ArtsEverywhere features over 150 contributors from around the world, all passionate about the transformative power of the arts. They include artists, policy makers, ecologists, mathematicians, philosophers, children, city builders, social justice leaders, farmers, educators, activists, and many others.
Ajamu is a fine art photographic artist and archive-curator whose work has been consistently shown in galleries, museums and alternative spaces throughout the United Kingdom and internationally. He is predominately known for black male portraits, self-portraits and studio-based constructed imagery. His work has been published in a wide variety of publications, critical art journals, and campaign materials and resides in many private and public collections worldwide. Through experimentation and risk taking, his practice challenges staid notions of identity politics, recognition and representation. This approach, combined with the unquestionable beauty and the intensity of his 'playful yet serious’ imagery, produces some of the most moving and insightful images/collaborations on both black and queer lived experiences in contemporary Britain.
Ultra-red are a sound-based art and political collective founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists. Originally based in Los Angeles, the collective has expanded over the years with members across North America and Europe. Members in Ultra-red range from artists, researchers, and organizers from different social movements including the struggles of migration, anti-racism, participatory community development, and the politics of HIV/AIDS. In 2008 they began working explicitly with practices of popular education, setting up learning experiments for students, artists, and community organisers under the name the School of Echoes. www.ultra-red.org
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Ganzeer is the pseudonym of an Egyptian artist who has been operating mainly between graphic design and contemporary art since 2007. Art in America Magazine has referred to Ganzeer’s work as "New Realism," and the Huffington Post ranked him among "25 Street Artists from Around the World who are Shaking Up Public Art," but Ganzeer rejects both labels and regards Bidoun Magazine's description of him as a “contingency artist” as probably the most accurate, but The New York Times’ description—“chameleon”—also works. Ganzeer refers to his own practice, however, as Concept Pop. He has recently shifted gears to work on a major sci-fi graphic novel. More info: ganzeer.com.
Radical Education Forum
The Radical Education Forum is a group of people working in a wide range of educational settings in the UK. We meet monthly to discuss radical pedagogical theories and techniques, and contemporary issues of interest to those involved or interested in education. We explore and enact how these theories and questions can inform our practice. The Forum supports social justice in education, linking practitioners within mainstream educational institutions, community education initiatives, social movements, arts organisations, and self-organised groups. radicaleducationforum.tumblr.com
We all know that our choices today affect the tomorrow in which we will live, however we too often forget that how we imagine tomorrow affects our choices today. That is why at Pantopicon we do what we do—enable others to explore and envision imminent futures, to inspire them, and help them to anticipate in order to be more successful. We are a strategic foresight and design studio. Through speculative and analytical means we craft tools and processes, stories and strategies, products and services to stimulate debate and translate its outcomes into actionable content. We work with—rather than just for—our clients, in both the public and the private realm, enabling them to see, design for, and act upon the challenges which tomorrow might bring. More information available at pantopicon.be and upon request.
Primary Colours / Couleurs primaires
Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires, a three year initiative, includes a major, multidisciplinary, trilingual gathering of artists who live and work in Canada. Among its many methods, this initiative employs the ‘Truth & Reconciliation’ conversation - initiated by the TRC - to place Indigenous art practices at the centre of the Canadian art system. PC/Cp also asserts that art practices by people of colour, that have roots around the world, play a critical role in any discussion that imagines Canada’s future(s). The gathering itself was unconventional and required a four day commitment of participants. There were no keynotes or panels or presentation of papers. Everyone was both expert and participant. This initiative, spanning 2016 to 2018, includes a major, multidisciplinary, trilingual - Lekwungen, French and English - gathering at the Songhees Wellness Centre, on Lekwungen territories, near Victoria BC.
What, How & for Whom
What, How & for Whom (WHW) is a curatorial collective formed in 1999. WHW organizes a range of production, exhibition, and publishing projects, and since 2003, they have been directing city-owned Gallery Nova in Zagreb. What? How? and For Whom? are the three basic questions of every economic organization, and are fundamental to the planning, conception, and realization of exhibitions, and the production and distribution of artworks, and the artist’s position in the labor market. These questions formed the title of WHW’s first project, in 2000 in Zagreb, dedicated to the 152nd anniversary of the Communist Manifesto, and became the motto of WHW’s work and the name of their collective.
Mónica Cano Abadía
Mónica Cano Abadía is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (University of Rijeka), and an Assistant Professor at the Section of Political Philosophy of the Institute of Philosophy (University of Graz). She is also a member of the research group "Justice, Citizenship and Vulnerability: Precarious Narratives and Intersectional Approaches" (University of La Laguna). Her PhD Thesis focused on the philosophy of Judith Butler, and her research interests involve queer theory, new materialisms, and critical posthumanisms in search for tools to reflect on global justice.
Ibrahim is an architect that graduated from the American University in Cairo & UMASS, Amherst. He founded an upcycling design studio called “Mobikya” that innovates solutions for solid waste and transfers it to functional furniture. His enthusiasm about upcycling was born in “boulevard,” the cultural space he founded with minimal resources at his hometown.
Cleo Abramian is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal.
Another Africa as in its namesake, proclaims that another dimension to Africa exists . . . http://www.anotherafrica.net
National Coalition Against Censorship
NCAC's mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and to oppose censorship in all its forms.
Livia Alexander is a curator, writer, and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University. Her work is focused on examining the relationship between art infrastructure and artistic production, urbanity, cultural politics of food and art, and contemporary art from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She has curated and produced numerous art and film programs, exhibitions and events, showcased at the MoMA New York, Tate Modern, Sharjah Art Foundation, Queens Museum, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Cinematheque Tangier, and many more. Alexander is co-producer of the research-based interactive documentary, Jerusalem, We Are Here (Canada/Palestine/Israel, 2016), directed by Dorit Naaman. Her award- winning scholarly writing has appeared in the Journal of Visual Anthropology, Framework, MERIP, and as book chapters and catalog essays. She regularly contributes to Hyeprallergic and Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia and founded the online publication ArteEast Quarterly. She is the editor of a year-long series commissioned by the online platform www.ArtsEverywhere.com with Residency Unlimited, centered on artist residencies at the nexus of urban placemaking and social practice.
N.O. aka Aliosha Pantalone
The one and only, magical magnificent Aliosha Pantalone, founder of the legendary Lame Rhyme Sound System.
Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and designer who explores the resonance of genetic cultural memory through the mystical and the mundane. Alley-Barnes has exhibited sculpture and films in numerous traditional and new-media-based settings. He has been, and continues to be, instrumental in the creation of seminal cultural spaces in Seattle.
Antonija Stojanović Almesberger
Antonija Stojanovic Almesberger is a LGBTI and Human Rights activist, a feminist, and a translator engaged in queer culture, based in Rijeka, Croatia. She received a degree in Albanian language and literature from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, Serbia. She is a long-term volunteer with Rijeka's lesbian organisation LORI as the Head of Social Activities, and is also a creator and coordinator of the Festival of Queer and Feminist Culture Smoqua. The main aim of her work is deconstructing the prejudice in society and raising public awareness of, and empathy towards, marginalized and vulnerable groups.
Harutyun Alpetyan is an art curator and engineering consultant based in Armenia. He is the co-founder of AJZ artist-run-space and Nest artist-in-residence program, run as part of the ICA Yerevan. His work ranges from environmental research to contemporary choreography and often involves a conceptual symbiosis of arts and engineering. Harutyun has been engaged with writing and translation, curation and production of shows, festivals, seminars, and other cultural content. His activities at Contemporary Choreography Lab focus on facilitating efficient artistic production via research, training, and international exchange.
Alyssa Alpine is an arts administrator, dancer, and writer with over fifteen years of experience in New York’s non-profit arts world. Since graduating from Columbia University, she’s held a variety of positions at organizations large (Lincoln Center) and small (New York Live Arts) that have honed her strategic thinking, management, and communication skills. She brings a deep personal commitment to the performing arts community, and as well as in-depth understanding of how it functions, to all her work. She currently directs the CUNY Dance Initiative, a residency program for New York City choreographers at 13 CUNY colleges, and is the Interim Managing Director of New Jersey City University's Center for the Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Honey Al Sayed
Honey Al Sayed is a communications and marketing professional and journalist. After the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, she relocated to the United States and co-founded SouriaLi, where she currently works as a producer, host, and media consultant.
Barrak Alzaid is a writer, curator, and artist, and is the artistic director of ArteEast. He is co-editor with Khalid Hadeed of the ArteEast Shahadat Publication For Lives Undone: Gaza Summons its Writers to Speak (Min Hutam al-Hayah: Ghazzah Tastantiq Kuttabaha).
Sarah Amsler is Associate Professor in Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, at the Nottingham University, England. Sarah's research focuses on the politics of knowledge and education at multiple levels: theoretically, and in local practice, institutional formations and national and global relations. It is located at the intersections of educational studies, sociology and critical theory - with an overarching interest in how different kinds of knowledge, learning and educational organisation shape social subjectivities and relations, and how they diminish or expand people's capacity to organise social life in autonomous, creative, dignified and radically democratic ways.
Madhur Anand's poetry has appeared in literary magazines across North America. She completed her Ph.D. in theoretical ecology at Western University, and is currently University Research Chair in Sustainability Science in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph and interim director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation.
Department of Environmental and Geographical Science and The African Centre for Cities University of Cape Town, South Africa Pippin Anderson works at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where she is lecturer and director of graduate studies in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science and urban ecology researcher at the African Centre for Cities. With a Masters degree in Conservation Biology and a PhD in Plant Ecology, Pippin has always had an interest in peopled-landscapes. In the last few years she has turned her interests to urban ecosystems and this informs her current teaching and research. Pippin lives in a dense suburb close to the city centre in Cape Town, yet from her roof (she goes up there for purposes of sanity) she can see Table Mountain National Park. She loves this dichotomy where city and nature must coexist, with their different temporal and spatial scales, and each so variably imagined by the population of the City. She enjoys grappling with the messiness of the ecology of human dominated landscapes.
Rodrigo Andreolli transits through the performing arts, and is especially interested in researching the body as an element for sensitive activation of the visible and invisible layers of the public matter. He acts elaborating production structures in multidisciplinary art projects. Rodrigo is also part of the Capacete Residency in Athens, Greece, which ran concurrent to Documenta 14. https://yo-wasser.hotglue.me/
Jaroslav Andel is an artist and independent curator who lives in Prague and New York. He served as a consultant to the Council of Europe on its conference and new platform “Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy”.
Alberto Arce is a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. He joined the Associated Press (AP) in February 2012 as a correspondent in Honduras, where for several years he was the only foreign correspondent to report from Tegucigalpa. He later joined AP’s Mexico City bureau, where he continued to cover Central America before going to The New York Times as an editor. He has an Overseas press Club Award for best reporting on Latin America.
Acre Architects is a practice of storied architecture – inspiring people to live great stories. Based out of Saint John, New Brunswick, they are expanding the role of contemporary architecture in Atlantic Canada. Committed to creating original, provocative, contextually driven design, the Acre believes – we are what we create.
draftworks*architects was founded in London in 2006 by Christiana Ioannou and Christos Papastergiou and is currently based in Nicosia and Athens. The team crafts, documents and communicates new ideas by text, drawings and model making, while sharing interests between public competitions, private commissions, exhibitions, design research and academic teaching.
Inse Armah is a ghanaian artist/painter who lives and works in Popenguine, Senegal. He attended the Ecole Nationale des Arts in Dakar from 1996 to 2000. He participated in the OFF collective exhibitions during the Dak'Art Biennale 2006 in Mbour, 2012 in Dakar, and 2014 in Popenguine. Inse is in the process of mastering acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and collage techniques. The Twins of Diyakunda is the first story for children he has illustrated.
Both educator and protector, Jeannette Armstrong is a professor of Indigenous Studies and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Philosophy at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). She is a Spokesperson for indigenous peoples’ rights. The award-winning writer and activist, novelist and poet has always sought to change deeply biased misconceptions related to Aboriginal peoples. Her research into indigenous philosophies and Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics that are coded into Syilx literature has been recognized locally and globally, and she serves as an active member of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the En’owkin Centre. Known for her literary work, Armstrong has written about creativity, education, ecology and Indigenous rights. Slash, which Armstrong published in 1985, is considered by many as the first novel by a First Nations woman.
Juan Carlos Arroyo
Especialista en Animación y Maestro en Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Actualmente adelanta el proyecto de investigación en maestría “LOS PROCESOS DE CRISIS Y RESISTENCIA. El contexto histórico con un enfoque desde la imagen y el cuidado humano del Hospital San Juan de Dios Bogotá 2002 – 2014”. Animation Specialist and Master of Fine Arts of the National University of Colombia. Juan Carlos Arroyo is working on a master research project called "CRISIS PROCESSES AND RESISTANCE: The historical context with a focus on the images and humane care of the Hospital San Juan de Dios Bogotá 2002 - 2014 ".
Based in Moncton and Montreal, Maryse Arseneault is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work has been presented nationally and internationally, through festivals and artist-run centres such as Atelier d’estampe Imago, Eastern Edge, Connexion ARC, and Galerie du Nouvel Ontario. Recent MFA graduate (Concordia University 2015), Arseneault continues to showcase drawing, print and video in her interventions. Her recent efforts critique society's disconnect with nature, due to technology and the objectification of matter through art.
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Robert Atkins is a UC Berkeley-trained art historian who works at the intersection of art, politics, and queer identities. A former Village Voice columnist, he has written for more than 100 publications and is the author of ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, its modern-art prequel ArtSpoke, and Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression. He has curated exhibitions at venues from Sao Paulo to Tokyo, including “From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS,” the first international traveling show of its kind. He also produced the pioneering online resources TalkBack: A Forum for Critical Discourse, Artery: The AIDS-Arts Forum, and ArtSpeak China.org, the first such bilingual wiki. He is a co-founder of Visual AIDS, creators of Day With(out) Art and the Red Ribbon. Atkins now lives in San Francisco where he is at work on his selected writings The Eternal Frame: Sex and Politics in Recent American Art, So You Want to Be An Artist? A Primer for Prospective Picassos and Their Parents, and On Susan Sontag: Media, Morality & Modernity.
Caron Atlas is director of the Arts & Democracy Project, which connects arts and culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. This blog is adapted from her paper, “Creative Engagement and a Moral Economy in Appalachia,” commissioned by the Network of Ensemble Theaters for MicroFest USA in partnership with Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts. The essay can be found on NET ensembletheaters.net and animatingdemocracy.org websites.
Mikael Awake’s fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Witness, Callaloo, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. Born in Massachusetts and raised in Georgia, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife.
Ms. Karine Awashish, atikamekw is from the Atikamekw community of Opitciwan. Ms. Awashish is a multidisciplinary creative and social entrepreneur who has accumulated professional experiences in Aboriginal social and cultural development for over 15 years. In 2015, she co-founded Coop Nitaskinan, a work cooperative that enables the development and implementation of collective social, cultural and economic projects on Nitaskinan, territory of the Atikamekw Nation. Her involvement in the Tapiskwan collective project, of which she is also one of the founders, allows her to combine her personal and professional goals, which are particularly important to her, namely the creation and dissemination of Atikamekw culture and arts, as well as the development of the youth.
Jamel Ayala: Young adult with a passion for the arts, and a goal to use art to inflict positive changes in the world.
Jasmine Bager is a contributor to Syria Deeply.
Stephanie Bailey is writer, researcher, and editor working in Edmonton, AB. Her partnership with Mark Woytiuk is based on the meandering weave of bifurcating paths and a refusal to submit to irreconcilable differences.
Honor Bailey is an intern at The World Policy Institute.
Drawing on his background in strategic climate communications with Tides Canada and the Green Parties of Canada and Europe, Scott Baker co-founded Adjacent Possibilities with Ross Curtner during a social innovation fellowship at MaRS Discovery District.
Born in 1976 in a suburb of Damascus and currently based in Berlin, Khaled Barakeh graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria in 2005, completed his MFA at Funen Art Academy in Odense, Denmark in 2010, and finished his Meisterschueler at the Städelschule Art Academy in Frankfurt, Germany in 2013. During his stay in Europe Barakeh, originally trained as a painter, has developed a stronger focus on conceptual art practices. Today he works in a variety of media, focusing on current and pertinent issues often revolving around politics and power structures in the context of identity, culture, and history. He has exhibited at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; the Shanghai Biennale; SALT, Istanbul; Kunsthalle Brandts, Dennark; Overgaden, Denmark; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Artspace New Zealand; and many other institutions and venues around the world. Recently, Barakeh started a new initiative called the Syria Cultural Index (syriaculturalindex.com), dedicated to mapping and connecting the Syrian artistic community around the globe and showcasing their work to wider audience.
Ian Bateson is a freelance journalist based in Ukraine.
Maria Bauman is a dance artist and community organizer. Her choreography for her company MBDance (www.mbdance.net) is based on her sense of physical and emotional power, desire for equity, and fascination with intimacy. Bauman brings the same tenets to organizing to undo racism in the arts and beyond with ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity), the grassroots organizing body she co-founded with Sarita Covington and Nathan Trice. In particular, Bauman’s dance work centers the non-linear and linear stories and bodies of queer people of color onstage. Currently, she is Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Community Action in Residence at Gibney Dance Center. In addition to her participation in Let ‘im Move You: This is a Formation, Bauman is creating a new improvisatory work called, (re)Source,. In New York, Bauman’s work has been showcased at BRICstudios, Harlem Stage, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Dixon Place, the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, SummerStage NYC, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, St. Mark's Danspace Project, WOW Café Theater, Summerstage NYC, and more. Bauman and MBDance have also shared dance across the U.S. and in Singapore. Previously, she was Associate Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women and danced with that company for many years. Bauman has also danced with Paloma McGregor, Nia Love, Kathy Westwater, Mendi + Keith Obadike, and jill sigman/thinkdance, and apprenticed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Roberto Bedoya is executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council.
Lauryn Beer is a writer who specializes in trade and human rights.
Tayeba Begum Lipi
Born in Gaibandha, Bangladesh, Tayeba Begum Lipi did her MFA in 1993 at the Institute of Fine Art at the University of Dhaka. Tayeba has done a number of solo exhibitions and projects in Istanbul, London, Dhaka, NYC, Hong Kong and Delhi. Her major collaborations with artist Mahbubur Rahman were Artist as Activist at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (MSU), USA in 2016 curated by Caitlin Doherty, and Faces of Intimate Strangers at Shanghai Museum of Modern Art, China curated by Sandy Hsiu-Chih Lo in 2018. Tayeba’s significant group shows include biennales in Venice, Taiwan, Jakarta, and Colombo; the Kathmandu Triennale 2017; Art Festival WATOU, 2016 Belgium; SONSBEEK 2016 at Arnhem Museum, the Netherlands; Frontiers Reimagined, a collateral exhibition at Venice Biennale 2015 at Museo di Palazzo Grimani; CiCLO (CYCLE) at CCBB São Paulo, Brasilia and Bello Horizonte, Brazil; and No Country which exhibited at the Guggenheim NY, Asia Society Hong Kong Center and CCA Singapore. She has also taken part in residencies and fellowships around the world including Italy, Japan, India, United Kingdom, Germany, and Finland. Tayeba achieved the Grand Prize at the 11th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2004, and has been recognized as one of the "Ananya Top Ten Women of the Year" in 2014; "Inspiring Female in Promoting Art" by Woman in Leadership and one of the "10 Quijotas of Bangladesh" by the Embassy of Spain and Bengal Foundation in 2017. Tayeba is the Co-Founder and Trustee of Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh.
Billy-Ray Belcourt is from the Driftpile Cree Nation in northwestern Alberta. He is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and is reading for an M.St. in Women's Studies at the University of Oxford. He was named by CBC Books as one of six Indigenous writers to watch, and his poetry has been published in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Red Rising Magazine, SAD Mag, mâmawi-âcimowak, The Yellow Medicine Review, PRISM International, and The Malahat Review.
Nicolle Bennett is an administrator, educator, and artist with over 10 years of experience building capacity with arts, health, and educational organizations and those they serve. She currently lives and works in New York, serving as Program Director for Feel the Music!, a New York City-based organization that connects teaching artists with hospitals, non-profits, and other community-based partners, and consulting with a variety of organizations to build technical and communicative capacity. Contact her at [email protected]
Atul Bhattarai is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal.
Chantal Bilodeau is a playwright and translator. She also serves as the Artistic Director of the Arctic Cycle and is the founder of the blog, Artists and Climate Change.
Metod Blejec (b. 1979 in Ljubljana) is a multidisciplinary hybrid-producer in art, design, photography and education working on experimental and engaging process-based projects. His work crosses boundaries in media, scale, modes and concepts both in personal and collaborative practices. He is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia and works internationally. For more information please visit www.metod.xyz.
Nick Boraine is an actor, writer, director and the Associate Artistic Director of Global Arts Corps. Nick Boraine graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1994 with an honors degree in drama. Since then he has been involved in countless aspects of performing, writing and directing for stage, television, as well as film.
Natali Bosić finished the graduate study of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka. During her studies, she was particularly interested in the area of non-formal education and cultural and artistic education of children and youth. She gained her practical experience through work and activities in various institutions and organizations that deal with non-formal education of youth in the area of culture and art in the local community (Dom mladih, the Museum of Natural History Rijeka, The Museum of Childhood, TRY Theatre), as well as through international activities as the coach and worker with the young on European projects. Natali continually educates herself through international workshops and training in the area of non-formal education, with particular emphasis on the application of methods related to participatory theatre with children and youth.
Ella Boureau is an NYC-based writer, editor, events curator, and is currently the Awards Coordinator for the Lambda Literary Foundation. A graduate of The New School and a 2013 Queer / Art / Mentorship alum, Ella has long been active at the intersection of art and social justice. She founded and ran the online magazine and reading series In the Flesh, an exploration of queerness as a desire for knowledge wedded to the erotic, for several years. Her writing has been featured in Guernica, Tin House, Slice Magazine, The Rumpus, Full Stop, Pretty Queer, and Huffington Post. Her first play, Helps to Hate You a Little: A Lovestory, debuted at Dixon Place in Fall 2015. She is currently at work on a second play and will be co-curating a new reading series.
Heather Braiden is an Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at Dalhousie University and a PhD candidate at the McGill School of Architecture. Over the last decade, Heather’s research has evolved to include the cultural perceptions and social identity in post-mining landscapes. Her findings have been presented at several international conferences and in other academic settings.
James Bridle is a British artist and writer based in Athens, Greece. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Observer and many others. He lectures regularly at conferences, universities, and other events. His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines. His work can be found at http://booktwo.org.
David Brooks lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (1998), and earned a BFA from The Cooper Union (2000) and an MFA from Columbia University (2009). His projects and exhibitions include Pond House Pond, Mildred’s Lane Historical Society, Beach Lake, Pennsylvania (2012); Galerie fur Landschaftskunst, Hamburg (2012); Notes on Structure, American Contemporary, New York (2012); Desert Rooftops, Art Production Fund, New York (2011); Bold Tendencies 5, International Sculpture Show in Peckham Car Park, London (2011); The Wilderness, Miami Art Museum (2011); Terra Firma, Centro Medico Santagostino, Milan (2010); Greater New York, MoMA PS1 (2010); Knight’s Move, Sculpture Center, Long Island City (2010); Seedlings, The Dallas Contemporary (2010); Impermanent Collections, Art In General (2009); and Naturae Vulgaris, Museum 52 (2009).
Jonathan Brooks Platt
Jonathan Brooks Platt writes on topics including Stalin-era culture, representations of reading in Russian Romanticism, and the actionist tradition in Russian contemporary art. His monograph, Greetings, Pushkin!: Stalinist Cultural Politics and the Russian National Bard appeared in 2017 through the University of Pittsburgh Press and, in Russian translation, the European University in St. Petersburg Press. He is a widely-published translator of new Russian Left poetry, particularly by the Omsk-born poet Galina Rymbu, and he has collaborated on artistic projects with Chto Delat, the Factory of Found Clothes, and the Texno-Poetry music cooperative. In 2014, as part of the Manifesta 10 Contemporary Art Biennial in St. Petersburg, he curated the four-day conference, “No radical art actions are going to help here…”: Political Violence and Militant Aesthetics after Socialism, including scholarly talks, literary readings, and performances. His current project, The Last Soviet Militant, engages the controversial legacy of Zoya Kosmodemianskaya, a female partisan who was tortured and executed by German forces in 1941, and who remains an icon of militant devotion in Russia to this day.
Nicolas J.A. Buchoud is the co-owner of Renaissance Urbaine, the strategic advisory consultancy he established in 2006, and the President of the Grand Paris Alliance for Metropolitan Development, an award-winning and collaborative think-tank. He also leads the interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Research and the Anthropocene (CUR) at the federal Tomsk State University in Siberia. He has served as a senior advisor to the President of Paris - Ile de France Region, a member of the post Habitat III General Assembly of Partners (GAP), the Global Planners Network (GPN), and of the Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (DASL). He is the editor of The Smart Cities We Need Manifest, launched in 2016. He lives in Paris.
Ilya Budraitskis is a historian, activist and curator based in Moscow, Russia. He is on the editorial boards of several print and online publications, including Moscow Art Magazine, Openleft and LeftEast. With Ekaterina Degot and Marta Dziewanska, Budraitskis co-edited and authored the book Post-Post-Soviet?: Art, Politics and Society in Russia at the Turn of the Decade (University of Chicago Press, 2013). He is also the co-editor and author (with Arseniy Zhilyaev) of the book Pedagogical Poem (Marsilio, 2014).
Cláudio Bueno (1983, Vila Nova York, São Paulo, Brazil). Multimedia artist, curator and professor, holds a PhD in Visual Arts from ECA-USP. He has taken part in national and international exhibitions, residencies, talks and awards. He is currently working on three platforms: Intervalo-Escola (School-Interval) with Tainá Azeredo, researching and experimenting with different modes of art learning, between São Paulo and Amazonas; Explode! Platform, with João Simões, that researches and experiments with notions of gender, race and class, based on socially perceived peripheral artistic and cultural practices, also crossing fields like pedagogy, urbanism and social justice; and O grupo inteiro, dedicated to artistic practices. More can be found at: buenozdiaz.net
Pauline E. Bullen, PhD, currently teaches in the Sociology and Women and Gender Development Studies Department at the Women’s University in Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe. She is a scholar and activist who began publishing her writings in community newspapers in Toronto, Canada, in an effort to bring public attention to racism in the schools and its effects on Black students, female and male. A lover of literature and Art, Pauline finds ways to incorporate these into even those writings deemed to be “academic”. Her most recent work is aimed at increasing awareness of the need to address violence against girls and women in meaningful and permanent ways. Hip hop and graffiti are aspects of youth culture that Pauline finds expressive.
Danila Bustamante é videomaker e produtora cultural. Criadora de pensamentos ilustres e complicados busca através do vídeo, formas diferentes e inusitadas para eternizar um bom momento.
Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer, having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and later taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include 2 seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, NPR's Snap Judgement & MTV's Free Your Mind. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution, and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. Mr. Cabico received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers for his work teaching at-risk youth at Bellevue Hospital. As a theater artist he received three New York Innovative Theater Award Nominations for his work in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind with a win for Best Performance Art Production. The Kenyon Review recently named Regie Cabico the "Lady Gaga of Poetry" and he has been listed in BUST magazine's 100 Men We Love. He has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn's Portraits Project at NYU, has performed with Stanley Tucci, Jesse Eisenberg, and Lupe Fiasco.
Lu Cafausu is a collaborative art project initiated by Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, and Cesare Pietroiusti in 2006, then joined by Luigi Presicce in 2010. Lu Cafausu, an old coffeehouse located in a small town in the south of Italy, has become the inspiration for stories, performances and actions in different European and American cities.
Edgar Calel Apen was born in Chi Xot, Comalapa, an Indigenous community called Maya Kaqchikel, Guatemala. In 2016, he was an artist-in-residence with Lanchonete.org and Lastro in São Paulo. He dedicates his work in the visual arts to his community perspectives that allow him to hear, write, see, and live this ancestral culture of which, throughout his work and life, he spreads its rituals and roots through paintings, videos, installations, performances, talks and his presence in different countries of Latin America.
Manuel Callahan’s work explores three interwoven areas: the US/Mexico border and borderlands historically and in the present; Indigenous struggles across the Americas including Zapatista struggles located in Chiapas; and convivial research, a community based research methodology that draws on engaged scholarship emerging from the Global South. His dissertation, “Mexican Border Troubles,” is a historical ethnography charting the social antagonisms that create the border and borderlands as a contested space. Elaborating on the border as a dispositif emerging through settler-colonialism and into the present, his study examines the production of subjectivities in relation to the border over a series of five conjunctures. Reading the violence and criminalization targeting ethnic Mexican and other Brown communities, Callahan’s work relies on W.E.B. DuBois’ concept of “democratic despotism” to demonstrate that borders are essential to the domestication of war and the production of racial subjects in service of capital. His engagement with Zapatista struggles places learning and research at the center of a “Zapatista civic pedagogy” carving a new space of political engagement and offering new ways to imagine and participate in the regeneration of community. Through a convivial research approach, Callahan draws together participatory approaches and militant research praxis to situate the community and its own regeneration at the center of investigations, where the questions emerging from community struggles hold within them the possibilities for “reweaving the social fabric” across landscapes fractured by militarization, racial violence, and forms of capital. He is a researcher with the Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy (CCRA) in San Jose and an insurgent learner with the Universidad de la Tierra Califas, an autonomous learning space connected to campuses in Oaxaca and Chiapas. He currently teaches in the Mexican American Studies Department at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.
Edwin Cameron is current judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Luis Camnitzer is a Uruguayan artist and educator based in New York and Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury. He graduated in sculpture from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay, represented Uruguay in the 1988 Venice Biennial, and, among many other exhibitions, participated in Documenta XI and the 2000 Whitney Biennial. His work is in the collection of more than forty international museums, and he is represented by Alexander Gray Associates (New York) and Galería Parra y Romero (Madrid). He is author of several books, including New Art of Cuba, Conceptualism in Latin America: Didactics of Liberation and On Art, Artists, Latin America and Other Utopias, all by University of Texas Press.
Bradley Cantrell is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architectural Technology and the MLA Program Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design. He is a 2013-2014 Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a 2014 TED Global Fellow.
Thiago Carrapatoso is a journalist and specialist in communication, arts, and technology. He holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (NY), and is a collaborator of the BaixoCentro Movement in São Paulo and the REPEP group, helping create a methodology for using heritage education against gentrification.
Eduardo Carrera Rivadeneira is the chief curator of the Center for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Quito, Ecuador. He was co-director of No Lugar - Arte Contemporáneo, as well as Advisor of the country’s Ministry of Culture and Heritage from 2015 to 2016. He has collaborated on projects with the Metropolitan Heritage Institute of Quito since 2012, and previously worked as curatorial assistant at LOOP Barcelona in 2015 and researcher at the CAC from 2011 to 2015. He also conceived and organized the seminar Estrategias en uso, a cycle of conferences and meetings about curatorial practices, museums and artistic institutions, also in Quito. Since 2013 he has been the curator of the visual arts exhibition that occurs in the framework of the LGBTIQ+ pride month in Quito, Ecuador. He earned his Master in Arts and Cultural Management from the Universitat Internacional de Catanlunya.
Nayari Castillo is a Molecular Biologist and Artist (MFA Public Art and New Artistic Strategies, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, DE) living in Graz. Using video, text, objects, and photography as tools of communication, her installation work relies on specific constructs of travel, and her interventions engage with history, time and space. Nayari has participated in numerous group and solo exhibits in cities such as Berlin, Brussels, Mexico City, New York, Sarajevo, Seoul, and Vienna among others. She has won multiple prizes and bursaries including the Bursary for the Arts of the city of Graz (AT) and the 2014 CIFO prize, Miami (USA). She has been mentioned in publications including Suazo, F. “Panoramic of Emergent Art in Venezuela 2010-2012” | Boulton, M.T. ”21 Venezuelan Women Photographers” | Palenzuela, J.C. “Art in Venezuela. 1980-2005” | Castellote, A. “Open Maps: Latinamerican Photography 1991-2002”. She has attended various residencies worldwide including Skowhegan (2009, USA). Since 2013, Nayari has been an active member of the Daily Rhythms Collective, an artist association working on inclusion and sensible cartographic methods through a highly collaborative practice.
Jarri Castro occasionally writes about cis-performativity and queer subcultures. He was selected for the Capacete art-residency in Athens, where he is currently trying to become an artist.
Tings Chak is an architecturally trained artist and migrant justice organizer whose work draws inspiration from anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, and spatial justice struggles. She is the author and illustrator of Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (The Architecture Observer, 2014), which explores the politics of architectural design and representation in mass incarceration.
Deland Chan teaches in the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford University and is a co-founder of the Stanford Human Cities Initiative. She comes from an urban planning and design background with project expertise in urban sustainability, transportation, and public space design. At Stanford, Deland teaches two project-based studios,Sustainable Cities and International Urbanization, where students collaborate with NGOs and government agencies on sustainability projects. She co-teaches the Defining Smart Cities seminar with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and also teaches design thinking and participatory design at the Stanford Institute of Design (d.school). Most recently, she curated the Just Placemaking speaker series with the Stanford Creative Cities Working Group, a partnership between Stanford Arts and the Program on Urban Studies. Deland completed her undergraduate studies in Urban Studies and Sociology from Stanford University and graduate studies in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Melody Chan is a former editorial assistant at World Policy Journal and a student at New York University specializing in journalism and politics.
Cathi Charles Wherry
Since studying visual arts at Camosun College (’91) and University of Victoria (’94) Cathi has worked as an artist, curator, administrator, and advocate for Indigenous artists and arts. Grounded in the Anishinaabemowin carried in her memory and bones, since 1996 she has served as Art Programs Manager at First Peoples’ Cultural Council, an Indigenous directed, British Columbia organization that supports the vitality of Indigenous languages, arts, and cultures. Cathi shares this wonderful life with her partner Andy Paul in WSANEC.
Rebecca Chesney is a visual artist whose work is concerned with the relationship between humans and nature and how we perceive, romanticize, and translate the landscape. Her projects take the form of installations, interventions, drawings, maps, and walks. She has been commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Bronte Parsonage Museum in North Yorkshire, Grizedale Arts in Cumbria, and Landlife in Liverpool and was awarded a Gasworks International Fellowship in 2013. She has attended residencies at the Nirox Foundation in South Africa, at Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts and the Wordsworth Trust in the Lake District National Park. Her work has been widely exhibited in the U.K. as well as in Japan, Germany, India, Spain, Ireland, and Italy. She is based in Preston, U.K.
Eunsun Cho is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal.
Born and raised in the concrete jungle where dreams are made, Angela is interested in exploring the intersection of community engagement and art. Having dabbled in various sectors from nonprofits to healthcare, across different continents from Asia to Europe, she continues to try to find her place in this world.
Architect by day, writer by night, intersectional feminist always, Éloïse Choquette is a Université de Montréal and a McGill graduate. While studying, she was involved in student associations and various creative and activist endeavours. After graduating, Choquette continued her involvement in the community by joining a collective fighting to preserve a historic building and the Board of Rock Camp for Girls and Gender Non-Conforming Youth Montreal. Choquette’s professional practice has focused on Inuit communities in Nunavik and Nunavut.
Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury
Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury, also known as Tutul, is a publisher, writer, and editor from Bangladesh. In 1990, Chowdhury began publishing and editing Shuddhashar (“Pure Voice”), a magazine that soon became a platform for young and unconventional writers in Bangladesh. In 2004, Chowdhury opened his own publishing house in Dhaka under the same name, where he published open-minded and progressive Bangladeshi writers. From 2004 to 2015 he published more than 1000 items. In 2013, the publishing house was awarded the Shaheed Munir Chowdhury Award for publishing the highest number of best-sellers in Bangladesh and is considered one of the most important publishing houses in the country. On October 31st, 2015, Chowdhury was a victim of a coordinated machete attack on publishers of secular authors. Chowdhury had received direct death threats from Islamists and was among the main targets of the attack. Despite these threats, Chowdhury continues to publish, including books written by Avijit Roy, who was murdered in February 2015. In 2016, Chowdhury won the Pinter International Writer of Courage Award and the Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award. Chowdhury currently lives in exile in Norway.
Virginia Cimino is currently the Program Director at the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap). She has worked in art galleries and art foundations across Europe. Her field of expertise is the intersection of management with art and culture.
Paolo Cirio's artworks investigate fields affected by communication networks such as privacy, copyright, finance, and law. He shows his conceptual works through prints, installations, videos, online performances, and interventions in public spaces. His controversial artworks have unsettled institutions such as Facebook, Amazon, Google, VISA, Pearson, Cayman Islands, and NATO, among others. Cirio’s artworks are often active agents; they elicit reactions from the subjects of the works and direct participation from the audiences. The interactions and processes from his interventions into the social dynamics of information systems generate art performances within these mediated environments. He has won a number of awards, including Golden Nica at Ars Electronica, Transmediale Prize, and the Eyebeam fellowship. Cirio was born in Turin, Italy, in 1979 and currently lives in New York.
Katrine Brink Claassens was born in South Africa in 1985. She studied Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and after graduating lived between Quebec and France developing her artistic practice before moving back to South Africa in 2012. In 2015 she completed her Masters degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development at UCT in 2015, where she engaged with subjects that inform the environmental concerns in her art. She works in the mediums of oil painting, video, poetry, and drawing, bearing witness to the unprecedented environmental changes of the Anthropocene. The main themes of her work grapple with climate change, urban ecology (particularly that of suburbs), solastalgia, edge species, and crass internet memes.
Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer. He co-founded the MITdesignX program, where he is the Head of Civic Innovation. Matthew has co-authored two books, Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow, in addition to dozens of articles and chapters. He serves on the jury for Canada’s Smart City Challenge, and is a strategic advisor to Future Cities Canada, and McConnell Foundation’s “Cities for People” initiative. Matthew is currently working with the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics on strategies for place-based innovation and experimentation with civic technology. He studied architecture at Yale, and received a Master’s of Science in Urban Studies from MIT.
Jordan Clifford is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal.
Jaime Shearn Coan
Jaime Shearn Coan is a writer and PhD Candidate in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He currently serves as a Mellon Digital Publics Fellow at The Center for the Humanities, where he partners with the CUNY Dance Initiative and JACK. His writing has appeared in publications including The Brooklyn Rail, Critical Correspondence, Drain Magazine, Jacket2, Movement Research Performance Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, and Women & Performance. Jaime is a co-editor of the 2016 Danspace Project catalogue Lost and Found: Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now and is the author of the poetry chapbook Turn it Over, published by Argos Books. Photo credit: Ian Douglas
Gilad Cohen is a human rights activist, artist, and also the founder and Executive Director of JAYU, a charity that shares human rights stories through the arts. JAYU’s year-round programming includes the annual Human Rights Film Festival, iAM: an initiative that provides high quality social justice arts mentorship to Toronto’s underserved youth, and The Hum, a human rights podcast which Gilad co-hosts.
Jacob Cohen is a Brooklyn-based experimental cellist, visual artist, and educator. Since 2014, he has been working with the adolescents and young adults incarcerated on Rikers Island.
Aylan Couchie is an interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist and writer from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is a NSCAD University alumna and received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University where she focused her studies on Indigenous monument and public art. Her work explores the impacts of colonialism on First Nations people as well as issues of cultural appropriation and representation. She’s been the recipient of several awards including an “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” award through the International Sculpture Centre and a Premier’s Award through Ontario Colleges. Her work has been shown internationally and her public art installations can be found in the City of Barrie and Halifax International Airport.
Flip Couto is a Brazilian dancer, performer and producer based in São Paulo, who uses his own body as a political statement. As a gay, Black male who is open about his HIV status, he questions, redefines and creates different layers within São Paulo's cultural scene. Flip's practice is always aiming for a transition between these spaces, which provides and provokes a political dialogue within the gaps and silences within Brazilian Black LGBTQ community and the wider public especially around creativity and the AIDS crisis. It is through the lens of hip-hop where he originally developed this unique way of working and aesthetic. Working within and across several companies, projects and different groups both physically and online platforms including art, urban spaces, dance battles or theaters, he is founder of Festa Amem (Love Fest), a Black queer party, dancer at Cia. Sansacroma, a Black contemporary dance company and Discípulos do Rítmo, a street dance company who brings to stage hip-hop translated in movement.
Ashon Crawley is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. His research and teaching experiences are in the areas of Black Studies, Performance Theory and Sound Studies, Philosophy and Theology, Black Feminist, and Queer theories. His first book, Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press), is an investigation of aesthetics and performance as modes of collective, social imaginings otherwise.
Laurence Cuny is a human rights lawyer who has worked on issues related to human rights defenders, cultural rights, and artistic freedom for twenty years. She is currently a member of the Observatoire de la liberté de création, the French monitoring body on artistic freedom, and the European platform Arts Rights Justice. She is also co-founder of Lisière residency based in Dieulefit, France, and International Art Rights Advisors (IARA).
Ross Curtner is a co-founder and co-director of Adjacent Possibilities
Raphael Daibert is a researcher who works in the intersection of curating, producing and art practice. He is currently completing his Master's in Art Praxis at the Dutch Art Institute. He is a founding member of Lanchonete.org, in São Paulo, and also part of the pedagogical and artistic experiment Free Home University, in Lecce, Italy. With Mavi Veloso, he developed the TravaLíngua project. From 2016-2018 he was part of ArtsEverywhere team.
Jennifer L. Davis practices architecture, art, and independent curating in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Master of Architecture (2011) from the University of Toronto and is co-curator of Rear View (Projects). She has received numerous awards and grants from institutions such as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Kristian Davis Bailey
Kristian Davis Bailey is a Detroit-based freelance writer and organizer. He is a member of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) in Detroit and of Black4Palestine.
Tiago de Abreu Pinto
Tiago de Abreu Pinto is an independent curator based between Madrid and São Paulo whose practice is shaped by an ongoing dialogue with literature and philosophy. Previously gallery manager and director at NoguerasBlanchard, he is also the co-founder of the art magazine Revista Claves de Arte (Madrid), focused on contemporary art galleries. Nominated Special Correspondent of The Future Generation Art Prize Pinchuk Foundation (Ukraine), he is the recipient of the Gwangju Art Biennale scholarship (2012) and Art Curatorial Award Se Busca Comisario (2014) awarded by the Spanish Government. Tiago has curated exhibitions in museums, commercial galleries, biennials etc. in Spain, France, Morocco, Netherlands and Brazil, among which: Notes for a Shell, parallel project for Art-O-Rama, Marseille, France (2017); A spear, a spike, a point, a nail, a drip, a drop, the end of the tale, Ellen de Brujine Projects, Amsterdam (2016); Within the Sound of Your Voice, parallel project for the 5th Marrakech Biennale (2014).
Kristin Deasy is an international reporter based in Berlin. She has written for publications in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, and writes a blog for World Affairs Journal.
Chto Delat is a renowned Russian collective of artists, philosophers, scholars, poets and activists that has existed since 2003. Their interest is the entanglement of art, political thought, and pedagogies. In 2013 Ch-D established a School of Engaged Art in St. Petersburg.
Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti
Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia. Her teaching and research focus on analyses of historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of knowledge and inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence. Vanessa works with different communities in creative, collaborative inquiries and cartographies related to ideals of globalism and global change through intellectual, embodied, aesthetic and dissociative practices.
Džesika Devic is a self-taught film and digital photographer. In 2007 she received her first film camera and began to photograph the mundane. Her photographs span subjects and explore different mediums, but storytelling is a constant thread.
Mary Ann DeVlieg
Mary Ann DeVlieg is the director for strategic development at freeDimensional.
Anna Binta Diallo
Anna Binta Diallo is a visual artist who investigates memory and nostalgia to create unexpected narratives surrounding identity. Born in Senegal and raised in Manitoba, she’s currently based in Montreal. Her work has been exhibited at La Maison des Artistes Francophones, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Art Gallery of Alberta, MOCA Tapei, and featured in numerous publications. In 2016, Diallo exhibited "palimpseste," at MAI (Montréal), which weaved together collage, painting, prints, drawing, and audiovisual installations.
Aïcha Diallo is joint Program Director of the art education program KontextSchule, affiliated with the UdK/University of the Arts, Berlin, and is Associate Editor of Contemporary And (C&).
Jude Dibia is the author of Walking with Shadows, Unbridled and Blackbird. His writings explore the realities of gay Africans living in the continent and the challenges and abuse they face daily. Dibia writes from Sweden, where he lives and works as the current guest writer in Malmö City of Refuge.
Zvonimir Dobrovic is the founder and artistic director of Domino, the biggest independent art NGO in Croatia. In that capacity, he is responsible for programming several festivals in Croatia and internationally—most notably Perforations—a week of live art, Queer Zagreb and Queer New York international art festivals. Through different platforms, he curates over 100 performances annually staged all over the world, many of them commissions and produced specifically for these and other festivals. He has served on numerous panels and boards, juries, and committees in the field of performing arts and film. Zvonimir has also edited books, magazines, and written articles on performance. He regularly holds lectures and workshops on curating and art management.
Nikos Doulos is an Amsterdam based artist, born and raised in Athens (GR). His interest lies in inclusive modes of knowledge production achieved through discursive practices and temporal interventions. In his work he creates malleable situations/conditions as participatory infrastructures and ‘soft’ knowledge generators. Walking holds a predominant part in his practice. His is the founder of NIGHTWALKERS – a collectively practiced nocturnal walking project investigating the contemporary identity of the flanêur. Doulos predominately engages on research trajectories under the umbrella of Expodium – an urban do tank investigating the role of the arts in urban transition areas. He teaches periodically at Kuvataideakatemia in Helsinki and he is the coordindator of Roaming Assembly – DAI Roaming Academy’s public program. Doulos’s participation at Capacete-Athens is generously supported by Mondriaan Fund.
Architect, Writer, Urban Evolutionary Prize-winning architect, writer, international speaker, green building and ecocity pioneer and early advocate for action on climate change. Paul Downton is DeTao Master of Ecological Urban Design with the DeTao Masters Academy in Shanghai and Chief Consultant with Green World Solutions (Beijing) Ltd. His projects include keynote green buildings for Adelaide Zoo and the ANU and the internationally awarded Christie Walk development. Founder of Urban Ecology Australia (in 1991), his vision of ecological cities is supported by years of working with communities. In 1989 Paul founded Australia’s first community organisation focused on climate change and was 2008 South Australian finalist for Australian of the Year. With a doctorate in environmental studies and 30 years teaching architecture, Paul is acknowledged as a world leader in sustainable city making and theory and has been called an Australian icon of sustainable development and a ‘neighbourhood pioneer’. His book ‘Ecopolis: Architecture and Cities for a Changing Climate’ was published in 2009. He is currently working on a series of books about ecocities.
Sabrina Duran is a journalist who is dedicated to writing profiles of anonymous people and covering areas of Human Rights and Urbanism. She is the author of the book "Mulheres Centrais" and the blog "EUA Votam," for the Opera Mundi website. She has presented special reports in Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina, England, France, the United States, and more than 60 Brazilian cities. In 2013 she created the journalistic project "Arquitetura da Gentrificação," which maps the process of social hygiene in the city center of São Paulo. Photo by Laura Sobenes.
Sam Durant is a multimedia artist whose works reference social, political and cultural issues in American history. In 2017, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis installed Durant’s monumental sculpture, Scaffold, in their Sculpture Garden. The work, which incorporated designs for gallows used in seven US government sanctioned hangings from 1859 to 2006, was intended to show America's history of state sanctioned violence and the death penalty. Native American groups protested the sculpture, offended by its reference to the 1862 hanging of 38 Dakota Indians at Mankato. Durant agreed to dismantle the work, which was later buried by Dakota tribal elders. “I made Scaffold as a learning space for people like me, white people who have not suffered the effects of a white supremacist society and who may not consciously know that it exists,” said Durant. “White artists need to address issues of white supremacy.”
Marta Echaves is an independent researcher and curator based in Madrid. She studied philosophy and took part in the Independent Studies Program, directed by Paul B. Preciado. As a member of the research group Somateca (Museo Reina Sofia), she studies the technologies of gender production. She participated in artistic and curatorial projects within institutions like MACBA, La Casa Encendida or the Centro de Arte Conde Duque. Necropolitics and bioresistance in postdictatorial contexts (with a special focus on Spain) are central in her current work.
Adam Echelman is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal.
Daniel is an artist living in Brasil. He has collaborated with 596 Acres on several projects that have included telling the stories of places. These have been a few murals and the books I’M SO LUCKY YOU FOUND ME and Gracias Por Guiarme, both available for purchase here. His other work can be found at vimeo.com/122059179
Fatemeh Ekhtesari is an Iranian poet, writer, and a freelance filmmaker. Fatemeh has published three poetry anthologies in Iran and two books while in exile, one of which is a collection of short stories. The other is a story based on her prison memories. In 2013, Fatemeh attended a poetry festival in Gothenburg, Sweden (Göteborgs poesifestival); upon her return to Iran she was imprisoned and later released on bail. In 2015, Fatemeh was sentenced to 99 lashes and 11.5 years imprisonment. Fatemeh currently lives in exile in Norway as a guest writer.
Fatima El-Tayeb is a German historian and author and currently a Professor of African-American Literature and Culture at UC San Diego, California, USA.
Basma El Husseiny
Basma El Husseiny is an arts manager and a cultural activist who has been involved in supporting independent cultural projects and organizations in the Arab region for the past 25 years. Basma had been the Media, Arts & Cultural Program Officer for the Ford Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa, and worked as Arts Manager of the British Council in Egypt. She has also worked as a theater director, script-writer, organizer of cultural events, and arts critic and reviewer. In 2004, Basma founded Cultural Resource (Al Mawred Al Thaqafy), a leading pan-Arab non-profit organization, which she led until 2014. In 2006, she also co-founded, and was a trustee of the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, an independent regional grant-making organization. She founded Action for Hope, an international organization that works to provide cultural relief and cultural development programs to meet the cultural, social, and psychological needs of distressed and displaced communities.
helloeverything is an international design studio founded in 2013 by Austin Smith, Julian Ocampo, and Sixto Cordero. Their work emerges from the opportunities of the standard to proliferate the spatial agency of the people, objects, and relations which constitute contemporary life. Through design they expand and challenge the functions of the everyday, innovating through convention to achieve a nonstandard operative praxis.
Ana López-Ortego is an architect, PhD student in Geography, University teacher and researcher, and activist in Latin America. She is co-founder and co-director of Arquitectura Expandida, based mainly in Bogotá, Colombia. AXP is a collective that builds structures of public assembly for communities that cannot afford to go through official channels for design and construction. AXP's actions and interventions take part in the transformation process of the physical dimension of a community’s reality. Furthermore, this physical transformation aims to engage communities in the political, social, spatial, and cultural management of their territories. The strategies and tactics deployed by AXP and the communities involved come as a response to a diverse range of conflicting formal and informal relationships between institutions, norms, bureaucracies, practices and scenarios. In 2017, Arquitectura Expandida was shortlisted for the Curry Stone Design Prize — an award which honors socially impactful design professionals — and in 2018 is shortlisted for the Dorfman Prize of the Royal Academy of Arts of London.
Olamiju Fajemisin is a British-Nigerian freelance writer based in Berlin. Her work focuses on art, music and contemporary culture with an emphasis on race.
Fabiana Faleiros is a poet, performer and researcher. She is Lady Incentivo and doctored in Art and Contemporary Culture at UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Currently she is participating in the Capacete residency in Athens.
Emilio Fantin is an artist working on dematerialization of art as his individual research and on the concept of organism in collective experiences. His work is mainly based on studying the problems of behaviour and philosophy. He has been carrying on research about the structure of sharing art practices for many years. At present, he is working on multidisciplinary research which studies the relationship between art and agriculture, art and mathematical logic, art and dreams, and art and architecture. He has participated in important contemporary art events (the Venice Biennale, I; Performa07, NY, USA; Le Magasin, Grenoble, F; Neue Galerie, Graz, A; Documenta XIII, Kassell, D). Since 2005, he has taught at the Politecnico, School of Architecture and Society, University of Milano and is also one of the coordinators of the “Osservatorio Public Art”, a research laboratory which promotes projects and ideas about art in public spaces.
ARAHMAIANI is one of the leading figures in the contemporary art scene in Indonesia, working in performance, painting, drawing, installation, video, poetry, dance and music. She was one of the artists featured in the Indonesia National Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale. Her work has grappled with contemporary politics, violence, critique of capital, the female body and in recent years, her own identity, which although Muslim, still mediates between Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and animist beliefs. She often uses her public presence in order to attract attention to violence against women in general and to female discrimination in Indonesia’s Islamic society, in particular. Since September 11th, she has combined her critical attitude toward Islam with a fight against its general stigmatization. Her interests also extend to environmental issues, which has led her to work with monks on the Tibetan Plateau in recent years.
Yevgeniy Fiks is a Moscow-born New York-based artist, author, and organizer of art exhibitions. Yevgeniy has produced many projects on the subject of the Post-Soviet dialog in the West.
Francesca Fiore is an artistpoet from Pennsylvania and co-founder of SOIL SERIES: A Social Drawing, a socially engaged project that seeks to re-establish networks of nourishment in the rural community of Bethel, Ohio. Her process-based and deeply investigative work uses research, performance, video, installation, and text to explore histories, intimacies, and representations of memory. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. She presented at Residency Unlimited's symposium Embedded, Embedding: Artist Residencies, Urban Placemaking and Social Practice in January.
Vilém Flusser (May 12, 1920 – November 27, 1991) was a Czech-born philosopher, writer and journalist. His large body of written work includes many books and essays, which appeared in numerous American and European journals. Phenomenology would play a major role in the transition to the later phase of his work, in which he turned his attention to the philosophy of communication and of artistic production.
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Yaffa Fredrick is managing editor of World Policy Journal
Steve Frost is Executive Director of the Tasai Foundation, an artist collective based in Vancouver, Canada
Jeni Fulton is a writer and editor based in Berlin. She is the Art/Commissioning editor for Sleek Magazine.
Joshua Furst’s novel The Sabotage Café won the 2008 Grub Street Fiction Prize and was named a best book of the year by the Chicago Tribune, the Rocky Mountain News and the Philadelphia City Paper. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book of stories, Short People. He is a founding member of the Kristiania Writers’ Collective and he lives in New York City where he teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Based in Berlin, Germany, Will Furtado is also the current Deputy Editor of Contemporary And, after a two-year stint as Art and Digital Editor at Sleek magazine. When not making memes, Will curates exhibitions and lectures on digital media and global art.
Vibha Galhotra is a recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Grant at their Bellagio Center, 2016. At present, she is an Asian Cultural Council fellow in the US, pursuing continual research on belief and reality to intervene on the subject of the Anthropocene. Galhotra's practice ranges across photography, film, video, found objects, performative objects, sculpture, installation, text, sound, drawing, and public interventions. Vibha shares that her art practice crosses the dimensions of art, ecology, economy, science, spirituality, and activism, with the aim of constantly trying to create a parallel between belief and reality, absence and presence, construction or [De]construction within the social, political and economic domain of our constructed structures. The constant negotiation of human with ecosystem and with the mystery within that ecosystem motivate her to continue her practice based on research and intuitive imagination to understand and question the alienation of the human in the atmosphere or the atmosphere in the human-dominated world. Through her massive but aesthetic work (both philosophically and structurally) she tries to redefine her own existence and ownership in this commerce-driven world.
Omar is a Canadian architect born in Toronto, raised in Brampton, and currently practicing and residing in both Halifax and Toronto. After studying in the Regional Arts program at Mayfield Secondary School (Caledon) and then the inaugural Architectural Studies Program at the University of Toronto, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where he received his Master’s degree in 2005 from Dalhousie University. After graduation Omar worked on several key projects including Manitoba Hydro, Two Hulls, the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University and the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo. Omar is currently also a sessional instructor at the School of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie University. Omar is the recipient of the 2014 Canada Council for the Arts Professional Prix de Rome and was listed in Wallpaper* magazine’s 2014 Architects Directory—their list of the top 20 Young Architects in the World. Most recently, Omar was named one of the Architectural League of New York’s “Emerging Voices” of 2016 and one of Monocle Magazine’s 20 most influential Canadians.
Noelle Garcia is an artist who focuses on themes of identity, family history and recovered narratives in her work. She grew up in the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and traces her bloodline on her father’s side to Oregon's Klamath Tribes. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and is the recipient of awards that include the American Indian Graduate Center Elizabeth Furbur Fellowship, the Emilie Hesmeyer Memorial Award and the Barna Memorial Award. Noelle works with a variety of media including fiber, beadwork, sculpture, basketry and painting. She also uses old family photos, including those taken during visits to see her father in prison when she was a child. Her father was convicted of murder at the age of 25 and spent the majority of his life in prison, where he died when Noelle was 13. He remains a central figure in her creative process.
Gris García is a mexican artist and an independent curator. Her work is centered around contemporary practices and hybrid productions which emerge from dialogue and correspondence with others. She holds an MA in Artistic Research and Production and has also been part of MACBA’s PEI (Independent Study Program), a Master’s program in Museistic studies and critical theory directed by Paul B. Preciado. http://grisgarcia.net/
Edgardo Leonel García is a young Zapotec, sociologist, and peasant apprentice from Southern Mexico. He is a founder and member of the Autonomous Cooperative of Sharing and Learning of Oaxaca (CACAO), which aids in the struggle for food sovereignty. His knowledge about life comes mainly from the wisdom of his indigenous community. He has participated in initiatives to re-weave the social fabric of communities affected by poverty and violence in the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, México, through community workshops that construct solutions for planting vegetables, handling garbage, and collective water management. Currently he is engaged in autonomous learning, self-management for life (autogestión), regeneration of the social fabric, and autonomy of the native peoples.
Fernando García-Dory's (b. 1978) work engages specifically with the relationship between culture and nature now, as manifested in multiple contexts, from landscape and the rural, to desires and expectations concerned with identity, through to (global) crisis, utopia and the potential for social change. He studied Fine Arts and Rural Sociology, and now is now preparing for his PhD in Agroecology. Interested in the harmonic complexity of biological forms and processes, his work addresses connections from microorganisms to social systems, and from traditional art languages such as drawing to collaborative agroecological projects, actions, and cooperatives. He also addresses these interests through work with institutions such as Casco Office for Art, Architecture and Design, Tensta Konsthalle, Gwangju Biennale, Istanbul Biennale and dOCUMENTA (13).
Theaster Gates was born in 1973 in Chicago, where he lives and works. He exhibits widely, including group shows such as the Whitney Biennial, New York; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; ’The Spirit of Utopia’ at Whitechapel, London; and Studio Museum’s ‘When Stars Collide’ in New York. Solo exhibitions include ‘To Speculate Darkly: Theaster Gates and Dave, the Slave Potter’ at Milwaukee Art Museum; Seattle Art Museum; MCA Chicago; and ‘The Black Monastic’ residency at Museu Serralves, Porto. Gates was awarded the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, and the Artes Mundi 6 prize. Gates is founder of the nonprofit Rebuild Foundation and Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Chicago.
Henry A. Giroux currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar Professorship in Critical Pedagogy. He also holds a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. In 2007, he was named by the Toronto Star as one of the “12 Canadians Changing the Way We Think.” He is a frequent contributor to Truthout, CounterPunch, Truthdig, and other online journals. He has published over 400 scholarly articles. His most recent books include: Youth in Revolt: Reclaiming a Democratic Future (Paradigm 2013), America’s Educational Deficit and the War on Youth (Monthly Review Press, 2013), Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education (Haymarket 2014), The Violence of Organized Forgetting (City Lights 2014) and Dangerous Thinking in the Age of the New Authoritarianism (Routledge 2015). Giroux is also a member of Truthout's Board of Directors.
Eric Gitari is a lawyer with Nairobi-based National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) Kenya.
Damien Glez, a regular contributor to World Policy Journal, is a cartoonist based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and a collaborator, through Cartooning for Peace,with cartoonists who’ve drawn for Charlie Hebdo and who died in this week’s massacre.
Lloyd Godman is one of a new breed of environmental artists whose work is directly influencing ’green’ building design……”Godman’s installations are the result of a unique blend of botanical science, environmental awareness and artistic expression. All three elements are intrinsic to the practical realisation of his polymathic vision .. as physical objects, Godman’s artworks are purifiers of the air as well as the soul, suppliers of colour as well as calmness, and filters of water as well as the human spirit”. John Power – Editor of Facility Management Magazine
Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, activist, and consultant based in California. She is the author of two new books, The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future and The Wave. You can read other work of hers at arlenegoldbard.com.
Aliza Goldberg is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal and a graduate student at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Ivana Golob Mihić completed an MA in the History of Art and Computer Science at the University of Rijeka. During her education and practicum work, she was interested in various topics, but mainly she was engaged in the area of industrial architecture and cultural-artistic education. She completed internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Museum in Venice and the Gallery Kortil in Rijeka, where she particularly focused on the programmes for audience development. She satisfies her scientific curiosity through her work on the projects at the Centre for Industrial Heritage at the University of Rijeka, which was founded as a joint initiative by her and her colleagues. Her work at the Benčić Youth Council enables her to implement her own ideas related to cultural and artistic education and the popularization of art.
Thiago Gonçalves is an artist based in São Paulo. An installation by Thiago Gonçalves and Alejandra Bruschi entitled "Hydrotropismo" is on view at Kunsthalle São Paulo for the month of April.
Julie Goodness is a PhD candidate at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden. Her research is in urban social-ecological systems, functional traits and ecosystem services, environmental education, design-thinking and design-based learning, social action and community development. Locations: Stockholm, Sweden; Cape Town, South Africa. Sge was a lead editor on the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO) Project: www.cbobook.org; and created the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 Project -Youth Design Studio #WDC641: http://imagine-more.org/southafrica.html
Evan Gottesman is an editorial assistant for World Policy Journal.
Adam Greenfield is an American writer and urbanist, based in London. His publications include Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing, Against the Smart City, and Radical Technologies. He is the founder and managing director of Urbanscale.
Fernanda Grigolin (Curitiba, 1980) É artista visual, editora, pesquisadora doutoranda em Artes Visuais na Unicamp. Por dez anos foi ativista de movimentos sociais no Brasil e na América Latina. Possui especialização em Direitos Humanos (USP) e é mestra em artes visuais na UNICAMP. Vive e trabalha entre Campinas e São Paulo. Fernanda Grigolin (Curitiba, 1980) is a visual artist, editor, researcher, and PhD student in Visual Arts at Unicamp. For ten years, she was an activist in social movements in Brazil and Latin America, specializing in Human Rights (USP). She lives and works between Campinas and São Paulo.
Cíntia Guedes researches racism, sexism, and the production of subjectivities. She lives in Rio de Janeiro and holds a doctorate from the Communications School (ECO) of Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where she now teaches at the Art School (EBA). She carries out a number of different activities in dialogue with artistic practices. Her academic and artistic research examines themes of embodied memory and the production of subjectivity from decolonial and anti-racist perspectives. She investigates the presence of ancestry in her own body – as a Black woman from Brazil’s Northeastern interior – and in the contemporary colonial city by articulating writing processes linked to vocabularies such as art, performance, agriculture, dreams, dance, and ritual, culminating in workshops and performative readings in universities and art spaces. She writes for both academic and non-academic journals, and acts as executive producer on a variety of projects. Photo credit: Breno César.
Francisco Guevara is a visual artist and curator based in Mexico and Peru. He specializes in Levinasian ethics applied to the design of cross-cultural artistic projects, and the analysis of performativity in contemporary art practices. His experience spans 20 years of designing, curating, and managing art projects through visual arts education, and international cooperation to promote social change. His essays and critical texts focusing on contemporary art practices and the artist residency field have been featured in numerous international publications. As a visual artist, Francisco Guevara investigates the historical construction of the differentiation processes and its relationship with the performativity of identity. Guevara holds a degree in Cooperation and Development in the fields of education, science and culture from UNED/OEI/CIDEAL, and a postgraduate degree in Cultural Management and Communication from FLACSO. He continued his studies at the University of New Mexico, focusing on race, gender, class, and the historiographies of art. As of 2009, Guevara is co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Arquetopia, a non-profit foundation and transnational artist residency program promoting Development and social transformation through educational, artistic, and cultural programs.
Ndeye Rokhaya Gueye is a visual arts teacher. She completed her studies at the National School of Art in Senegal in 2001 and has since participated, lead, and collaborated on multiple art projects. She is also a member of the Art Critique Association in Senegal. Muu-So is her first children's book.
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Germán Eliecer Gomez is a sociologist with expertise in communication and expert on issues related to urban cultural practices, especially young people, in expressions such as graffiti, football bars. He has advised the Mayor of Bogotá Cultural Transformations issues and cultural and social policies. He currently serves as a public servant of the Ministry of Culture of Bogotá. Sociólogo con maestría en Comunicación. Expertos en temas relacionados con practicas culturales urbanas, principalmente de jovenes, en expresiones tales como el grafiti, las barras de fútbol. Ha asesorado a la Alcaldía de Bogotá en temas relacionados con Transformaciones Culturales y politicas culturales y sociales. Actualmente se desempeña como Servidor publico de la Secretaría de Cultura de Bogotá.
Hans Haacke, born in Cologne, Germany (1936), has lived in New York since the early 1960s. He taught at Cooper Union (New York) from 1967 – 2002. Solo exhibitions include: Tate Gallery (London) 1984; New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York) 1986; Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) 1989; Deichtorhallen (Hamburg) and Akademie der Künste (Berlin) 2006; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid) 2012. His work has been included in four Documentas and the Biennials of Tokyo, Sydney, São Paulo, Venice, Johannesburg, Gwangju, the Whitney (New York), and Sharjah. In 1993, he shared the Golden Lion award with Nam June Paik for best pavilion of 1993 Venice Biennial. "Free Exchange," a conversation with Pierre Bourdieu, was published by Stanford University Press (1995), and in 2000 he created “DER BEVÖLKERUNG” (To the Population), a permanent installation inside Reichstag (German Parliament building). Other prominent works include “Denkzeichen Rosa Luxemburg,” a permanent installation in a public square (Berlin, 2005), and the temporary installation of “Gift Horse,” commissioned by London Mayoralty for 4th Plinth (Trafalgar Square, 2015).
Gloria Hage is the Executive Director of Robin Becker Dance.
Sandi Halimuddin is an editorial assistant at the World Policy Journal.
Abazar A. Bagi Hamid grew up in the cultural belt between Sudan and the Gulf. His music is both rooted in traditional Sudanese and African music characteristic of the Gulf area, and heavily inspired by reggae and Afro-Latin music. Abazar Hamid’s songs confront a wide range of topics from peace, friendship, and unity, to genocide, the loss of loved ones, and songs of lament for towns wrecked by the Sudanese government.
Hou Hanru, born 1963 in Guangzhou, China, is an international curator and critic based in Rome, Paris, and San Francisco. He is the artistic director of MAXXI in Rome, and Consulting Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Over the past two decades, Hou has curated and co-curated over 100 exhibitions around the world, including biennials and triennials in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Istanbul, Venice, Lyon, Auckland and Johannesburg. He is a founding member of the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Council, a curatorial think tank. His recent project with the Guggenheim, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World (2017–18), co-curated with Alexandra Munroe and Philip Tirani, drew outrage from animal rights activists over works that incorporated footage of animals, as well as one work that used live reptiles and insects. After the museum received threats of violence, it removed the three controversial works from the show.
Michael Hardt is the chair of the Literature Program at Duke. He is co-author with Antonio Negri of Declaration as well as the Empire trilogy (Empire, Multitude, and Commonwealth). He currently serves as editor of The South Atlantic Quarterly.
Pakui Hardware (Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda) are based in Berlin and Vilnius. They have worked as a collaborative artist duo since 2014. Their latest solo shows include exhibitions in Budapest, Helsinki, Berlin, Vienna, Oslo, and New York. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at L'Ascensore, Palermo, IT; at Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig (MdbK), DE and at Bielefelder Kunstverein, DE, as well as Jungle Theory, a group show at Domaine Pommery, FR and the13th Baltic Triennial at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT. www.pakuihardware.org
Kenneth Hayes is an architectural historian and critic of contemporary art who lives and works in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He studied architecture at the University of Waterloo and McGill University in Canada, and completed a Ph.D. in Architectural History at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey in 2010. His book-length essay on milk splash images in photo-conceptual art from 1965 to 1985, titled Milk and Melancholy, was published by Prefix and MIT Presses in 2008. His current research is on the development of mining photography since 1973.
Patrick "Pato" Hebert
Pato Hebert is an artist, educator and cultural worker based in New York and Los Angeles. His work explores the aesthetics, ethics and poetics of interconnectedness. He is particularly interested in space, spirituality, pedagogy and progressive praxis. Recent projects have been presented at Beton7 in Athens, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, and The Glass Studio at The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk. In 2015 he was an artist-in-residence with the Neighborhood Time Exchange project in West Philadelphia. In August he will be a BAU Institute/Camargo Foundation Residency Fellow in Cassis, France. Hebert’s work has been supported by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Creative Work Fund, the National Education Association and a Mid-Career Fellowship for Visual Artists from the California Community Foundation. In 2008 he received the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award from Center in Santa Fe. He teaches as an Associate Arts Professor in the Department of Art & Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He has also worked in community-based HIV prevention initiatives with queer communities of color since 1994. He continues this grassroots work through his current projects with the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), where he helps to develop innovative international approaches to community mobilization, programs and advocacy. (Photo by Ken Merfeld)
Ajay Heble is the founding Director of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), and Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. He is the author or editor of several books, and the founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium (www.guelphjazzfestival.com). In his teaching, Heble has sought to develop pedagogical strategies that foster connections between what students learn or do at university and how they come to understand themselves as socially responsible citizens. The final “assignment” in his courses often takes the form of a “pro-active, community-facing intervention” which challenges students to move beyond the walls of the classroom in an effort to make collective interventions in the broader community. The excerpt reprinted here is from a book-length collaboration with some of his current and former students, focusing on human rights and community-based learning.
Yaacov Hecht is the founder and chairman of Education Cities - the Art of Collaborations. He is internationally recognized as a leader in democratic education, learning theory, and societal change. In 2005, The Marker, Israel's largest economic magazine, named Hecht one of the 10 most influential people in the social and educational areas in Israel. He convened the first International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC), an annual conference that continues to connect educators, schools, and organizations, and founded the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel (IDE), which focuses on making change in the public schools system through democratic education principals. He lives in Hadera, Israel.
Jessica Hein works within a drawing-based practice that is informed by experiential, interdisciplinary, and process based methods. Her work explores the mediated experience of our environment—through memory, the body, technology, time, or distance. Whether she is working with a laser cutter, digital mapping software, or the choreography of her own body movements, the translation of an idea, memory, or experience is central to her work. Jessica studied visual art at NSCAD University and received her Master of Visual Studies (Studio) at the University of Toronto in 2013. She lives in Toronto.
Maike Hemmers is an artist from Germany based in Rotterdam. After graduating from her MFA in art praxis at the Dutch Art Institute, she is working within the space of feminist architecture, focusing particularly on interiority as a mode of resistance. Recent and upcoming works include textile sculptures, drawings, and text works presented in printed and performative form.
Jeannette Hicks is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a visual artist. Her current philosophical research investigates history, power, and resistance in Michel Foucault’s projected archaeology of the visual arts. As a Research Assistant for the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), she facilitates arts-based community making through improvisational arts projects, and contributes to ongoing research on how art can cultivate and strengthen community. As a member of the installation art collective Tongue & Groove, she has collaborated on playful participatory installations that invite critical reflection on lived space for Nuit Blanche Toronto, Land/slide: Possible Futures, Whippersnapper Gallery, and the AGO’s Toronto Now series. She is currently exploring graphic notation as inter-arts improvisation through a series of improvisational ink drawings made in collaboration with clarinettist François Houle.
Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He had the great privilege of growing up in two languages, neither of which was French or English; they were Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of the neighbouring "nation," a people with whom they roamed and hunted. Today, he enjoys an international career as playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter. His best known works are the plays, "THE REZ SISTERS," "DRY LIPS OUGHTA MOVE TO KAPUSKASING," "ROSE," "ERNESTINE SHUSWAP GETS HER TROUT," and the best-selling novel, "KISS OF THE FUR QUEEN." For many years, he ran Canada's premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts (based in Toronto), out of which has emerged an entire generation of professional Native playwrights, actors and, more indirectly, the many other Native theatre companies that now dot the country.
Miriam Ho is a writer, editor, installation artist and architectural designer based in Toronto. She also writes fiction and narrative essays. She previously worked for internationally renowned architects Philip Beesley and Shigeru Ban.
Alexander Hobbs is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal.
Ana Hoffner (b. Prvulovic) was born in 1980 in Paraćin, Yugoslavia. Hoffner is engaged in an art practice that excavates moments of crisis and conflict in history and politics. Hoffner’s video and photo installations and performances seek to introduce temporalities, relations, and spaces between established perspectives, memories of iconic images, and highly performative events. Hoffner employs means of appropriation such as restaging photographs, interviews, and reports, and desynchronization of body and voice, sound and image. She has a PhD from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2014).
Ashley Holden is a 20-year-old business student at LaGuardia Community College, and is going toward obtaining her Associates and then Bachelors degrees. She also participates in political conversations online and in groups on topics such as gentrification, race, women's rights, and more.
Jonathan Hollander has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in India, a Fulbright Specialist in Malaysia, a U.S. Department of State Cultural Envoy in Portugal, and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Battery Dance Company
Mike Houck, Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute (http://www.urbangreenspaces.org), has worked on local, regional, and national urban park and greenspace issues since 1980 when he founded the Urban Naturalist Program at the Audubon Society of Portland (http://www.audubonportland.org). He is co-founder of The Intertwine Alliance (http://www.theintertwine.org), which is dedicated to creating a world-class park, trail, and natural area system for the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. The Alliance is also a member of the national Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance whose members represent Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Cleveland, Milwaukee, San Francisco Bay Area, and Portland metropolitan greenspace initiatives.
Karen Houle hails from Northern Ontario but calls Guelph home. Her twin girls, Kuusta Laird Barry and Cézanne Houle, are a quarter century old and live in Guelph too, with their kids. Houle’s undergraduate degree is in Biology and Chemistry. She is now a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, and adjunct graduate faculty in the Schools of Fine Art and Music & the Guelph-Humber School of Creative Writing. Her areas of specialization are political theory, ethics, environmental philosophy, philosophy and literature, and feminist thought. She co-edited (with Jim Vernon) Hegel and Deleuze: Together Again for the First Time (Northwestern, 2013). Her monograph, Responsibility, Complexity and Abortion: Toward a New Image of Ethical Thought (Lexington Books) came out at the end of 2013. She has published numerous academic and non-academic articles on topics ranging from plant communication to Emmanuel Levinas, animal tracking to Michel Foucault, from watershed ecology to Jacques Derrida, from canoe flotillas on the Tobique River to Luce Irigaray, from rape to Steve Reich. She is also the author of two books of poetry: Ballast (House of Anansi, 2001) and During (Gaspereau Press, 2008). Ballast was nominated by the Canadian League of Poets for the Lampert Prize (best first book of poetry by a Canadian writer). In 2014, she was the inaugural Eastern Comma Writer-in-Residence at North House, on the rare Charitable Research Reserve in Blair, Ontario, where she wrote a collection of poetry soon to be published.
Hilary Hung is an emerging artist exploring philosophical and psychological conditions through materiality. Her projects often start with a fascination for materiality and continue as experiments on revealing the life and meaning of a material. She works on a large scale in sculpture and installation because the perception and navigation of space is an important consideration in the experience of her work. Hilary’s process is rhizomatic in nature and she draws from different disciplines, cultures and industries to discover new ways of seeing and thinking.
Mathieu Hélie is a software developer on weekdays and a complexity scientist and urbanist on weekends. He publishes the blog EmergentUrbanism.com
Mark Igloliorte is an interdisciplinary artist of Inuit ancestry from Nunatsiavut, Labrador. His artistic work is primarily painting and drawing. In 2017, Igloliorte received a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation and to note, he was also longlisted for a Sobey art award in 2012. He currently lives in Vancouver where he teaches at Emily Carr.
Navarana Igloliorte is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker who grew up in Nunavut and Labrador. She uses a variety of mediums such as stencilling, short gauge film, video, painting, printmaking, and dance. Navarana’s works are often in collaboration with individuals or groups of people to weave together teachings, stories, movement, and sometimes humour through reflection of our connectedness with each other and the natural world. Her artwork and films have been exhibited and screened across Canada in galleries, as well as international film and media arts festivals. Recently Igloliorte received a Film and Video Artists-Research/Creation Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts toward a solo exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery (March 2018) in New Brunswick. Since 2004 Navarana has frequently traveled back to Labrador to work with the Innu First Nation and Nunatsiavut Inuit to create documentaries and short films in collaboration with community members. Navarana completed her BFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2003) and BEd. from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (2005). She currently lives in Vancouver, BC.
The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) is a central source for the collection and dissemination of research on improvised creative practices. The Institute's mandate is to create positive social change through the confluence of improvisational arts, innovative scholarship, and collaborative action.
Fran Ilich is a media artist and writer. He is the author of the novels Metro-pop, Tekno Guerrilla, Circa 94 and the book-length essay “Otra Narrativa es Posible”. He has participated in Berlinale Talent Campus, Transmediale, ARCO, Documenta 12 and 13, and has shown at the Walker Art Center, Creative Time exhibition, Antídoto and the EZLN’s Festival Mundial de la Digna Rabia. He was a fellow at Eyebeam and A Blade of Grass. He studied the M.A. in Media Art Histories at Donau-Universität Krems and was Visiting Lecturer of the Literature Department of the University of California San Diego. He was Editor-at-Large for Sputnik Cultura Digital magazine in Mexico City, where he also worked as a researcher at Centro Multimedia of the National Center of the Arts; he directed seminars on narrative media for the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía in Sevilla. He lives and works in New York City.
Co-founder and director of Solobeta, where we design learning programs on the Digital Economy. Here I mainly research new movements and trends, while advising and giving talks on specific related themes. I come from a background combining economics and philosophy in order to understand the role of businesses in relation to the society that surrounds them. Over the past years this has lead to exploring the potentials of internet-based technologies and how they impact social behavior and ultimately how we create value. Currently my work is focused on projects concerning the so-called Platform Economy and The Future of Work and how these broader currents will impact our businesses and institutions. And ultimately our lives.
Manish Jain is deeply committed to regenerating our diverse knowledge systems and cultural imaginations. He has served for the past 19 years as Coordinator and Co-Founder of Shikshantar: The Peoples' Institute for Rethinking Education and Development based in Udaipur, India and is co-founder of the Swaraj University, Creativity Adda, Learning Societies Unconference, Walkouts-Walkon network, Udaipur as a Learning City, and Families Learning Together network in India. He recently helped to launch the Indian Multiversities Network and the Giftival Network. He is a featured speaker/advisory member of the Economics of Happiness network for localization. He has edited several books on Vimukt Shiksha (liberating learning) on themes such as learning societies, unlearning, gift culture, community media, and tools for deep dialogue. Prior to this, Manish worked as one of the principal team members of the UNESCO Learning Without Frontiers global initiative. He has also been a consultant to UNICEF, World Bank, USAID in Africa, South Asia and former Soviet Union. Manish also worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. He has been trying to unlearn his Master's degree in Education from Harvard University and a B.A. in Economics, International Development and Political Philosophy from Brown University. He and his wife Vidhi have been unschooling themselves with their 16 year old daughter, Kanku, in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Manish is passionate about urban organic farming, filmmaking, simulation gaming, bicycling, group facilitation, clowning and slow food cooking.
Laurel Jarombek is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal.
M. Neelika Jayawardane
M. Neelika Jayawardane is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York–Oswego and arts contributor to Al Jazeera English.
Pierre Michel Jean is a photojournalist based in Port-au-Prince. He was invited by Lanchonete.org and FOKAL to complete a three-month residency in São Paulo. Pierre Michel Jean's entire body of research on Haitians in Sao Paulo can be seen here.
Vladan Jeremić and Rena Rädle are artists whose artistic practice comprises drawing, text, photography,installation, and video. Since 2002 they have been developing a joint artistic practice that explores the overlapping space between art and activism. In their artistic work they focus on the contradictions that exist in society today and research, with artistic means, emancipatory potentials. Their recent exhibitions have included shows in New York, Mexico City, and across Europe.
Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, artist, facilitator, cultural manager, and gardener. He is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nêhiyaw community in the global north. For close to 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several art projects, collectives, and organizations locally and abroad. In December 2015, he was hired as the program coordinator for Musagetes, and has also commissioned texts on social injustice for its online platform ArtsEverywhere.
Naomi Johnson is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Bear clan from Six Nations. Naomi has had several years’ experience as a curator, arts administrator, professional artist, and community arts facilitator. Naomi has a BFA hons, Visual Arts from York University and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria. Since 2013 she has served as the Artistic Director at the Woodland Cultural Centre programming exhibitions and performance art events annually.
Chris Jones tries to stand with his feet on the floor of learning through membership of the political sound art collective Ultra-red and by being a part of the radical social centre and archive 56a Infoshop in South London. Jones is a writer and researcher within the Southwark Notes anti-gentrification website and active research group.
Ruth Jones is a writer, editor, and curator currently based in Toronto. She holds a PhD in French from UCLA and has previously taught courses on urbanism, infrastructure, and narrative at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
Kristine Jordan is a former Editorial Assistant at the World Policy Journal.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir is a Poetician for the Pirate Party in the Icelandic Parliament and chairman for the International Modern Media Institute, or IMMI. Birgitta has helped create two political movements since 2009: the Civic Movement and the Pirate Party, both of which have successfully entered the Icelandic Parliament. The Pirate Party has been scoring in the polls as the most popular party in Iceland in 2015. She specializes is 21st century lawmaking with focus on direct democracy, freedom of expression, information and digital privacy. She is a hacker in parliament. Birgitta is also a long-time activist and was a WikiLeaks volunteer when the largest leak in human history was dropped into the digital DropBox of the organization by the courageous whistleblower, Chelsea Manning. She played a crucial role in WikiLeak’s release of Collateral Murder. In early 2010, Birgitta put forward the IMMI parliamentary resolution tasking the Icelandic governments to write the 10 laws described in the resolution. The aim of resolution is to make Iceland a Save Haven for freedom of expression, information and digital privacy. It was unanimously adopted. The creation of the IMMI laws is ongoing. Birgitta is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper and had the honor to guest edit the January edition 2015 of the New Internationalist, titled “Democracy in the Digital Era.” Birgitta is, however, a poet first and last. She is among the pioneers in using the Internet as her global publishing venue; she has published her work online since 1995 and it can be found at http://this.is/birgitta and her digital and handmade book-publishing venue, Beyond Borders, can be found at http://this.is/poems. In the aftermath of 9/11 she published and edited two global anthologies titled The Book of Hope and The World Healing Book. She believes individuals can and should change the world.
Nikita Kadan was born 1982 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he lives and works today. He is a visual artist who often works in interdisciplinary collaboration with architects, sociologists and writers. His practice involves a critical investigation into the experience of present-day Ukrainians and their relationship to the Soviet past. He is a member of the artist group REP (Revolutionary Experimental Space), a founding member of the curatorial and activist collective Hudrada (Artistic Committee), and a member of the editorial collective of prostory.net.ua, an online publishing site on culture and politics. Kadan’s work has been exhibited internationally, with exhibitions at CCA Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw, M HKA Antwerp, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, Castello di Rivoli Turin, DAAD Galerie Berlin, 'The Shool of Kyiv' biennale, 55 and 56 Biennale di Venezia, and the 14th Istanbul Biennial among others.
Rajkamal Kahlon is an artist who focuses on painting and drawing. She has served as the Artist-in-Residence for the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. In 2016 Kahlon will be the Mellon Visiting Artist at the Newhouse Center at Wellesley College working on the project BLOWBACK: From Colonial Archives to Terrorist Bodies.
Shalini Kantayya is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist. She is the Creative Director of 7th Empire Media, a production company that uses artistic expression and mass media to promote sustainability and human rights. Kantayya's film A Drop of Life was honored with a Best Short award at Palm Beach International & a Crystal Dior Nomination at Tokyo Short Shorts. She tweets at @shalinikantayya.
Jesal Kapadia grew up in Mumbai. Her interests lie in an ethical praxis of being-in-common, and the cultivation of an awareness of art that is place-based, diversified, multiple, small-scale, collective and autonomous. Last year she presented with Mattia Pellegrini "Introduction to She has no land but she keeps sheep" at Sensibile Comune, part of Communism17 in Rome.
Lydia Karagiannaki is a Brussels-based architect and researcher with an interest in architectural production, consumption and pedagogy. She holds a BA in Architecture from TU Berlin and a MA in Architecture from KU Leuven/Sint Lucas Brussels. In her work she explores relational aspects of the built environment, systems of hegemonic power structures and their transgression, and biographies of objects and places.
Emma Kazaryan is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. She holds a master's degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Creative Writing with a minor in Photography from Baruch College, CUNY. She is ethnically Armenian who was born in Georgia and grew up in Russia. Her passion is covering international affairs, particularly post-Soviet geopolitics, and the Middle East.
Dr. Travis Kelleher
Dr. Travis Kelleher is an academic, writer, and curator based in Perth, Western Australia. Kelleher has worked, through FORM, in the fields of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property, ethical data management, and community engagement with arts and culture. Kelleher has also curated exhibitions for institutions including the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and has exhibited photographic and film works as a solo artist and in collaboration with Andrew Nicholls. He has won national awards in teaching and curriculum development, and his research interests include aesthetics and failure, intangible cultural heritage, and histories of domestic interiors. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor, c/o FORM – building a state of creativity inc
Natasha A. Kelly
Natasha A. Kelly is a British-German editor, author, and lecturer who holds a PhD in Communication Studies and Sociology, with her research focusing on colonialism and feminism. Her dissertation, titled, “Afrokultur. ‘der raum zwischen gestern und morgen’” (Unrast Verlag 2016), deals with the life and works of W. E. B. Du Bois, Audre Lorde and May Ayim, three Black knowledge workers who framed Afro-German identity.
Canadian born Theodore (ted) Kerr is a Brooklyn-based writer and organizer whose work focuses on HIV/AIDS and community. Before receiving his MA from Union Theological Seminary where he researched Christian Ethics and HIV, he was the programs manager at Visual AIDS. He is a founding member of the What Would An HIV Doula Do? collective, and his writing has appeared in POZ, The Advocate, WSQ, Lambda Literary, Drain, IndieWire, and Cineaste.
Mahmoud Khaled (b. 1982) studied fine art at Alexandria University in Egypt and Trondheim University in Norway. His work, spanning video, photography, sculpture, installation, sound and text, explores what is real and what is hidden, disguised or staged. He has exhibited his work in Manifesta 8 (Murcia), Salzburger Kunstverein (Salzburg), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Bonner Kunstverein (Bonn), UKS (Oslo), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, (Gateshead), Townhouse (Cairo), Sultan Gallery (Kuwait), and Whitechapel Gallery (London). In 2012 Khaled was awarded the Videobrasil In Context prize and he is shortlisted for the 2016 Abraaj Art Prize.
Farisa Khalid is a World Policy Journal Editorial Assistant Emeritus.
Dongsei Kim is a principal at axu studio. He has taught at Columbia, Carleton, RMIT, and Korea Universities. His work was invited to the Korean Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. He holds master degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities, and is completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne.
Linda Kinstler is the Editor of the Bowdoin Orient and wrote for the Fall 2012 Democracy issue of World Policy Journal.
Jay Koo is a native son of the Lower East Side. Just like you, he takes up space. He is convinced that what makes the Lower East Side remarkable is not the brunches or the lavish parties , It is the people. Jay works as a Resource Developer, helping people connect to jobs, supportive services, and other resources through Henry Street Settlement, one of the oldest nonprofit organization in the Lower East Side. Jay is also a member of the Perfect City project, which is exploring the impacts of gentrification and neighborhood changes in the Lower East Side. For more information, contact Jay Koo at [email protected]
Iva Kovač has been a visual artist at fokusgrupa.net since 2012, an editor at GSG magazine, and a curator at gsg.hr since 2017. She was the curator at PM Gallery in Zagreb from 2010 to 2012 and at SIZ Gallery in Rijeka from 2013 to 2015. As Fokus Grupa she received the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Scholarship [2015/16] and developed a seminar at the Innsbruck Institute for Architectural Theory . Realized as the Exhistenzoptimum project, it was exhibited at Kunstpavilion Innsbruck  and in its extended version at Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg . Fokus Grupa’s project Stories About Frames was exhibited at MSU, Zagreb [2015/16], Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona , MSUB, Belgrade  and nGbK Berlin . The project invisiblematter.xyz was exhibited at Bunkier Sztuki , Krakow, at Onomatopee , Eindhoven and Tobačna 001 Cultural Centre, Ljubljana .
Thomas Krüger is the Director of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. After being a founding member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the former GDR, and becoming the executive director of the SDP in Berlin (East), Thomas Krüger became deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in Berlin (East/West). Subsequently, he was the city's Senator for Youth and Family Affairs (1991-1994) and a member of the German Parliament, the Bundestag (1994-1998). He lives in Berlin.
Elijah Kuan Wong
Elijah Kuan Wong is a Baiyue Asatruar performance artist and singer from Queens, NY and Rikers Island. Obsessive attention is on Paleo, and the pact Grief (Death-Longing) made with Insistence (Bio-Remediation) in traumatized neighborhoods, relationships; our hurried pleas with a potentially amoral, or strikingly impersonal, universe. Even still, he often prays - and walks, waits, hunts and stalks, eats and hungers.
Suzanne Lacy is chair of the Graduate Public Practice Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Her installations, video, and performance focus on social themes. A recent project in Quito, Ecuador de tu Puña y Letra, on the subject of male violence, was held in a bull-fight arena; and Between the Door and the Street took over a Brooklyn street and was sponsored by Creative Time. Recent projects include Cleaning Conditions: An Homage to Allan Kaprow for the Manchester Art Gallery; and The Tattooed Skeleton, at the Museo Nacional Centro Reina Sofia. Also known for her writing, Lacy edited Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, and authored Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974-2007, essays published by Duke University Press. Lacy has exhibited at the Tate Modern; Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; and Museo Pecci in Milano, Italy. Her PhD is from Robert Gordon University in 2013.
Larissa Lai has authored two novels, "When Fox Is a Thousand" and "Salt Fish Girl;" two poetry collections, "sybil unrest" and "Automaton Biographies," and a critical book "Slanting I, Imagining We." A Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary, she directs the Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing. In Fall 2018, Arsenal Pulp Press will publish her new novel, "The Tiger Flu." Photo credit: Monique de St-Croix.
Suzy Lake began her art practice in 1968. Following the social and political unrest of the 1960's she emigrated from Detroit to Montreal (1968), and then to Toronto in 1978. Active to the needs of her communities, she was a co-founder of Vehicule Art Inc. (Montreal, 1972) and the Toronto Photographers Workshop (Toronto, 1978). Concurrent to her practice, Lake taught for 40 years in Montreal, Toronto, and received Professor Emerita status from the University of Guelph in 2008. Lake was among the first female artists in Canada to adopt performance, video, and photography to explore the politics of gender, the body, and identity. In 1993, she was the subject of a major mid-career retrospective, Point of Reference, organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1993. Suzy continues to address the relationship of the individual to societal forces in order to reveal constructions and restraints that have been built into our culture. In 2013, Suzy was awarded the Dazibao artist book prize and launched Suzy Lake: Performing an Archive in 2015. In 2014 the Art Gallery of Ontario presented a full-career retrospective with a substantial book titled Introducing Suzy Lake. Both books are available through Amazon. Suzy currently lives and makes work in Toronto.
Aaron Landsman is a New York City theater artist. He is Playwright in Residence at Abrons Arts Center and a Visiting Associate Professor and Humanities Fellow at Princeton.
Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, artist and author who writes on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the impact of technology, the philosophy of consciousness and information, internet politics and the future of humanism. Lanier’s most recent book is Who Owns the Future? A pioneer in virtual reality, Lanier founded VPL Research and led teams creating VR applications for medicine, design and numerous other fields. Lanier is also a musician and artist.
Frida Larios [b. San José, Costa Rica, 1974 (of Salvadoran parents)] received a M.A. in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts London. She has been leading learning since 2000, following her higher purpose of facilitating interpretative visual narrative applied to authored books, artworks, garments, workshops, and dialogues with children, youth, and designers, bridging the stories from Indigenous peoples and lands to contemporary reflection and appreciation, through her award-winning New Maya (Visual) Language coding methodology. Larios has been commissioned landmark ancestral innovation public projects: in 2015, she was commissioned to design the El Salvador Olympic Team uniforms for the Toronto Panamerican Games. In 2014 she was commissioned to create murals on the Joya de Cerén Archaeological Park museum wall surfaces. Larios collaborates/consults with these cultural institutions in Washington, DC: Indigenous Design Collective, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Latino Center, Embassy of El Salvador, CASA, American University Museum, among others. She serves as Ambassador for the Latin American Design Ambassadors Council and the International Indigenous Design Network.
Born in Hong Kong, Yam Lau is an artist based in Toronto. His work explores new expressions and qualities of space, time, and the image. In addition, Lau has initiated a number of independent projects that explore alternative models of art and design dissemination. These include using his car (Toronto), a donkey (Donkey Institute of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China), and his custom-designed home in Toronto (China Town) as project spaces. Currently Lau is professor of art at York University, Toronto.
Toby Lawrence is a curator and writer based between Kelowna and Gabriola Island, in the territories of the Syilx and Snuneymuxw peoples. She has held curatorial and programming positions with the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Nanaimo Art Gallery, and Studio 111, an experimental arts laboratory in Kelowna. She holds an MA in Art History from UBC and is currently working toward a PhD focused on curatorial practice at UBC Okanagan.
Graham Lawson writes regularly on arts and culture for The Jerusalem Post and other publications.
Yaniya Lee is a Toronto-based writer and editor interested in the ethics of aesthetics. She is a founding collective member of MICE Magazine and she was the 2017-2018 writer-in-residence at Gallery 44, in Toronto. She currently works as associate editor at Canadian Art magazine and teaches art criticism at the University of Toronto.
Stephanie Lee is a M. Arch candidate at MIT School of Architecture and Planning. She graduated with an A.B. in architecture from Princeton University and was previously an assistant editor at CLOG.
Lawrence Lemaoana lived in the small mining town of Welkom before returning to Johannesburg to continue his studies. He went on to study for a Bachelors of Fine Art at the University of Johannesburg where he received his B-Tech Degree majoring in Fine Arts. Lemaoana is currently completing his Master’s at the Wits School of Art. Lemaoana is a junior lecturer in Visual Art at UNISA’s Art History, Visual arts & Musicology Department. Lemaoana’s body of work has, as its departure point, a fascination with the role of the mass media in present-day South Africa. In Lemaoana’s work, the relationship between the ‘People’ and the media is problematized as a relationship of representation and control – who gets to control modes of representation; and who gets to represent those in control. The power of the media to act as didactic tool or propagandistic weapon, and the power of the media to reveal and shape the psyche, or group consciousness of the People, is taken up in Lemaoana’s work with the artist’s trademark cynical satire.
Rusland Lichtzier (b. Tomsk, Russia, 1984) is a writer, curator, and educator. Born in Russia and raised in Israel, she received her BFA with honors from Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design (Jerusalem, Israel) and the MA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she also teaches. Her background as a migrant is a principal force in creating cultural productions that push toward the radicalization of differences while highlighting ethical stands. Recent productions include "Terrorists in The Library," a research project in form of a group exhibition at Harold Washington College in (Chicago), and the group exhibition "Dark Cartographies" at Efrain Lopez Gallery (Chicago), where she is currently the head curator.
Tim Lilburn was born in Regina. He has published nine books of poetry, including To the River (1999), Kill-site (2003), Orphic Politics (2008) and Assiniboia (2012). His work has received Canada’s Governor General’s Award (for Kill-site), the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award and the Canadian Authors Association Award, among other prizes. A selection of his poetry is collected in Desire Never Leaves: The Poetry of Tim Lilburn (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007). Lilburn has produced two books of essays, both concerned with poetics, eros, and politics, especially environmentalism: Living in the World as if It Were Home (1999) and Going Home (2008). His work has been translated into Mandarin, French, Spanish, German, Polish and Serbian. A new poetry collection, The Names, was recently published in 2016, and a book of essays entitled The Larger Conversation: Contemplation and Place will be published by The University of Alberta Press in the fall 2017. Lilburn currently teaches at the University of Victoria.
Sarah Lipkis is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal.
Anat Litwin is an artist, curator and researcher, founding director of the HomeBase Project (2006-Current, NYC / Berlin / Jerusalem / Saitama). Anat graduated from the Bezalel Art Academy of Fine Art and Design, in the department of Fine Arts (2001) and holds an M.F.A from Hunter College, NYC, in the department of Fine Arts (2005). She is the recipient of the 2013 Andy Warhol Fellowship for Curatorial Research, with an International study titled “Roundtable Residency Research,” focusing on the topic of Future Urban Residency Models which function as a catalyst for social and urban change. Her artwork in the medium of paper cut outs and installation has been exhibited in galleries and alternative spaces in New York, Berlin, Tokyo, and Italy, while her social-based artistic hosting initiatives centered around the HomeBase Project have been featured in cultural platforms such as Volta art fair (Basel 2011/NY 2011), Res Artis (Tokyo, 2012), Microresidency Forum (2012/2014/2015) and recently at the Um El Fahem Museum conference on Art Residencies as a Catalyst for Social Change. HomeBase Project has received recognition in the New York Times, Metropolis, ArtForum, and NY Mag among other publications. Anat is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Urban and Regional Planning at the Technion Institute, where she aims to research the role of Artistic Hosting in appropriating the meaning of “urban.” www.homebaseproject.org [email protected]
Victoria Lomasko graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 2003, with a degree in graphic art and book design. She now works as a graphic artist with a focus on graphic reportage. Drawing on Russian traditions of documentary graphic art (as practiced during the Siege of Leningrad, in the Gulag, and within the military), Lomasko explores contemporary Russian society, especially the inner workings of the country's diverse subcultures, such as Russian Orthodox believers, LGBT activists, migrant workers, sex workers, and collective farm workers in the provinces. Her work has appeared in mainstream print publications in Russia and abroad, and exhibitions in Russia and throughout Europe. Her book Other Russias, a collection of graphic reportages on social themes, was published in the U.S. by n+1 and in the U.K. by Penguin. Lomasko has collaborated extensively with various non-profit human rights organizations on creating materials for publication and taught workshops in places of incarceration. She is the co-curator of two long-term art and activism projects: Drawing the Court (with Zlata Ponirovska) and The Feminist Pencil (with Nadia Plungian).
Zoraida Lopez is best known for her images concerning race, immigration, juvenile justice, and gender relations. Her work has been exhibited at galleries including Rush Arts and Whitewall in New York City. Zoraida is currently teaching photography to youth residing in detention centers in Connecticut and to girls in the South Bronx, New York. She is the chair of the National Black Female Photographers Group-New York City chapter.
Emani Love is a Detroit activist. She is active in youth organizing in Detroit and does national coalition building work. From 2012-2016, Emani worked at Ruth Ellis Center as an outreach worker, as well as organizer and facilitator of Trans-specific programming. She does outreach work with Detroit's LGBTQ+ community and is a founding mother for Trans Sisters of Color project in Detroit.
Janet is a social activist in heart, mind, and spirit, inspired by people, arts, culture, education, and ecology. A great believer in the chaos theory, that there is order in chaos, Janet continues taking chances in the magic of the moment. As a third generation Chinese Canadian, artist and community organizer, Janet loves to play, explore, discover, collaborate and work with artists, workers, and individuals in inter-, multi-, and mixed-disciplinary settings.
Patrick is Founder and Director of SocieCity.org, a socially-engaged network of artists, writers, and sustainability practitioners, inspiring empathic relationships between people, nature, and the places we live. Through SocieCity, as well as his own community-engaged environmental arts practice, Patrick works internationally to direct and curate projects which use the arts as a tool to re-connect people with each other and with nature. He holds an MFA in Art, Space & Nature from the University of Edinburgh, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Scotland), a BA in Design Studies from San Jose State University (USA), and was a visiting postgraduate student at the Isao Suizu Project Lab at Aichi University of the Arts (Japan). He also enjoys learning from trees, soil, wind, the sea, as well as kids and elders.
Gerardo López Amaro (San Francisco / Mexico) is a PhD candidate currently exploring viable spaces informed by politics of consciousness regarding the healing of land and territory, love & intimacy, and labor & livelihood. His interests center on intercultural translation as a political practice of weaving together an anti-imperial, decolonizing, joyful South, and co-creating alternatives to modernity, development ,and extractivism emerging from the grassroots. He is walking passionately the path of autonomous education with the task of imagining spaces of encounter for thinking-feeling together, as part of a planetary struggle for cognitive and ontological justice.
Emma Xin Ma
Emma Xin Ma holds an M. Arch from the University of Waterloo, where she completed a graduate thesis on Shenzhen’s social and urban morphology as results of the Second Line. She is currently practicing as an Intern Architect in Toronto.
Founder of the renowned Zab Maboungou / Danse Nyata Nyata Company, artist-choreographer and performer, philosophy professor and author, Zab Maboungou has distinguished herself on all fronts of artistic and cultural action. Through her works and involvement in artistic and cultural development, she has managed to translate and implant another presence and another focus for the imagination. The author of several articles on dance and the book “Heya Danse! Historique, poétique et didactique de la danse africaine” (2005), her reputation as a public speaker and “public intellectual” make her very sought-after wherever there is a meeting between “arts, knowledge and people”. Her original technique of movement, called Loketo, is now a model of its kind.
Berette Macaulay is an award-winning artist born in Sierra Leone of West African/French-Dominican/German-Czech descent. She was raised in Jamaica and the U.K., and is now based in the U.S.
The Site Magazine Editorial Team
David Maggs carries on an active career in both the arts and academia. As an artist he continues to perform as a pianist, has written several works for the stage, and led the development of the interarts ensemble Dark by Five (darkbyfive.com). He has co-developed a largescale augmented reality experience in Vancouver, B.C. and is developing a digital immersion lab with partners from across Canada. David is the founder and artistic director of Gros Morne Summer Music, a year-round interdisciplinary arts organization in Eastern Canada (gmsm.ca), he is the founder and publisher of Old Crow Magazine (oldcrowmagazine.com), and the founder and director of The Graham Academy, a performing arts academy for youth. As an academic, David’s focus is on forging a more robust engagement with cultural dimensions of sustainability. His doctoral thesis Artists of the Floating World laid the foundation for the SSHRC Insight funded Sustainability in the Imaginary World (www.imaginesustainability.today) During this time David was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, UBC, working with John Robinson. A deeper interest in applied dimensions of academic practice led David to found the Liminus Institute, bringing together themes of Arts, Health, Sustainability, Indigeneity, Technology, and the Natural World. Having launched research initiatives in arts-health intersections, and artist safety hosting in rural communities, Liminus is currently developing a ‘Regenerative Marine Spatial Planning’ strategy for the Gros Morne region. Recently David has instigated and co-produced a CBC documentary film about indigenous identity in Eastern Canada and has been named one of three emerging ‘stars’ of the Environmental Movement by Granville Magazine.
Tobi Maier is a curator and art critic based in São Paulo. He served as curator at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2006–2008), Ludlow 38 in New York (2008–2011), and as associate curator for the 30th São Paulo Biennale (2012). He holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London and completed his PhD thesis on artist-organized processions in Brazil and the international context (1931-2017) at ECA-USP (Universidade de São Paulo) in 2018. He is a regular contributor to OEI, Artforum, frieze and Flash Art. He lectures frequently and has co-founded the exhibition space SOLO SHOWS in São Paulo in 2015.
Kimberly Mair is Associate Professor of Sociology and teaches in Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Lethbridge. Her research is primarily concerned with the aesthetics of communication and posthumanist critiques of biopolitics. Her book Guerrilla Aesthetics: Art, Memory, and the West German Urban Guerrilla (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016) emphasizes the sensorial aspects of guerrilla communications in the 1970s. In her current project, she examines fugitive modes of communication to consider how mundane spaces were indirectly endowed with discretionary deliberation over informal asylum in WWII Britain.
Udi Mandel is a film-maker, writer, educator and father and Faculty in Sustainable Development at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. Udi’s work focuses on regenerative practices for ecologies and communities and the role and possibility of higher education to offer hopeful futures. To this end Udi has co-founded with his partner Kelly Teamey and others the Enlivened Learning project and the Ecoversities Alliance. These projects provide a critique of current higher education systems and a collaboration with alternatives that are emerging from social and ecological movements and indigenous communities across the globe offering innovative practices around sustainable development and regeneration.
Lee Maracle is the author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works including Sojourner’s and Sundogs [collected work of novel and short stories]; Celia’s Song [her latest novel]; Ravensong [novel], Bobbi Lee [autobiographical novel]; Daughters Are Forever, [novel]; Will’s Garden [young adult novel]; Bent Box [poetry]; and I Am Woman [creative non-fiction]. Maracle is the co-editor of a number of anthologies including the award winning publication, My Home As I Remember. She is also co-editor and contributor of Telling It: Women and Language across Culture [conference proceedings]. Maracle is published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. Maracle was born in North Vancouver and is a member of the Sto: Loh nation. The mother of four and grandmother of seven. Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto. She is also the Traditional Teacher for First Nations House and instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and the S.A.G.E. [Support for Aboriginal Graduate Education] as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts as a writing instructor. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth. Maracle received the 2014 Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. A new collection of her work will be released in late-2015, titled Memory Serves and other Words [creative non-fiction].
Ivor Stodolsky & Marita Muukkonen
Perpetuum Mobile, co-founded by Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky (in alternating order) in 2007, is a curatorial vehicle which brings together art, practice and enquiry. It acts as a conduit and engine to re-imagine certain basic historical, theoretical as well as practical paradigms in fields which often exist in disparate institutional frames and territories. PM has worked extensively in the Nordic, European and international field.
Stephanie Bailey & Mark Woytiuk
Mark Woytiuk is an intern architect working in Vancouver, BC and Stephanie Bailey is writer, researcher, and editor working in Edmonton, AB. Our partnership is based on the meandering weave of bifurcating paths and a refusal to submit to irreconcilable differences.
Gabriella Marrero: 17-year-old native Lower East Sider. Aspiring actress and writer.
Helena Martin Franco
Helena Martin Franco, (Cartagena, Colombia) has lived and worked in Montreal since 1998. She holds a master's degree in visual and media arts from UQAM. Her feminist practice explores the crossover between artistic processes, as well as the hybridization between traditional techniques and new technologies. In collaboration with the La Redhada (Colombia) and Spider (Quebec) visual arts dissemination collectives, she creates, coordinates, and curates exhibitions in order to encourage the meeting and exchange of artistic practices, particularly between Canada and Colombia.
Nichole Martini is an ELNYA fellow. Fundraising and philanthropy professional with expertise in social justice philanthropy and arts and culture.
Sixten Kai Nielsen Martin Rosengaard
Wooloo is a Danish artist group founded in 2002 by Sixten Kai Nielsen and Martin Rosengaard. The group has developed a working method based on engaging diverse participants — residents, visitors, other artists and activist groups — in simultaneously re-examining established modes of interacting and questioning their underlying power structures. One example is Wooloo’s free housing of three thousand activists with private families during the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen (2009). Another is their 2002 launch of the online community wooloo.org long before such social networks were commonplace. Today, wooloo.org connects the resources of more than 35,000 cultural producers from 180+ countries. Wooloo’s Human Hotel community continues to open up homes around the world.
Marinella Matejčić is a feminist activist from Croatia who works in an Association for human rights and active citizenship called PaRiter. Marinella writes for Libela.org, a portal on gender, sex and democracy, and hosts, together with her colleagues from PaRiter, a radio show and a podcast. Her points of interest are sexual and reproductive health and rights and reproductive justice. She also serves as an advisor with Frida - the Young Feminist Fund, which helps her gain better insight into young feminist organizing and trends across the globe.
Mary Mattingly creates sculptural ecosystems in urban spaces. She is currently working on a floating food forest for New York called “Swale” and recently completed a two-part sculpture, “Pull,” for the International Havana Biennial with the Museo National de Belles Artes de la Habana and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Mattingly founded the Waterpod Project, a barge-based public space and regenerative habitat with food grown on the barge, rainwater collection, solar energy, and recycling living systems that hosted over 200,000 visitors in 2009. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from A Blade of Grass, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Yale University School of Art, the Jerome Foundation, and the Art Matters Foundation. Her work has been featured in Aperture Magazine, Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, Financial Times, Le Monde, New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and on BBC News, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and on Art21.
Ex-bank clerk , ex-receptionist, ex-employee in telemarketing, ex-assistant to xxx, ex-child carer, ex-dancer, ex-wife, ex-, ex-insurance broker, ex-student. She was expelled from the Universidade Federal da Bahia due to institutional racism. Black, author, performer, she moves interdisciplinarily across the arts. [Photo: Hirosuke Kitamura]
Oleg Mavromatti is an artist and filmmaker active since 1989, and a radical performance artist in 1990s Moscow, where he was a member of legendary Moscow performance art groups “Expropriation of the Territory of Art” and NECEZIUDIK, among others. In 1995, he founded the independent film union SUPERNOVA, producing cult movies that inspired the formation of Internet communities a decade later. Mavromatti has been legally prosecuted for his performance art and film work, and in 2000, his artworks and film archive were confiscated and many of his early works are completely lost and are now accessible only from VHS copies. Mavromatti left Russia in 2000 and lives between Bulgaria and New York, where he continues making films and art. His work has been featured in numerous publications in monographs and art journals. Together in Bulgaria, Rossa and Mavromatti established UTRAFUTURO, an international group of artists engaged with issues of technology, science and their social implications and ethical impact on contemporary society. Works by the group have been shown at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Akademie der Kuntse (Berlin), Exit Art (New York), the Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP) and elsewhere.
Ricardo Mbarkho is a Lebanese visual artist and founder of the Lebanese National Tabbouleh Day.
E. J. McAdams
E.J. McAdams is a poet and artist who lives with his wife and three children in Harlem, Ward’s Island Sewershed, Manhattan, Lower Hudson Watershed, New York, USA, earth. Last year, he created an installation at The Bronx Museum of the Arts called Trees Are Alphabets. His mail art poem about Martha the last passenger pigeon was on display at the Phoenix Art Museum in Focus Latin America: Art Is Our Last Hope. His latest chapbook is TRANSECTs from Sona Books, and he was interviewed about the book by poet Phil Metres for The Conversant. He is a collaborator and has worked with architects and dancers to create unique walks in New York City and establish innovative institutions like the interdisciplinary Laboratory of Art Nature and Dance (iLAND). He is a naturalist and has worked as an urban park ranger in New York City and as the executive director of NYC Audubon, where he partnered with the real estate sector to have skyscrapers turn off their lights during the fall and spring bird migrations.
Louisa McCall is the co-director of Artists in Context.
Lawrence E. McCullough
Lawrence E. McCullough has been an active organizer of arts and non-profit community ventures since 1973. McCullough is a musician/composer and author of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, and film scripts. He is married to the actress Lisa Bansavage, with whom he operates an educational film and theatre organization, Pages of History, Inc. (pagesofhistory.org).
Fiona McDermott is a PhD candidate at CONNECT, the Research Center for Future Communications and Networks at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and formerly a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the New School in New York City. Her research broadly focuses on networked forms of urbanism and the ways in which internet of things technologies are restructuring urban practices and governance.
Paula Meijerink is an Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at the Knowlton School, Ohio State University and cofounder of the firm WANTED Landscape. Paula’s engagement with landscape is from a political perspective, exploring and asserting change through the act of design. She has lectured and published internationally. Paula has worked with community members in Thetford Mines since 2009 and the two women have been collaborating on projects since 2010. In 2015, they received a grant from the Landscape Architecture Foundation Canada, supporting their research on Theford Mines, and since have presented at three international conferences on the post-industrial landscape both as a sublime creation and as a vernacular construct.
Gili Merin is is an architect, photographer and journalist based in Tel Aviv. She studied architecture in the UdK Berlin, Waseda University in Tokyo and The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, where she teaches today. Gili’s various training include AMO*OMA Rotterdam, COBE Berlin and ArchDaily in Santiago, Chile.
Alan Michelson is a New York-based artist, curator, lecturer and Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. For over twenty-five years, he has been one of the leading practitioners of a socially engaged, critically aware, site-specific art grounded in local context and informed by the retrieval of repressed histories. Drawing upon themes from both indigenous and western culture, he has worked in a varied range of media and materials, among them painting, sculpture, photography, sound, video, glass, and stone. Michelson’s work has been widely exhibited, in such venues as Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada (2013), the 5th Moscow Biennale (2013), and the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012), and his work was recently featured in Unholding at Artists Space and The Western: A Mythology in Art and Cinema at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art (2017). His work is currently included in Indicators: Artists on Climate Change at Storm King Art Center, and in the upcoming Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment at the Princeton University Art Museum. He is the recipient of several awards, most recently the Macgeorge Fellowship, at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and past honors include an NEA Visual Artists Fellowship, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship, and Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. His practice includes public art, and Mantle, his large-scale monument honoring Virginia’s Indian nations, was recently dedicated on Capitol Square in Richmond. Michelson is co-founder and co-curator, with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, of the Indigenous New York series.
Maya Mikdashi received her PhD from Columbia University's Department of Anthropology. She is Co-Director of the documentary film About Baghdad. Maya is currently a Mellon Postdoctural Fellow at Rutgers University. She is Co-Founder and Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.
In addition to growing up heavily influenced by California’s cultural mélange of surf, skate, hotrod and hip-hop cultures, Patrice studied English Education and Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach, and earned his teaching credential from San Jose State University. Pulling from and integrating these influences into his public school classroom, Patrice found that students from all backgrounds became engaged, educated and empowered to navigate and transform their worlds. Identical outcomes occurred during his time traveling and teaching abroad. Using the Arts as a tool for making personal connections and providing education had similar results no matter the socioeconomic status, country or age group. In his tenure as a public school teacher in San Jose, California, Patrice hosted a range of Arts-based events and provided community funded after-school Arts programs until he decided to create Art is Power, where he focuses his energies full-time on working with and documenting visionary Arts initiatives from around the globe.
Daniel Millette, PhD, MASA, MA, RPA, RPP, MCIP Daniel Millette has worked on Indigenous land matters for approximately twenty years. He is Director of Strategic Planning and Communications with the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre. He specializes in land use planning, land strategizing, and land use-economic development interfacing, with an aim at empowering individual communities through self-governing over unique sets of lands and resources. As a Registered Professional Planner, he has worked throughout Canada and within a variety of legal land frameworks including Treaty and Framework Agreement on First Nation Lands. Millette enhances his planning outlook through several academic and research initiatives: As a Registered Professional Archaeologist, he maintains a research program on ancient planning techniques and their relevance within contemporary planning models. At the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, he taught Theory and Environmental Design History. As Adjunct Professor in the History and Theory of Architecture program at Carleton University, he teaches Indigenous Architecture. Concurrently, he is completing a book on Indigenous communities across Canada, documenting successes in planning and architecture.
Brigita Miloš is a postdoc researcher in The Department of Cultural Studies at The University of Rijeka. She publishes in the fields of literary theory, visual theory, and gender and feminist theory.
Mary Miss has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation art by articulating a vision of the public sphere where it is possible for an artist to address the issues of our time. She has developed the ”City as Living Lab”, a framework for making issues of sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts. Trained as a sculptor, her work creates situations emphasizing a site’s history, its ecology, or aspects of the environment that have gone unnoticed. Mary Miss has collaborated closely with architects, planners, engineers, ecologists, and public administrators on projects as diverse as creating a temporary memorial around the perimeter of Ground Zero, marking the predicted flood level of Boulder, Colorado, revealing the history of the Union Square Subway station in New York City or turning a sewage treatment plant into a public space. Recent projects include an installation focused on water resources in China for the Olympic Park in Beijing and a temporary installation at a seventeenth-century park in Delhi, India as part of the exhibition 49°: Public Art and Ecology. A proposal for a permanent project at the North Carolina Museum of Art explores the presence and movement of water through the site by recovering and revitalizing elements of the watershed to reveal the wetland processes in the region. A recipient of multiple awards, Mary Miss has been the subject of exhibitions at the Harvard University Art Museum, Brown University Gallery, The Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Architectural Association in London, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and the Des Moines Art Center. Among others, her work has been included in the exhibitions: Decoys, Complexes and Triggers at the Sculpture Center in New York, Weather Report: Art and Climate Change curated by Lucy Lippard, co-presented by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and EcoArts Connections, More Than Minimal: Feminism and Abstraction in the 70’s, Brandeis Museum’s Rose Art Museum, and Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis at the Tate Modern.
Samer Mohdad studied photography at L’École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc Liège, Belgium before lending his talents as a photojournalist to various international publications. An advocate for the support and preservation of Arab photography, Mohdad has spent the past thirty years showing the Arab world from the inside through his photo books and exhibitions.
Ania Molenda is an independent Rotterdam-based researcher and curator. She is a founder and editor-in-chief of Amateur Cities and a member of Rotterdam’s Culture Council 2017-2020. Ania publishes on architecture in various periodicals and academic journals.
Jota Mombaça Is a non-binary bicha, born and raised in the northeast of Brazil, who writes, performs and academically studies on the relations between monstruosity and humanity, kuir studies, de-colonial turns, political intersectionality, anti-colonial justice, redistribution of violence, visionary fictions, the end of the world and tensions among ethics, aesthetics, art and politics in the knowledge productions of the global south-of-the-south. Current works are the collaboration with Oficina de Imaginação Política (São Paulo) and the artistic residency along with Capacete’s 2017 at Documenta (Athens/Kassel).
Eeva Väänänen Moore is a writer, currently working on a literary fiction novel and two TV pilots. She also writes cultural and political essays, drawing on her political career and experience growing up transnational. During her many years in Washington, D.C., she worked on policy reforms in the areas of campaign finance, education, healthcare and judicial independence. She’s what you get when you mix London, Helsinki, Copenhagen, California, DC and Berlin together. You can find her on Twitter @eemoo.
Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation performance artist, curator, and educator. In his artistic practice and curatorial work, Morin investigates the impact between indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism. This work is defined by Tahltan Nation epistemological production and takes the form of performance interventions. Morin has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions since 1997. In 2016, Morin was the recipient of the Hnatshyn Found Mid-Career Award for outstanding achievement as an artist. Morin teaches with the Visual and Aboriginal Art Department at Brandon University. Photo credit: Gregg Staats
Nelson Mota is Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology and guest scholar with The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design. He holds a PhD from Delft University of Technology and is a founding partner of the architectural office comoco arquitectos. He regularly contributes articles to architecture magazines, essays to academic journals, and papers to conferences. He is production editor and member of the editorial board of the academic journal Footprint.
Taha Muharuma is a photographer, teacher and creative influencer who tells visual stories of the world around him. Through his photo-style “#streetsoul” Taha has been able to connect with brands such as Samsung, BMW and the NBA as well as meeting like-minded individuals that understand the importance of community and art. But it’s through teaching photography and mentoring Toronto’s youth at JAYU’s – iAM Program and The Remix Project that keeps him happiest.
Nat Muller (Amsterdam) is an independent curator and critic. Her writing has been published in Bidoun, ArtAsiaPacific, Art Papers, MetropolisM, Hyperallergic, Canvas, X-tra, Springerin, Art Margins and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. She has also written numerous catalogue and monographic essays predominantly on artists from the Middle East. She has taught at universities and academies in the Netherlands and the Middle East, and has curated video and film screenings for projects and festivals internationally, including for Rotterdam's International Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and Video D.U.M.B.O. Recent exhibition projects include Spectral Imprints for the Abraaj Group Art Prize in Dubai (2012), Adel Abidin’s solo exhibition I love to love..., Forum Box in Helsinki (2013); Customs Made: Quotidian Practices & Everyday Rituals, Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah (2014); This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam & American University of Beirut Gallery (2014/15). In 2015 she was Associate Curator for the Delfina Foundation’s Politics of Food Program (London) and was appointed guest curator for the A.M.Qattan 2016 Young Artist of the Year Award for Palestinian artists that opened at Qalandiya International in Ramallah, Palestine in 2016 and The Mosaic Rooms in London in 2017. For the past few years Nat has been a nominator for the Prix Pictet Award, the V&A Jameel Art Prize, the Visible Award and the Paul Huf Photography award, amongst other jury and nomination committees. Nat serves on Amsterdam’s municipal advisory committee for artist studios and incubator spaces. www.natmuller.com
Adler Murada lives and works between São Paulo (BR) and Bruxelles (BE). Artist and researcher, his works propose situations as contemporary artistic practices, cultural and social actions that present themselves as performances, interventions, installations and other temporary projects. These processes and forms draw upon untold or incomplete political histories, and in these terms, involve learning the politics of suppressed communities that glean performative practices while understanding places and digesting narratives that go against hegemonic politic and socio-cultural conditions. Murada does this by examining the social interactions the role that the circulation of objects plays in cycles of production and consumption. Adler was curator of the first edition of the Kuir Bogotá Festival, and participated in the program of artist and curators studies of the Modern Art Museum of São Paulo - MASP. He currently participates in The School of Curating with the Komplot Gallery in Bruxelles (BE). Adler was the first resident in Lanchonete.org's site residency at Conjuntos Santos Dumont, the buildings around our lanchonete.
Marita Muukkonen is an internationally active curator based in Helsinki and Berlin, and a co-founding co-director of Perpetuum Mobile. She has been Chairperson and Curator of The Helsinki International Artists-in-Residence Programme; Curator at FRAME – The Finnish Fund for Art Exchange; Editor at FRAMEWORK – The Finnish Art Review (the international art magazine), and held key functions at The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art over several years. Marita has curated exhibitions and projects internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Moderna Museet (Sweden), Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art (Finland), and galleries such as Momentum (Berlin) and Bo Bjerggegaard (Copenhagen). She curates and coordinates exhibitions and events in biennial-contexts, including the Perpetual Pavilion (Venice 2009), The Finnish Pavilion in Venice (2009), The Nordic Pavilion (2009), The Arts Assembly (Manifesta 8, 2011), The Nordic Pavilion in the Dak’art Biennale (2012), and the School of Displaced Persons (Kiev Biennial, 2015) as well as is part of the Athens Biennial (2015-2017).
Ray is the editor and founder of Women Taboos Radio Africa and a news correspondent for Inperspective Media, in addition to being a freelance journalist for a number of international media outlets. He is also the 2016 Winner of the UN Correspondents Association Media Prize awarded by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and he is the first reporter in the world to win the UN Global Migration Fair Reporting Prize. His media work can be found at www.clippings.me/raymwareya83
Lada lives and works in Kyiv, Ukraine. She is artist, but also curator (member of curatorial and activist union Hudrada) and educator (co-founder of the Course of Art – curatorial project investigating contemporary art education). Since 2005 she has been part of the R.E.P. group.
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator and community organizer living in her territory of Chimnissing. Currently, Nanibush is a guest curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and is touring her exhibition The Fifth World, which opens January 2016 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery. The island life allows her to finish upcoming projects, including a film called A Love Letter to My People, a documentary on Gerald Vizenor, a book called Violence No More (Arp Press), an anthology of Indigenous Curatorial Writing and more.
David Ng is a queer feminist, and is the co-founder of Love Intersections, a media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour. David is a passionate social justice advocate, and has co-founded and worked on numerous arts based anti-oppression campaigns and projects ranging from feminist anti-violence campaigns, decolonization work, cultural safety, anti-racism, and other forms of social justice art and activism.
Nforchu Mabelle Ngum
Nforchu Mabelle received a Masters in Peace and Development from the Protestant University of Central Africa. She is a jurist and human rights activist, and works for the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms-Cameroon. She is also the Artwatch Africa Coordinator for Arterial Network. She currently lives and works in Yaounde, where her work involves sensitizing artists on their fundamental rights and defending those whose rights have been violated. She engages with local artists to organize programs that expose their talents.
Lucia Nhamo is a Zimbabwean visual artist currently based in South Africa, who explores counter-narratives and power relations through performance, animation, video, printmaking and sculpture. In her interdisciplinary and conceptual work, Nhamo often uses personal experience as a starting point to talk about themes related to national, ethnic and cultural identities.
Andrew Nicholls is an Australian/British artist, writer and curator who has curated for FORM since 2002, with occasional sabbaticals to further his own art practice. Primarily concerned with site-specific practice, his curatorial work frequently draws inspiration from heritage sites and museum collections. He has conceived, coordinated and participated in residencies at numerous iconic heritage locations across Western Australia, China, England, Italy, and the United States, including the Freud Museum London, and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Nicholls’ art practice explores how power has been played out through aesthetics historically. He is especially concerned with periods of cultural transition during which Western civilisation’s stoic aspirations were undone by base desires, fears or compulsions. Photograph by David Charles Collins
Lê Quan Ninh
As a classical trained percussionist, Lê Quan Ninh worked with contemporary music ensembles and was a founder member of Quatuor Hêlios (1986-2012), a percussion quartet that performed and recorded, among others, John Cage's percussion works. Their last creation was Seul à Seuls by Georges Aperghis premiered in late 2006 at the Musica Festival in Strasbourg (France). As an improviser, he participates in numerous meetings in Europe and in North America and plays regularly in ensembles in forms that mix improvised acoustic and electroacoustic music, 'performance art', dance, poetry, experimental cinema, photography and video. With the cellist Martine Altenburger, he founded in 2006 the ensemble]h[iatus, a contemporary music ensemble whose members are interpreters and improvisers. They commissioned pieces by the composers Vinko Globokar, Peter Jakober, Steffen Krebber, Jennifer Walshe and Anthony Pateras. His discography includes approximately 40 CDs on European and North American labels. The last release (Aplomb, 2015) is a duet with his long term colleague Michel Doneda.
Nwagbogu is a Juror for Contemporary African Photography Award CAP (Berlin, Germany), and has served as a juror for the World press Photo, Prisma photography award (2015) and Greenpeace Photo Award (2016) and several other art and photography related prizes. Nwagbogu lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.Nwagbogu has curated numerous exhibitions internationally, including Dey Your Lane! Lagos Variations at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels, Belgium) in 2016, co-curated with Ruth Simbao Tomorrows/Today at the Cape Town Art Fair (Cape Town, South Africa) in 2016, and Tear My Bra at Rencontres d’Arles (Arles, France), 2016. He is Curator-at- Large for photography at the Zeitz MOCAA Museum in Cape Town. Nwagbogu has contributed texts to several publications, including the Martin Roemers: Metropolis, Berlin, Germany, Hatje Cantz, 2015, Hääbré, The Last Generation by Joana Choumali and Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany, 2015. Nwagbogu is a Juror for Contemporary African Photography Award CAP (Berlin, Germany), and has served as a juror for the World press Photo, Prisma photography award (2015) and Greenpeace Photo Award (2016) and several other art and photography related prizes. Nwagbogu lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi is an artist, art historian, and curator of African art at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art. His recent curatorial work includes the 11th Dak’Art Biennale (Dakar, Senegal, 2014), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Richard Taittinger Gallery (New York, NY, 2015), and Inventory: New Works and Conversations around African Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (2016). Nzewi's writing has appeared in important academic journals and art magazines, including African Arts, Nka, Kunstforum, Critical Intervention, Studio, and World Art. He is co-editor of New Spaces for Negotiating Art (and) Histories in Africa, an edited volume that explores the emerging landscape of independent art spaces in Africa (2015).
Aisling O’Carroll is a licensed landscape architect, trained in both architecture and landscape architecture. She is currently completing her PhD in Architectural Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, exploring critical approaches to preservation as design, addressing the relations between history, narrative, and representation in architecture, landscape, and hybrids of the two. She has taught design studio at Harvard GSD and The Bartlett and has practiced internationally for several years with design firms and research platforms.
Georgy Mamedov & Oksana Shatalova
Oksana Shatalova (1972) and Georgy Mamedov (1984) are curators, researchers, authors and participants in many artistic projects. They are authors of the book Queer-communism as Ethics (Free Marxist Press, 2016). They have worked together since 2007. In 2011 they entered the curatorial group of the Pavilion of Central Asia at the 54th Venice Biennale; in 2012 (together with Аsel Akmatova) they opened the STAB (School of Theory and Activism) in Bishkek. The sphere of their research interests include the history and theory of culture, contemporary philosophy, cultural politics, gender theory, and queer theory. ... STAB (School of Theory and Activism, Bishkek) is a Central Asian artistic and research initiative whose members see art as an instrument of social criticism, a territory of solidarity, and a practice of radical imagination. STAB works on a seasonal basis: with a public programme in spring and an educational programme in autumn. Each Spring from March through June there takes place a Spring Creative Report—a large thematic public programme whose theme in 2017 is that of Queer Futurology. In Autumn, STAB’s Evening School runs from September through to December, combining a theoretical reflection with artistic imagination. The 2017 evening school, “When the Subaltern Speak,” will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution.
Nikolay OLEYNIKOV (1976) is a Moscow based artist and activist, member of Chto Delat?, editor for the Chto Delat? newspaper, member of the editorial board of Moscow Art Magazine (2011), co-founder of the Learning Film Group and May Congress of Creative Workers, and member of the Arkady Kots band. Since 2013 Oleynikov has been a tutor at The School of Rose (School of Engaged Art Chto Delat) and a proud member of the board of ROSA’S House of Culture, a multidisciplinary hub for new practices of engaged culture in St.Petersburg. Oleynikov is also the author of the book SEX of the OPPRESSED (FreeMarxistPress 2013, PS-Guelph 2016) and an editor for ArtsEverywhere's section on New Russian Colonialism and an upcoming series of publications entitled Tracing the Now.
Karyn Olivier (b. Trinidad and Tobago) received her M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her B.A at Dartmouth College. She has exhibited at the Gwangju and Busan Biennials, World Festival of Black Arts and Culture (Dakar, Senegal), The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Whitney Museum of Art, MoMA P.S.1, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), SculptureCenter (NY), Drexel University, the University of the Arts, Ulrich Museum of Art, University of Delaware Museum, among others. In 2017 Olivier installed a large-scale commissioned work for Philadelphia’s Mural Arts program in historic Vernon Park. In 2015 Olivier created public works for Creative Time in Central Park and NYC’s Percent for Art program. She has received the 2018-19 Rome Prize and has been the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the William H. Johnson Prize, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award, a Creative Capital Foundation grant and a Harpo Foundation grant. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Art in America, Flash Art, Mousse, The Washington Post, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Frieze, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hyperallergic, among others. Olivier is currently an associate professor and program head of sculpture at Tyler School of Art.
Ana Opalić was born in 1972 in Dubrovnik. In 1997 she graduated with a degree in TV and film camera from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. In the same year she was awarded the Croatian Photo-union prize for best young photographer. Together with Borisom Cvjetanović she represented Croatia at the Venice Biennial in 2003, received the second Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb's THT award for contemporary art in 2009, and the third THT award in 2016 (in coauthorship with Vesna Mačković). Her new documentary Lijek [Medicine] was screened at the DOK Leipzig festival. Ana Opalić is the initiator of the web portal Contemporary Croatian Photography [http://croatian-photography.com].
Bahar Orang is a medical student at McMaster University. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature and a BASc in Arts & Science, and is passionate about women’s health and narrative medicine.
Alexis Ortiz is an ELNYA fellow.
Eliana Otta is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work explores how to live together in neoliberal, individualistic urban spaces, the conditions of precarious labor, and possibilities for crossing feminism, politics and poetry. She has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies, and was the coordinator for the Lugar de la Memoria's curatorial team, a national space dedicated to the period of political violence experienced in Peru between 1980 and 2000.
Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski lives in Vancouver. She has written several documentaries: "Pluri'elles," "Une langue aux mille visages : le français au Canada," the web-docu series "La vie en rose" and more recently "Demain, nous parlerons tous chinois." She aims to capture the issues of society with the help of a camera.
Majken Overgaard is a specialist in innovation and entrepreneurship, focusing on technology and contemporary art. She has worked both as a facilitator, manager, and curator on a broad range of projects such as research and innovation projects, exhibitions and networks. Her creative methodologies are inspired by the hacker/maker culture and avant-garde contemporary art. Since 2011 she has co-founded three companies; furthermore she is working as an external lecturer at the Danish IT University and Copenhagen University and has initiated a many different initiatives for people working cross-disciplinary within technology and art, such as a feministic hacker network for artists in Copenhagen.
Taqralik Partridge is a writer and performance poet originally from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, and currently living in Kautokeino, northern Norway.
Philip Kevin Paul
Philip Kevin Paul is a member of the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation from the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. His work has been published in BC Studies, Literary Review of Canada, Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets and An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English. Paul has worked with the University of Victoria's linguistics department to ensure the preservation of the SENĆOŦEN language. Philip Kevin Paul’s second book of poetry, Little Hunger, was shortlisted for a 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award. His first book of poetry, Taking the Names Down from the Hill, won the 2004 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry.
Evan is a designer currently pursuing his Master of Architecture in the History and Theory of Architecture at McGill University where his research explores the intersection of sexuality, architecture, memory, and urban space.
Rebecca Peeler is a New York City based freelance journalist who has reported on issues addressing health, environmental, and social concerns. She is currently pursuing a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has allowed her to explore the idea of holistic remedies and how they serve and function in our society. Rebecca has a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and has worked for digital and broadcasting agencies in the U.S. producing short documentaries.
Gary Lee Pelletier
Gary Lee Pelletier is a Ph.D. candidate in the Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies Graduate Program at York University. His current research focuses on the intersection of queer negative affects, feminisms, and solidarity. He lives in Toronto with his partner, many cats, many plants, a dog, and, until recently, a hip 92 year old grandmother.
Asmara Pelupessy is co-editor of the book UNFIXED: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art. She was researcher and producer for Via PanAm, Dutch photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen’s yearlong project on migration in the Americas. She also worked as Archive Researcher at World Press Photo
Alexei Penzin received his PhD from the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. His research centres on contemporary interpretations of Marxist thought, continental philosophy and critical theory, contemporary art theory, and Soviet and post-Soviet intellectual and cultural history. He is currently teaching at the University of Wolverhampton. Penzin has published his research in numerous journal articles in such journals as Rethinking Marxism, Mediations, South Atlantic Quarterly, Manifesta Journal, as well as in many edited collections. His essay ‘Rex Exsomnis’ (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2012) was part of the dOCUMENTA13 series. Currently, he is preparing his book Against the Continuum: Sleep and Subjectivity in Capitalist Modernity, for publication by Bloomsbury Academic in 2017.
Dr. Edna Peres has a background in architecture, urbanism, writing, and academia. Having obtained a master's degree in architecture, she then worked at studioMAS for over 6 years focusing on urban design. She went on to pursue doctoral study at the University of Pretoria, from which she graduated in 2016. Her experience includes regenerative design, urban resilience thinking, transit-oriented design, sustainability, low/medium/high-end housing settlements, adaptive reuse, inner city development, as well as ecological urbanism. She has been lecturing part-time at the University of Pretoria’s School of the Built Environment since 2009 and recently joined the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture, where she runs a unit with Dr. Finzi Saidi. She has also been involved in documenting the development of a residential case study project called Stand 47 on a digital platform for The New Order.
Lan-Phuong Phan is a French intellectual, teacher and entrepreneur born in Vietnam and raised in France and Vietnam. She has co-founded Renaissance Urbaine Urban R&D and participated in multidisciplinary research aimed at strengthening social cohesion in neighborhoods across Europe.
Jane Philbrick is an artist, educator, and writer. Her large-scale installations and sculpture range in media from ultrasound and rammed earth to magnetic levitation and found space. She works in collaboration across disciplines in science and engineering, architecture, music, and performance. She currently teaches in the Art, Media, Technology Program, Parsons School of Design/The New School, New York City. Philbrick's primary project is disruptive community-based real estate development, applying holistic and synthetic methodologies of artist practice to brownfield regeneration; tools range from design, finance, and policy to urban theory, soil science, activism, and poetics. The goal is an equitable, ecological, compassionate society, from the ground up. With colleagues from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she founded the multidisciplinary practice TILL (Today's Industrial Living Landscapes). TILL seeks community-specific solutions that engage the global context. TILL fiscal sponsorship is provided by the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Amrit Phull is one of The Site Magazine’s contributing editors and a designer and writer. She is attracted to places of cultural friction and keen to build ideas on ethical and empathic practice through writing, research, and practice. Amrit is currently based in Bangalore.
Félix Pimenta is a dancer, performer, researcher, teacher and choreographer of Urban Dances. Specializing in waacking and voguing, he is a member of IHOW - Brazil Chapter, Father of the "House of Zion, Brazil Chapter," member of the "Amem Collective" and "Cia Urban Concept." He teaches classes and workshops, and juries throughout Brazil and Latin America. A performer of the night in São Paulo, he participates in actions linked to the Black LGBT + public, promoting spaces that debate the gender, class, race and health of the Black population. He also promotes voguing in numerous spaces throughout São Paulo.
Nelly Y. Pinkrah
Nelly Y. Pinkrah is a political activist and culture and media theorist currently pursuing her PhD on Édouard Glissant and cybernetics in the research training group “Cultures of Critique” at Leuphana University.
Poet and criminal defense attorney Vanessa Place divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. Her conceptual poetry, which is often provocative, explores the impact of context and expectation. In 2015, Place was attacked over a long-running social media performance, where she tweeted the full text of the novel Gone With the Wind. Her critics contend the work was a racist appropriation, while Place argued she was commenting on the racism of the novel. A petition succeeded in having her removed from a subcommittee at an academic conference associated with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Soon afterwards, the Berkeley Poetry Conference scrapped its entire program in connection to Place’s presence, and the Whitney Museum canceled an event that included her in its program.
Alessandra Pomarico is a curator of international and multidisciplinary residency programs at the intersection of arts, pedagogy, social issues, nano-politics, and community building. Her practice is based on research and context-based art projects, with a focus on social change. Mobilizing and bridging local institutions, governmental bodies, different communities, artists, cultural actors and activists from the local and international world, Alessandra’s challenges have echoed in life long artistic collaborations, some poetic failures, and great friendships.
Louise is an internationally renowned, traditional Storyteller from the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation of Mayo, in northeast Yukon. For well over 35 years she has been committed to the cultural and artistic heritage of Yukon First Nations people. Prior to her move to Ottawa where she served as the Aboriginal Arts Coordinator for the Canada Council for the Arts for 11 years, she was employed by the Heritage Branch of the Yukon Government. It was during this tenure that she was introduced to the traditional stories of the Yukon, which ultimately inspired the founding of the Yukon International Storytelling Festival and the Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry, both germane to the evolution of public presentation of Yukon First Nation cultural practices that we see flourishing in the Yukon today. Her association with many Yukon Elders resulted in her role as a “Story Keeper,” a responsibility and honour which she does not take lightly being constantly reminded by the wise words of her mentor/teacher, Tagish Elder, Angela Sidney-“Live your life like a story!”; a practice she attempts to uphold throughout her everyday life. She has a strong belief that through this process of sharing stories, humanity will right itself and come to a better understanding about the “sacred space” of reconciliation.
Quigley has participated in and organized “para-academic” educational initiatives in Vancouver and Toronto, and has been a member of Turkish translation workshops. His current research examines Arabic and Middle-Eastern appropriations of French existentialist literature and philosophy through Derridean deconstruction.
Karol Radziszewski is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and curator. His archive-based methodology crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social, and gender references. He is the editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine, a magazine that combines queer archival research with contemporary art contributions; he is also the founder of the Queer Archives Institute. His work has been presented in institutions such as the National Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw), Kunsthalle Wien, New Museum (New York), Cobra Museum (Amsterdam), and Wroclaw Contemporary Museum and Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. He has participated in several international biennales including PERFORMA 13 (New York), 7th Göteborg Biennial, 4th Prague Biennial, and 15th WRO Media Art Biennale. He lives and works in Warsaw.
India Rael Young
India R. Young, art historian and curator, studies Indigenous art, print media, and emerging modes of reproduction. Her curatorship and writing negotiate feminist, decolonial, and critical race frameworks to track the cultural geography of the contemporary North American art world. Young graduated in 2017 with a doctorate in art history from the University of New Mexico. Currently, she works as the Research Specialist in Native American Art at the Princeton University Art Museum.
Nilufer Rahman is an award-winning Winnipeg-based independent filmmaker. In 2007, she interned on the set of CBC’s hit television sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie. Through their company Snow Angel Films, Nilufer and her sister Saira Rahman have produced well-received films such as Arctic Mosque and Letter to a Terrorist. As a Canadian Muslim of Bangladeshi heritage, Nilufer views film as a powerful tool to share diverse voices, facilitate dialogue and motivate positive social change.
Diana Ramarohetra is currently the Artwatch Africa Project Manager, within Arterial Network, based in Ivory Coast. This project aims to defend and promote Artist Rights, especially Artistic Freedom in Africa. This project covers 19 countries and includes a training component, an advocacy campaign with states, and regional artistic collaborations. Diana Ramarohetra has worked in the arts and cultural sector for a decade. She has worked in Rwanda at the Ministry of Culture and then as General Secretary of the French Institute of Rwanda. She also worked in Madagascar as a cultural journalist.
Una Rebić (b. 1986 in Rijeka) is a multidisciplinary art practitioner. Her practice is multifaceted and fluctuates between individual and collaborative projects. She is concentrated on exploring ways of communication within the social, physical, mental and spiritual realms. Una works in Croatia and Slovenia, as well as internationally.
The “LGBTQI+ Refugees Welcome in Greece” group is a new, self-organized, grassroots initiative of solidarity, whose goal is to afford space and give voice and support to one of the most repressed and "invisible" sides of the refugee "crisis": that of the LGBTQI+ community. In less than one year the group has helped and supported more than 50 LGBTQI+ refugees to deal with needs and demands such as housing, food, heating, clothing, legal support and more. Additionally through our events, assemblies and meetings for coffee, movies, and more, we manage to create relationships and spaces that give the refugees the opportunity to socialize, open themselves up, and communicate through their equal participation.
Sara Reisman is Executive and Artistic Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation which is focused on supporting art and social justice through grant making to organizations and exhibitions at the foundation’s gallery The 8th Floor. Recent exhibitions include When Artists Speak Truth, In the Power of Your Care, Enacting Stillness, The Intersectional Self, The Schoolhouse and the Bus: Mobility, Pedagogy, and Engagement, two projects by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy with Pilar Riano-Alcala, and The Supper Club, a solo exhibition by Elia Alba. From 2008 until 2014, Reisman was the director of New York City’s Percent for Art program, where she managed more than 100 permanent public art commissions, including projects by Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Mary Mattingly, Tattfoo Tan, Karyn Olivier, and Ester Partegas, among others for civic sites like libraries, public schools, courthouses, plazas, and parks. Reisman has worked in a curatorial capacity in a number of organizations including the Queens Museum of Art as curatorial consultant for public art (2008), the New Museum of Contemporary Art as the Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Curatorial Fellow (2005-2006), and the Philadelphia ICA as the Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow (2004-2005). Reisman was the 2011 critic-in-residence at Art Omi, where she has since served as a board member, and a 2013 Marica Vilcek Curatorial Fellow, awarded by the Foundation for a Civil Society. Reisman has taught the University of Pennsylvania, the School of Art + Design at Purchase College, and the School of Visual Arts' Curatorial Practice Masters Program.
Mykola Ridnyi (b.1985 in Kharkiv, Ukraine) is an artist and curator. He was a curator of the SOSka gallery-laboratory in Kharkiv from 2005–2012. Since 2016 he has been a co-editor of Prostory, an online platform for visual art, literature, translation and politics. His works have been shown at the 56th Venice bienniale for contemporary art (2015), Museum of modern art in Warsaw (2015), Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2016), Museum for contemporary art Leipzig (2015, 2016), The School of Kyiv – Kyiv biennial (2015) and others venues and events.
Felipe Rivas San Martín
Felipe Rivas San Martín is a visual artist and activist of the Sexual Dissidence. He earned his Master of Visual Arts at the University of Chile. He currently lives and works in Valencia, Spain, where he holds a Doctorate in Art from the UPV, as a fellow of the National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research, CONICYT. He develops an inter-disciplinary production relating painting, drawing, performance and video through the technological image (virtual interfaces, digital codes, etc.). He is co-founder of the University Collective of Sexual Dissidence, CUDS, a platform in which he has participated since 2002. He directed the magazines of culture and queer criticism "Torcida" (2005) and Disidenciasexual.cl (2009). He links artistic production and activism with research, writing, and curatorship, in matters relating to art, politics and technologies, queer theory, post-feminism, and performativity.
Michael Roberson is a public health practitioner, activist, and leader within the LGBTQ community who created The Federation of Ballroom Houses, co-created the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Group and the nationally diffused CDC behavioral change HIV prevention intervention “Many Men, Many Voices.” Currently, he consults for several national community-based organizations focused on HIV clinical trial/biomedical and evidence-based interventions. He is also invested in national community capacity building and mobilization strategies designed to combat the disproportionate health disparities impacting both the black gay and black/Latino LGBT house ball communities. Michael co-teaches a course on the history of the house/ball community at New School University (New York), is a member of Ultra-red, and is the Scholar in Residence for the Center for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy (CRRED) at Union Theological Seminary. Michael earned Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Union Theological Seminary.
Joy Roberts is a communicator, philanthropist, and fundraiser with emphases on natural environments and ecologies and on the value of the arts in our daily lives. Joy is a founder of the Musagetes Foundation and the Eramosa Institute. She has been the Chair of Musagetes since 2009 and a devoted volunteer at the rare Charitable Research Reserve for the past 13 years. Joy received her doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Rhetoric, a field concerned with human motivation and persuasion.
Caroline Robinson is the Founder and Director of Cabal, a pioneering arts, design, and facilitation practice based in Auckland, New Zealand. Cabal began in 1990 as a clothing label, including multi-award winning wearable arts and theatre design. Cabal’s current focus is within land-based design processes, bringing an wholistic, deep kinship approach that draws together art, culture and healing, research and storytelling, integration facilitation, design, and construction. Cabal has been awarded numerous high profile public commissions, contributing to some of New Zealand’s largest and most complex urban design and infrastructure developments. Each project is approached as an opportunity to explore and develop the human journey, using simple tools and processes that nourish reciprocal relationship and regeneration—whole people and whole places. Caroline is author of ‘Panmure Sense of Place Scrapbook’ and ‘The Artist’s Workbook’ supporting professional development for visual artists, commissioned by Artist Alliance NZ.
The musical universe of this Innu of Maliotenam is theatrical and tinged with poetry. She is inspired by both the urban planner and community life. Her warm voice accompanies melodies that draw their sources from the ancestral repertoire of his people and contemporary music. Photo credit: René Bellefeuille
Monica Rodriguez is a photographer and journalist based in New York, NY. She enjoys writing about human rights, tech, U.S. politics, and foreign affairs. In addition to Monica's reporting, her written work includes poetry, short stories, and longer pieces of fiction.
Janet Marie Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton, and Toronto, and has been living as a guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, documentary producer, media and sound artist. Her literary titles include Splitting the Heart, Red Erotic, Unearthed, Peace in Duress, and Totem Poles and Railroads. Her radio documentaries “Bring Your Drum: 50 years of Indigenous Protest Music” and “Resonating Reconciliation” won Best Radio at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013. Janet and Ahkwesase Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs make up the poetry collective Ikkwenyes, which produced the poetry CD Got Your Back and won the Loft Literary Fellowship prize 2014. 2Ro Media Inc. is the production company she and Mohawk media artist Jackson Twobears own and operate which produced the short experimental documentary NDNs on the Airwaves about CKRZ fm Six Nations radio. In February 2016, Janet produced and launched a 6-part radio documentary series titled NDNs on the Airwaves, which focused on the current history of native radio in Canada. Janet was the Victoria, British Columbia Poet Laureate from 2012-2015, UNBC Writer-in-Residence from 2015-2016, and the 2016 OCAD University Indigenous Visual Culture NIGIG Visiting Artist.
Rosa is as an architect, publication and exhibition designer with an MA in Architecture from the Royal College of Art. After previously working for MVRDV, Grimshaw and Farshid Moussavi Architecture, she is currently working for the London Festival of Architecture: a city-wide architectural celebration of that will this June host over 350 events around the theme of ‘Community’. Her personal interest lies in the intersection of architecture and politics.
janet romero-leiva is a queer feminist latinx visual artist and writer whose work explores immigrant displacement, denied aboriginality, and the experience of living between the south and the north, between spanish and english, between memory and truth "i am moved and inspired by the writing of Gloria Anzaldua and Nayyirah Waheed, the art of Yolanda Lopez, the music of Rae Spoon and Carla Morrison, the nakedness of trees in winter, moments of love shared in an instant, the desire for a just and fair existence for all, and the lines on the faces of strangers" @janetromeroleiva | [email protected]
Ezio Rosa, 22 anos, dançarino do corpo de baile do bloco afro Ilu Inã, performer, arte educador social, abordando as temáticas englobadas na lei 10.639, DJ da festa Batekoo, criador e escritor do Tumblr Bicha Nagô, no qual propõe a discussão sobre homossexualidade trazendo as intersecções de raça e classe.Ezio Rosa, aged 22, is a performer; dances with the ensemble of the African Carnival block Ilu Inã; acts as a social art educator, approaching themes related to the Law 10.639, regarding instruction on Afro-Brazilian culture; is the DJ of Batekoo party; and also created the tumblr Bicha Nagô, where he discusses homosexuality at the intersection of race and class-related issues.
Together with Sixten Kai Nielsen, Martin Rosengaard has run the Wooloo.org artists network since 2002. The duo has exhibited their work at a wealth of international venues — including Manifesta 8 and the 55th Venice Biennial — but these days they focus all their time on Human Hotel, a curated travel community.
Boryana Rossa is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance and photography and a professor in Transmedia department at the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York). Her performances and other works have been shown internationally at venues such as steirischer herbst, Graz; National Gallery of Fine Arts, Sofia; 1st Balkan Biennale, Thesaloniki; Kunstwerke and Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; The 1st and 2nd Moscow Biennial For Contemporary Art; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art (MUMOK) Vienna; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw; Sofia City Art Gallery; Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia; Exit Art, NY, Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art (SAMCA), Sofia. She is a director of Sofia Queer Forum together with philosopher and activist Stanimir Panayotov. Her works are in numerous public and private collections and have been included in the international art archives re.act.feminism and Transitland Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2009. Together in Bulgaria, Rossa and Mavromatti established UTRAFUTURO, an international group of artists engaged with issues of technology, science and their social implications and ethical impact on contemporary society. Works by the group have been shown at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Akademie der Kuntse (Berlin), Exit Art (New York), the Biennial for Electronic Art, Perth (BEAP) and elsewhere.
Amanda Roth is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal and a current graduate student at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Mary Rothlisberger is a citizen artist with an emphasis on cultural empowerment in rural and under-recognized communities. Her work is conversational and research-based, in response to the social, built, and natural environments we situate ourselves within.
Mary W. Rowe is an urbanist and civic entrepreneur. She currently lives in New York City and works with government, business and civil society organizations to strengthen the economic, social, cultural and environmental resilience of the city and its neighborhoods. Her particular focus is creating local, national and international learning networks of urban practitioners developing local innovations that foster local livability and resilience, of which art and cultural heritage are key components. Her tenure in New York City follows five years of intense work in the recovering city of New Orleans post Katrina, where she helped form the New Orleans Institute for Resilience and Innovation, a loose alliance of initiatives that emerged in response to the systemic collapses of 2005.
Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić
Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić are Belgrade-based artists whose artistic practice comprises working with drawing, text, video, and photography. Since 2002, they have developed a joint artistic practice, exploring the overlapping space between art and politics. In their artistic work, they focus on social and economic conditions of reproduction, unveiling in a provoking way the contradictions of today’s societies. With means of artistic research and analysis that combine text, slogans, photo, video, drawing, and public action, they transform discourses both in the arts and in the political field. A focus of their work is historical and emerging constellations that bring forward emancipatory action and movements of precarious workers, art workers, and migrant workers. Their projects include engagement in current public debates and struggles, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and dissemination through different media and channels. Rena Rädle and Vladan Jeremić are editors of a number of publications, including the issue Reclaiming Realism of the Open Systems Journal, Austria and the ArtLeaks Gazette. Rädle and Jeremić have worked with groups such as the Chto Delat?, ArtLeaks, Perpetuum Mobilε, and other collectives. They are founders of the Unbribables together with Tony Maslić and Nikola Radivojević.
Małgorzata Różańska is a cultural manager, project coordinator, freelance translator and a PhD Candidate at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. She studied German Philology at the Jagiellonian University and Applied Linguistics at the Tischner European University in Krakow/Poland. Since 2008, she has acted as Manager of the Literature Office and coordinator of International Literary Programs at the Villa Decius Association in Krakow. She has coordinated residential stays for approximately 170 writers, translators, and artists from over 20 countries. She is co-founder and editorial assistant of the international literary magazine RADAR, coordinator of the 5th Krakow Days of Literature (2011) and curator of more than 60 cultural events. She was Fellow of the Polish Minister of Culture (2014), CEC Artslink Fellow (2015), Fellow of the Visegrad Academy of Cultural Management (2015 and 2017), and Fellow of the inaugural Arts Rights Justice Academy (ARJA) at the University of Hildesheim, Germany.
Albie Sach is a former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Dr. Finzi Saidi joined the Department of Architecture in the faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at University of Johannesburg in 2008. He is head of the undergraduate architecture programmes. He was appointed vice-dean of the faculty in August 2010 – 2013. Previously, he was the convenor of the Master of Landscape Architecture Programme in the School of Architecture at the University of Cape Town. In 1998, he lectured at the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Pretoria, from where he subsequently acquired his PhD in Architecture. He obtained his Master of Landscape Design degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the U.K. He then taught at the School of the Built Environment at the Copperbelt University in Zambia. His research interests include studies of open space in informal settlements and townships in South Africa, exploring innercity schools and urban open space, and innovative curriculum development.
Born in Haiti, poet, essayist and publisher Rodney Saint-Éloi is the author of a dozen books of poetry. His work, à l’écoute du monde, is a long journey through cities and faces. Passenger of texts, forms, and memories, he founded the Mémoire d'encrier editions in Montreal in 2003. In 2012, he received the prestigious Charles Biddle Award, which "recognizes his exceptional contribution to the development of arts and culture in Quebec." In 2015, he was accepted as a member of l'Académie des lettres du Québec. His last collections of poetry are Je suis la fille du baobab brûlém (Mémoire d’encrier, 2015) and Moi tombée, moi levée (Le Noroit, 2016).
Lalita Salander is a New York based independent curator, educator, and artist. Salander is pursuing a cross-disciplinary doctoral degree in the field of contemporary art and cultural studies through the University of Reading and Zurich University of the Arts. Her research specifically focuses on Artist-in-Residence programmes in the 21st century. Salander is the curator for Residency Unlimited’s Dialogues platform and co-founder of Frontview for Art & Architecture. Salander has organized exhibitions in a variety of institutions in the United States and abroad; her curatorial practice aims to transport viewers on adventures throughout the galaxy. Salander was a 2014-2016 Curatorial Fellow at SVA’s MA Curatorial Practice program, and received her BA in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis.
Rebecca Salminen Witt
Rebecca Salminen Witt is the President of The Greening of Detroit, a 25 year old non-profit environmental organization that works to secure the ecosystem of Detroit, Michigan by coordinating tree plantings, supporting community gardening, providing outdoor education to Detroit schoolchildren and sponsoring green jobs training programs for teenagers and adults. Rebecca finds inspiration in Detroit’s people and its possibilities. For the past 19 years she has turned inspiration into action by guiding The Greening’s growth from a staff of three with an annual budget of $235,000 USD to a 34-person, $6 million per year operation, planting 6,000 trees, providing nutrition and environmental education to nearly 10,000 children and placing 100 Detroiters in green jobs each year.
Rasmus Sangild is head of press and communication at the Danish Council on Climate Change and has been working with climate change related politics for a number of years. He lives in Copenhagen and has a background in literature, philosophy and culture studies. Opinions expressed reflect writer’s own views.
Sebastien Sanz Santamaria
Sebastien Sanz Santamaria has been living and working in New York City since 2001. During this time, he has been closely involved with the artist-run organization and arts collective Flux Factory. He was Assistant Director of the International Residency Program, at Location One. In 2009, together with Nathalie Angles, he co-founded Residency Unlimited as an artist-centered organization dedicated to producing customized artist residency structures to support the creation, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art. Present key projects include the development of an new information platform called "res" under the framework of NEW INC Incubator program, and the creation of the New York City Artist Safe Haven Prototype, a multi-organizational artist residency program designed to house, integrate, and nurture artists at risk. After completing a preparatory year at the Academie Julien, Peningen (Paris) in 1997, Sebastien received a BFA from the École de Beaux-Arts de Montpellier District in Montpellier, France.
Sarah Schulman's most recent books are the novel THE COSMOPOLITANS, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 20 best novels of 2016, and CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and The Duty of Repair. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island.
Jason Schupbach is the Director of Design Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he oversees all design and creative placemaking, grantmaking and partnerships, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA's federal agency collaborations. Previous to his current position, Jason served Governor Patrick of Massachusetts as the Creative Economy Director, tasked with growing creative and tech businesses in the state. He was formerly the director of ArtistLink, a Ford Foundation-funded initiative to stabilize and revitalize communities through the creation of affordable space and innovative environments for creatives. He has also worked for the Mayor of Chicago and New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
Kathryn Schwartzkopf is an architectural designer based in Seattle, Washington. She has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (2008) and a Master of Architecture (2015) from the University of Waterloo. Her research interests include the politics of public space, security design and forensic architecture.
Paula Segal is a lawyer and a founder of 596 Acres.
Victor Seguela received his Master's in Architecture from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Val de Seine. He lived and worked in Mamoudzou, Mayotte in 2014-2015. He is based in Paris, France.
Jose Serrano-McClain is an artist, educator, and community organizer who works to support the community of cultural practitioners in NYC.
Jose Serrano-McClain is an artist, educator, and community organizer who works to support the community of cultural practitioners in NYC.
Shirlynn Sham is a research assistant at the World Policy Institute and an undergraduate student at Columbia University majoring in Art History and Political Science.
Tiffany Shaw-Collinge is an interdisciplinary artist and intern architect based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the recipient of a major commission for Edmonton's forthcoming Indigenous Art Park, has produced several notable transitory art works, and is a core member of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective.
Laura Shillington is a faculty member in the Department of Geosciences at John Abbott College in Montréal. In 2014-2015, she held a one year position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Development at the University for Peace (UPeace). Currently, she is teaching an online graduate reading course in urban nature and environment at UPeace. While at UPeace, she was a lecturer for the Summer Peace Institute, University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Shillington is also a Research Associate with the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre at Concordia University in Montréal. See lshillington.org.
Suzy Xu Shuang (徐爽) is a storyteller of traditions, ancient and contemporary cultures. She also explores portraiture and landscape in a poetic way.
Erin Silver is a historian of queer feminist visual culture, performance, activism, and art history. She obtained a PhD in Art History and Gender and Women's Studies from McGill University in 2013. She is the co-editor (with Amelia Jones) of Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (Manchester University Press, 2016), and co-edited (with taisha paggett) the winter 2017 issue of C Magazine, “Force,” on intersectional feminisms and movement cultures. She has curated exhibitions at the FOFA Gallery, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Silver is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of British Columbia.
Kira Simon-Kennedy is the co-founder and director of China Residencies, a nonprofit supporting creative exchange within China and the diaspora by sharing resources and creating a network of over 30 different residencies in mainland China and Hong Kong. Through the nonprofit's year-old fiscal sponsorship program, China Residencies supports creative collectives and community organizations like BUFU, a collaborative living archive centered around (pan)Black and (pan)Asian cultural and political relationships; Yellow Jackets, a queer/intersectional Yellow American collective collaborating towards radical futures that centralize marginalized bodies; and The W.O.W Project, a community space and artist residency shaping the future of New York's Chinatown. Kira is also an independent film and documentary producer, and one of the founders of res, a search engine to help connect creative people with opportunities worldwide.
Rasmus R. Simonsen is a full-time faculty member at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, where he teaches media studies and communication courses. Simonsen has recently published a collection of essays with Jodey Castricano titled Critical Perspectives on Veganism (Palgrave). He has published articles in Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Children’s Literature, Journal for Critical Animal Studies, and American Studies in Scandinavia. Furthermore, his work appears in a number of edited book collections. In addition to literature, cultural studies, and animal studies, Simonsen writes about subjects related to design and fashion theory.
João Simões (Rio de Janeiro, 1979) is a curator, artist, researcher and educator. He founded, with Cláudio Bueno, the Explode! Platform, which researches and experiences notions of gender, race and class, based on cultural and artistic practices perceived as peripheral, also crossing the fields of pedagogy, urbanism and social justice. He is also a member of the study group Extremidades: audiovisual networks, film, performance and contemporary art, coordinated by Christine Mello at PUC-SP. He has participated in curatorships, public speeches and performances in several cultural institutions.
Helena Singer is the Ashoka Vice President for Youth in Latin America. She co-led the creation of innovative schools in Brazil and was a special assistant to the Minister of Education responsible for an initiative to foster innovation in basic education in the country. She has written on education, democracy, and human rights. Among other works, she is the author of República de Crianças about children's school experiences (2010) and organizer of the book collection Territórios Educativos: experiências em Diálogo com o Bairro-escola (2015). Singer holds a PhD in Sociology and a postdoctoral degree in Education, and lives in São Paulo, Brazil.
Maya Singhal is a former editorial assistant at World Policy Journal and a graduate student at New York University.
Niki Singleton is a Canadian drawer, painter, and found material sculptor based in Brooklyn. Some of her projects include Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan, a 130-page graphic novel on the survival stories of four Sudanese refugees, a gay tragic/comic strip series on Facebook, and a political comic series Counter Clockwise published on The Mantle. Her work usually focuses on the underdog or fringe groups whose voices go unheard. Niki has undertaken residencies in France, the Netherlands, and New York, and she has had solo exhibitions at Undercurrent Projects (New York), the Holocaust Museum (Dallas), and Imagine Ic (Amsterdam). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Friedman Gallery, Nurture Art, and White Box Gallery (New York) as well as Life on Mars Gallery, Fireproof Gallery, Studio 10, and Triangle Workshop (Brooklyn).
Guy Sioui Durand
Guy Sioui Durand is a Wendat (Huron) based in Wendake, Québec, Canada. He is a sociologist (PhD), art critic, independent curator, and performer (spoken word). He is specialized in contemporary Aboriginal art and contemporary art. Sioui Durand is curating the project Hommage aux Skywalkers/Ironworkers Mohawks from the event Rassemblement Internations d’Art Performance Autochtone (RIAPA) in Wendake this September 14-16, 2018. He is preparing the exhibition De Tabac, de Sauge et de Foins d’odeurs for the Joliette Museum of Art for winter 2019. Sioui Durand teaches "Initiation to Modern and Contemporary Aboriginal Art" at the Kiuna Native Institution, the only completely Aboriginal post-secondary institution.
Crystal Smith is a Tsimshian, Haisla and Heiltsuk warrior mother. She is living as guest on Unceded Coast Salish Territory and is currently a Graduate student at UBC. She is also an accomplished poet and spoken word performer. Using poetry and spoken word she hopes to uncover the oppression Indigenous people face and the pain inflicted on our earth to ignite a wave of hope which can travel throughout different generations.
Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who is a founding and senior faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His main contributions have been to the quantum theory of gravity, to which he has been a co-inventor and major contributor to two major directions: loop quantum gravity and deformed special relativity. He also contributes to cosmology through his proposal of cosmological natural selection: a falsifiable mechanism to explain the choice of the laws of physics. He also has written four books: Life of the Cosmos, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, The Trouble with Physics and Time Reborn. Most recently, he co-authored The Singular Universe and The Reality of Time with Roberto Mangabeira Unger. Photo Credit: Nir Baraket
Thiago de Paula Souza
Thiago de Paula Souza lives in São Paulo, where he works as an educator at the Afro-Brazilian Museum (Museu Afro Brazil). His current research concerns race relations, African and Afro-Brazilian art, and the depiction of art from Africa and the diaspora in the German-speaking context. He is a member of Lanchonete.org
Gian Spina is a researcher and artist who teaches art theory at the International Art Academy, Palestine in Ramallah. His work can be seen at http://gianspina.com.
Stefan St-Laurent, multidisciplinary artist and curator, was born in Moncton, New-Brunswick and lives and works in Gatineau. He was the invited curator for the Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda in 2008, and for the 28th and 29th Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul in 2010 and 2011. From 2002 to 2011, he worked as curator of Galerie SAW Gallery, and has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa since 2010. His performance and video work has been presented in numerous galleries and institutions, including the Centre national de la photographie in Paris, Edsvik Konst och Kultur in Sollentuna in Sweden, YYZ in Toronto, Western Front in Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. He has been a curator and programmer for a number of artistic organizations and festivals, including the Lux Centre in London, the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montréal, the Festival international du cinéma francophone in Acadie, the Rencontres internationales Vidéo Arts Plastiques in Basse-Normandie, France, the Festival international du cinema francophone en Acadie in Moncton, as well as Pleasure Dome, Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and Vtape in Toronto. He is currently director of the artist-run centre AXENÉO7 in Gatineau.
Alyssa Stein is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal
Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator who has a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. As an interdisciplinary artist, Adrian’s work includes paintings, installations, sculpture and performance.
Mikkel Stjernberg (born 1972). Danish Writer and Entrepreneur. Co-founder & COO of Storyfriend. Originaly educated as a journalist and specialized in digital journalism. Former speechwriter for the Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark. Spend five years as a top-level instructor in the personal development industry before returning to the world of digital media. Madly in love with the creative process of teams and how it can bring things into a different orbit altogether. Lives in Elsinore, Denmark with artist Sara Leanda and their three kids. When not writing his next novel or playing around with new movements on the floor, you will find him in the kitchen baking bread and inventing recipes.
Ivor Stodolsky (curator and theorist, Berlin-Helsinki) is Co-Founding Director and Curator of Perpetuum Mobile (www.perpetualmobile.org). PM’s recent thematic projects include the Re-Aligned Project (Berlin, Cairo, Moscow Biennial 2013, Tromso, Checkpoint (Helsinki 2014, Athens Biennale 2015, etc.), the Perpetual Pavilion (Venice Biennale 2009, Berlin 2013, etc), The Arts Assembly (Manifesta 8, CAFA, Beaux Arts), The School of the Displaced (Kiev Biennial 2015, Helsinki), and Pluriculturalism (Moderna Museet, Malmö). A writer with a background in philosophy, social theory and anthropological research, he is also an editor of publications such as “The Raw, The Cooked and The Packaged” and “The Square” newspapers as well as PM films. In 2016 he has been largely focussed on PM’s Artist at Risk platform which received the Annual Art Act Award for Safe Haven Helsinki, and was honoured with the European Citizen’s Prize of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Kendra Sullivan is an artist, writer, boatmaker, and curator. Her work centers the study of coastal ecologies and economies. She is the associate director of the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she runs the Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research and publishes Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. She is a member of the eco-art collective Mare Liberum and a co-founder of the Sunview Luncheonette, a community space for art and politics run out of a stopped-in-time diner in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Jason holds a B.Arch from Carleton University and is currently a graduate student in architecture at UBC. He has worked intermittently for Douglas Cardinal Architect since 2014 as well as Oxbow Architecture in Saskatoon. He aims to create culturally contextual work that is appropriate for the social, economic, and political environment it will perform within. He is a member of Fish Lake Métis Local #108, and the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan.
Keijiro Suzuki is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist who applies art and social practice into community. He was born in Nagoya in 1981 and received his B.A. in Humanities and Social Sciences from Nagoya City University in 2004 and completed his M.F.A. in Sculpture at the University of Houston in 2010. Suzuki works on cross-cultural perspectives, interpretations, and imaginations by employing anthropological and journalistic approaches to local culture and context. He creates fictitious realities and stories, layering these into various forms of art and experiences. These works, in turn reflect on our own perspectives while evoking a particular cultural mental structure. He invents visual rhetoric to trigger random associations that give his audience a chance to see alternative perspectives and interpretations about their own presence, culture, and life. Suzuki is also a cultural connector and an initiator of an alternative art space called “the temporary space”, focused on collaborative projects with other art organizations in Japan and abroad. In 2015, he launched an art and design production project called cagerow production, which aims to internationally connect Japan’s skill, materials, wisdom, and aesthetics.
Alia Swastika has worked as Program Director for Ark Galerie, Yogyakarta, Indonesia since 2008 and is actively involved as a curator, project manager and writer on a number of international exhibitions. With Suman Gopinath, she was the co-curator of the Jogja Biennale XI, Shadow Lines: Indonesia Meets India (2011), and was one of the co-artistic directors for the Gwangju Biennale IX (2012): Roundtable. She also participated as the curator of a special exhibition of Indonesian artists in the 2012 edition of Art Dubai. She has extensive experience for her curatorial projects in Indonesia and abroad. Her recent curatorial works includes co-curators for Europalia Arts Festival Indonesia for Contemporary Art Projects (2017) and “Songs for the People” (Art Sonje, Seoul, 2018). As the director of Jogja Biennale 2015, she was a member of the International Biennale Association Board (2013-2017, and she recently founded ‘Study on Art Practices’, a platform for research into contemporary art in Indonesia. She writes for Frieze, Art Forum, Broadsheet journal, and many others, as well as for numerous publications in Indonesia.
Jakub Szczęsny (1973) is the first Polish architect who's project, Keret House, was included in MoMA's permanent collection in New York. He works on the verge of architecture, art and design, using building and semi-industrial technologies as matter for artistic expression. His installations can be found in places with complex socio-historical context like Palestine (The Lace in The Garden of Nations), Israel (Tamaguchi Park in Bat Yam), USA ( UFO Chicken coop in Saint Louis Science Center) and Poland (Aureola in Wrocław). In parallel with art projects, he runs his own architecture office SZCZ in Warsaw (www.szcz.com.pl) and teaches in The School of Form in Poznań, apart from lecturing in such institutions as IAAC, Bezalel School of Architecture, FAU, and Warsaw Institute of Technology. His works can be found in private and public collections.
Tanya Talaga is a journalist at the Toronto Star, covering everything from general city news to education, national health care, foreign news, and Indigenous affairs. Talaga's 2017 book, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, and the First Nation Communities Read Indigenous Literature Award. As the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, Talaga will be delivering a series of talks entitled "All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward."
Pelin Tan is an assistant professor for the New Media Department at Kadir Has University in Istanbul. In 2011, Tan was The MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology fellow.
Karina Taylor is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal.
Michael Taylor is an Architect and Urban Systems Analyst in Zurich. He has studied at The Architectural Association, UBC, and The Queen's School of Business. His work focuses on strategy in business and design.
Kelly Teamey is a film-maker, writer, educator and mother, balancing part-time work as an instructor in education and sustainable development at the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont and as co-founder of the Enlivened Learning non-profit organization. Enlivened Learning arises from a project started in 2012 where Kelly and her partner, Udi Mandel, travelled on a year-long round-the-world journey to visit with, learn from and document various places of higher education emerging from indigenous communities and social/ecological movements that are completely re-imagining what a university can be. Enlivened Learning aims to act as a bridge between these various ‘knowledge movements’ by co-organizing gatherings through the Ecoversities Alliance, releasing films and other publications to support greater visibility of these inspiring places of higher education and by working with communities more generally to support transformative learning possibilities.
Kate is a British-American journalist, editor and researcher. She lived in West Africa for seven years, including three years in Liberia, where her stories and long-term projects for The Independent, BBC, Reuters and UN agencies looked at healthcare systems, refugee rights and the arts. Her research interests include the relationship between health and narrative, as well as African migration - the subject of a collection of oral histories that she’s compiling. Kate graduated from the University of Warwick and the University of London in Paris. She is the author of Lonely Planet guidebooks to countries including Kenya, Libya, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone. She speaks French, German and Portuguese, and enjoys overland travel and getting lost in books and nature.
Artist, writer and filmmaker, her work combines approaches from performance, drawing, architecture, moving image and sound. Select works of hers has been featured at Jeu de Paume le magazine (2016), the Greek Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture (2016), Flux Factory, New York (2016), and YNKB, Copenhagen (2014). Recent texts of hers have appeared in visAvis: Voices on Asylum and Migration and Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. She lives in Athens.
Vicente Todolí’s career in the visual arts spans more than 30 years, and includes positions as Chief Curator (1986-88) and then artistic director of the IVAM (Valencian Institute of Modern Art, 1988-1996). In 1996, he joined the Museum of Contemporary Art Serralves and served as its founding director until 2002. In 2002, he was appointed Director of the Tate Modern by the Trustees of the Tate, where he joined full-time in March 2003 and left in June 2010. At Tate Modern, he curated exhibitions of Sigmar Polke, Robert Frank, Fischli & Weiss, Cildo Meireles, "Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism", and "Van Doesburg and the International Avant Garde". He was appointed artistic director of Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in May 2012. Currently he advises various museums and foundations, including the Botin Foundation in Santander where he serves as chair of the advisory board, and he is the sole adviser for Per Amor a l’Art Foundation in Valencia, and Inelcom collection in Madrid.
Artist Petros Touloudis lives between Athens and Tinos Island in Greece. A graduate of the Athens School of Fine Arts, Touloudis works across the areas of visual art (video, sculpture, installation), architecture, and opera. Between 2015 and 2017 he was a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. He is the co-founder of Tinos Quarry Platform, a forum for contemporary art operating an artist-in-residence program since 2015, located on the island of Tinos, of the northern Cyclades in Greece.
Author Coumba Touré comes from Mali and Senegal, in West Africa. With Muu-So, she has crafted a tale of the beauty of the process of creation and how it is also necessary to closely care for and love that which we are responsible for.
Anne Trumble is a landscape and urban designer based in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Cultural Landscape Agency and Emerging Terrain, organizations with missions of increasing engagement in the built environment. Trumble earned her graduate degree in landscape architecture from the University of British Columbia, and practiced professionally in New York City where she designed and managed the redevelopment of 125th Street in Harlem, as well as other parks, plazas, and streetscapes. She has taught city-scale design studios at Columbia University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Anne is currently working with the Arid Lands Institute in Los Angeles.
Julie Trébault is the Director of PEN America’s new Artists-at-Risk Connection project. A highly respected leader in the arts world, she brings skills, experience, and a network to launch a new support system for artists at risk worldwide. Prior to joining PEN America, she served as Director of Public Programs at the Museum of the City of New York, where she built a robust roster of panel discussions, performances, screenings, and symposia spanning New York City’s arts, culture, and history. She previously was Director of Public Programs at the Center for Architecture. Before moving to New York, she worked at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden in The Netherlands, where she built a network of 116 museums across the globe that shared a virtual collection of masterpieces and developed an innovative array of online and mobile applications and exhibitions to make the collection as widely accessible as possible. Trébault holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from the Sorbonne University and a Master’s Degree in Archaeology from the University of Strasbourg.
Ashley Tucker is the Program Director at the Artistic Freedom Initiative, leading planning and implementation of its programs and legal services for at-risk artists. Having lived, worked, and volunteered abroad for many years, Ashley has dedicated her career to international human rights and social justice. Ashley has worked for the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, and PEN America’s Artists At Risk Connection. She has conducted research and human rights trainings in Haiti, worked on strategic litigation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and worked as a volunteer in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Ashley received her BA from University of Arizona in Studio Art, and her JD from City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York. Ashley lives and works in New York City.
cheyanne turions is an independent writer and curator concerned with art's capacity to provoke otherwise possibilities. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include projects with the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Audain Gallery (Vancouver), Gallery TPW (Toronto), Mercer Union (Toronto) and SBC galerie d'art contemporain (Montréal). She has published widely, including with Afterall, the Banff Centre, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Hyperallergic and the Vera List Center. In 2017, she participated in documenta 14. She is currently the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and sits on the board of directors for 221A.
Dr. Helga Turku is a consultant for USAID-funded rule of law projects in Haiti and Cote d’Ivoire.
Kade L. Twist
Kade L. Twist is a poet and interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. He is a co-founder of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary collective that was included in both the 2017 Whitney Biennial and documenta 14. With his individual work and Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally.
Nissa Tzun is a media artist and community organizer. For the last 8 years Nissa has been working on a long-term documentary project called the Forced Trajectory Project (FTP), which documents the narratives of families who have lost loved ones to police violence. The multimedia exhibit incorporates film, photography, sound, and illustration to translate the collective experience of individuals and communities that suffer from police violence, in order to amplify their voices and to inform the discussion of social change in the United States. FTP has been exhibited across the nation at conferences, film festivals, social justice events, and galleries. It was featured as a spotlight project at Groundswell’s National Network Gathering at Allied Media Conference in 2015, has been a two-time recipient of the JustFilms Travel Grant, was awarded the OHA Emerging Crisis Grant in 2015, received Honorable Mention at a juried exhibition at Left of Center Gallery in January 2016, and was most recently awarded the 2016 LIUU Grant for Social Change. She is the co-founder of Families United 4 Justice, a family-led initiative to bring awareness of police violence issues through sharing the collective experience of those affected by police violence. Nissa resides in Las Vegas, where she is attending graduate school for her Master’s in Social Work.
Department of Unusual Certainties
DoUC (Department of Unusual Certainties) is a creative studio who employ their natural curiosity to design experiences, visualizations, and spaces that simplify the seemingly complex and inspire thought and dialogue. We experiment with storytelling through exploration and design. We practice the tradition of pragmatism and are directed by curiosity, information and perceived knowledge. In 2010, DoUC started as a result of a shared need to ask questions about our everyday existence. This curiosity continues to grow and has manifested over the years through projects that traverse urban design, public art, social engagement, cartography, and education. Our hope is to affect the social good through the physical world and to help build society through our work. Sometimes strange, beautiful or controversial, DoUC tells each story with a dedication to creating substantive experiences and content that people can engage with, reflect on and react to.
Paula Van Erven
Paula Van Erven is an artist, member of Lanchonete.org, currently living and working in São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a Studio Arts B.A. from Bard College, and has also pursued Urban Policy studies at a postgraduate level.
Mike Van Graan
Mike van Graan is the Executive Director of the African Arts Institute (AFAI), a South African NGO based in Cape Town whose two-fold mission is to help develop leadership for the African creative sector and to build regional markets for African artists and their creative works.
Marie van Zeyl
Marie van Zeyl holds a BA from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and an MBA in Arts and Cultural Management from the Institut d’Études Supérieures des Arts in Paris, France. Fascinated by the intersection of technology and the visual arts, Marie wrote her Master’s thesis on collecting web browser art.
Born in 1985 in Pacaembu in State of São Paulo, Brazil, currently lives in Amsterdam. Works transdisciplinary in different practices such as performance, dance, theatre, film, music, visual arts, trans, drag, queer, fashion and graphic design. Studied dance, theatre, music and circus through varied formal and informal training processes. Graduated in arts at State University of Londrina, Paraná, Brazil (2006-2009). Continued studies in performativity with COMO clube artist platform, São Paulo (2011-2014). Post-master in performance at A.PASS (Advanced Performance And Scenography Studies)(2014-2016), Brussels/Belgium. Participated/participates in Free Home University radical and artistic pedagogy experiment, Lecce/Italy. Currently doing Master of Voice at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. Among some recent works are: the films The Get Up, directed by Daniel Favaretto and Dudu Quintanilha and the Pink Color: Los Estados Unidos del Fuego, directed by Octavio Tavares and Francisca Oyaneder. The performance projects PRIVATE ROOM, PRETA and INDUMENTARIA POPULAR. Currently developing transdisciplinary project #iwannamakerevolution, about placement and displacement, mutant and in transit bodies. Started in post-master at A.PASS and currently completing Master of Voice at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam with collaboration and support by ArtsEverywhere/Musagetes, a Canadian philanthropic arts organisation.
Mark V. Vlasic
Mark V. Vlasic is a senior fellow and adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and had served as the first head of operations of the joint World Bank-U.N. Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative.
Iaroslav Volovod was born in Murmansk, USSR and earned his BA in Asian and African Studies from St. Petersburg State University and his MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College, New York, conducting part of his research at Heidelberg University, Germany. Iaroslav was also awarded a Diploma of Excellence from Central Institute of Hindi in New Delhi, India, and has been recently invited to participate in the TRANScuratorial Academy in Berlin and Mumbai. His personal and professional identities have sensitized him to non-dominant experience and to institutional practices that address communities at the cusp of change. Currently he is investigating South Asian artists in Britain, in addition to working as a curator with international and local art practitioners. He is a curator at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and a lecturer at British Higher School of Art and Design.
Katharina von Schroeder
Katharina von Schroeder is a documentary filmmaker . She has produced and directed documentary films in countries such as Russia, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Nigeria. Her recent film We Were Rebels won "Best Documentary" at Brooklyn Film Festival and the German TV Award, "Grimme Preis" 2015
Andrew Vowles writes on arts, culture and connections in Guelph, Ontario. He has written about science, environment, arts, culture, health and travel.
VUTH Lyno (b. 1982, Phnom Penh) is an artist, curator and Co-founding Artistic Director of Sa Sa Art Projects, an artist-run space initiated by Stiev Selapak collective. His artistic and curatorial practice is primarily participatory in nature, exploring collective learning and experimentation, and sharing of multiple voices through exchanges. His interest intersects micro histories, histories of photography, notions of community, and production of social situations. Vuth holds a Master of Art History from the State University of New York, Binghamton, supported by Fulbright fellowship (2013-15). His recent curatorial projects include When the River Reverses (2017), Sa Sa Art Projects, Phnom Penh; Oscillation (2016), the Art Center of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; and Traversing Expanses (2014), SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh. Vuth’s recent exhibitions include Unsettled Assignments (2017) in collaboration with Sidd Perez, SIFA, Singapore; Public Spirits (2016-17), CCA, Warsaw; South by Southeast (2015 & 2016), Osage Gallery, Hong Kong & Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou; and Family Snaps: Photography in Southeast Asia (2014), Chiang Mai City Arts & Culture Centre, Chiang Mai. He is a co-founder, with Roger Nelson, of Vetika Brovoat Selapak – Art History Forum, a platform for educational and scholarly events about Cambodian and other art histories, and a co-founding editorial member of the scholarly journal SOUTHEAST OF NOW: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia. His writing has been published in journals including Udaya: Journal of Khmer Studies and Trans Asia Photography Review, at which he is also an editorial board member.
Anne Waak is an author based in Berlin. She writes mostly about cultural and social topics for magazines and newspapers such as Welt am Sonntag, Monopol, and Dummy. She was born in 1982 in Dresden (then German Democratic Republic) and studied literature, musicology, and journalism in Berlin and Paris. She has published a book on music journalism called Spex – Das Buch. 33 1/3 Jahre Pop, (with Max Dax) and another on how young creatives and artists in Berlin deal with social welfare titled Hartz IV und wir – Protokolle. Her next work is a non-fiction about the history of suicide and will be out in November 2016.
Alice Wang was a 2012 World Policy Institute Research Assistant.
Mike Watson is an art theorist and curator based in Italy. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Goldsmiths College and has curated for Nomas Foundation and at the 55th and 56th Venice Biennales. He has written regularly for Frieze, Art Review, and Radical Philosophy. His book, Towards a Conceptual Militancy, available from Zero Books on 27 May 2016, calls on the artist to mount a defence of subjective freedom in opposition to the twin objectifying factors of Science and Capital, personified by growing surveillance technology. The book is both a critique of the political left and the art world, ultimately arguing for a commons-based cultural management that can act a space or rethinking the approach of the left. Mike lives and works in Rome where he is an adjunct professor at John Cabot University.
Lindsay Grace Weber
Lindsay Grace Weber is a graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A. Gender & History) and Universiteit Utrecht (R.M.A. Gender & Ethnicity), and she is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota where she focuses on postcolonial studies, Marxist theory, and feminist/queer materialisms.
Dr. Weinstock holds a Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Political Philosophy and is the founding director of the Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal. He is a prize fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2004), and a recipient of the André-Laurendeau Prize given by the Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement des sciences. His areas of expertise include the politics of language and identity, democracy, citizenship, and pluralism. He has also been an active participant in public policy in Québec, having been a member from 1997 to 1999 of a Ministry of Education working group on religion in public schools, and from 2003 to the present, the founding director of Quebec’s Public Health Ethics Committee. Dr. Weinstock holds a PhD in philosophy (Oxford University), and an MA in political philosophy and a BA in French literature and political philosophy (McGill University).
Elisabeth Wellershaus is a journalist based in Berlin. She is an editor for Contemporary And and belongs to the 10nach8 Team at ZEIT ONLINE.
Kahsenniyo Williams is a spoken word artist from the Mohawk Nation Wolf Clan. Kahsenniyo began utilizing her poetry as a tool for social change and community engagement in 2008. Her work is centered around Indigenous issues. She aims to educate non-Indigenous people about the struggles, beauty, and realities facing Indigenous people. Her work also attempts to create moments of understanding, connection, and healing for Indigenous People. Kahsenniyo transforms her love for her community and people through her passionate performances. She draws on her lived experience to engage audiences.
Tara Williamson is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and was raised in Gaabishkigamaag (Swan Lake, Manitoba). She is a writer, musician, and educator. Her latest album, Songs To Keep Us Warm, was nominated for a 2017 Indigenous Music Award and she is currently the Editor the Indigenous media platform, Indian & Cowboy.
Dexter Wimberly is an entrepreneur and independent curator who has organized exhibitions and developed programs with galleries and institutions throughout the world including The Third Line (Dubai); Koki Arts (Tokyo); Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC; and the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC). His exhibitions have been reviewed and featured in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, and Hyperallergic; and have received support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Wimberly served on the board of the New York-based arts nonprofit, The Laundromat Project for 4 years and actively supports other arts organizations. Prior to developing his curatorial practice, Wimberly was the founder and CEO of the pioneering marketing and public relations agency, August Bishop. Wimberly has also served as Director of Communications for The Museum for African Art, NY; Director of Strategic Planning at Independent Curators International, NY; and Executive Director of Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ. Photo credit: Micah Ganske.
Krzysztof Wodiczko is Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain at the GSD. He is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. He has realized more than eighty such public projections in Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Since the late 1980s, his projections have involved the active participation of marginalized and estranged city residents. Simultaneously, he has been designing and implementing a series of nomadic instruments and vehicles with homeless, immigrant, and war veteran operators for their survival and communication. Since 1985, he has held many major retrospectives at institutions all over the world and his work has been exhibited in many major international art festivals and exhibitions. Wodiczko is the recipient of several awards, including the Hiroshima Prize in 1998 for his contribution as an artist to world peace.
April built her first cardboard prototype in 1991 and has been experimenting with spatial design ever since. In 2013, she acquired her Master of Architecture and founded TUMBLEhouse, an independent design studio. Currently based in Toronto, April continues to explore the walls we build and destroy, and their effect on our lived experiences.
Caroline Woolard is an artist, organizer, and co-founder of cultural equity initiatives http://OurGoods.org, http://TradeSchool.coop, and http://BFAMFAPhD.com.
Mark Woytiuk has two degrees from the University of Alberta Department of English and Film Studies and one from the University of British Columbia's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (M.Arch 2015). His partnership with Stephanie Bailey is based on the meandering weave of bifurcating paths and a refusal to submit to irreconcilable differences.
Jianru Wu is a curator and writer based in Beijing. She worked as the senior editor of LEAP magazine from 2012 to 2017 and has organized talks, screenings and public programs since 2011. In 2017-2018, she was an editor for the “One Hand Clapping” exhibition publication at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. Her writings have appeared in Artforum.com, Ocula, and The Art Newspaper China, among others. She is a recipient of the Asian Cultural Council fellowship (2017), and a visiting MFA critic at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (April 2018). She is a co-founder of THE OFFICE, an alternative art space in Beijing for innovative art projects addressing issues related to China’s booming E-commerce. Her curatorial works include “Call Me A Shi” (2015) at OCAT, Xi’an, “Re/sentiment” (2016) at A+ Contemporary, Shanghai and “Southern Climate” (2017) at N3 gallery, Beijing.
Shuyin Wu obtained her Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies (with Distinction) in 2012 and Master of Architectural Studies in 2016, from School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Canada. She received the Student Scholarship from Moriyama RAIC International Prize and the Mitacs Globalink Research Award, which funded her research in China.
Michele Wucker was President of the World Policy Institute, a New York based center for global policy thought leadership, and Publisher of World Policy Journal. In 2007, she oversaw the re-incorporation of the World Policy Institute as a free-standing organization after its separation from The New School, a New York City based university. Full Bio
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Manojna Yeluri is an entertainment and artist rights lawyer based out of Hyderabad, India. She is the founder of Artistik License, a consultancy dedicated to addressing the legal and business needs of creative professionals. She loves music and has recently rediscovered her passion for writing. She believes in the need for greater connection between people, in an effort to make us all better professionals and human beings.
Gregory Younging is a member of Opsakwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Institute of Canadian Studies at Carleton University and a Master of Publishing degree from the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. He received his doctoral degree from the Department of Educational Studies at University of British Columbia. Gregory has worked for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. From 1990 to 2003, he was Managing Editor of Theytus Books. He is now on faculty with the Indigenous Studies Program at University of British Columbia Okanagan.
Henry Yuan is the Secretary of Champion of Water Alliance and advisor to Thirst, a global water awareness campaign initiated by the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.
David Zielnicki is an instructor at the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Prior to joining SALA, David received his post-professional MLA II degree with distinction from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and his BSLA from Cornell University. David’s academic work is built on his previous position as a landscape architect at West 8 urban design & landscape architecture. Photo: Clare Kiernan.
Tiffany Zorrilla, of Dominican descent, was born and raised in New York City. She is currently studying music and working to pursue her dream of becoming a Rockstar. She loves Rock and Roll music, tattoos, and cats. She is a singer-songwriter, and plays the mandolin and piano. Tiffany dreams of making an impact on the world through her music and her activism. She is currently a part of the Perfect City group, an organization that fights against displacement and the problems that stem from gentrification.
Isin Önol (1977, Turkey) is a writer and curator based in Vienna and New York. She is a member of Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, New York. She works as a guest critic at the Arts & Design MFA program at Montclair University, New Jersey and as a visiting curator at the Social Design – Art as Urban Innovation MA Program at University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Since 2009, she has been working as an independent curator in Vienna and abroad. Before that, she leaded the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art as its director and curator in Istanbul for three years. Önol is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria. She has completed her Master of Advance Studies on Curating at ZHdK, Zürcher Hochschule der Kunst, Zürich, Switzerland (2009-2011). She participated to Ecole du Magasin, International Curatorial Training Programme, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France and Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course, Gwangju, South Korea (2009). She received her MFA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University (2003), and her BA in Art Education from Marmara University (2000), Istanbul, Turkey.
Ahmet Öğüt is a conceptual artist living and working in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He works with a broad range of media including video, photography, installation, drawing, and print media.