Leila Topić

Leila Topić works as a curator in Zagreb's Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), in charge of three collections: film and video, photography and media art. "I perceive my curatorial practice primarily as a process of research and exploration within the wider context of socially engaged cultural production and reflections of social reality. I am especially interested in exploring recent, emancipatory artistic practices (criticism of art systems and the artistic position on the labour market, feminist research, relationship between popular culture and high-brow art thus media/ sound art). Within my practice, I try to comprehend and articulate the new logic / optics of contemporary artistic production whose roots spread freely, all the while either destroying or rediscovering history and memory ''arranged'' in a modernistic manner focusing on the complex East-West/Centre-Periphery relations within the international art system.  Throughout the last two decades, we have stood witness to new models of representation in contemporary art, which have caused disquiet, deviations and jolts. The protective net of the classical Western discipline of art history finally gave way under the load of ''slanted'' views or ''lateral'' approaches (Duchamp himself once concluded that a clock, when viewed from the side, cannot tell the time) and caused the widening of lacunes.The shift in the usual point of view which I advocate changes the viewed idea/term / model itself and leads to a slide, shift and movement of sense and meaning. The acknowledgement and articulation of multiple side–views allows the infiltration of the intermedial, intertextual, multilingual, narrative, referential, fictional, borderline, allegoric or ludic – while the fullness of differences and the simultaneity of opposites are the expected result of my curatorial practice. At the same time, i am trying to raise issues on identity - having in mind specific geopolitical context that I'm working in, by confronting it with the emerging global paradigms." 

Douglas Heingartner

Douglas Heingartner is a journalist and critic based in Amsterdam, where we writes for publications including The New York Times, The Economist, Frieze, Wired, Flash Art, and The Village Voice.

Elodie Evers

After studying cultural science and art history, Elodie Evers completed the extra occupational course Cultures of the Curatorial at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. Before becoming a curator at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in 2009, she worked in the curatorial office at the at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and realised as a freelance curator the transcultural exchange project SICE in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her curatorial activities include exhibitions with Yüksel Arslan; Peter Land; Matt Connors; Chris Martin; Joao Maria Gusmao & Pedro Paiva; Hans-Peter Feldmann as well as the thematic group shows “Anton Voyls Fortgang” (with Guy de Cointet, Channa Horwitz and Henri Chopin), “First we make the rules, then we break the rules” (with Simon Evans und Öyvind Fahlström), “Spaces of Remembrance” (with Kader Attia, Mircea Cantor, Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Cyprien Gaillard, Anri Sala, Tatiana Trouvé) and “Real Presences” (with Marcel Broodthaers, Tacita Dean, Cerith Wyn Evans, Stephen Prina, Hernik Olesen, Kirsten Pieroth, Susanne M. Winterling).

Áron Fenyvesi

Áron Fenyvesi is a Budapest (HU) based curator and art writer. Since 2011 he is the leading curator of the Trafó Gallery, which focuses on central-eastern european art. He is a member, and ex-secretary of the Studio of Young Artists’ Association, Budapest and a member of the board of AICA, section Hungary. Fenyvesi was nominated for the Lorenzo Bonaldi EnterPrize in 2009, and he curated many exhibtions in Hungary focusing on the local emerging art scene - including shows which were located in the Ernst Museum, Budapest; Studio Gallery, Budapest; Art Gallery, Paks; and the Institute of Contemporary Art – Dunaújváros. His most recent shows include Donumenta 2010 – Aktuelle Kunst aus Ungarn, which was held in Regensburg, Germany. One of his latest publications is an interview with the Elmgreen & Dragset artist duo, and a catalogue for Ádám Kokesch.

Ece Pazarbaşı

Ece Pazarbaşı works and walks on the merged borderline of curatorial practice and artistic research as her main profession. With 13 years of experience in the curatorial and art management field, she has realized many projects. In April 2013 she had the privilege to take part in Olafur Eliasson’s Institution for Spatial Experiments with a special grant. Among her recent positions are artistic collaborator of Tell Me What You Eat and I tell you where you live, Mobile Community Kitchen project together with Erik Göngrich, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen (2014); curator of ‘Walk Over the City’ soundwalk series in Istanbul (2013); Istanbul Coordinator for New Museum – New York’s Ideas City (2012): Istanbul; curator of “Silent Shape of Things” at ARTER Istanbul (2012); in Berlin she co-curated “12/12” and “Turkish Art Nice and Simple” exhibitions at Tanas Berlin (2011-2012) together with René Block. She will be curating 5th Short Video Biennial at P74 Gallery, Ljubljana (2015). Between 2001-2003 she acted as assistant director at Proje4L-Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art and between 2002-09 she was the executive assistant to director of the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center.

Breda Škrjanec

Born in 1960 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 1987 she graduated from the Faculty of Arts, receiving her BA in art history and sociology. Continuing her studies she earned an MA from the Faculty of Arts, Department of Arts History. She then joined the International Centre of Graphic Arts where, she currently holds the position of museum counsellor and curator of the print and artist publications collections. She has curated more than 40 exhibitions of modern and contemporary Slovene and international art, she was three times curator of Graphic Biennial in Ljubljana. She writes and publishes texts on contemporary arts. Website: mglc-lj.si

Isabella Ellaheh Hughes

Isabella Ellaheh Hughes is an independent curator and critic, based between Dubai and Honolulu, serving as the Dubai Editor for ArtAsia- Pacific and an Editorial Correspondent for Ibraaz. She has contributed essays and interviews to a number of catalogues, in addition to Frieze, Persianesque, Contemporary Practices and Brownbook. As a writer, curator and cultural producer, Hughes focuses on contemporary art from the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. She has a deep interest in the rise of transculture and the global nomad artist, the role of public art in society and genres of new media and interactive contemporary art. Website: isabellahughes.com

Sara Liuzzi

Born in 1978, Sara is an art historian with a degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Siena, in Arezzo, with thesis in History of Contemporary Art: “Studio Azzurro”, she has studied and worked professionally in Arezzo (Tuscany), Milan and London. She has several years of experience in the modern and contemporary art field as an Assistant to the Director of various major galleries, and museums, as well working independently as chief curator and coordinator of many exhibitions. In addition she has been employed as an art consultant, and as journalist and then editor in chief of content for publications. She has collaborated with several galleries in Italy and London, she has liaised extensively with auction houses, private collectors, institutions, museums, foundations, fairs and directly with artists. She attended several courses for curators with the most important Italian art critics and historians, in the most important schools of art as the Central Saint Martins, the College of Art & Design of London.

Claire Breukel

Born in South Africa, Claire Breukel began her career curating the 2002 Cape Town Month of Photography biennale and the Vision Photography Festival before being introduced to Miami by the Rubell Family Collection. In Miami, Breukel was Executive Director of Locust Projects, a renowned alternative non-profit, and participated in a number of art-related boards including as Vice Chair of Miami Beach Art in Public Places. Following this she became nomadic in her role as Coordinator of PUMAVision and Curator of PUMA.Creative, developing the arts specifically within Africa and the Caribbean region. As an independent curator and writer, Breukel is interested in contemporary art that falls outside of conventional modes of exhibition. She has curated exhibitions in South Africa, New York, Miami, Vienna, and El Salvador and writes for ArtPulse, Arte Aldia, Eikon and weekly for online blog Hyperallergic. She is currently establishing Dirty Pink 305, a project exploring the voice of artistic practice in Miami and works as a creative advisor for Downtown Miami as well as Bal Harbour public Art commission. Breukel lives and works between New York and Miami.

Tevž Logar

Tevž Logar currently works as an independent curator and collaborates with different institutions and galleries. Between 2009 and 2014 he worked as artistic director of Škuc Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has curated many group and solo exhibitions in various galeries and museums. Selected projects include: exhibition and publications Jerman (2008), Ulay: Become (2009), Vadim Fishkin: Light Matters (2011, 2013), Alban Muja: I never knew how to explain (2013, 2014); solo exhibitions Societe Realiste: One-way World (2010), Tanja Ostojić: Body, Politics, Agency... (2012), Bas Jan Ader: The World Was Young When Gravity Fell (2012) (co-curated); international group exhibitions Broken Down Walls of the Crimson Salon (2010), Displaced Divisions (2010), Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue (2010), NSK Folk Art (2011), Accretions (2011) (co-curated), Fragments of Unspoken Thoughts (2012) (co-curated); Only to Melt, Trustingly, Without Reproach (2013) (co-curated), What if Time Stood Still (2014),  Tensions (2014),.... At the 55th Venice Bienial Logar curated the project of Jasmina Cibic For Our Economy and Culture for Slovenian Pavilion. In 2009, Logar already  worked as assistant commissioner of the Slovenian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennial. Between 2009 and 2014 he has been lecturing on the history of the 20th century art at the Academy of Visual Arts in Ljubljana (AVA). Recently, he also worked as a screenwriter on a full-length feature documentary Project Cancer, Ulay's journal from November to November. He is also a co-founder of Ulay Foundation in Amsterdam. In 2014 he was nominated for ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award. He regularly publishes texts and lectures on contemporary visual art. Logar lives and works in Berlin.

Lorenzo Bruni

Lorenzo Bruni is an independent critic and curator, lives and works in Florence. Since 2005 he has been the art director of Via Nuova, Florence, for which he created ”La distanza è una finzione”, a cycle of group shows involving more than 30 artists, different for nationality and generation, such as Ian Kiaer, Mark Manders, Marinella Senatore, Koo Jong-A, Martin Creed, Cristian Jankowsky, Paolo Parisi, Roman Ondak, Rossella Biscotti, Jacopo Miliani, Marco Raparelli, Carsten Nicolai, Luca Francesconi, Nedko Solakov and Matteo Rubbi. His latest projects include the group show on the notion of performativity at the Astuni Public Studio (Bologna, 2010); the cycle of exhibitions and his collaboration with the international convention on the theme of the archive at the Monash University (Prato, 2009). Other two projects, both in 2008, are Il viaggio di Sarah at the Biennial of Bulgaria in Varna and What is my name? for the HISK of Gent in Belgium, on an analyse about a particular form of conceptual art of romantic type, from seventies till now. This Project involved 18 international artists, such as Rirkrit Tiravanija, James Lee Byars, José Dávila, Jonathan Monk, Maurizio Nannucci. He currently contributes to the magazines Arte e Critica and Flash Art.

Coline Milliard

Coline Milliard is an art writer based in London. She is UK Editor for Modern Painters and ARTINFO, Managing Editor for ibraaz.org and London correspondent for art press. She is a regular contributor to Art Monthly and has also written for Frieze, Art Review, The International Herald Tribune, Afterall Online, MAP, Artnet Magazine, Contemporary, Flash Art International, Untitled, Metropolis M, Numéro and Art in America. Coline is a member of AICA, the International Association of Art Critics. She holds MAs in Curating Contemporary Art (Royal College of Art, London) and Art History (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne). She is founding co-editor of Catalogue, the first contemporary art magazine designed to act as a platform for interaction between the English and French-speaking art worlds. Read online: www.cataloguemagazine.com.

Brad Clark

Brad Clark is a Journalist, Writer and Curator that writes for various magazines and publications around the subjects of contemporary Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Modern Aesthetic Theory. Brad studied initially at Colchester Sixth Form and then some time at Goldsmiths and the University of East London (Docklands) where he studied History of Art, specialising in Linguistics and Semiotics, History of Design and the Consumption and Business practices of Fine Art. His passion for Contemporary Fine Art has led him to create Broken Vault, an Agency that seeks to support and offer advice to emerging artists, giving them the opportunity to develop, grow, exhibit and ultimately sell their work in perhaps the worlds most vibrant and buoyant art market, London.

Thomas Andersen

Lives and work as a curator, producer and photographer in Copenhagen, Denmark. During the past 10 years, Thomas has been wide around in contemporary art. As a curator he produced a danish contribution to the 10 th Istanbul Biennale, and besides various exhibitionprojects in Copenhagen, he has also curated exhibitions in Shanghai, New York & Sao Paolo with contemporary danish artist. The art-film-projects, such as “Yellow Waste Blue Heaven” has been screened at The National Gallery of Denmark, Centre Pompidou Paris, Pera Museum Istanbul, etc. Website: thomasandersen.nu

Carlotta Zarattini

Born in Italy (1985) and raised in Lugano, Switzerland, she received a degree in Italian Literature and History at the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2009, she moved to New York City to attend the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography. In 2011 she was selected to be part of the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2011. Currently enrolled in the 2-years photography program at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano. She has contributed to publications and clients such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fader Magazine, Club Milano. Recipient of the Internazionale’s special mention at the Italian Fnac Prize 2012. Finalist at the Inge Morath Award 2012. Website: carlottazarattini.com

Irene Aristizábal

Irene Aristizábal is Head of Exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary where she has curated solo exhibitions by Danh Vo, Carol Rama and Asco. She holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, and an MA in Art History and Aesthetics from Paris 8 University. In 2010 she was the recipient of the H+F Curatorial Grant and worked as guest curator at the FRAC Nord Pas de Calais, Dunkirk. In 2005-2006 she co-directed the not-for-profit space Bétonsalon in Paris. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including: Revisiting Time at La Plateforme and FRAC Nord Pas de Calais (Dunkirk), You Are Not Alone at Miro Foundation (Barcelona), How do you know what it looks like? at Form Content (London), and Interferencia at the Museum of Health Sciences (Bogota). Website: nottinghamcontemporary.org

Gaweł Kownacki

Born in 1977 in Krakow (Poland). Artist, freelanced curator, producer and organizor of cultural events. Studied graphics and photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and photography at the University in Essen. Graduated from The Andrzej Wajda Masters Course of Film Directing. Co-founder and Chairman of Foundation Artists – Innovation – Theory (F.A.I.T.) that was established in 2005 to encourage new approaches to the visual arts, promoting the idea of innovation in the artistic practice as well as theoretical interpretation. Realize his exhibitions in the style of subjective curating doing shows as „The worst photos you have ever taken“ (F.A.I.T. 2006), „East’s Desires“ (Outpost Gallery, Norwich, 2006), Demi Volte – Jakub Julian Ziółkowski (F.A.I.T. 2007), Collapse – Stefan Burger, (F.A.I.T. 2008), „Subjective history of disco music“ – performance in privat apartment, (Krakow, 2010) or creating subversive intervensions such as „Galeriests“ (Art Review 2009-2010). Interested in coleraltions between visual arts and film. Working on a series of creational documentary movies presenting the icons of contemporary art in Poland in order to discover new strategies.

Zorana Đaković

Graduated from the Faculty of Philology at the Department for French language and Litterature. Obtained M.A. degree at the University of Arts in Belgrade in the field of management in culture and mediation in Balkans. Currently finishing also the studies of Art history. Work in the Cultural Centre of Belgrade (www.kcb.org.rs) as coordinator for the international cooperation and program coordinator of Podroom gallery within same institution. Participated in trainings, workshops and courses abroad and in Serbia focused on financing and economy of contemporary art, mediation, diplomacy and art, cultural management, pedagogy, art education etc. She is a member of the curators’ network and IKT network. Working as free lance journalist, translator and ceramist. In 2006 for four months worked in development department in the Contemporary Art Centre P.S.1 in New York. From 2004, the year when the biggest exhibition of contemporary visual arts in Serbia, the October Salon became international until last year I’ve been its coordinator closely working with different curators.  Professionally I’m interested in providing enough public space for the artists, groups and art projects that are clearly critical toward proper contemporaneity. Since 2012 I’m coordinating the program of the Podroom gallery within Cultural Centre of Belgrade that is focused on the collaborating projects, international cooperation, video, film and animation.

Andrés Galeano

Born in Spain in 1980 and lives in Berlin and Barcelona. He holds a Philosophy degree at the Universtiy of Barcelona, a Photography diploma at the Freie Fotoschule Stuttgart and a Sculpture/Free Art degree at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin. He works with drawing, photography, video, installation and performance and has realized exhibitions and performances throughout Europe, Latin America and Canada. Selected solo shows: Art Rotterdam (2015), YIA Art Fair (Paris, 2014), Art Brussels (Brussels, 2014), Pavlovsdog (Berlin, 2014), Grimmuseum (Berlin, 2013). Selected group shows: Altered Status, Goethe-Institut (Barcelona, 2015), Present Indicatiu, Fabra i Coats (Barcelona, 2014), 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, 2013), Presume, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (Berlin, 2012), Creacions al vol, espai f (Mataró, 2012), Alle 7 del mattino il mondo è ancora in ordine, ‘O (Milan, 2009). Selected performances: M:ST Festival (Calgary, 2014). In 2011 he was awarded with Mart Stam prize by the KHB Berlin and in 2014 was finalist of the Miquel Casablacas prize in Barcelona. www.andresgaleano.eu.

Leigh Markopoulos

Leigh Markopoulos is the chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice located on the San Francisco campus of California College of the Arts. Formerly the director of Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, Markopoulos came to San Francisco to take up the position of deputy director of the CCA Wattis Institute for the Arts. Prior to that she was exhibition organizer at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and at the Hayward Gallery. She has curated numerous exhibitions and has organized over 50 shows ranging from solo shows of Richard Artschwager, Dan Flavin, and Brice Marden to major group exhibitions such as Monuments for the USA and IRREDUCIBLE: Contemporary Short Form Video. Markopoulos is also the Director of the Steven Leiber Trust, which comprises an extensive collection of artist’s books, ephemera, multiples and unique works representing art movements from the 1960s to the 1990s and including Conceptual Art, Fluxus, Minimalism, Concrete Poetry and Mail Art. A regular contributor to various online and prints journals, Markopoulos is currently writing an extended article on Ulay’s contribution to performative photography, as well as editing a catalogue on the work of John Paul Ramirez.

David Ayala-Alfonso

David Ayala-Alfonso is a Chicago-based curator, artist and researcher, who works as editor in chief for {{em_rgencia} journal on contemporary art. Ayala-Alfonso has published books, book chapters and articles on Colombian art history, arts education, independent spaces, performance and artistic interventions in the public realm. He has also been curator of different exhibitions in Bogota, New York and London. As part of Group 0,29, he has produced various intervention projects and traveling exhibitions in the Americas. Recently, he has been awarded the Fulbright Grant and the ICI-Dedalus Award for Curatorial Research. Website: davidayala.info

Anabelle Rodriguez

Anabelle Rodriguez is an independent curator and visual arts consultant for collectives, institutions, and organizations throughout Philadelphia and New York City. She is the Founding Director of the ~curARTorial LAB, currently housed at The Malkovich in Crane Arts Old School. Since 1999 Anabelle has curated more than fifty exhibitions of modern & contemporary art, and most recently of street and public art. In 2011 she was Biennale Researcher for the Indianapolis Museum of Art during the 54th Biennale di Venezia, and since her return to the US she is Chief Curator of Diálogo 365, the largest showcase of Latin American, US Latino, and Caribbean art in Philadelphia. Anabelle is a Future Faculty Fellow at Temple University, where she is working on a Ph.D. thesis in Visual Anthropology. Her education includes the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Museum Studies Program, and BA degrees in the Hi story of Art & Architecture and The Visual Arts from Brown University. Rodriguez is an Adjunct Professor of Art History at The University of the Arts, and of Cultural Anthropology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US).

Mathieu Mercier

Born in France, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in 1970, Mathieu Mercier graduated 
in the Ecole nationale supérieur of Bourges and in the Institut des hautes études en 
arts plastiques in Paris. After winning the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2003, he exposed at the Centre Georges Pompidou; the overall work of Mathieu Mercier was shown at the Musée d'Art Moderne de Ville de Paris / ARC in 2007 and at the Kunsthalle Nuremberg in 2008. He is represented by galleries Mehdi Chouakri (Berlin), Massimo Minini (Brescia) and Lange Pult (Zurich). Since the beginning of his career, Mathieu Mercier is reflecting on the definition of the place of the object in both industry of consumption and in the field of art. His research resulted in a constant questioning about the symbolic and utilitarian features of the objects.

Noah Stolz

Noah Stolz (1976) lives between Locarno and Geneva. In 2004 he notes the activities of space for contemporary art La Rada in Locarno and in 2009 he became its co-curator, managing the program with Patrick Gosatti. Besides the activities of La Rada, he works as an independent curator, as a producer of experimental and art films, he looks after offsite exhibitions and writes for magazines such as Mousse, Kaleidoskope, Kunst-Bulletin, Art Collector. Since 2010 he curates with Patrick Gosatti the programming of visual arts at the festival Les Urbanes. Since 2009 he is member of Federal Comission of Art.

Michael Corbin

Michael K. Corbin is the creator and owner of ArtBookGuy.com which is an online contemporary art magazine that features art news, artist interviews, gallery happenings, artist projects, blogs, museum exhibitions and more. The mission and motto of ArtBookGuy focus on the accessibility of contemporary art. Art For All People. Website: artbookguy.com

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