Kwame Aidoo is a Ghana-based writer, educator and artist whose text, sound, installation and performance pieces are inspired by African oral folklore, cadence and symbolism to interrogate sociopolitical contexts. He is the founder of Inkfluent, Nkabom Literary Arts Festival and Afrovims; a journal on creative processes and projects from Africa and the diaspora. He makes social commentary music with Dearly Deported (GH), Lucked In (FR), Break Ya Bones (FR) and Kwasaba (DK). He holds a B.Sc. in biochemistry and biotechnology from KNUST- Kumasi and has shown work at Chale Wote – Accra, Nasjonalmuseet – Oslo, Prem Arts – Berlin, FLUPP – Rio, among others.
Awam Amkpa is Associate Professor of Drama, Social & Cultural Analysis, and Africana Studies at New York University. He is the co-founder and co-curator of the annual Real Life Pan-African Documentary Film Festival in Accra (Ghana). Author of several articles in books and journals on Modernisms in Theatre, Postcolonial theatre, Black Atlantic Issues, and Film studies he also wrote the book “Theatre and Postcolonial Desires” (2003). He directed film documentaries such as: “Winds Against Our Souls”, “Its All About Downtown”, “National Images and Transnational Desires”, and featured film “Wazobia!”. Between 2011-2013 he curated “Africa: See You, See Me” in Beijing and Macau (China), Rome and Florence (Italy), Dakar, (Senegal) and Lagos (Nigeria). He also curated the shows: “Africa: Significaciones” at Centro Provincial de artes Plasticas y Diseño, Havana (Cuba 2017); “ReSignifications: European Blackamoors, Africana Readings” at Museo Bardini, Villa La Pietra and Galleria Biagiotti, Florence (Italy, 2015); “ReSignifications: Black Portraiture in the Mediterranean Blue” and ‘Wole Soyinka: Antiquities Across Times and Place’ under the MANIFESTA12 Biennale, Palermo (Italy) in 2018.
Jelili Atiku is a Nigerian multimedia artist with political concerns for human rights and justice. Through drawing, installation sculpture, photography, video and live art performance he strives to help viewers understand the world and expand their understanding and experiences, so that they can activate and renew their lives and environments. Since 2008, he has been involved in an ongoing performance project, In the Red, which uses red as a symbol of life, suffering, danger and violence. In 2008/2009, his performance video, Victim of Political Assassination was showcased in Video Library section of Rencontres Internationales in Paris, Berlin and Madrid. He also featured in the Geisai #12 Contemporary Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan (2009), 16th Festival International D’Art Video de Casablanca, Morocco (2009), Old News #6, Malmo, Lagos and Copenhagen (2009/2010) and Freedom to Create Prize, Singapore (2009).
KENNETH A. BALFELT
Kenneth A. Balfelt is a visual artist that works to use art as a platform for rethinking and developing new methods for urban development, user involvement, development of urban situations and inclusion of socially marginalised people. Kenneth Balfelt Team do public projects, exhibit and publish normative reports to share new developed methods. Balfelt has art works in the National Gallery of Denmark, KØS Museum for Public Art, Malmö Museum and Göteborg Museum and has exhibited at Rooseum (Malmö), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), ZDB (Portugal), Arnolfini (UK), Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde and has done a number of public art projects like The injection room project, Home of the men – Radical horizontality, Café Heimdal, Enghave Minipark – relocation of beer drinkers and Rethinking and renovating Park of the People (Udvikling af Folkets Park).
With an educational background in fashion design, Lisa Batacchi developed a particular interest for textile traditions that are slowly disappearing, looking at both lost idealistic thoughts and mastery in Eastern and Western culture. Her work has been exhibited recently in one-artist and group shows in venues such as: “The time of discretion”, Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea, solo show curated by Veronica Caciolli (Florence, IT, 2018), Remembering the future, Art & Globalization Pavillion directed by Rikke Jørgensen during the 57th Venice Biennale, Palazzo Rossini (Venice, IT, 2017); “Catching the Axis, in between the sky and the earth”, Land Art Mongolia Biennale, curated by Valentina Gioia Levy (Ulan Bator, MN, 2016); “Soulmates (within time) #5”, Textile Art Center Museum (New York, US 2016); “Soulmates (within time) #3” curated by Sumesh Sharma, Clark House Initiatives (Bombay, IND 2015).
Living and working in Paris for over 20 years. Nasr-eddine tackles profound questions on the evolution of links between civilizations and cultures. He also looks deeply at the ambiguity that exists in human relationships and interaction. This exploration focuses on the forms of manipulation and exploitation of conflicts, either for the individual or at a more global scale: Is the aggressor always the one demonstrating power or influence, or do either political and economic forces interfere through sentiment and the intellect, creating tensions between an ideology and its realization? Bennacer participated in India Art Fair, New Delhi (2014). Art Palm Beach, Miami (2014). Art Stage, Singapour (2014). “Enchères «Art & Care»”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015). Art 15, London, (2015). Scope Art Fair, Basel (2015). Musée des Beaux-Arts, Menton (2017). «Journeys into the Future through the Sea of the Past», Galerie Depardieu, Nice (2017) and Galerie Ars Nova, Marseille (2017).
Independent curator based in Paris. In 2015, she founded the platform BREATH’ARTS PERFORMA, which focuses on the medium of performance, and on different topics connected with Africa and African diaspora. In 2016, she was invited as guest curator at the XII edition of Dak’art Biennale where she curated the program of performance “Manifeste de la Cité dans le Jour Bleu”. In 2017, she was invited by the artist Kader Attia as a contributor to his project “Long Live the Independence of Water” for the XIII Sharjah Biennial and she also curated the project “Deshumania: Allégorie contemporaine” at La Colonie (Paris). During the last years she curated talks and performances in collaboration with arts and cultural institutions like Dapper Musuem, 1:54 Art Fair invited by Koyo Kouoh, Sotheby’s – AKAA Art Fair, Quai Branly Musuem, La Colonie, Dak’art Biennale with the Senegalese Ministry of Culture; Cultural Entrepreneurship Forum with the French Ministry of Culture, Afroxploitation among others. She also contributed to Arts Magazines & Catalogues like Art Africa, Something We Africans Got, Africa is music, Africafuturistic.
NANNA DEBOIS BUHL
Visual artist who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her practice investigates historical and cultural knowledge seen through botany, animal life, imagery, and architecture. Through photographic “close readings” her projects reflect on how artifacts and ideologies are interrelated, how they travel through, and change over time. Buhl participated in The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, New York (2008-09) and received her M.F.A. from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2006). Her installations and films have been exhibited at institutions such as the Pérez Art Museum, FL; SculptureCenter, NY; Art in General, NY; The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; El Museo del Barrio, NY; Lunds Konsthall, Sweden; Kunsthal Charlottenborg; Kunsthallen Brandts; Museum for Contemporaty Art, Roskilde; and Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark.
Graduated at the Accademia di Brera in Milan and received a postdoctoral fellowship at Ryerson University in Toronto. In 2017, his work was featured in the show for COP23, the international conference for climate change, at the German Ministry of Environment in Berlin and in the grand inaugural exhibition curated by Veit Loers at Haus Mödrath Räume für Kunst in Cologne (till Nov, 2018). His work was also been exhibited in: Manifesta11 at Cabaret Voltaire (Zurich, 2016); the 55th Venice Biennale in the Maldives Pavilion (2013); the 54th Venice Biennale with a solo collateral event; the 4th Berlin Biennale and the first edition of Singapore Biennale (2006). Between 2014 and 2015 his solo project “The Body of Energy (of the mind)” was featured at: MAXXI Museum (Rome), Madre Museum (Naples), Maga Museum (Gallarate), Museion (Bolzano), Kunsthalle (St. Gallen), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Museum Folkwang (Essen).
Especially known for his large-scale live painting events, sculptures and public installations, Manohar Chiluveru’s work addresses questions connected with individual and collective identities, global connectivity and relational aesthetic. His Collective Paintings have been recently presented in: Pune Biennial (India, 2017); Macro Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (2017); MAAM Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove (Rome, 2017). Previously, his work has been exhibited in one-artist and group shows in venues as: “Possible Effect” solo show, collateral event of Kochi-Muziris Biennial (India, 2015); “Personal Structure. Crossing Borders” Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Bembo, group show during the 56th Venice Biennial (2015); “Amour”, solo show, Alliance Française (Hyderabad, 2014); “Imagine Heart”, solo show at IAF Indian Art Fair (New Delhi, 2014); “Meta-Matters” solo show at Salar Jung Museum (Hyderabad, 2013); “Imago Mundi”, group show at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, as a collateral event of the 55th Venice Biennial (2013).
Tiffany Chung´s work examines conflict, migration, displacement, urban progress and transformation in relation to history and cultural memory. Her work was featured in the 2015 Venice Biennale, in the exhibition All the World’s Futures in the Arsenale, with an installation of 40 map-based drawings relating to the ongoing crisis in Syria. Chung’s selected museum’s exhibitions and biennials include: SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Performing the Border, Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria; Tracing Displacement and Shelter, MOMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial; Illumination, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; The XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador; My Voice Would Reach You, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; California Pacific Triennial, Orange County Museum of Art; and Six Lines of Flight, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Chim↑Pom is an artist collective formed in Tokyo in 2005 and composed of six members: Ellie, Ryuta Ushiro, Yasutaka Hayashi, Masataka Okada, Toshinori Mizuno and Motomu Inaoka. In 2015, Chim↑Pom inaugurated the artist-run space “Garter” and launched the project “Don’t Follow the Wind” inside the nuclear exclusion zone of Fukushima. Between their main solo-shows: “Non-Burnable”, Dallas Contemporary (US, 2017); “SUPER RAT”, Saatchi Gallery (London, 2015); “Chim↑Pom”, MOMA PS1, (New York, 2011). Their work has also been featured in a number of international group exhibitions including: the Asian Art Biennale, Taichung (Taiwan, 2017); Biennale de Lyon (France, 2017); the 20th Biennale of Sydney (Australia, 2016); Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Art (South Korea, 2016); “Zero Tolerance” MoMA PS1 (New York, 2014); the 9th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (China, 2012) and The 29th São Paulo Biennial (Brazil, 2010).
GERY DE SMET
The Belgian/Flemish artist Gery De Smet lives and works in St.-Amandsberg, Ghent (Belgium). He works in a variety of media including installations, videos, happenings, multiples and graphics, often in combination with text; however, he remains first and foremost a painter. His work has been featured in several solo and group shows including: Kathmandu Triennial (2017); Mediation Biennial Poznan (2016); ‘Oorlog & trauma’, solo show at Museum Guislain, Ghent (Belgium, 2013); solo show at PAK, Platform voor Aktuele Kunsten, Gistel (Belgium, 2013); 5th edition, the Moscow Biennale (Russia, 2013); “See something? Say something!”, Museum of Modern Arts Artetazh of Vladivostok (Russia, 2011) and American University Museum, Katzen Center, Washington DC (USA, 2010).
BLANCA DE LA TORRE
From 2009-2014, she acted as Chief Curator at ARTIUM, the Contemporary Museum of the Basque Country, Spain. Afterwards, she has curated exhibitions worldwide: MoCAB, Belgrade; Salzburger Kunstverein: EFA Project Space, New York; Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Museo Carrillo Gil Mexico city; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca; NC-Arte, Bogotá; RAER Real Academia de España, Roma; LAZNIA, Gdansk, Poland and MUSAC in León, where she is also part of the advisory board of the museum.
Visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Experimental nature generally characterizes Jeannette Ehlers´ video, photo and performance based works. On these changeable terms meaning and identity are explored, in both a sophisticated and immediate way. Selected Exhibitions: AROS, Aarhus, DK; MOLAA, Los Angeles, USA; The Black Diamond, Copenhagen, Denmark; International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, UK; The McKenna Museum of African American Art, New Orleans, USA; Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London,UK; UVP on Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, USA; Brundyn+ gallery, Cape Town SA; Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark; LMAKprojects, NYC, USA; Dak’Art, Dakar, Senegal; Pérez Art Museum Miami, USA; Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada; Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin, Germany; Museo Del Barrio, New York, USA.
BEYA GILLE GACHA
Born in Paris (Cameroonian/French). Graduated in Applied Arts in Paris and in 2013 founded the artistic collective NEFE in which she advocates métis culture and identities. Inspired by Bamileke aesthetic she re-interprets Western Classicism questioning identities, representation, and cultural heritage. Her work has been recently included in the exhibition “I is an Other, Be the Other” curated by Simon Njami, Galleria Nazionale (Rome, Italy 2018) and in the group show “Bridge” curated by Salimata Diop et Pierre-Christophe Gam, Musée de la Photographie de St Louis as a part of Dak’Art Off Biennale (Dakar, Senegal 2018).
Paul Goodwin is an independent curator, urban theorist and researcher based in London. His curatorial, research and writing projects extend across the interdisciplinary fields of contemporary art and urbanism with a particular focus on black and diaspora artists and visual cultures. At the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London, between 2006 and 2010 he directed Re-visioning Black Urbanism, an interdisciplinary research project exploring the multiple modalities of blackness and urbanism in cities such as London, Lisbon and Paris. From 2008 to 2012 as a curator at Tate Britain he directed the pioneering Cross Cultural Programme that explored questions of migration and globalisation in contemporary British art through a programme of international conferences, workshops, talks and live art events. His curatorial projects include a number of internationally significant exhibitions including: Migrations: Journeys Into British Art, Tate Britain 2012; Thin Black Line(s), Tate Britain, 2011; Coming Ashore, 2011, Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.
Artistic director of MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, in Rome. Educated at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in the 1980s, Hou moved to France in 1990, and after a period as an independent curator and critic, he became director of exhibitions and public programs and chair of exhibition and museum studies at the San Francisco Art Institute (2006–2012). In 2015, he joined the Guggenheim as a consultant curator. Over the past two decades, he has curated and co-curated more than 100 exhibitions at institutions and events around the world, including biennials and triennials in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Gwangju, Istanbul, Venice, Lyon, Auckland, and Johannesburg.
Lim is a Malaysian artist of Chinese heritage who has been based in Rome since 1976. As a non-western immigrant surviving in the context of Euro-centric dominance, the themes and images of cultural difference, confrontation and negotiation, with Lim’s imagination and creative energy, are always central to his work. He has been exhibited in a number of internationally renowned biennales, including: the third Tirana Biennial (2005), Istanbul Biennial (2007), Manifesta7 (Von Morenberg, 2008), Venice Biennale (2013), Prague Biennial (2013), Singapore Biennale (2016), Kochi Muziris Biennial (India, 2015) and the XII edition of Dak’Art Biennial (Senegal, 2016). In addition, Lim also manages to exhibit in UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, GNAM (Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea) Roma, MAXXI (Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo) Roma, Tang Contemporary Art, IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno) and many other established institutions.
HESSELHOLDT & MEJLVANG
Copenhagen-based artist duo established in 1999, consisting of Sofie Hesselholdt and Vibeke Mejlvang. The duo is primarily working with site-specific installations and projects in public space. Through their work, they are questioning how social and political structures are being established and reproduced in society. National identity, Eurocentrism, and the creation of a collective We are the focal themes in their works. Selected solo exhibitions: Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden (2017); Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2016); Platform Arts, Northern Ireland (2015); KUNSTEN-Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Denmark (2015); Turku Art Museum, Finland (2014); Oslo Kunstforening, Norway (2014); and SKMU-Sørlandets Art Museum, Norway (2012). Selected projects in public space: Points of Unity, billboards in Kiev and Kryvya Rih, Ukraine (2018); Native, Exotic, Normal / State of Emergency, special project at The People’s Political Meeting, Bornholm, Denmark (2016); Native, Exotic, Normal / Circle of Flags, special project at Roskilde Festival, Denmark (2016). Hidden Agenda (Tears, Eagle, Chain, Lions, Face, Star), flag installation in Seoul, Korea (2015); Flags of Aggression, flag installation in Seoul, Korea (2014).
Born in Uganda from Indian parents, Alnoor Mitha is a Senior Research Fellow (Asian Cultures), Manchester Metropolitan University, and the research centre leader for Asian Cultures. He is an honorary Fellow at Winchester School of Art at Southampton University and a trustee for Cubitt Artists. He is cultural and artistic policy advisor to numerous arts organisations including the British Council, and international Biennial Foundation. He is the Founding Artistic Director of the award nominated Asia Triennial Manchester, (2008 – present). Previously he was the artistic director of Shisha the international agency for contemporary South Asian crafts and visual arts (2002 -2011). In 2016 he curated the Colombo Art Biennial, Sri Lanka (Nov – Dec 2016). At the moment, between other projects is curating the first retrospective of Anish Kapoor in Norway.
Egyptian artist Moataz Nasr explores traditions and new globalism, questioning geopolitical and social development in Africa. The artistic practice for Nasr is a tool and a language that embraces art, sociology, Sufism and history in order to encourage dialogue across geographical boundaries. The most recent group shows are “The See Is My Land”, curated by Francesco Bonomi and Emanuela Mazzonis (MAXXI, Rome, 2013); “Metropolis. Afriques Capitales”, curated by Simon Njami (La Villette, Paris, 2017); “Senses of Time: Video and Film-based Arts of Africa”, (LACMA and The Smithsonian National Museum of African Arts, Washington, 2017). The most recent solo show are: Galleria Continua / Beijing, 2012 and Galleria Continua / Le Moulin, 2015. In 2017, he was selected to represent Egypt at the 57th Venice Biennale.
ROMINA DE NOVELLIS
She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance, London and continued her studies at the DAMS University of Rome. Trained as a classical dancer and choreographer, her multidisciplinary approach to bodily gesture and physical vulnerability locates the body within a philosophical, anthropological, and sociological context. Her work has been exhibited in venues as: Madre Museum and Museo Archeologico (Naples, 2017 and 2018); Musée des Arts et Métiers (Paris, 2016); Mediation Biennial Poznan, Museum Narodowe (PL, 2016); Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2015); Something Else, OFF Biennial Cairo (Egypt, 2015); Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton (Paris, 2015); Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Paris, 2013). Recent performances include: “Inferno” curated by Kreemart, Navy Officer’s Club during the 57th Venice Biennial; “Selfie/Autoportrait” for Moleskine Foundation, FIAC Art Fair (Paris, 2017); “La Veglia”, Salotto Missoni (New York, 2017); “La Gabbia”, SP-Arte, Sau Paulo + Armory Show, NY (2016).
RICHARD FLEMING + JAKE NUSSBAUM
Artists and documentarians engaged in radio as a site of collectivity, knowledge exchange, creative production, and performance. A musicologist, deejay, producer-director and photographer, Fleming has traveled extensively on all seven continents recording documentary sound. Deeply engaged with the vernacular art and subcultures of the global south, he is the author of Walking to Guantánamo (Commons Books), a travelogue about walking the length of Cuba. His photographs and journalism have appeared in The Times of London, The Miami Herald, The Suddeutsche Zeitung and Cabinet Magazine, among others. Nussbaum’s creative practice begins with collaborative research and results in participatory projects that unfold both in the gallery and the field. He has been a fellow with the New Museum’s IdeasCity program in Athens, GR and Arles, FR; a fellow at Skidmore College’s Storyteller’s Institute; and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the US, including Recess and Pioneer Works in New York.
PIER PAOLO SCELSI
After his studies in Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University Ca ‘Foscari in 2012, Pier Paolo Scelsi creates and hosts a television program on the art world called “Frame, ut pictura poesis” for “3 Channel”. For the same broadcaster, he covers current events, politics, cultures and customs. In 2014, he founded the cultural association One Promoting Contemporary Art. For Peggy Guggenheim collection, he created the theatrical subject “Quella Volta… Peggy Guggenheim”, official event at the 2013 Carnival of Venice, produced by Venice Marketing & Events. Since 2017, he has been the art-director of One Contemporary Art space in Venice, Giudecca Island. He has curated several exhibitions for international institutions and galleries such as Regione Veneto, Israeli Embassy, Museo Ebraico di Venezia, Engel Gallery Tel Aviv, Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery London, 3035 Gallery Amsterdam among others.
Artist, curator & writer, in 2010, he co-founded the artists-run space Clark House Initiative, Bombay. His practice is informed by alternate art histories that often include cultural perspectives informed by socio-economics and politics. Immigrant Culture in the Francophone, Vernacular Equalities of Modernism, Movements of Black Consciousness in Culture are his areas of interest. In 2016, he was guest curator of Dak’Art Biennial, in Senegal and he co-curated the exhibition “Workshop and Legacy: Stanley William Hayter, Krishna Reddy, Zarina Hashmi” at the Metropolitan Museum of New York. In October 2017, he curated the project “Gondwana Series: Interventions by the Clark House” at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris. During the last years he cooperated with a number of international art institutions between which: the Irish Museum of Modern Art of Dublin; the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, FR); Para Site (Hong Kong); Villa Vassilieff, (FR); Stedelijk Museum Bureau (Amsterdam); Kochi Muziris Biennial; ISCP (NY).
TATCHEDA YONKEU PATRICK JOEL, AKA OMRAAM TATCHEDA
In 2009, he obtained a scholarship from the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna (IT) and he graduated in painting in 2013. His work concerns human conditions, spirituality, and freedom in our contemporary society. Painting, sculpture, and installation are his media. His work has recently been exhibited in: ‘Versi di Vetro’ solo project curated by Janine Gäelle and Justin Randolph Thompson, at Villa Romana (Florence, IT 2018); “I is an Other” curated by Simon Njami at the Galleria Nazionale in Rome (2018) and in the XIII Dak’Art Biennale (Senegal, 2018). He was also included in the project “Seeds for Future Memories. Voicing the two ends of migration” at Villa Romana (Florence, 2018) and he was an artist in residence at Thread – Joseph et Any Albers’s Foundation (Senegal, 2016).