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He Yining – Independent writer & curator
b. 1986, China. Curator and writer He Yining graduated from the London College of Communication. For over a decade she has been working independently specialising in photographic and visual art. Her practice is principally focused on the way in which photography is able to freely straddle the boundaries of fine art, responding to and raising questions about contemporary, historical and social issues through interdisciplinary means. These curatorial projects have been held in museums, galleries and other institutes in both China and Europe. Among her most recognised projects are “Photography in the British Classroom” (2016), “The Port and the Image” (2017) and “Abode of Anamneis” (2019)
More information: www.heyining.com
Raquel van Haver – artist
Raquel Van Haver was born in 1989 in Bogota, Colombia. She lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Van Haver refers to her work as ‘loud’ paintings that sympathetically portray people on the fringes of society. She works on burlap, combining oil paint, charcoal, resin, hair, paper, tar and ash in heavily textured compositions. The paintings explore race and identity, drawing from African, Western, Caribbean and Latin American cultures within her community in the South-East of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Solo exhibitions include ‘Spirits of the Soil’ at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, November 2018 – April 2019. Her work has also been exhibited at the Dordrechts Museum, Netherlands and BOZAR Centre For Fine Art Brussels. She recently won the prestigious Dutch Royal Prize for Painting. Van Haver graduated from HKU, Fine Arts, Utrecht, in 2012. She also won the Amsterdam prize in 2019 and has a big solo show in the Bonnefanten museum in 2020.
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
Iris Sikking – Independent curator
Iris Sikking (1968) is an independent curator, educated as a film editor and a photo historian. As a curator and author, she positions herself in the overlapping fields of photography and video art with a focus on a cinematic approach and creating narrative structures. For 15 years now, she has conceived exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. In addition to her curatorial projects, she carries out portfolio reviews, serves on multiple competition juries, and was recently appointed to the advisory committees of the Mondriaan Fund and Stroom Den Haag. She is also a tutor at the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost (Breda, NL).
More information: www.irissikking.nl
Eugenie Shinkle – American Suburb X
Eugenie Shinkle is a photographer and writer. Originally trained as a civil engineer, her work engages with a variety of media including painting, photography, music, and digital games. Recent essays include ‘A Slow Unfolding of Space: The Photographs of Hélène Binet’ in Hélène Binet: the Intimacy of Making (Lars Müller, 2020). Her work also appears in various publications including the Art Journal, The Journal of Architecture, 1000 Words, Source, American Suburb X and Foam. Shinkle is Reader in Photography at the University of Westminster in London, England.
More information: www.eugenieshinkle.com
Arianna Rinaldo – Photo festival Cortona On The Move, Italy
Arianna Rinaldo is a freelance professional working with photography at a wide range. Since 2012 she is the artistic director of Cortona On The Move, the international festival of visual narrative in Italy. She is also curator of photography for PhEST, a festival on contemporary photography and art focused on the Mediterranean. Arianna’s relationship with photography started in 1998 as Archive Director at Magnum Photos, NY; then picture editor for Colors Magazine in Italy. Based in Milan from 2004 to 2011, Arianna worked as photo consultant for various publications, among which 4 years at D-La Repubblica. For 7 years she was the director of OjodePez, the documentary photo magazine published in Spain. She is a regular participant in portfolio reviews and jury panels worldwide, as well as speaker and mentor.
Based in Barcelona since 2012, Arianna continues to develop photography projects at an international level both as editor and curator; she leads workshops and masterclasses, and enjoys tutorship and teaching. Arianna loves to explore photo festivals, and is intrigued by amazing stories told through photography. She is interested in contemporary documentary and original storytelling: visions on the current world and stories of humankind living on this planet, and beyond.