Marco Baravalle is a member of S.a.L.E. Docks, a collective and an independent space for visual arts, activism, and experimental theater located in what had been an abandoned salt-storage facility in Dorsoduro, Venice. Founded in 2007, its programming includes activist-group meetings, formal exhibitions, screenings, and actions. In addition to managing the diverse programming at S.a.L.E. Docks, Baravalle is currently a research fellow at INCOMMON (IUAV University of Venice). His fields of research include the relationship between art, theatre and activism, creative labor, gentrification, and the positioning of art within neoliberal economics.
Elena Blesa Cábez is a researcher, artist and cultural mediator based in Barcelona, Spain. Graduated in Fine Arts and master on Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought, both at Barcelona. Currently, she is completing a masters on Contemporary Art History at Universidad Complutense, Madrid, hosted by Museo Reina Sofía. Her professional career is situated at a point between pedagogy and artistic production. Her research, mainly conducted from collective methodologies and dialectical practice, focuses on strategies that are being adopted from contemporary art to rethink the concept of citizenship in the Mediterranean current context. Since 2018, she’s an artist in residence at FASE, Space for the creation and thought (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat/Barcelona) and part of Espècies invasores collective.
Manuel Borja-Villel art historian and director of Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, is one of the key institutional agents of Spanish culture. He directed three of the major art institutions in Spain: Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona (1990–1998); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA, 1998–2008) and Museo Reina Sofía (2008–present). He curated solo exhibitions of some of the most important artists of the last century: among others Marcel Broodthaers, Lygia Clark, James Coleman, Óyvind Fahlström, Luis Gordillo, Hans Haacke, Lygia Pape, Antoni Muntadas. Borja-Villel is also recognized for his thesis exhibitions, which he curated in collaboration with specialists like Bernard Blistène, Jean-François Chevrier, Serge Guilbaut or Georges Didi-Huberman, among which are: Los límites del museo (1995); La ciudad de la gente (1996); Antagonismos. Casos de estudio (2001); Arte y utopía: la acción restringida (2004); Bajo la bomba. El jazz de la guerra de imágenes transatlántica, 1946–1956(2007); La invención concreta (2013); and Playgrounds. Reinventar la plaza (2014).
Emanuele Braga co-founder of Macao center, an artist, researcher and activist. In addition to his work at Macao, he co-founded the dance and theatre company Balletto Civile (2003), the contemporary art project Rhaze (2011), as well as Landscape Choreography (2012), an art platform questioning the role of the body under capitalism. His research focuses on models of cultural production, processes of social transformation, political economy, labor rights and the institution of the commons.
Sara Buraya Boned is part of Museo en Red a Department of Public Activities of the Museo Reina Sofía where she was Coordinator of Cultural Programmes (2013-2015) and Coordinator of International Programs (2016-2019)as project manager for Our Many Europes. Europe’s Critical 90s and the Constituent Museum and The Uses of Art. The Legacy of 1848 and 1989 of European confederation of museums L’Internationale, and the programme Midstream. New Ways of Audience Development in Contemporary Art with the eipcp network. Within Museo en Red she works with platforms and agents of different scales to establishing ties with other communities or other institutional constructions, to produce a network of relationships aiming to generate critical thinking, actions and new forms of institutionality in the field of art, culture and politics. Her research and institutional work is crossed by the proposals of feminisms, other institutionalism, urban commons, archive and memory of social movements and politics of care. She is currently member of the Editorial Board of L’Internationale online, and she is part of the collective projects Somateca, Archivos comunes and Calipsofacto.
Jesus Carrillo Lecturer in Contemporary Art History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid since 1997. Head of the Cultural Programs Department of the Museo Reina Sofía from 2008 to 2015 and General Director of Cultural Programs of Madrid City Council from 2015 to 2016. Member of Conceptualismos del Sur Network and member of the Project team of L’Internationale from 2013 to 2015. His research combines the history of early modern representations of nature with the critical analysis of contemporary art institutions and discourses. Selected writings: Space invaders, Madrid, 2018; Arte en la Red, Madrid, 2004; Naturaleza e Imperio, Madrid, 2004; Tecnología e Imperio (Madrid, 2003); Modos de hacer: arte crítico, esfera pública y acción directa (ed.), Salamanca, 2001; Tendencias del Arte. Arte de Tendencias (ed.), Madrid, 2003; Desacuerdos: sobre arte, políticas y esfera pública en el Estado español vols 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 (ed.) Barcelona, 2004-2015; Douglas Crimp: Posiciones críticas (ed.), Madrid, 2005, Martha Rosler. Imágenes Públicas (ed.), Barcelona, 2008.
Margherita D’Andrea, resident and active member at L’Asilo, is an Italian lawyer focusing on criminal law and migration law. She is member of the executive committee of ELDH, “European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights. As international observer for human rights, she has attended in cases against politicians and activists in Kuwait, Morocco and Germany. She studies public dissent in its various forms under a juridical and historical perspective. On these issues, she publishes articles and interviews, like the recent Migrants and Hotspot: rights or control? in Economia e Politica, scientific journal,VIII, 2017 and Un sistema kafkiano per negare il diritto d’asilo in Left, weekly magazine, XI, 2017, pp.16-17.
Chto Delat (What is to be done?) chtodelat.org is a collective founded in early 2003 in Petersburg by a workgroup of artists, critics, philosophers and writers with the goal of merging political theory, art and activism. The group constituted in an action called The Refoundation of Petersburg. Shortly afterwards, the original, as yet nameless core group began publishing an international newspaper called Chto Delat?. Chto Delat sees itself as an artistic cell and also as a community organizer for a variety of cultural activities intent on politicizing “knowledge production”. In 2013, Chto Delat initiated an educational platform, School of Engaged Art, in Petersburg and also runs a space called Rosa’s House of Culture. These activities are coordinated by a core group including Tsaplya Olga Egorova (artist), Artiom Magun (philosopher), Nikolay Oleynikov (artist), Natalia Pershina / Glucklya (artist), Alexey Penzin (philosopher), Alexander Skidan (poet and critic), Oxana Timofeeva (philosopher), Dmitry Vilensky (artist) and Nina Gasteva (choreographer)
Maddalena Fragnito is an artist and activist exploring the intersections between transfeminisms and technologies by focusing on practices of “commoning care”. At the moment, she is a Doctoral Student at Coventry University’s Centre for Postdigital Cultures. She cofounded MACAO (2012), an autonomous cultural centre in Milan, and SopraSotto (2013), a self-managed kindergarten by parents. She is co-author of “Rebelling with Care” (2019), “Pirate Care Syllabus” (2020) and “Ecologies of Care. Transfeminist perspectives” (2021). During the pandemic, she joined the Institute of Radical Imagination by developing the Rasing Care iteration.
Pablo García Bachiller professional architect, dedicated to the rehabilitation of housing and productive spaces and the physical and social regeneration of territories. He has collaborated with various Self-Managed Social Centers in Madrid and participated in collective movements for the right to the city and for the right to housing. He has participated in European research projects in collaboration with public universities in Madrid, Valladolid and Bragança and participated as a scriptwriter and director in several documentaries. He publishes critical research articles in the field of architecture, territory and society.
Elena Lasala is a researcher and cultural worker currently head of Archive of Hamaca -experimental audiovisual platform-. Graduated in History of Art at the Universitat de Barcelona. After studying a master on Contemporary Art at Museo Reina Sofía by Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, she starts collaborating with the Institute of Radical Imagination as coordinator. Her professional path transits from the care practice of artistic residency space -Planta Alta-, public activities in the museum field, to the curatorial assistance of several cultural agents. Her research focuses on practices involving cultural labour, memory and archives, feminisms and affective urban fabrics. She’s also taking part of a research collective focused on local artists working from/about precarization (ColectiVVAA) and a project along other IRI members on activist archives (Archivos Comunes) and Care (Raising Care).
Jasmina Metwaly artist and director. Over the course of the last 5 years, Metwaly’s works shifted towards film and video. In 2011 she co-founded a media activist collective Mosireen born during the revolution in Egypt, combining citizen media and cultural activism. She presented her work in a number of exhibitions, including in 2010 I want to be White for Youat BWA Wroclaw, Paradise Paradiseat Townhouse Art Gallery in Cairo, and international festivals. For the Jogja XII Biennial in Yogyakarta, in 2013 she premiered the video From Behind the Monument realized during Resò 3 residency at CESAC in Caraglio. Since 2010 she collaborates on projects with filmmaker Philip Rizk. Together, they have recently co-curated a program How to Act: On Stages and Storytellers in Beirut and Cairo. In 2015 their feature-length film Out on the Street was presented in the German Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and at MoMA. She is currently an artist in residency at DAAD in Berlin.
Giuseppe Micciarelli jurist and political philosopher. PhD in Public Law, Theory of National and European Institutions and Legal Philosophy at the University of Salerno, Italy. He is member of Laboratorio filosofico-giuridico e filosofico-politico ‘Hans Kelsen and editor of Soft Power, Euro-American Journal of Historical and Theoretical Studies of Politics. His research interests include: theory of commons and self-government, state of exception and emergency, processes of political subjectivation and transformation of institutions in contemporary governmentality. As resident member of L’Asilo Naples, he contributed to the drafting of the “Declaration of urban civic and collective use” recognized by the City of Naples, Palermo, Chieri and Turin. He is also advisor of many experiences of social and civic activism about the issues of self organization, participatory democracy and neo-municipalism.
Massimiliano (Mao) Mollona writer, filmmaker and anthropologist. He has a multidisciplinary background in economics and anthropology and his work focuses on the relationships between art and political economy. He conducted extensive fieldworks in Italy, UK, Norway and Brazil, mainly in economic institutions, looking at the relationships between economic development and political identity through participatory and experimental film projects. His practice is situated at the intersection of pedagogy, art and activism. Mollona is a founding member of the LUC Laboratory for the Urban Commons (LUC), Athens.
Meriç Oner trained architect and Director of research and programs at SALT. Focusing mainly on Turkey and its surrounding geography after 1950s, she develops material culture research with a comprehensive and progressive approach. Her work circulates in forms of print and online publications, exhibitions, and public programs. Recent exhibitions include Commissioners’ Exhibition, SALT Galata, Istanbul (2017), One and the Many, SALT Galata, Istanbul, 2016; SUMMER HOMES: Claiming the Coast, SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, 2014, and Modern Essays 4: SALON, SALT Galata, Istanbul, 2012. Recent contributions to publications include The Long 1980s (2018) and Documentary Remains (2018). Öner lives and works in Istanbul.
Zeyno Pekünlü artist and researcher based in Istanbul, Turkey. She is part of the editorial collectives of the culture and politics journals eXpress. Bir+Bir and Red Thread. She is also part of several grassroots political networks; Müştereklerimiz (Our Commons) which aims to create both temporary and permanent alliances around the ideas of commoning practices and Dünyada Mekan (A Place on Earth) a multi-functional, self-organized solidarity space for white-collar and freelance workers.
Theo Prodromidis visual artist and director based in Athens, Greece. He studied Contemporary Media Practice at the University of Westminster and was awarded an MFA in Fine Art by Goldsmiths, University of London in 2007. His work has been exhibited and screened in galleries, museums and festivals such as Furtherfield, Galerija Nova, State of Concept, 5th and 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, 4th Athens Biennale, i.a. Since 2017, he has contributed to The School of Redistribution by Future Climates, to Project P.R.E.S.S. (Provision of Refugee Education and Support Scheme) by Hellenic Open University and part of WHW Akademija’s program To care for another, radical politics of care. Ηe is a member of the Institute Of Radical Imagination, a volunteer at the Open School for Immigrants of Piraeus and a member of the Solidarity Schools Network. For 2020-2021, he is the co-leader of “An album from our square” at Victoria Square Project, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) at Columbia University.
Gabriella Riccio, artist, activist and researcher based in Naples and Madrid with a professional career as choreographer, as well as cultural advisor Gabriella has a multidisciplinary background in political studies, cultural management, human rights and international cooperation. Her focus is in art in its political dimension at the intersection with activism. Active in the movement for the commons and the Italian Movement of Self-Governed Cultural Spaces. As resident member of L’Asilo, Naples, Italy she took part in the elaboration of the Declaration of Urban Civic and Collective Use. Gabriella is co-funding member of the Institute of Radical Imagination and is member of several cultural and activist networks (a.o. RICDP, TEH). She published essays on the relationship between dance and philosophy, as well as on the intersection of ethics, aesthetics and politics.
Philip Rizk is a filmmaker and writer based in Cairo, Egypt. He studied philosophy in Freiburg and Chicago, and Middle East Studies in Cairo. Together with Jasmina Metwaly, he directed the feature film ‘Out on the Street’ (2015), which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and was part of the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Rizk is a member of the Mosireen video collective, and his texts have appeared online, in journals and in collected volumes. Rizk was a resident of the DAAD program in Berlin in 2016, and is currently working on a film titled “World without Maps.” His text “An affront to etiquette” reflects on the process of the making of the film. Since 2016 Rizk has been teaching film part-time at the American University in Cairo.
WHW. What, How & for Whom/WHW whw.hr is a curatorial collective formed in 1999 and based in Zagreb and Berlin. Its members are curators Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović, and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić. WHW organizes a range of production, exhibitions and publishing projects and directs Gallery Nova in Zagreb. Over the years WHW has been intensively developing models based on collective way of working, collaboration between partners of different backgrounds and involvement with local advocacy platforms. What, how and for whom, the three basic questions of every economic organization, concern the planning, concept and realization of exhibitions as well as the production and distribution of artworks and the artist’s position in the labor market. These questions formed the title of WHW’s first project, What, How & for Whom, dedicated to the 152nd anniversary of the Communist Manifesto, in 2000 in Zagreb, and became the motto of WHW’s work and the title of the collective.
Mabel Tapia researcher based in Paris and Madrid. Her research focuses on art practices from the twenty-first century involving the use of archives, activism, political engagement that have as one of their main characteristics, the deactivation of the aesthetic function. Processes of legitimation, valorisation and visibility of contemporary practices in relation to the phenomenon of reification within new paradigms in both artistic and socio-economic fields are part of her investigation. She is co-director of the PHD level program Document & Art Contemporain (ÉESI, Angoulême – Ensa, Bourges) and she collaborates with the MNCARS. As editor, she has coordinated the following publications: Losing human form. A seismic image of the ’80s in Latin America(2013, 2014), Really Useful Knowledge(2014) and Desinventario (2015). She is member of the Red Conceptualismos del Sur platform.