Anja Jelovšek (SI)
The work of Anja Jelovšek (1990) employs a variety of media: installation, performance, photography and objects, all involving the act of tracing a line, be that by means of technology or manually. Her work is always the result of a consideration on “Life” as something that is in constant flux and unique for each individual; her art is an intuitive response to her own being. Although based in conceptual approach, she refrains from using language to focus on gesture, by means of which she records time as a quantity. She studied Painting and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana. She has participated in several group and solo exhibitions at Gallery P74, Gallery ŠKUC and Jakopič Gallery (Ljubljana), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, UGM Studio (Maribor), and was a nominee of 2017 OHO Group Award.
Aykan Safoğlu (TR)
Aykan Safoğlu (1984, Istanbul) forges relationships – friendships, even – across cultural, geographic, linguistic, as well as temporal boundaries. Working across film, photography and performance, he makes open-ended enquiries into cultural belonging, creativity and kinship. Aykan Safoğlu holds an MFA in Photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and an MA from the Art in Context program at Universität der Künste Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Off-White Tulips at Ystads Konstmuseum (Ystad), 2016. Selected group exhibitions include The Bill: For Collective Unconscious at Artspace (Auckland), Father Figures are Hard to Find at nGbK (Berlin), 2016; Home Works 7 at Ashkal Alwan (Beirut), 2015; and Sight and Sounds: Turkey at Jewish Museum (New York), 2014. Safoğlu was a SAHA resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam), 2014–15 and an artist in residence at Ashkal Alwan (Beirut), 2016. He won the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen at the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in 2013. Aykan lives and works in Berlin.
Bärbel Praun (DE)
Bärbel Praun (1978, Germany) studied Photography and Media at University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld (2000-06). She currently lives between Portugal, Germany and Switzerland. She has had solo and group exhibitions in Denmark, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania, Slovenia, Norway and Sweden; artist residencies at bm:ukk (Vienna) and Cité de l’image (Clervaux) 2012; Künstlerhaus Schwandorf (Jakobstad), 2013; Culture Communication Center (Klaipeda) in 2014; Windler-Stiftung (Stein am Rhein), 2015 and The Independent AIR (Portugal), 2016/2017. In 2015, Praun self-published the book This must be the place, a personal exploration of land, place and the concept of home. She is currently developing new work on the theme of the Anthropocene, evolved during The Independent AIR residency in Portugal 2016/17, to be published and exhibited in Aarhus, Denmark in August 2017.
Barbora Fastrová (CZ) and Johana Pošová (CZ)
One of the central subjects in the collaborative practice of Prague-based artists Johana Pošová (1985) and Barbora Fastrová (1988) is the field of nature and its conflicted relationship with Western modernity. Their work is not defined by a specific media, the installations and performances appear as mimicry of the world we inhabit. Their collaboration started in 2014 and since then, the duo exhibited in institutions such as GfZK (Leipzig), Syntax Project (Lisbon), INI Gallery (Prague) and Galerie TIC (Brno).
Claudia Petraroli (IT)
Claudia Petraroli was born in Teramo in 1987, in the South-Centre of Italy. After a degree in History of Arts at La Sapienza University in Rome, she worked as a freelance photographer for a few years. In 2014, she moved to Milan to earn a MFA in Photography at the Brera Fine Arts Academy, starting her artistic research. In February 2017 she was hosted for a residency at Metronom Gallery in Modena, where she developed La pregunta de sus ojos, a project blending photography and 3D printing. In May 2017 she was selected for Giovane Fotografia Italiana #5, by Fotografia Europea. She mostly uses archival images, investigating the mechanisms of the photographic medium.
Daniele Genadry (LB)
Daniele Genadry’s work considers the construction of visual experience through memory and movement. Multiple viewpoints, decentralized images, and shifting frames address the relationship between visual document and the narration of passing geographies. She has participated in residencies at the Bronx Museum, Anderson Ranch Art Center (USA), Fondazione Ratti (Italy), Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), and The British School in Rome. Recent exhibitions include Light Fall at Gypsum Gallery (Cairo), Sharjah Biennial 13 (Tamawuj), The Fall at Sursock Museum (Beirut), Missing Real at Taymour Grahne Gallery (NYC), This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time at SMBA (Amsterdam), Hard Copy at Fondazione Pastificio Cerere (Rome), and The 2nd Aim Biennal at The Bronx Museum (NYC). In 2015 she was the recipient of the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting. She has a BA in studio art and mathematics from Dartmouth College and a MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
Danilo Milovanović (SI/BA)
Danilo Milovanović (1992, Banja Luka) is finishing his Master at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, after a short period studying in Prague. His work deals with painting, multimedia projects and photography, as well as public and street art. He mainly explores characteristics of urban spaces in relation to nature, intervening and intruding in public spaces and treating them as venues of art practice. Danilo takes interest in intervening in living spaces, thus covering a whole range from poetic to activist deeds. In his projects, he chooses simple means and builds significant visual pieces or situations through placing objects/subjects in certain relationships or coexistence. This year, he has had solo exhibitions at TIR Gallery (Nova Gorica) and Simulaker Gallery (Novo Mesto). He was part of several group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. He is an active member of the Rog factory community, where he manages the Zelenica exhibition space since 2015, in which he organised more than 15 solo and group exhibitions and various public art events.
Eric Meier (DE)
Eric Meier (1989, Berlin) lives and works in Berlin. Currently he is studying in the sculpture class of Prof. Manfred Pernice at UdK Berlin and in the class of Prof. Heidi Specker at HGB Leipzig, where he's finishing his diploma early next year. Over the years, his photographic work has evolved more and more into space. With a main interest in post-soviet/post-socialist society he questions identity, affinity, rootlessness and structures of liberty, often connected to his own biographical background. In May he received a working grant by the German academic scholarship foundation to extend his work abroad in Moldova on a larger project dealing with Russian and European tendencies within society. Eric Meier mainly exhibited in Berlin and Leipzig, at the Haus am Lützowplatz and the Halle 14 Center for Contemporary Art.
Forlane 6 Studio (FR)
Forlane 6 Studio is an artistic duo composed of Mathieu Goussin (1985), who studied at the National School of Merchant Navy in Marseille and works on large ships as a mechanical engineer, and Hortense Le Calvez (1988), who studied at the Rietveld Academy of Amsterdam and graduated in 2010 with a BA at Wimbledon College of Art of London. Their work explores the emotional challenges implied by the perception of environmental change. Their water-based works depict irrational aquatic fictions in the form of in-situ sculptural interventions. They currently live in Greece and work on their sailing boat, a Kirk Amel from 1973, named Forlane 6, currently based in Poros Island. They exhibited in France and abroad, were shortlisted for the Coal Prize Art and Environment and participated to several artist residencies with a strong link to the sea.
GHAITH&JAD is an architecture and design studio based in Beirut, Lebanon, co-founded by Ghaith Abi Ghanem and Jad Melki. Known for their distinctive process-driven approach, their work is characterized by truth to material and responsiveness to context. Their practice ranges in scales, combining architectural, interior, exhibition, installation, and product design. Both Ghaith and Jad received their degrees in architecture from the American University of Beirut in 2012, and were each granted the Areen Award for Excellence in Architecture for their graduating projects. Since their selection as Starch Foundation Architects in 2014, GHAITH&JAD won the iF International Award 2015 for Interior and Retail Design, and designed an experiential installation, Projection Lines, for the opening of the Dubai Design District d3, 2015. In 2016, GHAITH&JAD were commissioned to design an exhibition for the 150th anniversary of the American University of Beirut. The public pavilion they created housed the exhibition Genus: nation, gender, status. They continue their design explorations through their studio at Mansion, a reclaimed 19th-century residence that houses multidisciplinary designers under one roof.
Giorgia Castiglioni (IT)
Giorgia Castiglioni lives and works in London. By using primarily video and installation, her research explores the ordinary and the unnoticed in contemporary society. She exploits the medium’s nature in order to translate slices of the everyday into visual and auditory installations that operate between the concepts of reality and imitation. The result is a distortion of what is familiar, generated by amplification and redundancy, which stimulates emotions and thoughts onto the self and the world surrounding us. Castiglioni has graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2016. Recent exhibitions include: Locus Solus, curated by Marta Barina, Wick Woodland, London, 2017; Creekside Open 2017, selected by Jordan Baseman, APT gallery, London; Studi Festival #3, Milan, 2017; Lines of Enquiry, curated by Marta Barina, Buster Mantis, London, 2016. She has been commissioned work by King’s Hospital for the South London Stroke Register 20th Anniversary in 2015, and has co-published the book All is Very Very Good in the same year. She has been awarded the Camberwell Technical Achievement Award 2016 and the Camberwell Press Book Prize 2017 (in collaboration with Marta Barina).
Giovanni Fredi (IT)
Giovanni Fredi is an Italian artist who focus his work on technologic interactions between man and devices, society and technology. His
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Hussein Nassereddine (LB)
Hussein Nassereddine (1993, Beirut, Lebanon) lives and works in Beirut. He holds a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut. His works in video, photography, image-making and writing deal with different ideas including fragility, poetics of images, personal and collective memory, history and mythology. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the ability of images to create poetic spaces and atmospheres. His work often originates from personal observations and narratives, as well as their origins in collective history. It then develops into works that comment and draw relations between the daily and the mythological. This process delineates his attempt to create works which evoke meanings that remain suspended between the image and its description, between definition and approximation.
Isabella Toledo (BR)
Isabella Toledo is an Anglo-Brazilian artist living and working in Lisbon. Starting from a training in illustration, Isabella's current paintings deal with humour, familiarity and colour in the form of semi-figurative mise-en-scene. Beyond painting, Isabella makes short online videos, portraits and jokes. Her work is also closely related to her work with children's aesthetic education. She has exhibited in London, Berlin and on Instagram.
Jure Goršič (SI)
Jure Goršič's work is based on readymade objects that he finds around and usualy have no function. The artist select and modifie object on a base of a vision that was planted in his brain. The vision always comes first, the object gets connected as a visual specimen. Currently he is working on a cabinet. The nature of the found object- readymade, which he chose, does not correspond well to photographic media. At the Photopub, he intends to modify and create a photo object. Currently he is writing his master thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. His work was presented at the group exhibitions 2017 ALUO, Ljubljana, Dolenjska 83, 2016 ARS Gallery, Ljubljana, Jurčičev trg 2, June, 2016 Jaroměř, Fortres Josefov, October, 2016 Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana, November, 2016 Jakopič's promenade, Ljubljana, December etc.
Lea Collet (FR) and Marios Stamatis (GR)
Lea Collet and Marios Stamatis are a duo of love. Their collaboration provokes environments and situations in which they use their own bodies, as well as those of others, to generate popular tropes within a ceremonial rituality. They script their layered choreographies in relation to a cosmos that can sometime be called a backdrop. The Theatre becomes a site for various speculative fictions to be staged; fictions that attempt to subvert the implications of publicly performed affect and embodiment in the present spectacle of emotion. Recent work includes Fair Booth Trial at Carousel; Pills and Potions at Enclave Lab; When Love takes over at AM (London) 2017; We are having a great time :) at ROCKELMANN & (Berlin); Key Performance Interludes at Green Ray (London); I Think I'm Experiencing Pure Bliss at Entrerprise Project (Athens), 2016; Faith Dollars, Taxfree Imagination & Uptown Bliss and Chorus for Three at Assembly Point (London); Ambiguity Symposium at The Showroom (London), 2015; and online commissions for Cosmos Carl, 2017 and Matchbox TV, 2016.
Liga Spunde (LV)
Liga is a recent graduate of the Visual Communications master program at the Art Academy of Latvia. Her work is inspired and influenced by events, relationships and observations of the absurd and the uncanny which can be found in everyday life. It is the mundane situation that can be stripped back to subjective meaning, which is Liga’s artistic interest determined by her intervention. Her work involves a strong subjective re-telling of a story that invites audiences to question the quality of truth. Employing photography, video and installation to bring pieces of a story together, her research deals with the mysterious distance between objectivity and subjectivity.
Masha Svyatogor (BY)
Masha Svyatogor (1989 in Minsk) is a Belarusian visual artist working with photography. She studied Philology at the Belarusian State University, and she currently lives and works as a freelance photographer in Minsk. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Belarus, Russia, Georgia, USA and Canada as well as featured in several international magazines.
Mathias Tang (DK)
Mathias Tang (1989) is a Danish artist, who works between Amsterdam and Berlin. He is currently attending a BA in Fine Arts Photography at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He received the Art and Research Honours Programme from the University of Amsterdam in 2015 and was nominated for The European Photography Prize in 2016.
Matilde Søes Rasmussen (DK)
Matilde Søes Rasmussen (1990) is a Danish artist based in Copenhagen who works in the field of photography and video. She studied at Fatamorgana – The Danish School of Art Photography, where she graduated in Summer 2016. She has travelled all over the world for both private purposes and working as a model. She has lived in New York, San Francisco, Tokyo and lastly in Paris for four years. She exhibited her work in Copenhagen, London and New York and she co-curated the exhibition Photographing the Female on show at the Focus photography festival in Mumbai, March 2017.
Maya Rochat (CH)
Maya Rochat (1985) has exhibited her works and installations in significant institutions such as Palais de Tokyo and Centre culturel Suisse, library (Paris); La Filature (Mulhouse); [7P] FOTOFESTIVAL (Heidelberg); TATE Modern, Turbine hall (London); FOTOMUSEUM Winterthur; Centre de la photographie (Genève); Centre PasquArt, Bienne and Fotohof (Salzburg). She is the laureate of the A. Hermanjat Foundation Prize 2016, and was awarded the “Prix de la relève” Pro Helvetia in 2015. She was selected for artist residencies at Verzsaca FOTO Festival, Project Space - Centre d’art Contemporain Genève and Air Berlin Alexanderplatz. Maya benefited the support of “Promotion des livres de photographie” Pro Helvetia for the publication of Crystal Clear by Editions Patrick Frey and A Plastic Tool by Meta/Books. Maya Rochat’s images are published by international revues and magazines. She currently lives and works in Lausanne.
Nicolò Lucchi (IT)
Nicolò Lucchi (1991, Verona), lives and works in Verona. Nicolò graduated in photography in 2016 at Academy of fine arts LABA in Brescia, with a thesis that analyzes the relationship between photography and sculpture. During the study he set up a collective with other students called Dailyimageproject that work with everyday life, shooting one image per day for one year. The work of this collective was exibithed at Spazio Visual Art in Brescia in 2014 and then it was presented at Rosignano foto festival in 2015. Throughout this year Nicolò moves in Denmark where, for three months, assist the artist Johan Rosenmunthe in Copenhagen. In 2015 Nicolò started to work as an assistant in Academy LABA. In the next period he begins to collaborate with a gallery in Verona called Fonderia 20.9, where he will exhibit his work in the end of June 2017. His latest projects are dedicated to investigating the limits of photography. Using mainly still life realize temporary sculptures, created to take shape in the digital image. These sculptures can not always be contained within the image and in some cases appear as installations. Within the theme of the game, Nicolò relates the physical experience of the real and the imaginary possibility of digital photography.
Richard Janeček (CZ)
Richard Janeček (1990) lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic. Recently, he received BA degree in photography at the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. He works with a variety of media - from photography or object to virtual reality. The themes he focuses on are the language of media, spectacle, artist’s ego and gallery space. In many cases, Richard has cooperated with other artist (for example in projects like Last Call, Egomainac or Performance on the village). Richard has exhibited his work in several galleries in the Czech Republic, especially in Prague (e.g. Karlín Studios, National technical library, Fotogaf gallery, Jeleni, NoD etc.) as well as abroad (e.g. in Slovakia, Netherlands, Lithuania, Austria etc.). www.richardjanecek.com
Sam Lavigne (US)
Sam Lavigne is an artist, programmer and teacher, whose work deals with data, cops, surveillance, natural language processing, and automation. Lavigne has exhibited at Rhizome, Flux Factory (New York), Lincoln Center (New York), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Pioneer Works (New York), DIS, and the Smithsonian (Washington), among others. He is an editor at the New Inquiry magazine and teaches at NYU and the New School.
Stéphanie Saadé (LB)
Stéphanie Saadé (1983, Lebanon) lives and works between Beirut and Paris. In her work, she takes the moment when one becomes estranged from his surroundings as a departure point. The artist explores the shapes of distance, making them visible, and the changes involving the estrangement of an individual. Stéphanie graduated in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She attended a post-graduate program at the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, she was an artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht) and the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris). Her work has been exhibited at Sharjah Biennal 13 (Sharjah); Home Works 7 (Beirut); MuHKA (Antwerp); La Traverse, Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Alfortville (Alfortville); Marres (Maastricht); Museum Schloss Moyland (Bedburg-Hau); Cité de la Céramique (Sèvres); Counter Space (Zurich); Parc Saint Léger-Hors les murs (Nevers); Mosaic Rooms (London); Casa Árabe (Madrid); Casa Árabe (Cordoba); La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo (Murcia); New Positions, Art Cologne (Cologne); Van Eyck (Maastricht); Le 59e Salon de Montrouge (Montrouge); Beirut Art Center (Beirut); Beirut Exhibition Center (Beirut); A.M. Qattan Foundation (Ramallah); Qalandiya International Biennial (Qalandiya).
Sunoj D (IN)
Sunoj D (1979, Kerala, India) graduated from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore in 2003. He completed his post graduation in Sculpture from Bangalore University in 2006. His solo shows include: Romanticized objects from drunken nights at Exhibit 320 (New Delhi), 2016; Estuary at GallerySKE (New Delhi), 2014 and A Forgotten Carpentry Lesson and a Love Song at GallerySKE, (Bangalore), 2013. Group shows and projects include: The Wedding Project at Art Dubai Projects and Delfina Foundation (Dubai), 2016; Nakivubo Food Forest Project (Kampala, Uganda), 2015; Whorled Explorations, curated by Jitish Kallat at Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Kochi), 2014. He has also participated in various residencies including at Opekta (Cologne, Germany), 2015; Artists-in-Residence (Dubai), 2014 and Artist-in-Residence at the Natural History Museum, in partnership with Gasworks (London), 2012. Sunoj currently lives and works in Bangalore, India.
Thomas Kuijpers (NL)
The works of visual artist Thomas Kuijpers (1985, The Netherlands) explores the role of contemporary media narratives within our perception of the actual world. Educated as a photographer, he got interested in the representation and communication of truth. The observable friction between this conveyed version of reality and the place it occupies in daily life is the most important starting point. Thomas often focuses on (current) events or phenomena over prolonged periods of time, collecting information and decomposing the subjects of his research. His work contains direct visual references to the collected narratives, and a visual paradigm is built around the conclusions through different outputs. The approach is different each time, but always critical, challenging the viewer to review the ways in which mediated reality has settled in our brain. In the past few years, he has presented his work in venues like Art Weekender (Bristol), B.A.D. (Brussel), Casa Laurinda (Rio de Janeiro), Krakow Photomonth Festival and LhGWR (The Hague). He also exhibited his work in renowned places like MASP (Sao Paulo), Kunsthal (Rotterdam), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Foam (Amsterdam) and Museum Arnhem (Arnhem).
Veli & Amos (SI/CH)
Veli Silver studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, and the Faculty of Fine Arts, Porto. Amos Angeles studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and finished his Bachelor’s degree at the Zurich University of the Arts. Veli & Amos have been working as a duo since 2008. Their work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana; Kiasma, Helsinki; Rotor Gallery, Graz; Helmhaus, Zurich; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; P74 Gallery, Ljubljana; message salon, Zurich; and W139, Amsterdam.
Yara Saqfalhait (PS)
Trained as an architect, Yara Saqfalhait’s research lies at the intersection between architecture, history of science and technology, critical pedagogy and spatial imaginary, particularly as mediated by political systems and technical infrastructures. Her writing has been published in Jadaliyya, Bidayat and Interruptions, among others. Yara holds a BA in Architectural Engineering from the Birzeit University, Palestine and is currently completing a Master degree in Design Studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.