About the Curator


Illya Haro is a curator, arts manager and a creative/cultural industries consultant, based in San Francisco, CA. As part of her research, she develops projects that attempt to generate a series of conversations between agents and disciplines. She is interested in exploring the creative industry and its impact on social practices, urban culture and their relation in cities.

Illya was the exhibitions manager and curator at the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) in Tijuana Mexico from 2009 to 2013. There she curated exhibitions, developed and implemented programs and coordinated projects of international stature.

She has produced projects in Italy, Mexico and the United States. In 2012 Illya founded Fundación Agentes Arte Contemporáneo (AGNTES), an international agency committed to arts and culture as a profitable investment for communities. AGNTES organized PechaKucha Night Tijuana, an event for young creative agents to meet, network, and share their work with others.

In 2017 she was project manager of INSTAR: Instituto del Artivismo Hannah Arendt founded and directed by artist Tania Bruguera; collaborated with artist Minerva Cuevas, SFMOMA’s & Kadist Art Foundation; Wendi Norris Gallery; for the 57th La Biennale di Venezia with Sector Reforma a Collective of Contemporary Art in Mexico and also with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, ProMéxico and the Secretary of Foreign Relations.

Currently she is co-director of NERO48 POP UP STORE, NERO48 showcase exclusive Mexican Design and offers entrepreneurship tools to the mexican creative and cultural industry from northern Mexico and California.

She is one of the experts for DURAR. Innovation and Cultural Heritage seminar organized by Creative Cities to take place next March in the City of Kuwait.

Click to hear Illya explore cross-border design with KCRW's Design & Architecture host Frances Anderton.