Monica Allende is an independent curator/artistic director, consultant and educator. She is currently curating an exhibition for Unesco, Paris and World Photography Organisation in London.
She was Artistic Director of the Landskrona Foto Festival from 2019 to 2022 and was GetxoPhoto International Image Festival Artistic Director from 2017 to 2019. She curated “Light”, an exhibition during PhotoLondon 2021 at Peckham24, was the FORMAT17 International Photography Festival director, and has collaborated with WeTransfer as a Consultant and Creative Producer. She is curating the Blues Skies Project, a multidisciplinary project with artist Anton Kusters, part of the V&A permanent collection and due to exhibit in 2024. The project was shortlisted for the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 and exhibited in Les Rencontres d’ Arles in 2021. She collaborates with Canon Europe as an adviser on the Ambassadors and Mentorship Programmes. She advises CAMPO.lat, a grassroots digital platform in Latin America, on strategy and programming. She collaborates with VII Foundation on their educational and mentorship programmes.
Allende was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section.
She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communication, London & EFTI in Madrid.
She has also produced and taught creatives labs for FIFV in Chile, Proyecto Imaginario, Argentina, ScreenLab in London and Taskheil in Saudi Arabia. The Mentorship Business Programme for the University of Sunderland’s and workshop for Internazionale a Ferrara, WPP workshop Angola, Magnum Professional Practice, Grain and Format “East Meets West “ Programme, and WPP JOOP Masterclass, among many others,
She is dedicated to nurturing new and established talent and nominates, judges numerous photography awards, artists’ residencies. Allende is on the Board of Trustees and advisory boards of Photoworks and the Deutsche Borse Foundation advising on curatorial practices.