Speakers

Alessio Antoniolli is the Director of Gasworks, London; an organisation that supports emerging artists through studio provisions and through an international programme of research-led residencies, and exhibitions of newly commissioned work. These programmes are accompanied by events and participatory activities that further connect artists and their work with audiences. Alessio is also the Director of Triangle Network, a global community of artists and grass-roots organisations. He is involved in planning and fundraising for the Network, as well as working with new partners on developing exchange projects such as residencies and workshops.

Jaime-Faye Bean, Executive Director of ArteEast Jaime-Faye Bean is an experienced non-profit executive with an academic background in Middle Eastern language and culture. During over fifteen years experience of working in advancement, Ms. Bean has launched engagement and capacity-building platforms at major institutions including Dartmouth College, the American University of Beirut, Weill Cornell Medical College, and the ASPCA. As ArteEast continues to strengthen its unique position as a critical resource for artists, Ms. Bean brings a deep knowledge of the philanthropic sector to her work at ArteEast, ensuring our premier role in advancing cultural discourse and exchange between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa.

Ariasb Dadbeh is an Iranian researcher, graduated from Fine Art university of Tehran. Since 1989 he has taught in fields of painting and art history in different universities and institutes and his articles has been published in many different art magazines.

 

 

Helia Darabi is an art critic and lecturer of Art History and Criticism at the University of Art, Tehran. She hold a PhD in Art Theory with the thesis title: Methods and Approaches in Visual Art Criticism: A Survey in Educational Meta-criticism. She is also the translator for art history reference books and co-author of The Encyclopedia of Art, Rouyin Pakbaz.

 

Siamak Delzendeh is an Iranian art critic and independent scholar based in Tehran. He has published several articles on contemporary visual art in Iran and abroad. His most recent work, ‘Pictorial Shifts of the Iranian Visual Arts, a Critical Survey’, has been published in September 2016 by Nazar Art Publication in Tehran.

  

Philipp Dietachmair holds a graduate degree in History and Art History from the University of Vienna and has completed postgraduate studies in Cultural Management at the Utrecht School of the Arts. Before moving to the Netherlands, he coordinated higher education development projects for an Austrian NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina and organised cultural events in Sarajevo. Philipp Dietachmair joined the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) in 2002. Over the years and working in close cooperation with local partners, he has developed and managed most of the ECF capacity-building programmes in the Western Balkans, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Turkey and the Arab Mediterranean Region. A recent flagship initiative in this context are the Tandem cross-border collaboration programmes.

Marie Fol, TransArtists Advisor and Coordinator, develops the strategy, international exchange and manages the team. She has been involved with the ON-AiR and Green Art Lab Alliance projects, and she was the main editor of the website from 2012 to 2015. Marie collaborates regularly with several international networks, and has contributed to the work of On the Move, on and off over the past 5 years. Marie has a background in languages and European studies, and is deeply interested in the relations to the other(ness), as well as in data collection and analysis. Marie joined the advisory board of TransCultural Exchange in 2015.

Birte Gehm is the Communication Manager of Res Artis – Worldwide Network of Artist Residencies. Besides connecting and promoting the organisation’s members, handling the office administration as well as taking part in meeting committees, she is involved in developing content and tools in relation to the members’ needs and the changing realities in the artist residency field.

 

Amirali Ghasemi is a Tehran-born artist, graphic designer and curator who currently lives and works between Tehran & Berlin. He graduated with a BA in Graphic Design from Azad University in 2004, his emphasis having been on research into digital art history. In 1998, he founded Parkingallery, an independent project space in Tehran and Parkingallery.com, an online platform for young Iranian artists, in 2002. His photography, videos and designs have been shown at a range of international festivals and exhibitions, winning him awards and recognition. As a curator, he has directed a host of exhibitions, workshops and talks for Parkingallery projects. He co-curated "Urban Jealousy", the 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran (2008-2009) & 6 editions of the Limited Access Festival for Video,sound & Performance (2007-2016). This was followed by his involvement in myriad projects for institutions, project spaces and universities. Ghasemi has been a guest lecturer many institutions and Universities around the globe. 

Francisco Guevara is a visual artist, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Arquetopia Foundation. He specializes in Levinasian ethics applied to the design of transcultural artistic projects and the analysis of performativity in contemporary art practices. His experience spans nearly 20 years of designing, curating, and managing art projects through visual arts education and historiography of art, facilitating Development, sustainability and social transformation. As a visual artist, Guevara investigates the historical construction of the differentiation process and its relationship with the performativity of identity, including gender, class, and race. Guevara received his title of Expert in Management and Planning of Development Aid Projects in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture from UNED, OEI and CIDEAL, a postgraduate degree in Cultural Management and Communication from FLACSO, and studied “Race, Gender and the Historiographies of Art” at the University of New Mexico.

Irfan Hasan graduated from National College of Arts, majored in Indo-Persian miniature painting in 2006. He received numerous awards including “Distinction” award in thesis project “Best Young Painter” from Punjab Arts Council in 2007 and 2008 and Commonwealth Connection International Fellowship. He also attended residencies including Art OMI, New York, Storefront Artist Project, Massachusetts, VASL, Karachi, and Commonwealth Connection International Fellowship at GCAC, Kolkata. He has been teaching since 2007. He taught at Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Karachi for 6 years. He is currently teaching at National College of Arts, Lahore. Hasan has held several solo projects and group shows nationally and internationally. For the last few years his practice is highly captivated by classical European portraiture and figurative painting. He also conducts the workshops of Indo-Persian miniature painting at his personal studio. He lives and works in Lahore.

Lisa Hoffman, joined the Alliance of Artists Communities as Executive Director in the summer of 2016. Lisa is the former Associate Director of the McColl Center of Art + Innovation, where she oversaw programs and strategic initiatives, community engagement, and the flagship Environmental Program at McColl Center. Prior to McColl Center, she served as Director of Charlotte Nature Museum, and held positions as a science educator and mentor with the District of Columbia and Prince George's County Maryland Public Schools. Honored for her dedication in connecting children and families to the natural world, she is also committed to place-based education, the improvement of schools in marginalized communities and research in creative placemaking.

Sohrab Kashani is an interdisciplinary artist and an independent curator based in Tehran. He is the Founder and Director of Sazmanab, Tehran; a non-profit art organisation and residency program established in 2008. Sohrab has exhibited internationally and has held talks at institutions and universities worldwide including: Asia Society, New York; Tisch School of the Arts NYU, New York; Stanford University, Palo Alto; International Studio & Curatorial Program (iscp), New York; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Pomona College, Los Angeles; University of California, Irvine; Delfina Foundation, London; Gasworks, London; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; YARAT, Baku; and Global Art Forum (Art Dubai), Dubai.

Amanda Abi Khalil is an independent curator currently based in Beirut. She is the founder of Temporary Art Platform. She lectures in curating and sociology of arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and at the Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut and is an audience outreach consultant for the Association for the Promotion and the Exhibition of Arts in Lebanon.

 

Tooraj Khamenehzadeh is a visual artist and curator currently living in Tehran. He studied Computer Engineering at Azad University in Qazvin, Iran and received a B.S. in 2002 as well as a Film Shooting Course Diploma. As an artist he has shown his photographs, videos and installation works in various festivals and exhibitions nationally and internationally. He is co-founder and a member of the board of directors of Rybon Art Center, an independent art institute in Tehran, as well as a board member of Res Artis. He is also curator and program manager of Kooshk Residency the first artist residency in Tehran.

Naiza Khan, born in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, in 1968, is Professional Advisor at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi, and a member of the Board of Governors, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi. As a founding member and longtime coordinator of Vasl Artists’ Collective in Karachi, Khan has worked to foster art in the city, and participated in a series of innovative art projects in partnership with other workshops in the region.

 

Lynn Kodeih, born in Lebanon in 1982, lives in Beirut. She works primarily with text, video, performance and its traces. Her work is interested in science and fiction, the normalization of violence, past and present mythologies, and what it means to give birth/life in the time of death. She is the co-founder of the collective Polycephaly, a place for conversation and research around the process of art making. She was a fellow artist at Ashkal Alwan Homework Space Program in 2016, and the recipient of the AFAC grant for research with Polycephaly. Her work has been shown at Homeworks 7, Ashkal Alwan-HWP, Beirut Art Center and 98weeks in Beirut ; Transart Triennale, Berlin; Digital Marrakech, Morocco; Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam ; Museum as a Hub-The New Museum, New York ; Makan House of Arts, Amman ; Kunstbanken Performance Festival, Hamar-Norway. 

Nicène Kossentini is a photographer/video-maker. She is a graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts in Tunis and The Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg, and has also studied at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, and Les Gobelins in Paris. Kossentini is currently an Assistant Professor of Experimental Cinema at the University of Tunis. With her photographic and video work of temporal landscapes, Kossentini not only evokes her home–which she describes as «secret gardens», but she also evokes the secret gardens that may reside in each one of us. This metaphorical conception of space–a mental space that is neither fictional nor real–invites the spectator to plunge into an indecisive world between presence and absence, between forgetting and remembering. Her artistic research has established a work process which conjures a conglomeration of dualities: garden and dessiccation, presence and absence, kindred and foreign. Kossentini’s works are a contemplation of a phantom space, the in-between margin of dual spaces: a conglomerate of something and nothing. Kossentini explores this very margin where the three components – her ancestry, her language and her birthplace – exist. 

Michket Krifa, Independent Curator and art writer for African and Middle East Visuel Arts. She has curated since 1988 several exhibitions and wrote many publications particularly on the field of photography in Africa and the Middle East. She was the artistic director and curator of the Bamako encounters, the African biennial of photography, author and co-editor of Arab Photography Now in collaboration with Roe Issa. Her work is concerned with the role of the image as an essential element in the meeting between the Arab-Islamic and African, worlds and the West for cultural dialogues and exchanges.


Peter Legemann has studied and worked in the computer sciences at the Technical University in Berlin before he switched his scientific career to the arts. He started the transformation of Schloss Broellin, a historic monument building in the north of Germany, into a cultural venue and an artist-in-residence place with a focus in performing arts. Since 1992 he has been managing director and head of the board of Schloss Broellin and has been in charge of strategies, administration, promotion, public relations and finances. Now as a founding director and a board member he additionally is conducting projects in the area of residences for the performing arts and promotes the cooperation between related European and global networks. He runs international theatre projects and focuses on teaching in the field of cultural management at diverse universities.

Ehsan Rasoulof founded Mohsen Gallery on January the 8th 2010 in memory of his brother, Mohsen Rasoulof, the Iranian young photographer and illustrator who died in a plane crash in 2008. Mohsen Gallery is one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Tehran. The gallery actively represents leading contemporary artists, embracing diverse artistic practices, from painting, sculpture and photography to video, performing art and new media.In the year 2011, he founded TADAEX – Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition, with the aim of opening new horizons for digital arts in Iran. The festival invites international artists to engage and interact with Iranian artists in pursuit of creating the opportunity to share universal ideas and experiences through digital media. Rasoulof founded Kooshk residency in 2013. Kooshk is a non-political, cultural and artistic space in Tehran and it tries to provide a convenient space for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers to encourage inter-cultural dialogues and art creation. In addition to his aforementioned work, he is known as film, theatrical and music producer. He is currently working and nurturing number of alternative indie bands called: Pallett, Bomrani, Raam and Damahi. 


Ferdinand Richard
is the founder/director of A.M.I. association based in Marseille. He is a founder-member of La Friche Belle-de-Mai/Marseille since 1992, and has been its deputy-director for 8 years. Since 2009, he is the current president of The Roberto Cimetta Fund, dedicated to artists and cultural activists’ mobility in the Euro-Arab-Middle East relationship. Since january 2016, he is membre of the governance body of the Institut du Monde Arabe in the Region Hauts-de-France (Tourcoing).


Eliza Roberts is the inaugural Executive Director of Res Artis focused on fundraising, public profile and strategy for the organisation. Eliza served on the Res Artis Board of Directors from 2012 – 2016, including a 2 year term as Vice-President from 2014. For the past 6 years Eliza worked as Arts Residencies Manager at Asialink, Australia’s largest and most long-standing artist residency program in the region. Eliza has diverse experience in the arts industry, having worked at a range of local and international institutions and organisations including Christie’s auction house in London, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and Artbank. Eliza speaks intermediate level Indonesian and holds a MA Art Curatorship and BA Creative Arts, both from the University of Melbourne.

Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka is culture manager and curator. Since 1998, she has been working at Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Ujazdowski Castle. In 2003, she founded the A-I-R Laboratory as the first ongoing residency programme in Poland. Between 2003 and 2011, she curated and co-produced many projects, exhibitions, presentations and publications. She is also on the Board of Directors of Res Artis.

 

Kira Simon-Kennedy is the co-founder and director of China Residencies, a nonprofit organisation helping artists find out about opportunities all across mainland China and Hong Kong, providing advice and support for visiting artists and the artist residency administrators that host them in the region. Over the past three years, China Residencies has grown steadily, forming alliances across four continents, publishing interviews, maps and resources to strengthen the global field of artist residencies. She is currently developing a collaborative web project at NEW INC, the New Museum's incubator in New York, to help better disseminate creative opportunities worldwide. Kira also works as an independent producer on films and documentaries in China, Iceland, Mexico, and the USA.

Marie Le Sourd is, since 2012, the Secretary general of On the Move, the cultural mobility information network active in Europe and worldwide. Prior to this, Marie was in charge of cultural programmes at the Asia-Europe Foundation (1999-2006) and directed the French Cultural Centre in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2006-2011).

 
 

Leena Vuotovesi is CEO of the development company Micropolis Ltd. located close to the Arctic Circle as well as the President of the Board of Directors at Res Artis. Previously, Leena was the executive director of KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre running a tailored residency program. Leena has been the representative of Res Artis at the board of Culture Action Europe. She participated also in the work of the EU commission’s OMC working group on mobility of artists as an external expert. In Finland she is active at The Finnish Cultural Foundation Association.