Bani Abidi was born in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1971. She recieved her BFA degree from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan in 1994 and an MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA in 1999 . Abidi has worked primarily in video for the past 8 years. Her videos have been exhibited widely in solo and group shows internationally. Her group exhibitions include:The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Blockbuster: Cinema for Exhibitions, MARCO, Monterrey;Where Three Dreams Cross – 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Xth Lyon Biennale: The Spectacle of the Everyday, France 7th Gwangju Biennale 2008, Kwangju, South Korea; Thermocline of Art – New Asian Waves, ZKM, Karlsruhe,Germany (2007); Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2006); Sub-Contingent- The South Asian Sub Continent in Contemporary Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2006); 3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka, Japan (2005); . Solo shows include: Bani Abidi – Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, 2011; Green Cardamom- London,2010; Project 88 – Bombay,2010; TPW Gallery- Toronto 2007, Haines Gallery,San Fransisco 2006, V.M Art Gallery, Karachi 2006. Her work is in the collections of the The Musem of Modern Art, New York; The British Museum, London; Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas; Patricia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,Turin, Italy; Marguelies Collection, Miami; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi. Bani Abidi was a fellow of DAAD Artists Residency in Berlin for the year 2011/2012.
Stephen Ching-kiu Chan
Stephen Ching-kiu Chan is Professor of Cultural Studies and Academic Dean of Arts at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He also coordinates the Kwan Fong Cultural Research & Development Programme to promote cultural research, education, and policy. Published internationally on Hong Kong culture, film, literature, education and cultural studies, Chan’s current interest is in cultural research and education, urban creativity, creative enterprise, intangible heritage, audience development and cultural policy. He was a member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and Convenor of Heritage Watch and People’s Panel on West Kowloon. Currently, he is Steering Committee chair of the Consortium for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Institutes, and a Board member of the international Association for Cultural Studies representing the Asia constituency. Active in the civil society, he is a founding member of The Professional Commons, an independent policy think-tank, and a policy fellow of the Community Development Initiative. He is now a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.
Alexandra Chang is the Director of Public Programs & Research Manager at A/P/A Institute at NYU and is an arts scholar, filmmaker and independent curator. She is also the Co-Director of the 2012 NEH Summer Institute “Re-envisioning American Art History: Asian American Art, Research and Teaching” at NYU. She is the author of Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Art Collectives from Godzilla, Godzookie, to the Barnstormers (Timezone 8 Art Books, Beijing, China, 2008 and publishing partner A/P/A Institute at NYU). She conducted the oral histories on Godzilla: Asian American Art Network for the Art Spaces Archives Project (http://www.as-ap.org/). Recently she curated the exhibitions: “Art, Archives and Activism: Martin Wong’s Downtown Crossings” at NYU’s A/P/A Institute (2009) and “Happy Together: Asian and Asian American Art from the Collection” at the Bronx Museum for the Arts (2010-2011). She is a member of the organizing committee for “The Drop: Urban Art Infill” art festival in multiple indoor and outdoor sites in Chelsea and co-curator of the festival’s special exhibition “2012+” in 2009. She is the co-organizer of the Diasporic Asian Art Network and on the executive committee of the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research. She has served as the Managing Editor for Art Asia Pacific magazine and Features Editor for amNewYork. As a filmmaker and writer, she has conducted over 100 hours of artist interviews. She holds a Master’s from the NYU John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s program in Humanities and Social Thought with a concentration in Asian American Art History.
Manuel Cirauqui is a writer and curator based in New York. A former resident researcher at the Institut de Recherche et d’Innovation/ Centre Georges Pompidou and curator at Jeu de Paume Museum (Paris, France), he has lectured at numerous art institutions and universities in Europe and America, and his writing has appeared in magazines and journals such as PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art; Bomb (USA); 20 / 27 (France); Frieze (UK); and Lápiz (Spain), among many others, and a number of exhibition catalogs and art books. Cirauqui is the producer of the radio program §ympo§ium on WGXC station. In parallel to his practice as an independent art scholar, he currently works as a Curatorial Associate at Dia Art Foundation, New York.
Damien Roach is an artist and lecturer currently based in London, who has been working on manifold projects internationally for a number of years. Roach’s work is like a do-it-yourself kit for rewiring the human brain, where it is not the (ordinary) materials he works with that are transformed, but rather the way we see the world around us. (1) The found object becomes an artefact which functions as the materialised end-product of certain world views, as a symbol of understanding and interpretation of the past and future. (2) A multiplicity of sources funnels into situations best described as ‘constellations of possibility’, a firmament of incessant creative arbitrage. (3) Each exhibition space is posited as a sensory adventure, where artfulness is intended to trigger new horizons of meaning. (4) Sentences loosely connected from texts by: Skye Sherwin, 2008 (1), Melanie Bono, 2007 (2), Martin Holman, 2007 (3), Francesco Pedraglio and Caterina Riva, 2008 (4).
Barthélémy Toguo, born in 1967 in Cameroon, lives and works today in Paris and Bandjoun, Cameroon. He began his studies at the Abidjan School of Fine Arts, Côte d’Ivoire. His artistic apprenticeship at first involved his fashioning copies of classic European sculptures, until he took part in a workshop in 1992 devoted to woodcarving, an event that enabled him to radically modify his approach. He decided then to continue his studies in France in order to experience a different type of instruction and enjoy greater liberty in his personal creative research. He took classes at Grenoble’s Graduate School of Art and later enrolled in Klaus Rinke’s studio at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf.