Elvira Dyangani Ose is Director of The Showroom, London. An organisation which combines experimental practices and a reflection upon everyday life through its engagement with the local community and its advocacy for international trans-disciplinary forms of arts and education.Affiliated to the Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, as Lecturer, Dyangani Ose is also a member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada, where she curated Laura Lima’s Horse Takes king, the last interation of the four-part project, Slight Agitation. Additionally, at the Fondazione Prada, she curated exhibitions by Theaster Gates, Nástio Mosquito, and Betye Saar among others. She was Curator of the eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennal for Contemporary att (Gibca 2015) and Curator, International art, at Tate Modern (2011-2014). She has recently joined Tate Modern’s Advisory Council.
Dyangani Ose has published and lectured on modern and contemporary African art and has contributed to art journales such as Nka and Atlántica. She is currently completing a PhD and holds an MA in History of Art and Visual Studies from Cornell University, New York; an MAS in Theory and History of Architecture from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona; and a BA in Art History from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Hicham Khalidi (MA, 1972) is currently the director of the Jan Van Eyck Academie. Prior to this, he was an associate curator of Lafayette Anticipations (Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette) in Paris. In this capacity, he was involved in commissioning work in the disciplines of fine art, design and fashion. In the period 2013–15, he was responsible for programming exhibitions and the Artefact Festival at the STUK House for Dance, Image and Sound in Leuven. From 2003 to 2011 he was the artistic and general director of TAG, institute for contemporary art and music in The Hague. Khalidi was the curator of the ACT II group exhibition in the Beirut Sharjah Biennial in 2017, served as a cultural attaché to the Biennale of Sydney in 2016, and was chief curator of the Marrakech Biennale in 2014.
Christine Eyene is an art historian, critic and curator. She is a Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire where she collaborates to Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual arts project based at UCLan’s Centre for Contemporary Art, led by Professor Lubaina Himid. She is a doctoral student at Birkbeck, University of London, with Professor Annie E. Coombes, and is writing a thesis on South African photographer George Hallett.
Her areas of research and curatorial practice range from contemporary African and Diaspora arts, Black British arts, gendered art discourses, to non-object-based art practices notably sound art. Her other interests include: socially-engaged initiatives, urban culture, music, design, and new media. As an art writer, her articles and essays have been published in printed and online art magazines, journals, exhibition catalogues and art books.
Her next exhibitions and projects include Sounds Like Her, a New Art Exchange sound art exhibition with women artists in 2019-2020 and the 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca 2020. Her previous projects include Summer of Photography 2018 at Bozar, Brussels; 4th Bienniale Internationale de Casablanca 2018. She has also curated international exhibitions as part of numerous biennials including Printemps de Septembre 2016 (Toulouse, France); EVA International 2016 (Limerick, Ireland); Format International Photography Festival 2015 (Nottingham, UK); Summer of Photography 2014 (Brussels, Belgium); 10th Dak’Art Biennial 2012 (Dakar, Senegal).
Christine Eyene is member of the acquisition committee of Frac, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Reunion Island, led by Béatrice Binoche. In this role, she is contributing to broaden the Frac’s collection with new acquisitions, commissions, and exhibitions involving artists from Reunion Island and the Indian Ocean.
As of 2018, Ash Bulayev is the Director of Onassis AiR: (inter)national artistic research residency program (Athens). For the past 20 years he has worked as curator, producer and artist, at the cross-section of contemporary performance and time-based visual arts. From 2015, he has collaborated as a creative producer and consultant with Dries Verhoeven, Lotte van den Berg, Miet Warlop, Maria Hassabi, DD Dorvillier, Julian Hetzel, Germaine Kruip and Kat Valastur. In 2016/17, he was involved in the continuing development of the MA program in Expanded Curation at the Amsterdam University of the Arts – DAS Theatre program, established by Barbara van Lindt. He has contributed to artistic research policy research by giving talks, leading mentoring sessions, and participating in various EU network projects at institutions such as: Flanders Art Institute (Belgium), Performing Arts Festival (Germany), Tanznacht 2016(Germany), Dansehallerne and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Denmark), RE-SHAPE EU project (2018 – 2021), ARC(Switzerland), Green Park (Greece), etc. From 2012 – 2015 he was the Curator of Contemporary Performance at EMPAC (New York), commissioning new works by artists such as Ant Hampton, Eve Sussman + Simon Lee, Temporary Distortion, Lars Jan, Kris Verdonck, Ellie Ga and many others, as well as presenting the work of Rabih Mroue, Xavier Le Roy, Lisbeth Gruwez, Ralph Lemon, Marie Brassard, Clement Layes, Wojtek Ziemilski, Julien Maire, and other contemporary time-based artists. From 2002-11, he was a Co-Artistic Director (in collaboration with Tzeni Argyriou) of amorphy.org, a collaborative platform for experiments in the fusion of performing arts and old/new media. From 1991 until 2002 he lived and worked in New York City. He holds an MA in performance from DasArts, an internationally acclaimed graduate program from the Amsterdam School of the Arts.
Ane Rodríguez Armendariz (San Sebastian, 1978) was appointed Cultural Director of Tabakalera in summer 2012 to set up the cultural project at the former Tobacco factory that reopened reconverted into an International Centre for Contemporary Culture in September 2015 in San Sebastian, Spain. She has set up an international programme of residencies for artists and curators to encourage research and production, commissioned exhibitions to artists such as Yto Barrada, Eric Baudelaire, Itziar Okariz, Adrià Julià, Rosa Barba and Maryam Jafri and worked with different international partners, also bringing special attention to educational programmes.Her experience in Spanish art institutions include the contemporary art fair in Madrid, ARCO, where she was in charge of curated programmes and international galleries; MUSAC, the museum of contemporary art of Castilla y León, where she was the general coordinator of the museum (2010), and Matadero Madrid, as part of the programming team (2011-2012).Formed as a journalist, she soon got into arts management after her experience in London in several galleries. Back in Spain in 2004, she was part of the Manifesta 5 biennial team in San Sebastian. She has also been a contributor at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Danjel Andersson (48) is the Artistic Director of Dansehallerne in Copenhagen. He comes directly from an employment as director of MDT, a venue for dance and choreography in Stockholm. He has been a director there since 2010. Andersson has a background as editor, critic, dramaturge and festival director with a master in literature and theater studies. He has previous experience from Dagens Nyheter, City Theater in Stockholm, the Theater Academy in Stockholm and has run the independent theater magazine Visslingar & Rop, The festival organization he inaugurated Perfect Performance and the international festival TUPP in Uppsala city theater prior to his work in MDT. 2017 Andersson received the honorary award in performing arts by the City of Stockholm for his work in MDT and internationalizing the Stockholm dance scene.