All artists and artworks on START.art are carefully selected by a panel of distinguished international curators. This panel is chaired by Dimitri Ozerkov and led by Johnson Chang, Nigel Hurst and Serenella Ciclitira.
Dimitri Ozerkov is a Russian Art historian and curator. Since 2007, Dimitri has held the posts of Head of Contemporary Art Department at The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, and Head of Hermitage 20/21 Project for Contemporary Art, which involves collecting and displaying modern art in a traditional museum. A graduate of the Art History Department of St. Petersburg State University, Dimitri became a curator of fifteenth- to eighteenth-century French engravings at The State Hermitage Museum in 1999 and researched the history of the Imperial Room. In 2003 he received his PhD from St. Petersburg State University. Under the auspices of the Hermitage 20/21 Project he has curated and organised over 40 exhibitions, featuring art by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Chuck Close, Wim Delvoye, Antony Gormley, Ilya Kabakov, Jan Fabre, Anselm Kiefer, Adrian Ghenie and other American, British and Japanese artists. In 2011 and 2015 Dimitri led the State Hermitage projects for the Venice Biennale.
Johnson Chang (Chang Tsong-zung;Chinese: 張頌仁) is a world renowned curator and dealer of contemporary Chinese art. Johnson is widely thought to have been responsible for introducing contemporary Chinese art to the international market in the 1990s. Johnson is a co-founder of the Asia Art Archive (AAA) in Hong Kong, owner of Hanart TZ Gallery and a guest professor of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Chang Tsong-zung, a graduate of Williams College, was born in 1951 in Hong Kong. Johnson has been curating art exhibitions since the 1980s.
It was through his Hanart TZ Gallery that Johnson organised exhibitions of the Taiwanese sculptor Ju Ming at the Singapore Art Museum in 1986 and at Place Vendome, Paris in 1997. It was also with Hanart that Johnson staged "China’s New Art Post-1989," which debuted at the 1993 Hong Kong Arts Festival and then toured the United States from 1995 to 1997.
In Shanghai in late 2010, Chang organised "West Heavens," a contemporary art collaboration between China and India. In their annual "The Power 100" listing, Art Review named Chang, alongside Claire Hsu, for their co-founding of the AAA.
Nigel Hurst was the Director and Chief Executive of the Saatchi Gallery in London until 2018. After leaving Saatchi Nigel took up the position of Director of Contemporary Arts at The Box, UK. A graduate of Goldsmiths College, London University in 1986, Nigel has since curated numerous international exhibitions. Nigel joined the Saatchi Gallery as a curator in 1997, working on Sensation at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the National Gallery at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. More recent exhibitions have focused on Asian contemporary art, including The Revolution Continues: New Art from China (2008), Unveiled: New Art from Middle East (2009),The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today (2010), The Silk Road in collaboration with the City of Lille, France (2011) and Korean Eye (2012). Nigel has also been a member of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Public Art Advisory Board since 2009. Nigel is a collection advisor for Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and sits on the Development Council of the University of the Arts London. Nigel led the Saatchi team involvement with the Global Eye programme from 2012 to 2018.
Serenella Ciclitira received an Honours Degree in Art History from Trinity College, Dublin and has since worked extensively with artists and galleries throughout the world. Alongside her husband, David Ciclitira, she co-founded the Global Eye Programme and is a member of its curatorial board. An Honorary Fellow at the Royal College of Art in London, Serenella has been awarding the Parallel Prize for Painting and the Serenella Ciclitira Scholarship for Sculpture since 1990. A winner of the Parallel Prize, Gillian Carnegie, was later nominated for the Turner Prize. Other award recipients, Benedict Carpenter and Gereon Krebber went on to win the prestigious Jerwood Sculpture Prize. Martin Westwood, was featured in the Art Now exhibition at the Tate Britain in 2005.