Facilitators & Participants
Bahar Behbahani’s research-based practice approaches landscape as a metaphor for politics and poetics. She looks into cultural landscapes both historically and in a contemporary context, posing urgent questions that consider the ways in which people negate and negotiate space and place. Her work has been featured in the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College in USA, the 11th Shanghai Biennale, the 7th Moscow Biennale, the 18th Biennale of Sydney among others. In 2019 Behbahani was granted a Creative Capital award for a project “Ispahan Flowers Only Once”, a collaborative garden inspired by Persian garden design, philosophy and flora, which brings people together to take part and re-activate unseen histories by gathering and gardening.
Houria Bouteldja is a founding member of le Parti des Indigènes de la république, decolonial political member based in France. She wrote numerous theoretical strategical articles on decolonial feminism, racism, autonomy and political alliances as well as articles on Zionism and state philosemitism. She is the author with Sadri Khiari of Nous sommes les indigènes de la république (2012, Editions Amsterdam) and Whites, Jews and Us, towards a politics of revolutionary love (2016, Semiotext(e)). She recently resigned from the party but she is still a decolonial activist.
Francesca Martinez Tagliavia is Adjunct Professor of Theory and Analysis of Film and the Audiovisual at Palermo Academy of Fine Arts, Research Associate at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and Founding director of SIS / International Studies for Sicily residency. She has authored Faire des corps avec les images. La contribution visuelle de la velina au charisme de Berlusconi (2016, Prix Varenne) and Visions et visualités. Philosophie politique et culture visuelle (2018, Paris, Poli, co-edited with Maxime Boidy) and several essays at the intersection between social sciences, visual and cultural studies.
Nicholas Mirzoeff is a visual activist, working at the intersection of politics, race and global/visual culture. In 2020–21 he is ACLS/Mellon Scholar and Society fellow in residence at the Magnum Foundation, NY. His publication The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (2011, Duke University Press) won the Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship in 2013. How To See The World (2015, Pelican) was a New Scientist Top Ten Book of 2015; The Appearance of Black Lives Matter (2017, NAME Publications) is available as a free e-book. Since the 2017 he has been active in the movement to take down statues commemorating settler colonialism and/or white supremacy and convened the collaborative syllabus All The Monuments Must Fall, revised after the 2020 events. Contributing to Hyperallergic, published in the Nation, the New York Times, Frieze, the Guardian, Time and The New Republic.
Alana Lentin is an Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. She is a Jewish European woman who is a settler on Gadigal land (Sydney, Australia). She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. Her latest book is Why Race Still Matters (2020, Polity) and she previously published The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a neoliberal age with Gavan Titley (2011, Zed). She co-edits the Rowman & Littlefield “Challenging Migration Studies” books series, the “Decolonization and Social Worlds” series at Bristol University Press and co-presents the Race in Society web series on YouTube with Dr Zuleyka Zevallos. She is an editorial board member of Ethnic and Racial Studies and Identities among other journals. Her academic and media articles as well as videos, podcasts, and teaching materials can be found at www.alanalentin.net.
Andrea Průchová Hrůzová is a theorist of visual culture, researcher and university lecturer. She is a founder and chair of the visual research platform Fresh Eye. Andrea is Fulbright (NYU Steinhardt, Pratt Institute), Georg Eckert Institute, Hlávka Foundation and Visual Studies Workshop alumna. She has translated John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, and co-translated W. J. T Mitchell’s Picture Theory and Nicholas Mirzoeff’s How to See the World to Czech. She has contributed to Palgrave Macmillan (2021, 2015), Springer Publishing House (2017) and Turku University Press (2018) with chapters dedicated to the relationship of visual culture, collective memory and visual activism. She has published in European Journal of Cultural Studies (2020) and is a co-author of the artistic book We Have Never Been Earth (2019, VSW Press). Andrea is an editor of Mediální studia/Media Studies journal.
Urbanist, writer, editor and curator, Justinien Tribillon works across different media and disciplines: social science, photography, architecture, history. Justinien is a tutor and PhD candidate at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, where he explores the Boulevard Périphérique of Paris as sociotechnical artefact. Justinien is co-founder and editor of Migrant Journal, a six-issue publication exploring migration in all its forms. As a curator he is presenting “Welcome to Borderland” on the migration of plants at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2021. Justinien has recently co-edited Concrete and Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture (2021, nai010). As a writer, Justinien has written for The Guardian, MONU, The Architectural Review among others. Previous roles include Researcher then Associate Director for Europe at Theatrum Mundi (2017-2020).
Pavel Borecký is a social anthropologist and audiovisual ethnographer. As an awardee of the Swiss Excellence scholarship, he is currently finishing a multimedia PhD on water scarcity in the Middle East. In his community practice, Pavel runs the research organisation Anthropictures and curates the film programme EthnoKino. Pavel’s latest films Solaris (2015) and In the Devil’s Garden (2018) focused on the consumption culture in Estonia and the question of decolonisation in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. Living Water (2020) is his first feature documentary film.
Crisia Constantine is a Rromani-Romanian visual artist whose practice draws across different artistic mediums (installation, photography, alternative drawing, textile). Her work was featured by the Head On Festival, Art and About Festival, Nomadic arts Festival, 1st Worldwide Studio and Apartment Biennale, Brighton Photo Biennial and others. She participated in over 50 juried art and photography exhibitions, published in several arts journals, and was awarded artistic residencies in Australia, Slovakia and France. Her artwork was included in Internationale Kunst Heute (International Art Today) and she was an invited artist at the Process Space Art Festival in Ruse, Bulgaria. The Central East-European House for Photography in Bratislava and the Art Gallery of the University of Kent exhibited her work. Currently, Crisia Constantine is undertaking doctoral research in nomadism, childhood trauma and community memory.
Julia Golachowska is a doctoral student at the Jagiellonian University and visual artist based in Warsaw. Her research and artistic practice deal with Polish national identity and politics of memory, focusing on antisemitism and Jewish heritage. Her texts have been published in Res Publica Nova, Codziennik Feministyczny and Wysokie Obcasy. Member of Kolektyw Łaski (together with Jagoda Kwiatkowska and Anna Shimomura), a feminist art collective. Participated, among others in exhibitions at Arsenał Gallery in Bialostok, and Labirynt Gallery.
Agnieszka Kilian is a curator, author and researcher with a background in law. She develops collaborative projects, especially based on shaping new forms of knowledge driven from a clash of various forms of practice and poetics. Currently her main interest are: the modes of calling justice and making a claim. In 2017 she participated in Tate Intensive program in London. Exhibitions and publications she curated and co-curated include among others: “We, the People” (Central Slovakian Gallery, 2019), “Dreams&Dramas. Law as Literature” along with the publication (nGbK, 2017), “Text and Its Performace” (Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow 2016), “Repose” along with the publication (Krakow, 2015), (…) “behind the togetherness” (transit.sk 2014).
Wiktoria Kozioł is an art historian (Ph.D. at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland), an art critic, and an academic researcher. She works at the Pedagogical University in Kraków. She is interested socially and politically engaged Polish and German art after 1945.
Magdaléna Michlová has graduated from sociology, continued in social anthropology, now finishing MA in cultural studies. Interested in visual culture, urban sociology, queer theory, theory of new racism and contemporary processes of marginalisation. In research, she seeks for postdisciplinarity and will to engage. Works as a communication specialist in PLATO, city gallery for contemporary art in Ostrava, post-industrial city in Czechia close to the Polish border. She occasionally translates books and articles from English to Czech (most recently a collection of speeches by Greta Thunberg, published at Broken Books) and contributes to online journals (A2larm, Revue Prostor, Deník Referendum). In Ostrava she co-established few activist associations (such as Ostrava PRIDE) and engages herself in collectives that balance the environmental and the social issues.
Barbora Müllerová is an illustrator, curator and lecturer at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. In 2015 she co-founded magazine Fůd that focuses on socially engaged illustration and comics. Since 2017 she is member of a work group Visuality–Science–Perception that organizes interdisciplinary colloquia dedicated to the study of the scientific and medical image in the context of society and culture. Barbora is finishing her PhD studies with thesis Current Socially Engaged Illustrative Drawing, Comics and Artzines focused on illustrative drawing as a tool to initiate social changes. Since 2020 she works as a curator of festival LUSTR, biggest Czech festival of illustration and comics, and promotes Czech illustration scene abroad by “LUSTR On Tour” exhibitions. She is also interested in critical and ontological design, critical cartography and deep mapping.
Nathalie Roos works and lives in Amsterdam. She has a background in visual art, cultural anthropology and art education. Nathalie works as a teacher and researcher at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and is conducting PhD research (Erasmus University Rotterdam) into art, activism, and citizenship. In her PhD she will focus on developing a pedagogical approach for student teachers to help learners to engage in social change, based on the practices of contemporary activists (for a more interdisciplinary focus, outside the realm of mere art) and activist artists. To do so, she will explore the methods of activists and activist artists and the (artistic) strategies they use to address social issues, through ethnographic fieldwork within activist and activist art practices and literature study.
Kuba Rudziński is a graphic designer, since 2013 he runs Studio Lekko in Berlin. He designs visual identities, publications and websites for art and cultural institutions (CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Dark Matter Gallery in London etc.) and visual identities for cultural events and research projects for, e.g. the United Nations (New York), Evens Foundation (Antwerp), MIT (Boston), Bates College (Lewiston), among others. Typographic aspects in design are crucial for him, especially those moments when abstract shapes become recognisable signs. He is interested in socially engaged design and design as a tool for change. In 2020, he took part in the Artist led action “Letter”, a contemporary reenactment of Tadeusz Kantor’s 1967 happening, for its graphic design and transparent font he received the STGU Project of the Year award, in the Social Impact category.
Boris Ružić, PhD, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Rijeka, Croatia. He teaches four courses engaged with film studies and visual culture. His interests lie at the intersection of politics of emancipation, (amateur) moving image, migrations, and digital technologies. Publishes scientific articles in books and journals. Co-authored a book regarding film and media analysis. Coordinates three international projects in the domains of humanities, film and visual culture, and memory studies.
Tereza Saitzová is a graphic designer and illustrator. She has recently finished her master’s degree at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague. She is currently a member of Prague based studio Marvil, where she co-leads various graphic design projects. Tereza also runs and creates some projects, which are at the crossroads of design research and educational practice.
Bianca Stanea is a Romanian cultural manager and artist working at OKNA – Espaço Cultural and for BEAST – International Film Festival, both in Porto, Portugal. She is also a PhD researcher in Sociology, at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on the topic of LGBTQ+ rights. Among her biggest interests are documentary film and visual arts as ways of capturing social issues.