( born 1973) studied visual arts in Dresden and Leipzig (1994−99), and was an assistant professor at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig until 2005. He worked as a curator and editor on various exhibitions and publications. Mr. Koch is a frequent lecturer and author. The dropping out of art, the economic and institutional transformations within the art world, and the societal significance of artistic practices have been main concerns in his theoretic writings.
In 2003 he co-founded the Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in Paris and in 2008 KOW, a Berlin based gallery specialized on socially oriented art, representing international artists such as Hito Steyerl, Chto Delat?, Tobias Zielony, Clemens von Wedemeyer, and Franz Erhard Walther. Since 2008 Koch is co-initiator and chairman of “Neue Auftraggeber”, the German branch of the NEW PATRONS program. This international network for cultural mediation and self-organization offers citizens the possibility to commission art works of all genres as a response to their social concerns. Since 2013 Koch started New Patrons initiatives in South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tunesia, and India.
Born in june 1969 in Tunis, Héla Ammar is a visual artist, PHD graduate in law. Her photographs and installations question the notion of identity by challenging the conventional social, political and religious references.
Since 2003, Héla took part in numerous solo and group shows in Tunisia and abroad Her work has been showcased in various international biennials and art fairs including, « Fragments d’une Tunisie contemporaine », MuCem Marseille 2015, Bamako Encounters (2015), Dak’art Biennial, (2014), World Nomads New York (2013), Les rencontres photographiques d’Arles (2013), Dream City (Tunisia) 2010 and 2012, Marrakech Art Fair 2010, ArtDubai 2008, ArtParis-AbuDhabi 2007.
Author of « Corridors » (2015), a photo book on tunisian prisons, and co-author of “Siliana Syndrome” (2013), a survey on death row in Tunisia, she recently developed a whole artwork around the prison environment.
So far, her work has been the subject to many articles and comments in Tunisian and foreign publications. Her last work has been featured on ‘Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East’ coproduced by Ibraaz and Kamel Lazaar Foundation.
Teaches contemporary art at the University of Lüneburg. She is also on the advisory board of the art Journal Texte zur Kunst. Her research focusses on the relations of art and politics, postcolonial art history, and the recent endeavours of serveral contemporary artists to deal with the socalled ethnographic or World Art museums and this heritage. The latter has been published under the title “Asynchronous Objects” in Texte zur Kunst, September 2012. She is also part of a group called Alexandertechique which organized several events about and against the newly built Humboldtforum in Berlin, which is a partial reconstruction of the old Prussian castle and where the collections of non-european art, namely from African, Pacific and Asian areas will be shown.
Olivia Marsaud was born in 1976 in Paris. As a reporter, she works on Africa and the Diaspora since 2000 and for different media: Jeune Afrique, RFI, Africultures, El Watan in Algiers. Since 2010 she is the editor in chief of the quarterly Africa24 Magazine. Passionate about photography, she worked with art directors Michket Krifa and Laura Serani during the Bamako Biennale of photography (Mali) in 2009 and organized the portfolio reviews of the Biennale in 2011. She is an active member of Fetart Paris since 2008. This association is behind Circulation(s), festival of young European photography, since 2011, which gives each year the opportunity to forty artists to exhibit at Le Centquatre-Paris. She is also a member of the editorial team of the photographic review based in Paris Off the Wall, cultures photo, and a regular contributor to the contemporary art magazine based in Casablanca, Diptyk. She has written several critical texts for artists (François-Xavier Gbré, Philippe Guionie Ali Cherri …).
Born in 1981, Tunis.
After pursuing studies in cinematographic studies and graduating from the School of Arts and Cinema of Tunis, Karim Maatoug got in 2005 , a Master’s degree in International artistic cooperation from the University Of Paris 8 .
From 2006 to 2008, he collaborated with Sylvie Burgat, the executive director of the Contemporary Art and Dance Biennale of Lyon.He is also the assistant of Frédéric Mitterand , the scientific expert of the exhibition “ les années Grace Kelly, princesse de Monaco”( Monaco, Paris , Moscow,Rome, London,Sao Paolo,Astana,2007-2012). In 2008, he has become the head of development and cultural patronage at the Académie de France in Rome. He has also become the head of music and choreographic activities .He instored then , an artistic calendar based upon the key moments that classical ,contemporary and mainstream music has seen. He introduced dance into the Villa Medicis through the “ African Contemporary Dance” initiative , which is a residence for African choreographs ( September 2011). He has also participated in the organization of Rencontres Chorégraphiques de l’Afrique et de l’Océan Indien ; “ Danse l’Afrique , Danse”, for the French Association Action artistique ( Paris , 2006). Since 2001, he has been an active member of the Association Ness El Fen ( Les rencontres Chorégraphiques de Carthages). He has also been the artistic counselor for the World Nomads Tunisia, 2013-2015 FIAF, New York.
Special advisor at the Ministry of Culture and Communication ( Paris) within the Cultural Patronage Mission until August 2015, he is today the Cultural Actions and Cooperation Attaché – cooperation and cultural action service at the French embassy in Saudi Arabia –Jeddah.
If you’re not already one of Monica Hanna’s rapidly-growing followers: more than 50,000 on Twitter—and add another 7,500 if you’re also following her on Facebook—or if you’re not one of the 6,500 fans of Egypt’s Heritage Task Force, you may not be familiar yet with the winner of SAFE’s 2014 Beacon Award. Lauded within the field of cultural heritage, the Egyptian archaeologist is proving herself a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the illegal excavation and looting of ancient artifacts.
Dr. Hanna received her Bachelor’s degree in Egyptology and Archaeological Chemistry from the American University in Cairo. She then went on to earn her Master’s in teaching English as a foreign language and later received her PhD in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Pisa in Italy.
Neil van der Linden is programmer of music, theatre and visual arts in and from the Middle-East and North-Africa in the region and in the Netherlands, from where he comes. In the UAE he works/worked for the New York University Abu Dhabi Noise from the Middle-East electronic music festival dedicated to practitioners of electronic music in the widest sense in the region, the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, the ADACH for the Abu Dhabi Sounds of Arabia Festival and the Brownbook Dubai Gulf Music Festival. He has a special predilection for the practice of authentic music of the region and innovative formats to present these practices and make them stay alive. He founded and edits the online Gulf Art Guide and also writes about Middle-East music for Songlines and the UAE’s newspaper The National.