Italy, Curator and Art Critic
Igor Zanti was born in 1973 in Milan. He graduated in modern literature at the University of Milan with a thesis on the Medieval and Modern Art History about painting in fifteenth century in Lombardia.
For several years he carries out different activities as a critic and curator of contemporary art and applied arts exhibitions, in collaboration with private galleries, institutional spaces in Italy and abroad. Since 2006 is curator and head of the jury of interational Arte Laguna Prize.
Artist consultant for Undergallery cultural association in Daverio (Varese) and for the International Art Club in Lugano. In 2008 he was the artistic director of the Brolo Museum - Art and Culture Centre in Mogliano Veneto (Treviso). In early 2008, he conceived the project New Art for defining and promoting the New Pop movement in Italy. He was the curator of 2009 and 2010 editions of Ceres for Art prize. In 2010 he was the co-curator of the international fair AAM supported by Arte Ispe Dixit of Como and Geneva. At the beginning of 2011, on behalf of MAE, of the Italian Embassy in India and the Italian Cultural Institute in New Delhi he was the curator of the Dadaumpop, a retrospective of italian neo pop, exhibited in Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi. He works on promotional project of Indian art and Italian art in collaboration with Kanchi Metha, curator of the Indian Pavillion at th Prague Biennale.He teaches Visual Communication and Contemporary Art Phenomenology at the IED College of Milan. He writes on Espoarte magazine, on Lobodilattice webzine and collaborates with InsideArt Magazine. Since 2013 he is the IED Venezia director.
United Kingdom, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London
Iwona Blazwick has been Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London since 2001 and is a curator, critic and lecturer.
She was formerly at Tate Modern and London’s ICA; and has worked as an independent curator in Europe, the US and Japan. Blazwick has curated solo shows and new commissions from some of the most significant living artists in the world; and has conceived thematic exhibitions that have shaped new art histories including A Short History of Performance. Blazwick established the Artists Film International global consortium; and has set new precedents for the animation of collections and archives. She is series editor of Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Documents of Contemporary Art; has written about numerous contemporary artists, and on themes and movements in modern and contemporary art, exhibition histories and art institutions.
Netherlands, Architect and Designer and professor at the University of Applied Science in Aachen
Karel Boonzaaijer (1948) was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands and began his design career as a furniture maker at the age of 15. After completing evening studies in architectural design at the Academy of Visual Arts, he joined furniture manufacturer Pastoe. Together with the Pastoe design team, he developed, among other things, the L-160 cabinet system in 1975, which is still in use internationally.
In 1980, along with Pierre Mazairac, he started his first design agency, Mazairac/Boonzaaijer & Partners.
From 2000 he works as a professor of conceptual design at the University of Applied Science in Aachen. In addition, he holds many guest lessons and workshops in various countries.
His products have been exhibited in various museums, such as Palais du Tokyo in Paris, Central museum Utrecht, Kröller-Möller museum, Singer Laren. Kunsthal Rotterdam, etc, and he has also won multiple design prizes. From 2008, alongside product design, he has stepped in the field of visual arts.
His philosophy is: simplicity creates space for imagination.
Italy, contemporary art curator - Art Section Director of the Maker Faire - The European Edition
Scholar, curator of contemporary art. Specialized in analyzing the relationship of artists with new technologies and with the media. As a curator, he is the director of the Art section of Maker Faire - The European Edition, Europe's largest fair of creativity and innovation.
He was founder and artistic director of the Media Art Festival of Rome (MAXXI Museum) and coordinator of the Art programs of the Fondazione Mondo Digitale. Valentino is also the curator of the Kunstraum Goethe (Art Space) for the Goethe Institut in Rome. He is a member of the Hyphen Hub Community in New York.
On these subjects he is a research at the University of Roma Tre, he was a Part-Time Post Doc Research Fellow at the same University. He has carried out research in important centers such as the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Tate Modern, the University of Dundee participating in international conferences and writing several essays in books and specialized magazines (see, academia.edu).
He is the author of Media Art. Prospettive delle arti verso il XXI secolo. Storie, teorie, preservazione (Mimesis, 2016) and Art as Inventor (Rowman & Littlefield, Londra 2019). He is also a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Lecce.
He has curated exhibitions in major museums and international institutions including: Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco), Ermitage (St. Petersburg), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), MAXXI (Rome), Museo Riso (Palermo), Media Center (New York ), Stelline (Milan), Istituto Italiano di Cultura Nuova Dheli (India), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Ca 'Foscari (Venice), Centrale Idrodinamica (Trieste), Museo Centrale Montemartini (Rome).
Italy, Architect and Designer
Aldo Cibic, founder of Cibicworkshop, was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1955.
In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis.
His projects, such as "Microrealities" (2004) and "Rethinking Happiness" (2010), have been presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
With Cibicworkshop, a multidisciplinary research centre, he began to focus more heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awarenesses of public space.
Aldo Cibic is professor of practice at the Tongji University, Shanghai.
In 2019 he has been selected as High-End Foreign Expert by SAFEA, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China.
Aldo Cibic has been included in the “100+ best architecture firms 2019” distinguished for cultural innovation by the worldwide known architecture magazine Domus.
United States, director of curatorial affairs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Erin Dziedzic is director of curatorial affairs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri (USA).
She is curator of Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene, Adam Cvijanovic: American Montage, Xaviera Simmons: Number 16, A Whisper of Where It Came From, Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder, Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy, Worlds Otherwise Hidden, and co-curator of Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction 1960s to Today, and more at the Kemper Museum. She has also had written contributions in publication with the Savannah College of Art and Design, Kemper Museum, Island Press, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and was guest editor for ARTPAPERS (May/June 2013).
China, professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and curator of the Chinese Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale
Zhao Li graduated from the Department of Art History at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) of Beijing where he is currently teaching.
He is Deputy Dean of the School of Art Management and Education, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Professor, Doctoral Supervisor, Doctor of Art History, Researcher of National Gallery Academy of Fine Art, Visiting Professor of Creative Design Management Doctoral Program, Taiwan Shih Chien University, Candidate of Trans-century Talents Program by Ministry of Education, Expert of Ministry of Culture and Beijing Cultural Industry Expert Base, Consultant of CCB International China Cultural Industry Fund, Chief Art Consultant of Ping An Bank Culture, Tourism, and Health Business Division, Co-founder of Art Beijing, Founder of Art Nova 100, AMRC Artwork Market Research Center, China Modern and Contemporary Art Literature Research Center, and AAC Artwork Appraisal Center and other institutions. His research mainly focuses on art history and theory, Chinese paintings and calligraphy appraisal, contemporary art criticism, art economy research, curation and promotion, among others.
Projects he has been engaged in include: The Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in Italy (2009), The 20th Century China Art Founder Series Exhibition, New China Art Pioneers Series Exhibition, Global Artwork Collection Summit Forum, Art Economy Summit Forum, Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference Art Salon, China Contemporary Collectors Annual Meeting, Shanghai International Collection Forum, Art Patronage Award, etc.
Italy, Director of GAM - Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Turin
Born in Vercelli in 1957, Riccardo Passoni was Conservator of the Modern Art Gallery of Turin, Director of Modern Art Collection, and then held the position of Deputy Director of GAM, for which he curated numerous exhibitions and catalogs dedicated to national and international artists.
He is the Director of the Library of Art and the Photographic Archive of the Torino Musei Foundation. From the end of December 2015 to March 2018 he was also Director of the Medieval Village of Turin. He has repeatedly served on the artistic commission of the De Fornaris Foundation, curating their publications and exhibitions. He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the CRT Foundation for Contemporary Art. For the City of Turin he curated, among others, Luci d’Artista, ManifesTO, PAPuM (winner of the Federculture Award 2008). He taught History of Art at the Albertina Academy of Turin. He was a member of the AMACI Board of Directors, a network that unites 24 of the most important Italian contemporary art museums, also holding the position of Vice President, with responsibility for relations with ICOM.
Russia, Executive director of MMOMA - Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Vasili Tsereteli was born in 1978 in Tbilisi, Georgia. After graduating from United Nations International School, New York in 1996, Tsereteli studied at the New York School of Visual Art and then Parsons School of Design. In 2002, Tsereteli was appointed Executive Director of MMOMA. Later in 2007, 2009, he worked as commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Vasili Tsereteli is Vice President of the Russian Academy of Arts, member of the Presidium of ICOM, a member of the Kandinsky Prize jury and the Sergei Kuryokhin Prize jury, a member of the organizing committee of the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. In 2012, Tsereteli was awarded the Cross of the Order of the King of Spain “For Civil Services”. He was named Knight of The French Order of Arts and Letters (2015), Officer of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (2016). In 2018, Tsereteli was awarded the Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" II class.