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Jananne Al-Ani is a London-based Iraqi-born artist. She studied fine art at the Byam Shaw School of Art and graduated with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, both in London. She is currently a senior research fellow at the University of the Arts London. Exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally, her recent work explores the impact of photography, flight, and the technologies of modern warfare on the representation of contested landscapes.
Suzanne Cotter is director of Mudam Luxembourg, Musée d’Art Moderne du Grand-Duc Jean. Cotter studied art history at the University of Melbourne, the École du Louvre, Paris, and the Courtauld Institute, London. Between 2013 and 2017, she served as artistic director of the Museu de Arte Contemporânea – Fundaçao de Serralves, and between 2010 and 2012 as curator for the Abu Dhabi Project at Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Cotter was senior curator and deputy director at Modern Art Oxford from 2002 to 2009, and from 1998 to 2002, she was exhibition curator at the Hayward Gallery, London. She was, with Rasha Salti, curator of the 10th Sharjah Biennial in 2011.
Reem Fadda is an independent curator and art historian. From 2010 to 2016, Fadda was associate curator of Middle Eastern art at the Abu Dhabi Project at Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. From 2005 to 2007, she was director of the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art (PACA) and academic director for the International Academy of Art Palestine, which she helped found in 2006. She has curated exhibitions such as Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds) at the Palestinian Museum (2017), Not New Now, the 6th Marrakech Biennale (2016), and the UAE Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Fadda was awarded the 8th Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2017.
Vasif Kortun is a curator, writer, and teacher in the field of contemporary visual art, its institutions, and spatial practices. He was the founding director of research and programs of SALT, an interdisciplinary cultural institution in Turkey. A recipient of the Award for Curatorial Excellence from Bard College, Kortun has co-curated biennials including the 6th Taipei Biennial (2008) with ManRay Hsu, and the 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005) with Charles Esche. The second volume of his collected writings, 20, was published this year.
Carin Kuoni is director/chief curator of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, where she also teaches. From 1998 to 2003, she was director of exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI), and from 1992 to 1997 director of the Swiss Institute, New York City. A founding member of the artists’ collective REPOhistory, Kuoni has curated numerous transdisciplinary exhibitions and edited several publications. She has been a recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship, directed SITAC XII: Arte, justamente in Mexico City in 2015, and is a Travel Companion for the 57th Carnegie International.
Matthias Lilienthal has been the director of the theater company Münchner Kammerspiele in Munich since the 2015/16 season. He was head dramaturg at the Volksbühne Berlin from 1992 to 1999. In 2002 he was program director for the festival Theater der Welt in Bonn, Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Duisburg, and then again in 2014 in Mannheim. From 2003 to 2012 he was artistic director and manager of the theater and performance space HAU in Berlin, and from September 2012, Lilienthal lectured as resident professor for 10 months at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut.
Hammad Nasar is a curator and writer. He is senior research fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre (Yale University), where he co-leads the London, Asia project. He is also senior research fellow at University of the Arts, London. He co-founded the London-based arts organization Green Cardamom (2004-12), and was head of research and programmes at Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (2012-16). Nasar will be executive director of the Stuart Hall Foundation, London from June 2018.
Sophie Nys is a Belgian artist whose work brings together sculpture, drawing, photography, and video to examine themes such as history, philosophy, and architecture with a wry sense of humor and play. Exhibitions include solo shows at CRAC Alsace in Altkirch in 2015, Galerie Greta Meert in Brussels in 2014, La Loge in Brussels in 2013, and Circuit in Lausanne and Projecte SD in Barcelona in 2012. Nys’ work has been included in group exhibitions at Swiss Art Awards in Basel, Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich and Artists Space in New York.
Walid Raad (board president) is an artist and an associate professor of art at Cooper Union, New York. Raad’s works to date consist of mixed-media installations, performance, video, photography, and literary essays. Recent works include The Atlas Group, a fifteen-year project starting in 1989 about Lebanon’s contemporary history, with emphasis on the wars of 1975 to 1991. Raad’s works have been shown at documenta 11 (Kassel), Venice Biennale, Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), Homeworks (Beirut), among other international venues. He is a member of the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut/New York).
Rachida Ait-Ali was born in 1982 in Lommel (Belgium), and grew up on a one-way street in Leopoldsburg where she attended the Red Cross Middle School in Tramstreet until she was twelve. She has a background in accounting and fiscal law, and co-curated Cosmopolitanissimo in 2017.
Res Bosshart studied German literature and musicology, and now works as a dramaturg, author, and theater director. Bosshart was co-director of the Züricher Theater Spektakel dance festival for over eight years and has worked at various theaters, including at Hamburger Kanpnagel and Staatstheater Meinigen as artistic director. As of 2010, Bosshart has been the director of the masters program in theater and the masters program in opera at Zurich University of the Arts.