Fatma Al-Sehlawi

Is an architect and urbanist based in Doha. She is founder of Atlas Bookstore (2015); a transient bookstore specialised in the architecture and urbanism of the MENA region nominated for the Aga Khan Award for architecture (2019), and co-founder of Studio Imara (2017), an interdisciplinary design practice.

Fatma holds a BArch in Architecture from the American University of Sharjah (2009) and a MArch in Urban Design from the University College of London’s Bartlett School of Architecture (2013). She held previous positions as an architect and master-planner at Qatar Museums and Qatari Diar, and currently consults Qatar Museums on Architectural Heritage. 

Fatma’s experience in curating architectural exhibitions includes, co-curating “Mudun: Urban Cultures in Transit” in 2017 for Cultural Engineering at the Vitra Design Museum and co-curating the travelling exhibition “Making Doha” in 2019 with Rem Koolhaas & Samir Bantal of AMO, for Qatar Museums at the National Museum of Qatar.

Fatma’s work spans multiple areas of research, including the evolution of Qatar’s architecture and urbanism, oral histories relating to bygone settlements, and the productive farmlands of Qatar’s countryside. Her side interests include documenting the Qatari countryside, growing native flora, and practicing Prophetic Medicine.

Khalifa Al-Thani

A Qatari independent filmmaker, curator and visual artist. Khalifa Al-Thani has worked on a variety of projects, ranging from films to exhibitions. Al-Thani’s work emphasizes on interdisciplinary exploration of Qatari and identity themes. In the last few years he directed, wrote and produced several films, most notably A Tale of a Song with AlJazeera Documentary.  

Additionally, he ventured into curatorial works, most recently Arc which took place during the Ajyal Film Festival. He is currently in the pre-production process of his film Border. Al-Thani attained a BFA in Film and Video from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is currently a part of the Film Training and Development team at the Doha Film Institute. 

Julia Aksenova

In 2002, Julia graduated from the Faculty of Art History of the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow). From 2004 to 2007 she worked at the Contemporary Art Department of the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow). In 2007, she was admitted to the De Appel International Curatorial Programme (Amsterdam). She worked at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow) as an Education Program Director from 2010 to 2012 and as a curator from 2012 to 2015.

Julia is a member of the Board of Experts of the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art.

Over the past few years Julia has been the curator and joint curator of such exhibitions as “Socialist Art: Political Art in Russia”, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow (2007); “Master Humphrey’s Clock”, De Appel, Amsterdam (2008); “New/Old Cold War”, Red October, Moscow (2009); “Russian Utopias”, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2010); “Phantom Monuments”, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2011); “Necessary Art”, Gorky Park, Moscow (2011); “33 Fragments of Russian Performance”, Performa, New York (2011); “Natalie Djurberg and Jan Švankmajer”, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2013); “Personal Choice”, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2014); “Performance in Russia: A Cartography of its History”, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2014); “Yayoi Kusama– Infinity Theory”, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2015); “Our Land / Alien Territory”, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow 2015; Köken Ergun’s exhibition, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016); “Urban Fauna Lab”, Vinzavod, Moscow 2016; “Laboratory of the Future: Kinetic Art in Russia”, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow (2020).

Julia Aksenova is currently implementing the complex project “Polyсhromy” at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

Maria Kramar

Curator at V—A—C Foundation, lecturer at the British Higher School of Art and Design, contributor.

Maria graduated from the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) in 2007. She also studied at Rodchenko Art School (Moscow) in 2011, Kingston University (London) in 2012, MediaArtLab’s Open School in Manege (Moscow) from 2013 to 2015 and V—A—C Curatorial school in 2015.

She curated and co-curated multiple projects, such as “Evgeniy Antufiev Seven Underground Kings or the Brief Story of the Shadow” (Regina Gallery, Moscow), “Absent Monuments” (Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok), “Process. Case Studies at the Museum” (GULAG History State Museum, Moscow), “Hosting The Inhuman” (MMOMA, Moscow), Kirill Savchenkov’s show “Office of Sensitive Activities / Applications Group” (MMOMA, Moscow), “General Rehearsal” (MMOMA, Moscow), “FOMO Sapiens” (CosMoscow 2018 / Collector’s Eye), “Time, forward!” (with Omar Kholeif, at V-A-C Zattere, on the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale).

This last project was a hybrid of LARP (Live Action Role Play), theatre, body-mind practices and strategic experience presented in the form of an 8-hour game for 200 people.

Kramar’s artistic works were presented at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin (2015) and the VideoBrasil Festival (2015). In 2018, she received the “Innovation” award in the nomination “Curator of the Year” for “Hosting the Inhuman”.

She co-edited the “Hosting the Inhuman” anthology (2017, VAC Press).

Her research interests lie primarily in the field of politics of memory, with particular focus on the ambilateral process of commemoration and de-commemoration, as well as broad non-human disciplines, such as queer non-human, post-human polity, alien capitalism, speculative materialism, multispecies landscapes, necrocracy studies, emergent evolution, a critique of the natural philosophy and others.

Nikita Nechaev

Nikita Nechaev is a research curator for the Garage Digital, a program for supporting artists and researchers working with emerging technology and media, at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.

He worked on the IAM exhibition and digital commissions by James Ferraro and Ezra Miller, Sascha Pohflepp, and Posthuman Studies Lab collective. He is a member of the jury of the Garage Digital grant program. He curated a program on videogame art within the event program for the exhibition “The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100”.

Recently, he has enrolled in the New Centre for Research & Practice international school.

He wrote for aroundart.org and took part in several self-orgamized projects, such as “Dungeons&Stuff”, “Work Hard! Play Hard!”.

Alisa Prudnikova

Art historian, Commissioner and Artistic Director of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Alisa is the Strategic Projects Director at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. She is one of the leading Russian specialists in regional cultural policy and art industry. From 2017 to 2019, she was the Director of Regional Development of ROSIZO-NCCA and was responsible for network communications in 8 Russian regions. From 2005 to 2016, she was the Director of the Ural Branch of the NCCA. During this time, Ekaterinburg became one of the major centres of contemporary art in Russia and appeared on many Russian and international rankings as one of the main Russian creative hubs.

From 2002 to 2008, she was the editor-in-chief of “ZA ART – arts and culture”, a magazine for art producers and consumers and lectured at the Department of Art History and Cultural Studies at the Ural Federal University. From 2013 to 2016, she was the chairman of the board of the regional public foundation for support and development of contemporary art ‘New art’ (Moscow). According to “ArtGuide” magazine, she is in the top-10 of the most influential figures in Russian art from 2016 to the present day. In 2016, Prudnikova became a board member of the International Biennial Association (IBA) which comprises the leading biennales of the world.

She organised five Industrial Biennales in Ekaterinburg which received all major awards, such as the “Innovation” (2015, 2018), the Sergey Kuryokhin Award (2019), and the Art Newspaper Russia (2020). Alisa is a member of ICOM and AICA; she has organised and participated in more than 100 interregional and international conferences.

Igor Volkov

In 2012, Igor graduated from the Department of History and Theory of Arts of Moscow State University. He worked at the Department of Photography at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, and the Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow), where he curated several exhibitions, including “Old Japanese Photography and Woodcuts” (2018) and took part in preparing the exhibition “Collection! Contemporary Art in the USSR and Russia 1950–2000” (2016–2017) which was held at the Pompidou Center in Paris.

Since 2019, he has been working at the Department of Contemporary Art of the State Tretyakov Gallery where he is responsible for managing the collection, organising contemporary art exhibitions and educational programs, such as “Russian Fairy Tale. From Vasnetsov so far” and “Generation XXI. Gift of Vladimir Smirnov and Konstantin Sorokin" (to be opened this summer).

He participated in the first curatorial school “Avant-Garde LAB” at the Jewish Museum and Center for Tolerance (2018) and in some charity projects. He lectured at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, the Institute of Russian Realistic Art and various auction houses and taught art history at school №1505 and the New School. Igor participated in various conferences at Moscow State University and RosPhoto (St. Petersburg).

His research interests include contemporary Russian art and its relation to tradition, mutual influence between photography and other art mediums, body and corporeality in visual arts.

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