(Palestine, Armenia, Iran, Usa)
Ayreen Anastas, born in occupied Palestine, and Rene Gabri, born in Iran, are artists who started collaborating in 1999, which is the beginning of 16 Beaver, a collective space and context for rethinking the nexus between life, art, and politics. Their relation to art is in its potential to unmake as much as it is to make. They understand art not as just another field of human activity or doing but a potential space to rethink all activities and doings. In their open form collaborations, film and video remain a recurring and critical means for intervening in and interrogating our time.
Anna Colin has variously practiced as a curator, writer, broadcaster, educator and researcher to explore her interest in alternative histories, narratives, practices, structures, education and spaces. She is a co-founder and co-director of Open School East in Margate, UK; associate curator at Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’enterprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris; and a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham in the School of Geography.
2010 Author of the Visible book
Alfredo Cramerotti is a writer, curator, editor and artist working across a variety of media such as TV, radio, publishing, internet, media festivals, photography, writing and exhibition curating. He directs Mostyn, Wales' largest and leading contemporary art centre, co-directs AGM Culture, roaming curatorial agency and CPS Chamber of Public Secrets, media & art production unit (co-curator of Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Region of Murcia, Spain, 2010). He is Research Scholar at the European Centre for Photography Research, University of Wales, Newport, Visiting Lecturer in various European Universities among others NTU Nottingham Trent University, University of Westminster, HEAD Geneva and DAI Dutch Arts Institute, and Editor of the Critical Photography book series by Intellect Books.
Hu Fang is a fiction writer, art critic and curator. He lives and works in Guangzhou and Beijing. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou and the Pavilion in Beijing.
Luigi Fassi is the artistic director of MAN-Contemporary Art Museum in Nuoro, Italy. From 2012 to 2017 he held a position as visual art curator of the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria where he curated several exhibitions and public art projects. From 2009 to 2012 he was the director of Ar/ge kunst Kunstverein in Bolzano, Italy, A Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum ISP (2008-09), he has organized exhibitions for venues including Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden, GAM Torino, Italy; Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy; Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland; Pori Art Museum, Finland; ISCP, New York City; Prague Biennale, Czech Republic. From 2010 to 2016, Fassi organized the Present Future section at Artissima, Turin, Italy. Museo MAN
Emiliano Gandolfi is an urbanist and independent curator, co-founder of Cohabitation Strategies and Director of the Curry Stone Design Prize. His focus has been on how design and art can become the agency of community political engagement and of a radical urban consciousness. Set in motion by action research, deep listening and exchange, Gandolfi’s work focusses on exposing false conceptions. It strives to instigate interdisciplinary viewpoints, dialogue and productive contradictions that lead to an artistic practice that has an impact on its environment.
As curator and researcher, Julieta González has worked at the intersection anthropology, cybernetics, architecture, design, and the visual arts. More recently she has developed research and exhibitions addressing decolonial aesthetics in Latin America. She is currently artistic director of Museo Jumex in Mexico City and adjunct curator at Museu de Arte de São Paulo.
fundacionjumex.org, masp.art.br, selected writings
Heejin Kim is Chief Curator, Asia Culture Complex Gwangju, & Director of Art Space Pool, Seoul and former curator of Insa Art Space (2006-09) in Seoul. Kim’s curatorial interest is institutional critique from the perspective of cultural politics, artists’ practice-oriented knowledge production, articulation of local creative languages and performative education in curating.
Anders Kreuger (born in 1965) is Curator at M HKA in Antwerp and one of the editors of the art journal Afterall, published in London. He was previously Director of the Malmö Art Academy amd Exhibitions Curator at Lunds konsthall, in his native Sweden, and a member of the Programme Team for the European Kunsthalle in Cologne. A frequent contributor to Afterall (e.g.), Kreuger has also published numerous catalogue essays and other texts (e.g.).
Raimundas Malašauskas is a Lithuanian curator and writer living in Brussels. His curatorial and writing practices are notable for their questioning approach to the concept of the exhibition, creating unpredictable, often playful results.
Raimundas was curator of the CAC Vilnius from 1995 – 2006, and Artists Space, New York from 2007 – 09. He recently curated Meeting Points 8, Cairo/Brussels/Beirut, 2017, part of the Liverpool Biennial 2016; The Lithuania and Cyprus Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013; and Repetition Island at the Centre Pompidou, and Satellite 4 at the Jeu de Paume, both Paris, 2010. Paper Exhibition – Selected Writings was published by Sternberg Press in 2012, and his notebook on Burlesque was published as part of dOCUMENTA 13. In 2019 he was a visiting Professor to HEAD, Geneva.
Visible's subtitle where art leaves its own field and becomes visible as part of something else, is a quote of his contribution.
Since the early 2000s Gabi Ngcobo has been engaged in collaborative artistic, curatorial, and educational projects in South Africa and on an international scope. She is a founding member of the Johannesburg based collaborative platforms NGO – Nothing Gets Organised and Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR, 2010–14). NGO focusses on processes of self-organization that take place outside of predetermined structures, definitions, contexts, or forms. The CHR responded to the demands of the moment through an exploration of how historical legacies impact and resonate within contemporary art.
(Egypt)Sarah Rifky is a writer and curator. She is co-founder of Beirut (2012–15), an art institution in Cairo. She is the founder of the CIRCA (the Cairo International Resource Center for Art). She is co-editor of Positionen: Zeitgenössische Künstler aus der Arabischen Welt (2013) and author of The Going Insurrection (2012). Together with Walker Downey, she is co-editor of Thresholds 47, Repeat (2019).
Rifky is a Ph.D. Candidate in History, Theory, and Criticism, and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, writing (on) Cultural Infrastructure.
Simon Sheikh's research deals with the modalities and potentialities of curating, within the relation between exhibition-making and political imaginaries. He is concerned with how exhibitions articulate through the arrangement, narrative, and spatialization, as well as how the very format of the exhibition can be expanded, negated or transformed. Research areas thus include the making of public, the instituting of subjectivity and the politics of display, both in terms of critical writing, the conceptualization and realization of exhibition projects, and in the form of an ongoing formulation of histories of exhibition making and reception.
In his wide-ranging art, activist, teaching and writing practice, Gregory Sholette has developed a self-described “viable, democratic, counter-narrative that, bit-by-bit, gains descriptive power within the larger public discourse,” while documenting and reflecting upon decades of activist art that, thanks to its ephemerality, politics, and market resistance, might otherwise remain invisible.
New Book: Delirium and Resistance: Activist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism, Blog, Website, Educational Practice, Dark Matter Archives
Sandra Terdjman co-founded Council in 2013, an art organisation that researches, produces and supports artists and projects that renew the representation of societal issues. Council develops long-term inquiries that address political, social and environmental issues and are composed of different knowledges – from the arts, the sciences and the civic society. From 2006 to 2012, as founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), she developed a residency program for international artists and curators, overseeing the production of a series of works, films, performances, and exhibitions. Presently, she serves as an advisor for the Kadist on collection acquisition, production, and dissemination. Sandra Terdjman has also been an advisor and guest lecturer in different fields of expertise, such as ‘collection and art market’, ‘art and social responsibility’, ‘art and institution building’. She holds a degree in Art History (Sorbonne, Paris), a Master in Curating (Goldsmiths College, London) and has been a fellow of the art and politics program (Science Po – Institute of Political Studies, Paris).
What, How & for Whom/WHW is a curatorial collective formed in 1999 and based in Zagreb and Berlin. Its members are Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović, and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić. WHW organizes a range of production, exhibition and publishing projects and directs Gallery Nova in Zagreb.