Authors

AlbertoAlberto (1)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Further bio information coming soon.
AnaAna (2)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Interests: dancing, singing, meeting new people, talking, and boxing.
Movies: "Blood In, Blood Out", "The Notebook," "Walk to Remember," and "Despicable Me" (scary, comedy, and love movies).
Food: chilaquiles, Mexican of course, barbeque chicken with french fries, and pizza
Music: "aventura," bachata, reggeaton, cumbia, merengue, duranguense, and juke music.
What do you hope to gain from this experience: I would want to make new friends because I like to meet new people. I also want to be able to learn (some) Italian through this experience, but overall get a better understanding of Italy and the people who live there.
AndreaAndrea (0)
Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Works at: Museo de Arte de Ponce
Interests: People: giving support and listening, especially to the young people.
Favorites Movies: dramas, especially those about people who "fight" for anything they want. Also some romantic movies.
Favorite Music: baladas (" highly romantic"), salsa and rock (I love salsa. I'm a good salsa dancer!), and jazz.
Favorite Food: fish, potatoes (any recipe), fresh salads and fruit salads.
What I hope to learn from this Project: About similarities of what inspired artists from different countries... also to learn more about those six wonderful kids, to help then and others reach their goals. Learn about Roma and live the experience of my participation in the 2011 Biennale. Professionally, this project is a singular experience.
AngelAngel (1)
Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Interests: When I was a child I wanted to be a veterinarian. Later I wanted to be a plastic surgeon and then a chef. Now all I want to be is an artist - painter, graphic designer and photographer. I'd never thought that I had a huge talent. All I want is to be accepted in the School of Fine Arts in Puerto Rico, and let my mind grow with such knowledge. As well, some places I would like to travel are Scotland, England, Spain and Japan. I'd like to see an aurora borealis and watch a full sunset in the beach and experience the "green flash."
Favorite Movies: I have more preference with the genre of comedy, animation and fiction. My favorite movies include, "Inception," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Harry Potter," "Obsessed," "The Boy in Striped Pajamas," "Tron Legacy," "The Dark Knight," "Mean Girls," "Easy A," "Zombieland," "Despicable Me," "Megamind," "Tangled," "Burlesque," "Alice in Wonderland," "Transformers," "Freedom Writers," "Little Black Book," "Bug's Life" and "The Emperor's New Groove."
Favorite Music: Honestly I'm not a very big fan of romantic songs or ballads. Genres I like are pop, r&b, hip hop, alternative rock, indie, movie soundtracks, electro and blues. Some artists I like include Rihanna, Pink, Paramore, Black Eyed Peas, Cold War Kids, Alexandre Desplat, Nicholas Hooper, Hans Zimmer, Lady Gaga, Kesha, B.O.B., Kings of Leon, Maroon 5, David Guetta, Deadmau5, 3OH!3, Katy Perry and Daft Punk.
Favorite Foods: I must admit that I am not the most Puerto Rican type, I prefer more foreign food. I love pasta fettuccine especially the smoked (in alfredo sauce), gilbertini, lasagna and ravioli (but not Chef Boyardee). I love vegetables, but my favorites are broccoli and mushrooms. I am not of those who eat all kinds of meat. I prefer chicken, lobster (although I am allergic) and fish. And my favorite fruits are the kiwi, strawberries, apples, cantaloupe melon, pineapple, peach, prunes and cranberry.
What I hope to learn from this project: One of the goals I have is to be an artist (painter, photographer and graphic designer) and I hope to experience the art scene. Someday, I would like to be recognized and I know that I will be, and that's why this project is so important for me right now, this project leads me to a country where art is so important. It helps me to know and think about how exhibitions are made and managed, it teaches me to work as a team member and to socialize, and it teaches me about other cultures.
AnnikaAnnika (1)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
What were your initial thoughts when invited to participate: Wow! I get the chance to do something that most people my age, or anyone for that matter, don't get the opportunity to do their entire life-time! I get to travel across an ocean and see one of the most beautiful places in the world. Also I was so excited that I could get to witness a culture so different from my own.
Movies: I am a movie fanatic! Just about any movie besides horrors I will watch. However, just a few of my favorites include, but are not limited to: "Lord of the Rings Trilogy," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Princess Bride," "Apollo 13," "Alien Vs. Predator," "Mulan," "Sherlock Holmes," "Karate Kid" (the old and new versions), and many, many more!
Music: I love listening to music that comes from movies or video games. My favorite is listening to music from the Xbox game Halo. Also, I enjoy Christian rap and orchestral music.
Food: PASTA! Anything with noodles in it, just about.
What I hope to learn: Well, most of all I'm hoping to learn about something besides America! It’s not healthy to stay cooped up and focused on one thing. I want to broaden my thinking and the way I see things.
CarolCarol (5)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Works In: Audience Engagement at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Interests: Painting, reading and jewelry making
My favorite kind of movies: Comedy, documentary films, "sappy" love stories and romantic films and some action films. Really good horror films tend to make my heart race so I often avoid them.
Favorite Movies: "The Art of the Steal," "You've Got Mail," "Poltergeist" (This movie really was scary when it first came out - yes, really!)
Favorite Music: Definitely eclectic taste in music - "old school" music (please don't ask how old), Jazz, R & B, some Hip Hop and I also like Classical music (as in Bach and Mozart).
Favorite Food: My taste in food varies, I love both boiled and fried plantain because they provide the body with a lot of iron, curried chicken, hand-made pizza (and many other Italian dishes). Eat fruit and veggies whenever I feel the need and enjoy Indian and Ethiopian food from time to time.
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope to experience Italy and the Biennale remotely! It will be great fun to work with our Indy student host Alberto as we try to envision the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this historical place. Can't wait to get the first message from our teams from Ponce and Indy – Ready, set, ... Wait for it…..!
DanieleDaniele (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: art, industrial design
Favorite Movies: "A Beautiful Mind," "The Shawshank Redemption," Thank you for Smoking," "Into the Wild"
Favorite Music:Arctic Monkeys, Tom Waits, Nirvana
Favorite Food: Mediterranean cuisine, Indian cuisine
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope that i will have a cultural exchange that will increase my knowledge and I will envision new possibilities for the future.
DavideDavide (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: music, art, painting and rugby
Type of Movies: thriller, action films, horror and comedy films.
Favorite Movies: "Zoolander," "American History X," "Trainspotting," "Blow," "Saw" and "The Exorcist"
Favorite Music: pop, rock, punk, indie and some hip hop and R&B tracks
Favorite Food: pizza, lasagna, steak, ice cream, chocolate, chips and every kind of fish
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope to meet interesting people, to improve my English and to meet interesting artists from all the world.
DorcasDorcas (1)
Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Interests: music (singing, playing instruments and listening), theater (acting), art, movies, literature (writing and reading), photography.
Favorite movies:"Harry Potter" saga, Tim Burton movies, Musicals ("Sweeney Todd," "Hairspray," etc.), "Percy Jackson," Disney Movies, "Star Wars," superhero Movies...
Favorite music: pop rock, classical (Beethoven, Bach, etc.)
Favorite food: Chinese and Italian Food
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope to learn about different cultures. Also, I hope to learn about the way art unites us above all the differences there may be in languages or cultures.
ElenaElena (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Job Title: Manager for Education, Grants and Special Programs at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Elena C.Elena C. (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: dance, music and art (especially contemporary).
Favorite Movies: "l'attimo fuggente," "i pirati dei caraibi"
Favorite Music: rock, contemporary, classical, reggae.
Favorite Food: probably ice cream
I would improve my English and meet people from different countries.
EnriqueEnrique (0)
Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Interests: I love literature and everything it includes. I love knowledge and good art. I admire creativity and human expression, and I think art is essential to that. My interest is to expand my knowledge, to be articulate and eloquent, and to share my ideas, express myself and educate others.
Favorite Movies: "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "Brokeback Mountain" are my favorite movies.
Favorite music: pop rock.
Favorite food: I love Creole food (comida criolla).
What I hope to learn from this project: I expect to expand my knowledge, to relate directly to other cultures, and to learn everything relevant in the art and its current development.
FedericaFederica (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: art, reading
Favorite Movies: "Pirates of Caribbean," "Pride & Prejudice," "Memoirs of a Geisha"
Favorite Music: I listen to a lot of types of music, but I prefer '80s rock music (like Queen) and alternative rock (like Coldplay and Muse).
Favorite Food: pizza, lasagna, pasta, rice.
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope to improve my English and my social interactions.
GiuliaGiulia (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: I love to read, paint and dance.
Favorite Movies: "Pride and Prejudice"
Favorite Music: I listen to all music.
Favorite Food: I like pizza, meat, and potatoes.
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope to make new friends and learn better English.
IreneIrene (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: architecture, fashion, makeup
Favorite Movies: Comedy and musicals like "Moulin Rouge."
Favorite Music: commercial music and pop music
Favorite Food: fish
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope to meet new people who live in America, so they can tell me about their country and their life. In this way, I think it's a good opportunity to know different cultures.
JakobJakob (2)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Movies: I'll try any genre but I don't watch movies often.
Food: Indian, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Vegetarian, Mexican, diner, comfort food.
Music: hip hop, rap, indie, rock, classical, r&b, soul, jazz, folk, experimental.
What I hope to learn: The similarities between all people, how visual language can be universal, and how to better document travel experiences.
KazeeratKazeerat (1)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Favorite movies: romantic movies, mystery movies, "High School Musical," "The Ugly Truth," "A Walk to Remember," "The Proposal," "The Last Song," "She’s the Man."
Foods: pizza, tacos, mac and cheese, (my Nigerian foods), spaghetti, rice, fried chicken, bread
Music: country music, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Breaking Benjamin, Jesse McCartney, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Chris Brown, etc.
Interests: I like reading, writing and exercising. I like doing sports a lot. I like meeting new people and helping people during my free time. Unlike most people, I like school—especially learning!
What do you hope to learn: I hope that by the time I’m done with this project I know more about the artists, their art and Italy. I also hope to be able to stand up in front of others and explain this project, being sure that I have represented the museum in a good way while having fun.
What were your initial thoughts when asked to participate: I was thinking, “OMG, this can’t be true!”, but then I realized it was the truth. I was so shocked and happy at the same time. It’s like one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I was thinking, “this is a fun project.” It is going to be a fun spring and summer and I consider myself lucky.
LauraLaura (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: I love art. It's my life. Everyday I discover new ways for looking and doing art and this is a fantastic experience. I also like music and sports. I cannot live without sports! I have practiced athletics for four years. In my free time I like meet my friends and sometimes I try to learn to play guitar, but I'm not so good!
Favorite Movies: I'm not mad about films, but there are some that I can list. "Frankenstein Junior," "Trainspotting,","A Clockwork Orange," "Scarface,""Blow," "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Zohan," and lots of Jim Carrey movies, like "The Mask", "Yes Man" or "The Truman Show."
Favorite music: rock, punk, metal (black, folk or death metal, not heavy), classical and Celtic music.
Favorite Food: pizza, spaghetti, all vegetables and fruits.
What I hope to learn from this project: I think that I've a lot of things to learn about the world I'm living in, and this is for me a great opportunity to grow up and meet people who has different languages, lives, histories, traditions and arts.
LimarieLimarie (0)
Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Interests: music, sports and the arts especially in the area of sculpture.
My favorite movie is: "The Mummy Returns"
My favorite music: ballads and bachata
My favorite food: pizza and lasagna
What I hope to learn from this project: Meet Jennifer and Guillermo, and other artists participating in the Biennale. Share and interact with other young participants from different countries. Meet new cultures and make new friends.
LisaLisa (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: art, music, cinema, nature and animals, worldwide conservation.
Favorite kind of Movies: I like comedies, love stories, and thrillers.
My favorite movies are: "(500) Days of Summer," "Alexander," "Bruce Almighty," "Frankenstein Junior," "Milk", American History X," etc.
Favorite Music: indie rock, reggae, rock, punk,alternative, etc.
Favorite Food: chocolate, pizza, biscuits, peppers, eggplant, cheese, etc.
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope I can improve my English, I hope to meet new people who share my interests, and I really hope I get to know more about contemporary art and other cultures.
NashiraNashira (0)
Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Favorite movies: comedy, romance and action.
Favorite music: romantic and pop.
Favorite food: macaroni and cheese (all kinds of pasta), viandas (roots).
What I hope to learn from this project: Through my years in the project “Gear-up,” I have developed my leadership skills, I have learned to be a better person, to help and care for others, and to share and work as a team member, bringing in my talent and skills. Now that I am part of this exchange project co-organized by Museo de Arte de Ponce, I hope to learn great things, new cultures, people, languages, but mostly I hope to acquire new knowledge, in order to grow not only mentally but spiritually and as a human being.
TainaTaina (0)
Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Job Title: Curator of Education at the Museo de Arte de Ponce
Interests: I’m interested in art, museums, traveling, and cultural exchange. I’m passionate about art history and scholarly research. I love reading, dancing, doing Yoga, going to the beach and spending time with my family and close friends.
Favorite movies: I love David Lynch movies, particularly "Mulholland Drive." Other movies I like are "Paris-Texas," "In the Mood for Love," and movies on English royalty.
Favorite music: Old salsa, classical, jazz.
Favorite food: Mexican food from East Harlem, New York, fish, ceviche, Thai food, fresh vegetables and fruit.
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope to visit Rome and see this year’s Venice Biennale in the company of the project’s participants and learn from the exchange of ideas and impressions that will result from our interaction.
TariqTariq (1)
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Title: Senior Coordinator of Youth Programs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Interests: Remembering what it feels like to be a kid with my son, singing, golf, yard work.
Favorite Movies:Bourne Identity (all of them), O Brother Where Art Thou, The Jerk (more so for the song ‘Tonight You Belong to Me’), Malcolm X, Gladiator, Lord of the Rings (all of them), Finding Nemo
Favorite Music:Gospel, Neo-Soul/Hip-Hop (Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, D’Angelo, Floetry, The Roots), 70’s & 80’s Funk/R&B (Parliament, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Isley Brothers, etc), Jazz, House; and if you catch me on the right day, even a little Bluegrass (but it’s got to be the really fast Bluegrass)
Favorite Foods: Pretty much anything that’s not too spicy, cold and/or slimy; and I can’t do blue cheese anymore.
ValentinaValentina (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: I love photography, reading, history and the history of art. My dream is to go to “Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio” (a famous university in Switzerland), and then continue the study of architecture. On Saturday I love to go out with my friends.
Favorite movies: I hate horror films, but I love historical movies and dramas. My favorite film is “Atonement” (with Keira Knightley) adapted from a novel of Ian McEwan; “Elizabeth” and the sequel “Elizabeth the Golden Age” (with Cate Blanchett) and I love the Harry Potter saga. I adore TV shows like “The Big Bang Theory."
Favorite music: When I’m tired, I like to relax with classical music, as I still have one of those old record players and a lot of LPs of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Schubert and Chopin. I also listen a little bit of pop and acoustic rock (because I have friends that play this genre). My favorite pop singers are Lady Gaga, J.Lo and Mika.
Favorite food: My favorite foods are especially sweets, in every shapes and tastes (except Marzipan, a Sicilian dish that I cannot digest). I also really love pasta with the strangest condiments and I like grilled food very much. I eat rice with a Thai recipe that includes cereals, lemon juice and a little bit of oil.
What I hope to learn from this project: This project will mark an important educational experience for me, this is an opportunity that doesn’t happen every day. I’m sure that knowing people who come from abroad who are my age, speak different languages, and have other dreams and a different way of seeing things (different from the Venetian way of life), would be an adventure, and I’m so lucky to be able to participate in this project.
ValeriaValeria (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: art and design
Favorite Movies: "A Beautiful Mind," "Forrest Gump," "La Vita è Bella"
Favorite Music: All music!
Favorite Food: I like everything: Italian food, Chinese food... and much more!
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope to meet people who will change my life and myself!
ViolaViola (0)
Location: Venice, Italy
Interests: Art, travel, photography, animals (especially dogs).
Favorite Movies: "Gladiator," "A Clockwork Orange," "Blow," "Titanic"
Favorite Music: mainly Italian music, but various foreign artists too.
Favorite Food: coffee, lasagna, fruits
What I hope to learn from this project: I hope that participation in this project will allow me to mature in many ways because I have to relate with people of language and culture that are different from mine.
YelanesseYelanesse (0)
Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Interests: I love to read. One of my passions is music. I play the violin and sing in a chorus. For my future, I want to be a doctor, specialized in pediatric endocrinology because I love to help other people. I know that both things are totally different but I think art is a complement to everything in life.
My favorite movies are: "P.S. I Love You," "Notebook," "Walk to Remember," "Beastly", "Phantom of the Opera."
Favorite music: pop
My favorite food is: mofongo with fried meat.
What I hope to learn in this project: The different forms in which artists express themselves and how those show their thoughts and feelings to the world through art. Acquire new outside vocabulary; learn about their history, culture and learn more about my island and the great artists that Puerto Rico produces.

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