Giuliana Racco (b. 1976, in Toronto, Canada) work is focused on field research, people and process. Her works are formalized through a variety of media like drawing, video, installation, photography, artist book, and public interventions, concerning narration, desire, and movement – including those of workers, migrants and refugees. She explore media representations, archives, language processes and spaces of exception, looking into ways people bypass restrictions in their daily lives. Often participatory and open-ended, her works can co-exist as exhibitions, public actions, workshops, round tables and printed matter. Her latest investigation, entitled Cracking Up: Art Practices that use Risk and the Absurd to Generate Micro-spaces of Potentiality in Closed Systems, is a historical journey through artistic practices, from the early twentieth century to today, read through three lenses: 1) risk (as aesthetic and praxis); 2) the absurd (as disarming); and 3) simple actions (as disruptive tactics), with a specific focus on values connected to the circulation of people and goods through global channels.
Nirith Nelson (b. 1968, Tel Aviv) is a contemporary art and design curator and art educator. She is the art director of the Residency Program of the Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts.
Visual artist, Barcelona (Spain), 1962.
Taking as his point of departure conceptual processes of reflection, Domènec has built up a sculptural and photographic body of work, along with installations and interventions in public space, which takes the architectural project as one of the most productive and complex imaginary constructions of the modern tradition.
He has participated in numerous exhibitions, interventions and in situ projects in different countries such as Ireland, Mexico, Belgium, France, Italy, United States, Canada, Israel, Palestine, Brazil, Finland, Argentina, Slovenia and Japan.
He has exhibited his works at the MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, Museu Nacional da República in Brasilia, Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, Tel Aviv Artists’ Studio, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, P74 Gallery Ljubljana, among others. His videos have been exhibited at places such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival and at the Vladivostok Film Festival. Domènec is co-editor of the arts magazine Roulotte. www.domenec.net
Dor Guez is an artist and a scholar. He received his BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, where he currently serves as the Head of the Photography Department. Guez gained his M.A and Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University. His latest research project about archives, Pre-Israeli Orientalism, was published by Resling Academic Press . Guez’s work has been displayed in over thirty solo exhibitions worldwide, most recently at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2016), and the Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem (2017).
ד"ר רחלי ברגר היא חוקרת אמנות העוסקת בשואה ובעיצוב זיכרונה. מלמדת במכללה האקדמית לחינוך "תלפיות" ובמכללת "גבעת וושינגטון" קורסים בתחומי האמנות הישראלית, שילוב אמנויות בחינוך ועוד, וכן עורכת קטלוגים לאמנות.
Boaz Levin (born 1989) is an artist and writer who lives and works in Berlin. He studied Fine Arts at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and under Hito Steyerl at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Levin has recently presented his work at the Transmediale (Berlin), Former West (HKW, Berlin) and the Museum Für Fotografie (Berlin). His most recent work, in collaboration with Ryan Jeffery, is All That is Solid Melts Into Data, a video-essay which attempts to historicize the current prevalence of data analysis.
Noam Segal is a New York based independent curator, a doctoral candidate and a researcher who specializes in new media and performance art. Her work deals with social positions and communal models in contemporary art.
Dr. Itamar Mann is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at University of Haifa. His research focuses predominantly on international law, human rights, and political theory. His book, Humanity at Sea: Unauthorized Migration and the Foundations of International Law, came out with Cambridge University Press in September 2016.
In the last 15 years Maayan Goldman has been active in two main fields – in the fashion world, where she has been working as a stylist, consultant, costume designer, and lecturer, and in the academy, where she has recently completed her master’s in literature and gender studies. Goldman writes in various platforms about the intersection of these two fields, as well as other subjects.
Filmmaker, lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Studied art studies at Hamidrasha Art School, Philosophy studies at Tel aviv University.
Khaled Jarrar (lives and works in Palestine) is an artist whose work explores the representations of power – sabotaging codes and symbols, as well as the notions of statehood, legitimacy, historical narrative, political authority and most importantly, freedom. In the performance State of Palestine, he asks passersby to let him stamp their passports with the fake stamp of the State of Palestine. With this performative action, Jarrar decides to push the limits of his role, in a powerful act of proclaiming the existence of a state that does not exist and challenging the limits of political geographic property through the creation of a symbol. It is an information campaign based on non-violent resistance: those who agree to have their passport stamped agree, implicitly, to support and recognize the need for a change in the world's geo-political strategies. At the same time, a series of postage stamps made by Jarrar with the logo of the State of Palestine – the Palestine Sunbird – are currently used in some European countries (Deutsche Post printed approximately 29,000 on the occasion of the Berlin Biennial).
Jarrar’s work engages with important issues concerning art as a "place" that is capable of supporting activities that could not happen anywhere else, opening the question of how art affects politics. Art opens a space able to make us believe in the freedom to think outside the box: spaces of independent thinking able to explore the imagination of what could be. Jarrar’s one is thus a method of determining a possible alternate reality of resisting occupation. With his project, Jarrar finally takes on the potential to engender a political dialog.
Shilpa Gupta born in 1976, India and studied at the Sir J. J. School of Art (Sculpture). Has had solo shows at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OK Center for Contemporary Art in Linz and Arnolfini in Bristol and has participated in biennales in Berlin, Lyon, Gwangju, Havana, Yokohama, Liverpool amongst others. Her work has been shown in Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Devi Art Foundation, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Mori Museum.
Yona Friedman (b. 1923, Budapest) is a Hungarian-born French architect, urban planner and designer. He is best known for his theory of mobile architecture. Yona Friedman has been through the Second World War escaping the Nazi roundups and lived for about a decade in the city of Haifa in Israel before moving permanently to Paris in 1957. He became a French citizen in 1966.
Liz Magic Laser
Liz Magic Laser (b. 1981, New York) is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her videos and performances intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, surgeons, political strategists and motorcycle gang members. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany (2016); Mercer Union, Toronto (2015); Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2015); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2015); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2013); DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas (2013); and Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012).
Anja Lückenkemper is a curator and writer who has worked in institutional as well as non-institutional platforms. She is interested in questions of labor and labor conditions, with a focus on feminism and gender issues, as well as in the (artistic) construction of identity. She studied philosophy and literature (MA) in Germany, Italy, and Australia and holds a MA in Cultures of the Curatorial from the Art Academy Leipzig. She has worked for several years at art institutions such as Kunstverein Munich and KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, where she conceived and actively contributed to the development of new discursive formats and public programs. Since 2016 she is artistic director at Kunstverein Göttingen.
Michal Baror lives and works in Israel. Her multi-media practice explores - and aims to rethink - the limitations of societal mechanisms used to build (hi)stories and identities, in relation to scientific knowledge. Baror raises questions about the bias historical, and geographical ways information is too often delivered.
She graduated from the London Royal College of Art, and the Bezalel Fine Arts Academy in Jerusalem, cum laude. In 2015, she was awarded the Young Israeli Artist Prize, and Artport fellowship.
Head of the Photography Department at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem 2006 – 2014
Head of the Photography Department of Basis School of Art since 2015
Co Founder and Chairman of Breaking The Silence since 2004 (http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/)
Miki Kratsman has, for over 30 years, been documenting the evolution of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory (the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip), and mainly, its bitter consequences on the daily life of the Palestinian population.
Miki Kratsman was born in 1959, Argentina and immigrated to Israel in 1971
The fifth recipient of Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University 2011. Winner of Emet Prize for Science, Art and Culture, 2011.
Sadique Ismail was born in 1994 in the village Barja, Zalingei, in West Darfur, Sudan. He currently lives in Jerusalem, studies for the matriculation exams and wants to study political science and international relations.
Tal Messing is a media theorist and independent curator, who taught in 2013 the course "Map of the Internet: The Materiality of Information" at Bezalel's Department of Fine Arts. Writes in Ha'aretz about technology and culture. Founding member of the Israeli Pirate Party.
Shira Noy Goren
Shira Noy Goren, an architect and urban designer, teaches at the Architecture department in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Her interest focuses on the conceptual root of the urban structure; movement-territory nexus concerning possession aspects; the urban topography as the interaction between ritual practices and the cityscapes; structures of dynamic systems; and on the implementation of spatial issues related to deterritorial situations in existing urban spaces.
T.J. Demos is an art historian and cultural critic who writes on contemporary art and visual culture, particularly in relation to globalization, politics, migration and ecology. Currently a Professor in the Department of History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) at UC Santa Cruz, and the founding director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, he is the author of several books, including Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016), The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary during Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013), and Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2013). Previous to his current appointment, Demos taught at University College London between 2005-2015.