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Azu Nwagbogu – Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation
Born 1975, Lagos, Nigeria. Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria, dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists. Established in 2007, the AAF organises art exhibitions, competitions, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent in Nigeria. Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition in 2008, an annual arts competition in that provides a platform of exposure for emerging Nigerian artists. He also serves as founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international photographic arts festival that brings leading local and international photographers into dialogue with the multifaceted stories of Africa. He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a new virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African art and diaspora. Azu Nwagbogu is also one of the International Associated Curators of BredaPhoto Festival.
More information: www.africanartists.org
Ruben Lundgren – photographer & curator (b. 1983, the Netherlands)
Beijing based photographer and curator Ruben Lundgren graduated from the University of the Arts Utrecht in 2005 and moved to China soon after where he finished his masters degree at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. He made a name within the conceptual photography duo WassinkLundgren with publications as “Empty Bottles” (2007) and “Tokyo Tokyo” (2010). FOAM showed a retrospect of their works in 2013. He now works as a photographer for Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant and as an independent curator of Chinese photography. Together with Martin Parr he co-edited “The Chinese Photobook” (2015) and with Timothy Prus he published “MeNu” (2018) a tasty collection of Chinese vernacular food photography.
More information: rubenlundgren.com /and @ruben.lundgren (instagram)
Lotti Pronk – independent photo editor and producer
Lotti Pronk is an independent photo editor, producer of photography projects, adviser and connector. She has many years of experience in the (international) photo agency business including setting up NOOR. During her independent years Lotti created and launched platforms for contemporary and documentary photography, amongst them are Dutch National Portrait Gallery, ForHanna, and Rutgers’ visual platform Changemakers. For the last two years she was the producer of the photography show De Donkere Kamer. Currently she is the photo editor of Wordt Vervolgd by Amnesty International and develops new collaborative projects.
Marina Paulenka – Independent curator
Marina Paulenka is an independent curator, art consultant, and educator in photography. She was Artistic Director of UNSEEN Foundation and UNSEEN, a platform for contemporary photography that presents the latest developments in the field of photography and amplifies the careers of boundary-pushing artists. Prior to her role at Unseen, she worked as a curator and Artistic Director of the Organ Vida International Photography Festival and the non-for- profit Organ Vida Photography Organization, the leading institution for contemporary photography in Croatia. So far she has curated numerous exhibitions and work with artists such as Tabita Rezaire, Dana Lixenberg, Zanele Muholi, Hannah Starkey, Roger Ballen, Pieter Hugo, Nina Berman, Amalia Ulman, Laia Abril, Katrin Koenning and many others. Paulenka is the recipient of the Lucie Awards 2018 for best curator/exhibition of the year for the exhibition “Engaged, Active, Aware: Women Perspectives Now”. Paulenka nominates photographers for The Joop Swart Masterclass, the Prix Pictet, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and she is an international juror and portfolio reviewer at many institutions, awards and festivals worldwide including the Les Rencontres d’Arles, Hamburg Triennial, Robert Capa Prize, FORMAT.
Nina Venus is an artist and a curator, lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. She holds a BA and MFA from TUFTS University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA. As a painter, Nina Venus has exhibited her work internationally. Her curatorial work includes “AREA REVISITED” a solo exhibition of photographer Volker Hinz, featured in the 6th edition of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg in 2015. She directed the OFF Triennale as vital element of the 7th International Triennial of Photography Hamburg in collaboration with Deichtorhallen Hamburg in 2018. Since 2016 she is a lecturer and visiting professor at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel.