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.
Maria Chehonadskih philosopher and critic. PhD in philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, 2017. Her research and work concentrates on Soviet epistemologies across Marxist philosophy, literature and art, as well as on post-Soviet politics. She gave talks in various universities and art institutions and published in journals and magazines such as Radical Philosophy, South Atlantic Quarterly, Crisis and Critique, e-flux, Mute and Moscow Art Magazine. In 2014 together with Ilya Budraitskis she co-curated the exhibition Shadow of a Doubtat the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, dedicated to the topic of conspiracy. She lives and works in London.
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.
Angela Dimitrakaki is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Edinburgh and director of the MSc in Modern and Contemporary Art. Her books include ECONOMY: Art, Production and the Subject in the 21st Century (co-edited with Kirsten Lloyd, 2015), Gender, ArtWork and the Global Imperative (2013), Art and Globalisation: From the Postmodern Sign to the Biopolitical Arena (2013, in Greek), Politics in a Glass Case (co-edited with Lara Perry, 2013). She has co-edited the special issues ‘Social Reproduction and Art’ (2017) and ‘Anti-fascism/Art/Theory’ (2019) for Third Text, where she is an Editor. She is a Corresponding Editor of Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory and co-organiser of the Marxist feminist stream of the journal’s annual London conference. She contributed to the collectively authored ‘On Social Reproduction and the Covid-19 Pandemic’. Angela lives in Edinburgh and Athens.
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)
Xenia Kalpaktsoglou curator and one of the founding members of LUC The Laboratory for the Urban Commons, a collective that develops and produces research, artistic practices, urban interventions and education, operating out of Athens. Together with artist Poka-Yio and art-critic Augustine Zenakos, she founded the Athens Biennale 2005 a non-profit independent organisation, which she co-directed until July 2016. During this time, she co-curated two editions, AB1-Destroy Athens, 2007 (as XYZ) and AB3-MONODROME, 2011 (with Nicolas Bourriaud and Poka-Yio) and was a member of the curatorial team of the AB4-AGORA, 2013 for which the organisation received the 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture. Her curatorial practice is heavily rooted in collaborations and focuses on new methodologies of artistic intervention and institutional frameworks of/for research, pedagogy, cultural production and activism.
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 in Turkey. Kortun serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Arts Initiatives and SALT
Elena Lasala is a researcher and cultural worker based in Madrid, Spain. 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 museum field to the curatorial assistance of several cultural agents. Currently, she’s part of hablarenarte, a non-profit organization that works supporting the creation, dissemination and promotion of contemporary culture. Her research focuses on practices involving archives, photographic medium and urban interventions. 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).
Ana Longoni researcher, writer and curator, is Director of Public Activities at the Museo Reina Sofía. PHD in Arts her research is focused in the intersections between art, activism and politics in Argentina and Latin America from the mid-20th century to the present. She was Professor of Theory of Media and Culture at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and she directed many doctoral thesis and research groups. She is currently Professor of Programme of Independent Studies at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), and co-founder of the international network Red Conceptualismos del Sur. She is lecturer in several international seminars and conferences and author of a long list of essays and books on topics of artistic activism, avant-garde theory and recent Latin American History. She is author of several publications and coordinated the exhibitions Desire Rises from Collapse (2011) and Losing the Human Form (2012), both at the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid). At present she is curating the exhibition Oscar Masotta: Theory as Action, MUAC (México) in 2017 and MACBA (Barcelona) in 2018.
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 practice includes moving image, installation and performance, which combines historical research, fiction and documentary elements. His work has been exhibited and screened in galleries, museums and festivals such as Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Nanjing International Art Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, 5th and 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, 4th Athens Biennale, Werkleitz zentrum für medienkunst, Fondazione Merz, i.a. He was a Laureate of the Institut Francais residency programme at the Cité internationale des arts, where he started the research for his first feature fiction film and later started the development under the Feature Expanded program with the support of the Greek Film Centre. Since 2017 he is curator of the periodical screening series Sunday Narratives, one of the contributors of The School of Redistribution by Future Climates and a volunteer at the Open School for Immigrants of Piraeus. He is currently a Visiting Artist under the program Risk Change at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a co-founder of the LUC Laboratory for the Urban Commons, operating out of Athens, Greece.
Gabriella Riccio, artist, activist, researcher gabriellariccio.it. With a multidisciplinary background in political studies and choreography, she is interested in art in its political dimension at the intersection with activism and in the movement of self-governed cultural spaces. She is resident choreographer and active member of L’Asilo Napoli, Italy. As artist, curator and cultural operator her practical and theoretical research focuses on the body in contemporary cultural practices in the relationship between practice and theory. She is regularly invited as public speaker in universities, summer schools, international conferences and is member of several cultural and activists networks (RICDP, TEH, IRI). She published essays on the relationship between dance and philosophy, as well as on the intersection of ethics, aesthetics and politics. Gabriella lives in Naples and Madrid.
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.
Raúl Sánchez Cedillo is a philosopher, activist and translator who lives in Madrid. Since 1991 he has been collaborating with the post-operaist research and political networks, and has edited a number of works by Antonio Negri, Félix Guattari and others. He was active in the antimilitarist and Insumisión movement during the 1990s, and later in the okupación and Centros Sociales Okupados movement. He is a member of the first cyberactivism network in Spain, http://www.sindominio.net. Since 2000 he has been promoting new autonomous educational and political projects: Universidad Nómada and the Fundación de los Comunes.
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.
Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti – DAAR In the last ten years, from Palestine, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti have developed a research-project based artistic practice that is both theoretically ambitious and practically engaged in the struggle for justice and equality. They founded Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program hosted in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem with the aims to overcome conventional educational structures by creating a space for critical and grounded knowledge production connected to greater transformations and the democratization of society. Camus in Camps has today offshoot in other Palestinian camps and is linked in a consortium with universities around the world. In 2007 with Eyal Weizman they founded DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency) in Beit Sahour, Palestine, with the aim to combine an architectural studio and an art residency able to gathered together architects, artists, activists, urbanists, film-makers, and curators to work collectively on the subjects of politics and architecture. Hilal was the head of the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement Program in the West Bank at UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) from 2008 to 2014. Alessandro Petti has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control in Archipelagos and enclaves (Bruno Mondadori, Milan 2007) and more recently Petti and Hilal co-authored with Eyal Weizman the book Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg, Berlin 2014) an invitation to rethink today’s struggles for justice and equality not only from the historical perspective of revolution, but also from that of a continued struggle for decolonization.
William Wells Co-Founding Director of the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, an institution that combines contemporary art space with an extensive outreach programme. Its overarching mission is to make the arts accessible to all without compromising creative practice. William Wells started his career in the arts in 1980, as one of the co-founders of London-based Unit Seven Studios, a multi-disciplinary artist-run collective. He also served as an educational advisor to Britain’s Arts Council and Crafts Council. Wells moved to Cairo in 1985, where he worked for development agencies before returning to the curatorial and arts management fields, setting up art programmes and agencies throughout the Middle East. Wells established the Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art in 1998. He sits on the Board of the Foundation for Arts Initiative and has helped develop an extensive network of cultural spaces worldwide.