Think Twice is a collective of researchers, professionals and thinkers focusing on critical of contemporary issues in the still colonial contemporary academia and beyond. the collective works both as a news outlet and as publishing platform for critical essays. to encourage the proposition of fresh ideas, Think Twice has a yearly focus on specific topics, including our own provocations and a yearly external call for papers.

Think Twice Team

Carolina Monteiro

production & fundraising manager – proposition researcher

is a museum studies researcher interested in understanding the power of museums as institutions capable of shaping social structures. By studying colonial representations in artistic practices, she is attentive to how cultural institutions construct their discourse from the message implied in such artworks.

Paula Kaori Nishijima

artistic production manager – proposition researcher

is a visual artist from São Paulo/Brazil. her research-led practice often unfolds on the crossroads of academia, institutional critique and participatory social practice. she studies the duality between producer and consumer and its ramifications in nature and health. Paula combines her artistic practice with her editorial work through independent editorial projects. she is part of the translocalia.com—a network of artists, designers, curators, audiences and professionals from different domains to discuss, share and plan for the future through art.

Giovanni Bottacini

editorial, design & communications manager – proposition researcher

is a sinologist and researcher on the art practices of the contemporary world. He is interested in the transcultural integration of new non-western theoretical concepts into the now-stale western academic debate as proposal for a decolonial action. At the same time, he deems contemporary “humanities” academia to be too detached from contemporary society and encourages it to engage the public rather than the other academics.

Denisse Vega de Santiago

editorial, design & communications – proposition researcher

is an architect and art theorist based in Rotterdam. Her current research explores the reception of art and architectural practices in their interplay with the processes of identification & subjectivization brought by postfordist capitalism and its flexible immaterial modes of labor. She holds a MA. in Contemporary Art Theory from Leiden University (Leiden) and a BSc. in Architecture from La Salle University (Mexico City).

Patricia Nistor

proposition researcher

has a B.A. in History of Art from the University of Birmingham and is currently working towards her ResMa in Arts and Culture. Her research interests unfold in two different directions, contemporary political and socially-engaged art on the one hand and bio-art on the other. More recently, shaped by a growing interest in interdisciplinary processes, her research has focused on spatial politics and questions around public art and access to public space.

Julia Alting

proposition researcher

graduated from Amsterdam University College with an Honours BA in History of Art and Cultural Studies and a thesis on alternative online curatorial initiatives. She is currently studying at SOAS, University of London for a semester as part of her Research MA Arts & Culture and MA South Asian Studies at Leiden University. Her interests lie in the intersection of aesthetics and politics within contemporary art practices; recently her research has turned towards conceptions of time in relation to the discipline of Art History from a decolonial perspective.  

Alison Ranninger

proposition researcher

is a curator and arts writer having recently completed her Master of Arts in Contemporary Art History at Leiden University, where her research focused on global contemporary art and the intersection of aesthetics and politics in regard to human agency. she is interested in how contemporary artists respond to the urgent questions and events of our time, not only by representing these situations but also by directly intervening in the social domain.

Alice Simionato

proposition researcher

earned her BA degree in Chinese Studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and holds an MA in Philosophy and Research MA in Asian Studies from Leiden University.