Italy, Curator and Art Critic
Igor Efrem Zanti was born in 1973 in Milan. He is graduated in modern literature at the University of Milan with a thesis on the Medieval and Modern Art History.
For several years he carries out different activities as a critic and curator of contemporary art and applied arts exhibitions. He conceived in 2006, with Arte Laguna of Mogliano Veneto (Treviso), the "Arte Laguna Prize", he was the curator for painting and photography sections during the 2006 and 2007 editions, the president of the Jury for the sculpture section during the 2008 and 2009 editions. In 2008 he was the artistic director of the Brolo Museum - Art and Culture Centre in Mogliano Veneto (Treviso).
In the early 2008, he conceived the project “Dadaumpop” for defining and promoting the New Pop movement in Italy. The project Dadaumpop was exhibited at the beginning of 2011 in India with the support of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Embassy in New Delhi, an the Italian Cultural institute. Since 2009 has been the artistic consultant for the Art Club International of Lugano and he teaches visual communication and contemporary art phenomenology at the IED College of Milan.
In the 2009 he became chief curator at Arte Laguna Prizes. He collaborates with the Italian National Trust (FAI) for the organization of the annual film festival dedicated to the relationship between art and cinema. He collaborates with Italian and international galleries and museums.
Italy, Environmental designer and director of Fabbri Foundation
After collaborating in educational activities at the course of Architecture of Large Structures at the Faculty of Engineering in Trieste, activating in this context ADES (Digital Archive of Healthcare Construction) and LAST (Workshop Master of the University of Trieste), since 2003 he has been the founder and president of the Research Center Usine with which, in addition to research and urban communication projects, he has promoted the Festival Comodamente of which he is founder and artistic director. In 2005 he founded Asprostudio, with offices in Verona, Vicenza and Vittorio Veneto and carried out projects in different Italian regions. Since 2014 he has been director of Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, engaged in the affirmation of good practice and contemporary processes.
Italy / France, Artistic Director of Viafarini DOCVA and Professor of Contemporary Art Theory at the Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Design de Grenoble-Valence
He lives and works in Milan and in Grenoble.
Holder of an International Master in Aesthetics and Art Theory (Université de Bourgogne / Dijon - University of Palermo), he is art writer, curator and researcher in Philosophy and Art Theory at the Centre National des Universites (FR).
He is currently Artistic Director of Viafarini DOCVA (Milan); co-curator of the prize “Live Works - Performance Act Award” at Centrale Fies - sites for the production of Performing Arts (Trento) and co-curator of the two-year research program A Natural Oasis (San Marino, Malta, Gibraltar) promoted by Little Constellation - Network of contemporary art
focused on geo-cultural micro-areas
and small states of Europe.
In 2013 he was a teacher of Aesthetics and Visual Culture at the University "Jean Moulin" - Lyon III (FR) and he is currently Professor of Theory and Modern Contemporary Art at the Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design de Grenoble-Valence (FR).
Among residences and curatorial programs: Summer Seminars for Art Curators, ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art (Yerevan, 2013); ERC Grant Ownreality - Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art (Parigi, 2013); EIKONES – National Centre of Competence in Research on Iconic Criticism (Basilea, 2011). Tra i recenti progetti curatoriali: Performance Labour (Zhdk, Zurigo 2014); Géographies Nomades (ENSBA, Paris 2012); Room, freedom (Rosascape, Paris 2012);
His theoretical and curatorial research focuses on performativity and real, on the relationship between art and cultural research, and on self-education, collective education and knowledge production.
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France, Co-Director at Le Consortium, Contemporary Art Center in Dijon
Education:University of Bourgogne in Dijon; Licence/Maîtrise in Geography, 1976
and D.E.A. in Art History, 1983
In 1977 one of founding members (and co-directors until today together with Xavier Douroux and Eric Troncy) of Le Consortium, contemporary art center based in Dijon.
Throughout 37 years (more than 250 exhibitions) most of the best and internationally recognized artists have been exhibited and mainly with site-specific works such as Daniel Buren, Christian Boltanski, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Cindy Sherman, Lawrence Weiner, On Kawara, Vito Acconci, Pierre Huyghe, Maurizio Cattelan, etc. A great number of books and catalogues have been produced to accompany the shows.
Received "Pan" Prize, the Best exhibition of the year, for "Conscience: On Kawara - Alberto Giacometti", 1990.
Throughout the years Le Consorium has curated shows outside Dijon:
«Le Consortium.coll» at the Centre Pompidou, Paris,1998, where Le Consortium permanent collections were presented;
«Yayoi Kusama», traveling show: Le Consortium, Dijon, 2000; Maison de la Culture du Japan, Paris, 2001, Kunsthallen, Odense, 2001, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, 2002, Kunsthalle, Vienna, 2002, Art Sunje Center, Seoul, 2003;
«Pierre Huyghe at the French pavilion» at the Venice Biennial in June 2001;
«It happened tomorrow» Lyon Biennale in 2003;
«Flower Power», co-commissioner, Lille 2004, cultural capital of Europe;
Co-curating of the Spanish Valencia Biennale in 2005;
The Anyang public art project, in Korea in 2007 (biennial with permanent public art commissions);
Yayoi Kusama traveling show co-curated with Seungduk Kim and Jaap Guldemond
2008-2010 travelling show, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand).
Spain, Head of the Art Institute of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland
Born in Spain, Chus Martínez has a background in philosophy and art history. Currently she is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland. Before she was the Chief Curator at El Museo Del Barrio, New York. She was dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department, and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008 to 2011), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08) and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05). For the 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005), Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus, and in 2008 served as a Curatorial Advisor for the Carnegie International and in 2010 for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo. During her tenure as Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein she curated solo exhibitions of Wilhelm Sasnal among others; and a series of group exhibitions including Pensée Sauvage and The Great Game To Come. She was also the founder of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program for international artists, art writers and curators.
While at MACBA Martínez curated the Thomas Bayrle retrospective, an Otolith Group monographic show, and an exhibition devoted to television, Are you ready for TV? In 2008 Martínez was the curator of the Deimantas Narkevicius retrospective exhibition, The Unanimous Life at the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, which traveled to major European museums. Martínez lectures and writes regularly including numerous catalogue texts and critical essays, and is a regular contributor to Artforum among other international journals.
Italy, Director at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como
Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, born in Rome in 1968, is an art critic and curator. He curated the Italian Pavilion at the 55. International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (2013) and Director of MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome from 2011 to 2013. Since February 2014 he has been Director of Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como. From 1998 to 2003 he directed the contemporary art program of Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, where, from 2003 to 2007, he served as Director. In 2007 and 2008 he was a curator at Fondazione Hangar Bicocca in Milan and from 2008 to 2011 he was a curator at MAXXI, National Museum of the Arts of the 21st Century for which he managed, among other things, the project Premio Italia arte contemporanea. He is the author of numerous articles and publications, the most recent of which is Italia in opera, La nostra identità attraverso le arti visive, published by Bollati Boringhieri (2011).
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Italia, Critic and Curator
Domenico Quaranta (1978, Brescia, Italy) is a contemporary art critic and curator. He focused his research on the impact of the current techno-social developments on the arts, with a specific focus on art in networked spaces. As an art critic, he is a regular contributor to Flash Art and Artpulse; his essays, reviews and interviews appeared in many magazines, newspapers and web portals. He wrote Media, New Media, Postmedia (Milan 2010, translated into English in 2013 with the title Beyond New Media Art); co-edited, with Matteo Bittanti, the book GameScenes. Art in the Age of Videogames (Milan 2006) and contributed to a number of books and publications, including Art and the Internet (London 2014).
Since 2005, he curated many exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including: RE:akt! | Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting (MNAC, Bucharest – Skuc, Ljubljana; MMSU, Rijeka, Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor, 2009-2010) and Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age (Brescia, Spazio Contemporanea 2011; Basel, House of Electronic Arts and 319 Scholes, New York 2012). He lectures internationally and teaches at the Accademia di Brera in Milan.
He is the Artistic Director of the Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age, that he co-founded in 2011.
India, Indipendent Curator and Art writer
Veeranganakumari Solanki (b. 1985) is an independent curator and art-writer; based in Mumbai, India. She studied English Literature; and holds post-graduate diplomas in Indian Aesthetics; Art Criticism and Theory; as well as a Masters in History. Her curatorial experience has involved research, curating and writing for several art publications and journals on emerging Indian, Asian and international artists and art practices; in India as well as internationally. Solanki was a participant of the first Gwangju Biennale International Curators’ course, and has curated and co-curated exhibitions in India as well as internationally. She is the recipient of the first illySustainArt Curator’s prize (2011) and the 1st Annual ALICE (Artistic Landmark in Contemporary Experience) Public’s Voice Award 2012 for best Emerging Curator. She has contributed papers and articles to several international art journals and publications.
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Belgium, Artistic Director at S.M.A.K, Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent
Philippe Van Cauteren is artistic director of S.M.A.K. (Museum for Contemporary Art) in Ghent, Belgium.
Since 2004 he has been directing the museum towards its further developments in accordance to the necessities and needs of a contemporary art museum.
Under his guidance the exhibition program mainly concentrates on major monographic exhibitions: Lois Weinberger (2006), Kendell Geers (2007), Paul McCarthy (2008), Mark Manders (2009), Dara Birnbaum (2009), Koen van den Broek (2010), Jorge Macchi (2011), Nedko Solakov (2012), Joachim Koester (2012), Maria Nordman (2013), Javier Tellez (2013), Richard Jackson (2014).
At the 55th edition of the Biennale di Venezia / Pavilion of Belgium, he was co-curator of the exhibition Kreupelhout – Cripplewood by Berlinde De Bruyckere, who will have a retrospective in S.M.A.K. by the end of this year.
His particular interest in art in public sphere was among others exemplified by the international exhibition TRACK (2012) in the city of Ghent, co-signed with Mirjam Varadinis (curator at Kunsthaus, Zürich).
In the past Philippe Van Cauteren has been working as a free-lance curator and publicist in Germany, Mexico, Chile and Brazil. It is in the city of Fortaleza (Brazil) that he was the curator of the first Biennal Ceara America (2002). He regularly writes and lectures on contemporary art.
Regno Unito, Direttore Ikon Gallery
Jonathan Watkins has been Director of Ikon Gallery since 1999. Previously he worked for a number of years in London, as Curator of the Serpentine Gallery (1995-1997) and Director of Chisenhale Gallery (1990-1995).
He has curated a number of large international exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney (1998), Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art (Hayward Gallery, London 2001), Quotidiana (Castello di Rivoli, Turin 1999, Tate Triennial (2003), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Sharjah Biennial (2007), Negotiations (Today Art Museum, Beijing 2010) and the Guangzhou Triennial (2012). He was on the curatorial team for Europarte (Venice Biennale, 1997), Milano Europa 2000, (Palazzo di Triennale, Milan 2000), and Riwaq (Palestinian Biennial 2007). He curated the Iraqi Pavilion for the Venice Biennale 2013.
Jonathan Watkins has written extensively on contemporary art. Recent essays by him have focused on the work of Giuseppe Penone, Martin Creed, Semyon Faibisovich, Yang Zhenzhong, Noguchi Rika, Caro Niederer, Beat Streuli and Cornelia Parker. He was the author of the Phaidon monograph on Japanese artist On Kawara.
Italy, Head curator of Inside the Academy Program of the BE OPEN Foundation
Roberto Zancan, PhD, is the head curator of Inside the Academy Program of the BE OPEN Foundation. He has been the Deputy Editor of Domus and Professor of History and Theory of Environmental Design at UQAM University of Montreal. Founder of the zD6 multimedia office, he has written Corrispondenze: Teorie e storie dal landscape.