London-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s recent solo shows include
The Freedom Of Speech
Itself (2012) at Showroom, London, The Whole Truth (2012) at Casco, Utrecht and Tape Echo 2013 at Beirut in Cairo. Abu Hamdan is one of the four artists comprising the group Model Court and is a PhD candidate and lecturer at Goldsmiths College.
John Akomfrah is a director, writer and theorist who creates documentaries, feature films and exhibitions. He was a founding figure in the influential cine-cultural group Black Audio Film Collective and set up Smoking Dogs Films in 1999.
ruby onyinyechi amanze is a Brooklyn-based artist of Nigerian birth and British upbringing. She holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a 2012–2013 Fulbright Scholar with a focus on drawing.
Nana Oforiatta-Ayim is a writer, filmmaker and cultural historian. She has an MA in African Art History and is completing a PhD in African Languages and Cultures at the University of London. She has created books and films for exhibitions and has written for publications such as National Geographic and frieze. She set up the cultural research platform ANO in 2002 which is now based in Accra, Ghana.
Virginie Bobin is Associate Editor of Manifesta Journal; Assistant Curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam; and an independent curator and writer currently working on projects in New York and The Hague.
Blanca Calvo and Ion Munduate are choreographers, who in 1998 conceived Mugatxoan: a project concerned with the emerging practices that situate themselves between the choreography and visual arts. www.mugatxoan.org.
Trained in printmaking, Aurogeeta Das did her PhD on muggus, southern Indian floor-drawings (University of Westminster, 2012). Her funded research on indigenous arts was conducted under the aegis of INHA, Paris while she was the CREAM Visiting Research Fellow at Westminster. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.
Fatima El-Tayeb teaches at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of European Others. Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) as well as of numerous articles on the interactions of race, gender, sexuality, and nation. Before moving to the U.S., she lived in Germany and the Netherlands, where she was active in black feminist, migrant, and queer of color organizations.
Patrick D. Flores is Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines and Curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila. He is Adjunct Curator at the National Art Gallery, Singapore. He has published works on Asian Art and curatorial practice.
Raimi Gbadamosi is a contemporary British conceptual artist, writer and curator who received his Doctorate in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. He is currently professor in Fine Art, Wits School of Fine Arts, Johannesburg.
Sharlene Khan is a South African visual artist, currently based in London and engaged in a PhD in Arts, exploring the concept of “postcolonial masquerading”.
Kapwani Kiwanga studied Anthropology and Comparative Religions at McGill University. She has been an artist-in-residence in Paris, Eindhoven and Dakar and has exhibited in many locations internationally including Paris, Glasgow, Almería and London. Her film and video works have been nominated for two BAFTAs and have received awards at international film festivals.
Giulia Lamoni is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Instituto de História da Arte of the Universidade Nova in Lisbon, Portugal. Her research project, which focuses on feminist perspectives on Portuguese and Brazilian contemporary art, is financed by the Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia (Portugal).
Bouchra Ouizguen is a performer and choreographer born in Morocco and trained in France. Since 2007, Ouizguen has been a co-organizer of the annual festival Recontres Chorégraphiques in Marrakech.
Adriano Pedrosa is an independent curator and writer based in São Paulo. He was co-curator of the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011) and is director of Programa Independente da Escola São Paulo (PIESP).
Dr. Simon Sheikh is a curator and theorist who lives in Berlin and London. He is Reader in Art and Programme Director of MFA Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a correspondent for Springerin, Vienna, and a columnist for e-flux Journal, New York. A collection of his essays is forthcoming from b_books.
Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos) which opened in December 2007. She curated the Dakar Biennale in Senegal in 2006 and co-curated The Progress of Love, a transcontinental collaboration across three venues in Nigeria and America from Oct 2012 – Jan 2013. Since 2011 she has been the curatorial advisor for Tiwani Contemporary, London.
Koki Tanaka. Artist. For further information, visit a website: www.kktnk.com
Claire Tancons is a curator, writer and researcher who was a curator for the Göteborg Biennial in 2013. Since 2012, she has been teaching a curatorial seminar at IUAV University, Venice and she is the recipient of the 2012 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award.
Katarina Zdjelar (www.katarinazdjelar.net) is an artist based in Rotterdam and Belgrade.