Chantal Pontbriand, is a contemporary art curator and critic whose work is based on the exploration of questions of globalization and artistic heterogeneity. She has curated numerous international contemporary art events: exhibitions, international festivals and international conferences, mainly in photography, video, performance, dance and multimedia installation. She was a founder of PARACHUTE contemporary art magazine in 1975 and acted as publisher/editor until 2007, publishing 125 issues. After curating several major performance events and festivals, she co-founded the FIND (Festival International de Nouvelle Danse), in Montreal and was president and director from 1982 to 2003. She was appointed Head of Exhibition Research and Development at Tate Modern in London in 2010 and more recently founded PONTBRIAND W.O.R.K.S. [We_Others and Myself_Research_ Knowledge_Systems].
Most recent exhibitions : Mark Lewis Above and Below, Le Bal, Paris, 2015 PER/FORM : How To Do Things with[out] Words, CA2M, Madrid, 2014 ; The Yvonne Rainer Project, Jeu de Paume, Centre d’art de la Ferme du Buisson, and Palais de Tokyo ; Photography Performs: The Body as the Archive, Centre de photographie d’Île-de-France (CPIF), co-curated with Agency, Dora Garcia Of Crimes and Dreams, Darling Foundry, Montreal, 2014, HF|RG [Harun Farocki|Rodney Graham], Jeu de Paume, Paris 2009. Recent publications : Mutations, Perspectives on Photography, Steidl/Paris Photo, 2011 ; The Common, The Contemporary : Art in A Globalizing World, Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2013, PER/FORM : How To Do Things with[out] Words, CA2M/Sternberg Press, Madrid/Berlin, 2014, PARACHUTE : The First Twenty-Five Years, JRP/Ringier, Zurich, 2012-2015 (Volume III: Photography, Video, New Media, 2014).
Sarat Maharaj (UK)
Professor of Visual Art and Knowledge Systems, Malmo Art Academy, Lund University. He is Research Professor, Goldsmiths University of London where he was Professor of History & Theory of Art (1980-2005). He was the first Rudolf Arnheim Professor, Humboldt University, Berlin (2001-02) and Research Fellow at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (1999-2001). As Distinguished Scholar, Pretoria, South Africa he is working on a series of visual-textual-film-sonic constructions called ‘Drakensberg’.
With Gillian Wearing and Has Ulrich Obrist he curated The New Contemporaries, UK 1997. He was part of Okwui Enwezor’s curatorial team, Documenta XI, 2002. With Richard Hamilton and Ecke Bonk he curated: ‘Optical. Retinal. Visual. Conceptual…(Boijmanns van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam 2001) He was chief curator of ‘Pandemonium - art in a time of creativity fever’, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 2011. He co-curated the 29th Sao Paolo Biennial, 2010 and ‘Farewell to Postcolonialism’, the Third Guangzhou Biennial, 2008. He was curatorial advisor to the Sharjah Biennal 2012
His specialist research and publications cover Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce and Richard Hamilton – with writing on visual art as knowledge production, art research, Textiles, sociology of globalisation and cultural translation.
Current project: ‘Ignorantitis Sapiens’: the ‘knowledge/ignorance virus’ looks at ‘what sort of knowledge is produced through art practice in today’s overwhelmingly ‘pansophic’ climate? This is explored through mapping the ongoing transmutation of London from a post-colonial city into a post-imperial, global plug-in zone. How are the migrations, housing issues, work regimes, city space and know-how routines shaping the rise of ‘a new design for living’, a ‘new urbanity’? Field observations are from his flat, from his Kitchen and Rooftop labs overlooking the demolition/construction turbulence in the patch of London he lives in – the ‘Knowledge Mecca’ called Bloomsbury.
Asma Arshad Mahmood
Asma Mahmood is a visual artist and curator based in Mississauga. With MFA from York, she has exhibited her work on various national and international forums. She is the annual curator for VIRSA. Specializing in community based Art and cultural initiatives she is also the Founder/Executive Director of Canadian Community Arts Initiative, Artistic Director and Co Founder of TD Mosaic , RTC and MISAFF film Festival, Asma is the artistic director for Promenade Gallery on Lakeshore. She served on various boards as member and Chair. firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Singer was born in Budapest, Hungary. Shereceived a BA in English Literatureat McGill and an MFA Honoursfrom York University. Shealsostudiedat the Ontario College of Art and Design. Singer is an AssociateProfessor in the Department of Visual Arts and the former Graduate Program Director in visual arts. Hercommunityactivities have includedboardmembership on the Toronto Arts Council, C International Art magazine and the Koffler Centre for the Arts. Professor Singer is a practisingartistwith an active national and international exhibition record. Her installation worksemploymulti-media techniques, oftenwithcryptictexts to articulate cultural and psychological issues of disjuncture and perception. Singer isparticularlyinterested in the intersection of public and private histories. Recent exhibitions includeThe Game of Life;1 stepforward, 10 stepsbackwards, art sourterrain and Nuit Blanche, Montreal, jstwrdsat the Cambridge Galleries, I do, I undo, Iredo, atCritical Mass, Port Hope, IIIIwawawantat the ConvenienceGallery and the Gladstone Hotel, Gone Missing,LoopGallery, Toronto. In 2011, Singer was invited to present work at the Goteborg International Contemporary Art Biennial, Goteborg, Sweden. email@example.com
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