Leeza Ahmady is an independent art curator and educator based in New York. She is the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week, a city-wide biennial exhibition with public programs at major museums and galleries in New York.

Karim Aïnouz is a Brazilian-Algerian filmmaker and visual artist, and is currently in the throes of production of his next feature, Praia do Futuro, which is shot in Germany and Brazil.

Ariella Azoulay ( is at Brown University and is the author of Civil Imagination (Verso, 2012) and From Palestine to Israel, a Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation (Pluto, 2012).

London-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s ongoing project, Aural Contract, has been presented at Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2012) and Homeworks 5, Beirut (2010). He is now developing a radio documentary trilogy produced by The Showroom London and Casco Utrecht, as part of a PhD at the Centre for Research in Architecture at Goldsmiths College.

Mustapha Benfodil is an Algerian writer, playwright and journalist who has written several plays and novels, among which is Les Bavardages du Seul, which was awarded the 2004 Algerian prize for Best Novel.

Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz ( live and work in Berlin, where they have been collaborating since 1998.

Robert Burghardt is assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts (Nuremberg) and is interested in collective art practices. In 2009, he obtained a degree in Architecture at TU— Berlin.

Curator and writer Cosmin Costinaş (b. 1982, Romania) is now the director of Para/Site, Hong Kong, after having been the curator at BAK: basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (2008–2011), the co-curator of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg (in 2010), and the editor of the documenta 12 magazines, Kassel/ Vienna (2005–2007).

Ann Cvetkovich is the Ellen C. Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is the author of An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (2003) and Depression: A Public Feeling (2012).

Burak Delier (b. 1977) is an Istanbul-based artist who explores the relationship between capitalism and contemporary artistic practices.

Valentina Desideri (valedesideri [at] gmail. com) practices both Fake and Political Therapy, makes performances, and, among other things, writes biographies by reading people’s palms.

Georges Didi-Huberman is a philosopher and art historian who has published some forty books about history and the theory of images in addition to having curated several internationally-renowned exhibitions.

A renowned scholar in Middle East studies and former Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, Khaled Fahmy is currently Professor and Chair of the History Department at the American University of Cairo.

Marcelo Gomes (marcelogomesfilms [at] is a Brazilian scriptwriter, director and video artist from Recife. He graduated from film studies at Bristol University.

Gal Kirn (galkirn [at] holds a PhD on the topic of French Contemporary Philosophy and Socialist Yugoslavia (University of Nova Gorica). Co-editor of Encountering Althusser (Continuum), Yugoslav Black Wave Cinema (JvE Academy) and editor of Postfordism and its Discontents (JvE Academy/Peace Institute), he does research at the ICI-Berlin on the topic of the Politics of Memory in the (post-) Yugoslav context.

A philosopher, dramaturge and performance theoretician, Bojana Kunst is a professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Justus Liebig University Giessen, where she directs their international Master’s program in Choreography and Performance.

Cuauhtémoc Medina (cuauhtemoc [at] is an international curator, art critic and historian based in Mexico City, Mexico, a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the National University of Mexico, and the curator of the last Manifesta 9: The Deep of the Modern.

Professor at Columbia University (New York) until 2007, Marc Nichanian is today a visiting professor at Sabanci University (Istanbul). His forthcoming book, Mourning Philology, will be released by Fordham University Press in 2013.

Maja Petrović-Šteger (mp333 [at] is a social anthropologist who researches various contexts where bodies—whether living, dead, or in the form of medically usable remains—become the sites of economic, legal, political, scientific and artistic attention. She has conducted long-term fieldwork in Serbia, Tasmania, and with the Swiss art collective etoy.

Rasha Salti is an independent curator, freelance writer and international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hito Steyerl never managed to work as the documentary film director she was trained to be. Lately, she has been seen on an unspecified dirt road humming Elvis’ “Trying to Get to You” from the legendary Sun Studio recording sessions.

A consulting professor at Goldsmiths College, London, and president of the French Committee for the Memory and History of Slavery, Françoise Vergès (cus01fv [at] gold. has collaborated on many cultural and artistic manifestations and has published widely on the topic of colonial memories, alternative cartographies, post-colonial museography and diasporic worlds in the Indian Ocean.

Since January 2011, Adnan Yıldız has been the artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. He is currently producing a series of solo exhibitions called the Artistic Dialogues at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and another called Methodical Inquiries at Polistar Gallery, Istanbul, in addition to a discussion-based event program called Critical Voices, at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Platform3, in Munich.