Italy, 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.
Italy, Director of Teatro Fondamenta Nuove
Enrico Bettinello is the Director of Teatro Fondamenta Nuove, "the" place for the contemporary in Venice, the space where performing arts, music, theatre, performance and contemporary dance are able to fully express their creative and emotional potential.
|Silvia Ferri de Lazara
Italy, Director of Fondazione March
Silvia Ferri de Lazara, architect and expert in aesthetics and history of modern and contemporary art, has founded and managed since 2007 the March foundation, a non-profit reality for research and contemporary cultural strategies. Since 2011 she has also been the Director of the museum FAI Villa dei Vescovi in Padua. She has lectured in different universities such as IUAV, IED Venice and curently at IUSVE in Mestre.
Cina, Creative Director of the Museum of Contemporary of Taiwan
Victoria Lu currently held the position of Creative Director of the Museum of Contemporary and she is a professor at Shih Chien University in Taiwan and host programs for Shanghai and Fujian Televisions.
Born in Taiwan, Lu went to Belgium in 1971 to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. In 1973 she immigrated to the United States, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees. In 1978 she established an alternative exhibition space for Conceptual Art in Southern California. She was the first female art critic and curator in the Chinese contemporary art world.
After she returned to Taiwan in the early 1990’s, she both founded and served on the board of Directors at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei. Since coming to mainland China in 2003, Lu has served as the Art Director of the Bund 18 Creative Center in Shanghai, the Creative Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, and the Creative Director of the First Shanghai eArts Festival. She also worked directed the Moon River Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing.
Lu’s publications include Post-Modern Phenomena in Art, Public Art Gets Its Bearings, History of Taiwan Contemporary Women Artists, and Post Post-Modern Art. The theory of Animamix aesthetics that Lu has developed has influenced art creations around the world. She is the founder of the Animamix Biennial, which was first held in 2007. Last year, Victoria Lu curated “Future Pass”, Collateral Event of the 54th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition toured to the wereldmuseum in Rotterdam, National Taiwan Art Museum and Today Art Museum in Beijing. Victoria Lu recently released her first autobiography – Viki Lulu Meets the Future in English and Chinese languages. She is one of the leading figures in the Chinese contemporary art world.
Italy, 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 magazine; his essays, reviews and interviews appeared in many magazines, newspapers and web portals. He wrote NET ART 1994-1998: La vicenda di Äda'web (2004), Media, New Media, Postmedia (2010) and In My Computer (2011). He co-edited, together with Matteo Bittanti, the book GameScenes. Art in the Age of Videogames (Milan, October 2006) and contributed to a number of books and publications.
He curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions, including: Connessioni Leggendarie. Net.art 1995-2005 (Milan 2005); Holy Fire. Art of the Digital Age (iMAL, Bruxelles 2008); RE:akt! | Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting (MNAC, Bucharest – Skuc, Ljubljana; MMSU, Rijeka 2009); Playlist (LABoral, Gijon 2009 – 2010 and iMAL, Bruxelles 2010); Italians Do It Better!! (Venice Biennale Collateral Events, 2011) 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 “Net Art” 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, Independent 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.
Portugal, Curator of the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale
Miguel Amado is a curator and critic based in Barcelona and Lisbon. He was the curator of the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. He has been curator at institutions such as Tate St Ives in St Ives, the Fundação PLMJ in Lisbon and the Centro de Artes Visuais in Coimbra, Portugal. He has also been Curatorial Fellow at Rhizome at the New Museum, the Independent Curators International and the Abrons Arts Center, all in New York, as well as Curator-in-Residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program, also in New York. He has been a guest curator at institutions such as the Museu Colecção Berardo and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, as well as apexart and Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs in New York. He has also been a guest co-curator at events such as Frieze Projects at Frieze Art Fair in London and No Soul for Sale – A Festival of Independents at the X Initiative in New York and at Tate Modern in London. He was editor of the magazine W-Art. He is a contributor for Artforum and his writing has also appeared in magazines such as Flash Art and The Exhibitionist. He is an auditor at the PhD in Curatorial/Knowledge at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a graduate of the MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, also in London. Further education includes Night School at the New Museum in New York and the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. He received a Grant for Arts Research from the Foundation for Arts Initiatives. He is a board member of IKT.
|Sabrina Van Der Ley
Norway, Director of Contemporary Art at the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo
Sabrina van der Ley (*1967 in Cologne, Germany), studied Art History and English and German literature at the University of Cologne and delivered her M.A. thesis on Contemporary Conceptual Wall Drawings. After having worked for several years in galleries in Germany, England, and the United States, from 1994-97 she was the Managing Director of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig (Association for Contemporary Art at the Museum Ludwig). In 1997, she moved to Berlin to become the curator of the Hoffmann Collection. From 2000 until 2008, she was Artistic Director of Art Forum Berlin. Together with Markus Richter, she curated the large group exhibitions Ideal City—Invisible Cities in Zamość, Poland, and Potsdam, Germany, in 2006 and Megastructure Reloaded in Berlin in 2008.
Italy, Director Museum MADRE in Naples
From 2000 to 2005 Andrea Viliani was Curatorial Assistant at the Castle of Rivoli – Contemporary Art Museum Rivoli-Turin, dealing especially with the permanent collection, the archives and the scientific publications, and collaborating with international curators such as Germano Celant, Iwona Blazwick, Okwui Enwezor, Francesco Bonami, Jeffrey Deitch and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with the task of coordinating exhibitions and publications, including the ones dedicated to Shirin Neshat, Wolfgang Tillmans, Francis Alÿs, Nan Goldin, Janet Cardiff & Geroge Bures Miller, William Kentridge, Pierre Huyghe and Franz Kline, as well as collective exhibitions like Form Follows Fiction (2001), The Moderns (2003) and Faces in the Crowd (2004) and the first edition of the Turin Triennial, The Pantagruel Syndrome (2005, curated by Francesco Bonami and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev).
From 2005 to 2009, as a Curator at MAMbo-Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, Viliani curated an exhibition program aimed at the enhancement of the heritage of the local cultural traditions, at the same time opening to the most dynamic International experimentations, curating the widest retrospective ever dedicated to Giovanni Anselmo and exhibitions of artists like Christopher Williams, Sarah Morris, Seth Price, Trisha Donnelly, Wade Guyton\Kelley Walker, Natascha Sadr-Haghighian, Jeroen de Rijke & Willem de Rooij, Bojan Sarcevic, Adam Chdzko, Markus Schinwald (at the University Museum of Palazzo Poggi), Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda, Ryan Gander (at the Esprit Nouveau pavilion, originally designed by Le Corbusier in 1925 and rebuilt in Bologna in 1977).
From 2009 to 2012 Viliani was Director of Fondazione Galleria Civica – Research Center on the contemporary in Trento, a multidisciplinary institution where different disciplines – art, architecture, cinema, literature, music – have contributed to creating an integrated research space where to share and mediate for a diverse audience the complexity of the contemporary art practices. The program curated by Viliani featured exhibitions, publications, meetings, workshops, concerts, screenings, educational and promotional activities, production of works and events dedicated to artists such as Gustav Metzger, Roman Ondak, Rosa Barba, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Dora Garcia, The Otolith Group, Gerard Byrne, Nedko Solakov, Melvin Moti, Robert Kusmirowski, Tris Vonna Mitchell, Tim Rollins with K.O.S, Alberto Garutti, Luca Vitone, Cesare Pietroiusti, Francesco Vezzoli, Massimo Bartolini, Stefano Arienti, Lara Favaretto, Armin Linke among others. Among the partners Viliani collaborated with to carry out these projects: Serpentine Gallery, London; Wiels, Bruxelles; SMAK, Ghent; Serralves Museum Porto; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; MART-Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rovereto; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Ile de Vassiviere; Project Arts Centre, Dublin.
In 2010 he was nominated among the six co-curators of the Agent-Core Group of dOCUMENTA (13) and he co-curated with Aman Mojadidi and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev the position of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kabul and Bamiyan (Afghanistan), which included a series of nine seminars and a final exhibition that was held at the Queen Palace and Bagh-e Babur Gardens (Kabul), in which artists like Francis Alÿs, Tacita Dean, Mario Garcia Torres, Goshka Macuga, Giuseppe Penone, Michael Rakowitz, Wael Shawky, Adrián Villar Rojas and Mariam Ghani among others participated, often with site-specific works.
Along with this activity, Viliani has authored essays and scientific publications for numerous Italian and foreign institutions, and in 2005 he was awarded the Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi. ENTER PRIZE, promoted by GAMeC - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo.
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Great Britain, Director 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).
Italy, Art Historian and Cultural Promoter
Claudia Zanfi is an art historian, art curator and cultural promoter.
She is interested in emerging cultures, geo-politics and new forms of sustainibility in the Mediterranean area.
She graduate in Visual Cultures and Semiotics with Paolo Fabbri and Umberto Eco.
From 1995 – 2003 she covered the role of curator at the Contemporary Art Center-Galleria Civica in Modena, Italy. She co-founded and directed Virtual Gallery the first italian web
project on photography and video (1998-2003).
She collaborates with national and international institutions such as: Venice Biennial;
Istanbul Biennial; Athens Biennial; Liverpool Biennial; Arnolfini Art Center, Bristol;
Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; Platform Garanti, Istanbul; Anna Lind Foundation,
Alexandria; Heinrich Boell Foundation, Beirut; American University Beirut; Artos
Foundation, Nicosia; Cinemateque de Tanger, Tanger; Larissa Art Center + Volos
University, Greece; TICA, Tirana Contemporary Art Center; SCCA, Sarajevo Art Center;
She is a contributor to cultural magazines (Arte&Critica, ArsKey,Mousse, Babelmed, ect…)
and has authored texts in many group and monographic publications.
In 2000 she founded the cultural agency aMAZElab Art&Cultures (www.amaze.it) and directs MAST (Museo di Arte Sociale e Territoriale).
She creates a range of artistic and editorial projects, with a particular emphasis on socio-territorial and geopolitical topics, including: A Ticket to Baghdad; Sofia Photographic
Biennial; Cyprus Day; Transcrossing Memories; Re-Thinking Beirut; New City Territory (Venice Biennale); Communities and Territories; Atlante Mediterraneo (with projects in
Istanbul, Beirut, Nicosia, Alexandria, Barcelona, Tanger, Palermo, Athens, Marseilles); Port City Safari; Arcipelago Balkani.
She conceived the international programs GOING PUBLIC, an ongoing project on public space and contemporary society GREEN ISLAND (for the Milano Design Week), a progam on art, urban green areas and landscape.
From 1999 she is curator at the Bill Owens Photo Archive (San Francisco - USA).
She taught on the Master for ‘Curatorial Sudies’ at the Brera Art Academy of Milan.
She is a lecturer at the Domus Academy of Milano and Middlesex University of London.
In 2010 she has been invited by Victoria&Albert Museum (London) as nominator for the prestigious Jameel Prize 2011.
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