Nancy Adajania is a Bombay-based cultural theorist and independent curator. She was the co-artistic director of the 9th Gwangju Biennale, 2012.
Mohammad al-Attar is a Syrian playwright and dramaturge. His plays Withdrawal, Online, Look at The Street... This is What Hope Looks Like, Could You Please Look into the Camera?, A Chance Encounter, and Intimacy have been performed in Damascus, London, New York, Seoul, Berlin, Brussels, Edinburgh, Athens, and Beirut, among others.
Burak Arikan is an artist working with complex networks through the media of software, prints, installations and performances. His work has been recently featured in the 31st Sao Paulo Biennial, the 13th Istanbul Biennial, the 11th Sharjah Biennial, and the 7th Berlin Biennial. Arikan lives and works in New York (US) and Istanbul (TR) http://burak-arikan.com.
Boris Buden is a writer and cultural critic based in Berlin (DE). He is a board member of the European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies, Vienna (AT) and teaches cultural theory at the Faculty of Art and Design at Bauhaus University in Weimar (DE). Among his recent publications is Zone des Übergangs Vom Ende des Postkommunismus (Zone of Transition: On the End of Post-Communism [Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2009]).
Ilya Budraitskis (1981) is a historian, curator and activist. He is a member of editorial board of the Moscow Art Magazine. Since 2013 he has been the director of the multimedia library department of the National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA, Moscow). Along with Ekaterina Degot and Marta Dziewanska, Budraitsikis co-edited and contributed to the book Post-post-Soviet? Art, Politics and Society in Russia in the Turn of the Decade (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013) and is the co-editor (with Arseniy Zhilyaev) and contributor of Pedagogical Poem (Venice: Marsilio Editori, 2014).
Keti Chukhrov holds an ScD from the Philosophy Department at Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow (RU) and lectures in the art theory department there. Among other works she has authored the book, Theatre in Philosophical Art Criticism (St. Petersburg: European University in St. Petersburg, 2011).
Julia Rometti (1975 Nice, France) graduated in 2000 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts Paris-Cergy (FR) with congratulations from the jury. From 1999–2002 she was a member of Glassbox—an artist-run space in Paris, France.
Victor Costales (1974 Minsk, Belarus) graduated from the Instituto de Diseño Grafico Latinoamericano in Quito (EC) and studied at the CFP Riccardo Bauer as well as at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, both in Milan (IT). Since 2007 Rometti and Costales have been working as an artist-duo. Currently they live in Mexico City (MX) and Paris (FR).
David Riff is a writer, translator, artist, and curator based in Moscow (RU) and Berlin (DE). His artistic and curatorial collaborations have included Chto Delat, the Karl Marx School of the English Language (with Dmitry Gutov), the first Bergen Assembly Monday Begins on Saturday (2013), and the non-academic symposium Reports to an Academy (2014) (both with Ekaterina Degot). He teaches at the Rodchenko School of Photography and Media Art, Moscow, and is the Head of Publications at the Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne (DE).
Ntone Edjabe is the founder and editor of Chimurenga (chimurenga.co.za).
Bassam El Baroni is a curator and writer based in Alexandria, Egypt. He is currently completing a PhD in Curatorial Knowledge at Goldsmiths, London, and is a theory tutor at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem. He has curated and co-curated projects and biennials in Murcia (MANIFESTA 8, 2010) and Madrid (ES), Oslo and Lofoten (LIAF 2013) (NO), Limerick (EVA international, 2014) (IE), Paris (FR), and Alexandria (EG).
Hu Fang is a fiction writer and curator based in Guangzhou and Beijing (CN). He is the co-founder and artistic director of Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou and The Pavilion in Beijing, and the author of several novels.
Mariam Ghani (kabul-reconstructions.net/mariam) is an artist, writer, curator, teacher, and member of the Gulf Labor Working Group. Gulf Labor (gulflabor.org) is a coalition of cultural workers that attempt to ensure that workers’s rights are respected during the building of new cultural institutions on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi (AE).
Sarah Joseph is a Professor of Law, and the Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, Melbourne (AU). She has a special interest in activism, freedom of speech, and the intersections between art and human rights.
Hassan Khan is an artist, writer and musician. He lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.
Nikita Kadan is an artist and lives in Kyiv. Since 2004 he has been a member of R.E.P. (Revolutionary Experimental Space) artists’s group and since 2008 he has been a co-founder and member of the curatorial and activist group HUDRADA (Artistic Committee). Kadan often works collaboratively with architects, human rights activists and sociologists.
Erden Kosova is an art critic based in Istanbul (TR). He recently contributed to the organisation of the exhibition, Berliner Herbstsalon at Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (DE).
Koyo Kouoh is an exhibition maker and the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar (ZA).
Amanda Lee Koe is the fiction editor for Esquire, in Singapore. Her first book of short stories, Ministry of Moral Panic, was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
Donna Kukama (1981, Mafikeng, ZA) currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her practice navigates the spaces of performance, video, text, and sound installations.
Matteo Lucchetti is a curator and an art historian based in Brussels (BE). He researches socially engaged artistic practices in a global context through the Visible project, which he has been co-curating since 2010. He is interested in the transformative potential of the visual arts and conceives exhibitions as spaces where this can be put to work. One of his most recent curatorial projects, Don’t Embarrass the Bureau (Lunds Konsthall (SE)), features artistic practices that disrupt the regular functioning of bureaucratic apparatuses in a time of so-called “leaked democracy”.
Viktor Misiano lives in Moscow (RU) and Ceglie Messapica (IT). Misiano was member of the curatorial team for MANIFESTA 1, Rotterdam (1996) and curated, amongst other exhibitions, the Russian section of the 3rd Istanbul Biennial (1992), the 46th and 50th Venice Biennial (1995, 2003), the 1st Valencia Biennial (2001), the 25th and 26th São Paulo Biennial (2002, 2004). He is founder and editor-in-chief of Moscow Art Magazine. In 2003 he founded Manifesta Journal: Journal of Contemporary Curatorship. He is the president of the Manifesta Foundation.
Gleb Naprenko is an art historian and critic based in Moscow (RU). Published in Moscow Art Magazine, magazines DI (Dialog Iskusstv) (Moscow), Iskusstvo (Moscow), Artchronika (Moscow) and Translit (St. Petersburg), e-flux (New York), websites OpenSpace.ru (Moscow), Openleft.ru (Moscow and St. Petersburg) and Art-Agenda.com (New York), Naprenko is one of the editors of the Russian website Openleft.ru.
Veronica Noseda is a Paris-based AIDS and LGBT activist. She discovered football in her late thirties, and is the goal-keeper for the lesbian team “Les Dégommeuses”. Since then, she has been actively taking part in the activities of the organization, which uses sports as a tool to protest discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation.
Alexandra Novozhenova, is an art critic and art historian based in Moscow (RU). As an author and an editor she works for several figureheads in the Russian art media such as Colta.ru Hudozhestvenniy zhurnal, Iskusstvo, Artchronika, Openleft.ru, among others.
Andrei Parshikov is a curator and art critic based in Moscow (RU). He is the author of articles in Art-Chronicle, Zaart, Afisha, Vremya Novostey, Independent Newspaper, and the internet-portals Gif.ru and Art-Times, as well as articles for catalogues, both in Russia and elsewhere.
Tan Pin Pin directs essay films on the theme of Singapore. They include Singapore GaGa, Invisible City and her latest, To Singapore, with Love. She is preparing for her next film, about time capsules. In her spare time, she listens to the radio.
Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with Wild Rice, a theatre company based in Singapore. He is also a published author of poetry and fiction.
Rasha Salti is an independent curator, freelance writer and international programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival (CA).
Moses Serubiri currently works as an independent art writer for C&, Platform for International Art. He is also co-curator of the 2nd edition of the Kampala Contemporary Art Festival, KLA ART 014. He lives in Kampala, Uganda.
Ana Teixeira Pinto is a writer from Lisbon (PT), currently living in Berlin (DE). She is a PhD candidate and occasional lecturer at the Humboldt University, and a regular contributor to e-Flux Journal, Art-Agenda, Mousse, Frieze/de and Domus.
Joanna Warsza is an independent curator in visual, performing arts and architecture. Head of the public program of MANIFESTA 10 in St. Petersburg, she has unexpectedly been involved in some controversial projects over the last few years. She was the associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale, with Artur Żmijewski. She has also curated the Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and many projects in the public realm in Warsaw (PL), where she comes from.
Veronica Wiman is a curator and professor of contemporary art at Tromsö Academy of contemporary Art in Norway. Her current research is focused on urban gardening and archives. She recently curated EAC at Museo la Tertulia in Colombia, as well as built La Vida es un Teatro in Nashira, Colombia.