Tabacaru

Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
Lower East Side, NY

Catinca Tabacaru is the founder of the Catinca Tabacaru Gallery on the Lower East Side.  In addition to artist representation and shows, the Gallery expands past its walls to create valuable dialogue and collaboration with artists embedded in different cultures. The primary vehicle for this is the CTG Collective, which in the summer of 2015 created CTG-R, a traveling Art Residency with the​ first installment in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Residency is now evolving parallel to the Gallery’s space-driven program and has presented institutional and museum projects internationally.

Catinca earned her bachelor degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her juris doctorate and masters in international law from Duke University. She spent her graduate school years working for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel for the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She calls upon this human rights background to shape the conceptual frameworks of her shows, which have included explorations of gender, war, imprisonment and civil rights.

After two years working as a litigation attorney in New York City, in 2010 Tabacaru started Women’s Voices Now, a provocative organization aimed at giving voice to women living in Muslim-majority countries through the medium of film. She curated a collection of 99 short-films from 40 countries which was made freely available on the web and, at its peak, was watched in 176 countries. She passed Women’s Voices Now on to new leadership to focus on her work as an art dealer and curator, and then to open the Gallery in 2014.