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The POPCAP panel of judges comprises 23 international experts from the field of photography and is reformed annually. Follow us on Twitter so as to not miss any important announcements.


 

FLORIAN EBNER
CURATOR
ESSEN, GERMANY

Florian Ebner was born in 1970 in Regensburg, Germany. He successfully completed his diploma at the National School for Photography in Arles, France in 1994 and later studied Art History and Romance Languages at the Ruhr Universityin Bochum, Germany. After having worked for two years as assistant curator for the Tate Modern in London and the Folkwang Museum in Essen, he took up the position of provisional manager of the Berlinischen Galerie'sphotography collection. From 2009 to 2011 he managed the Braunschweig Photographic Museum and since December 2012 has worked as manager of photography for theFolkwang Museum in Essen.

  AKINBODE AKINBIYI PHOTOGRAPHER AND CURATOR BERLIN, GERMANY Akinbode Akinbiyi is a photographer, curator and writer living in and working out of Berlin, Germany. Born in Oxford, England, of Nigerian parents, Akinbode was educated in both England and Nigeria and has been a photographer for almost forty years. Akinbode has in recent years concentrated increasingly on personal projects dealing with the rapidly advancing global urbanisation, focusing specifically on cities on the African continent. The dominant thread is the road, its presence in all urban conglomerations, its constant weave and meander in the ever-growing sprawl. Akinbode also passionately engages with younger colleagues through workshops and masterclasses, through portfolio reviews and in writings.

 

AKINBODE AKINBIYI
PHOTOGRAPHER AND CURATOR
BERLIN, GERMANY

Akinbode Akinbiyi is a photographer, curator and writer living in and working out of Berlin, Germany. Born in Oxford, England, of Nigerian parents, Akinbode was educated in both England and Nigeria and has been a photographer for almost forty years. Akinbode has in recent years concentrated increasingly on personal projects dealing with the rapidly advancing global urbanisation, focusing specifically on cities on the African continent. The dominant thread is the road, its presence in all urban conglomerations, its constant weave and meander in the ever-growing sprawl. Akinbode also passionately engages with younger colleagues through workshops and masterclasses, through portfolio reviews and in writings.


  JOHN FLEETWOOD CURATOR JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA John Fleetwood is the director of Photo: a platform that curates and commissions photography projects, working especially with emerging photographers. He directs Joburg Photo, a concentrated programme of photography in Johannesburg. From 2002-2015 he was the Head of the Market Photo Workshop, a school, gallery and project space. Fleetwood recently co-curated Against Time an exhibition of emerging photographers. He co-commissioned A Return to Elsewhere, a collaborative photography project on communities and dis/connect, between Kalpesh Lathigra (UK) and Thabiso Sekgala (SA) for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and the Joburg Photo Umbrella 2014. He is the curator of Photoquai 2013: Africa and co-curator for Transition – a collaboration between South African and French photographers about South African land and the role that photography continues to play in the representation and re-imagining of this land. He closely works with the Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa and other institutions of learning and mentorship. Fleetwood frequently collaborates with other international organizations. He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa - www.phototool.co.za

 

JOHN FLEETWOOD
CURATOR
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

John Fleetwood is the director of Photo: a platform that curates and commissions photography projects, working especially with emerging photographers. He directs Joburg Photo, a concentrated programme of photography in Johannesburg. From 2002-2015 he was the Head of the Market Photo Workshop, a school, gallery and project space. Fleetwood recently co-curated Against Time an exhibition of emerging photographers. He co-commissioned A Return to Elsewhere, a collaborative photography project on communities and dis/connect, between Kalpesh Lathigra (UK) and Thabiso Sekgala (SA) for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and the Joburg Photo Umbrella 2014. He is the curator of Photoquai 2013: Africa and co-curator for Transition – a collaboration between South African and French photographers about South African land and the role that photography continues to play in the representation and re-imagining of this land. He closely works with the Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa and other institutions of learning and mentorship. Fleetwood frequently collaborates with other international organizations. He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa - www.phototool.co.za


  Wassim ghozlani photographer AND director Tunis, Tunisia Born in 1986, Wassim Ghozlani is a freelance photographer who lives in Tunis. His themes often incorporate reflections in relation to the world around us and the men who live in it. Wassim currently divides his time between his photographic work and the coordination of the project Maison de l'Image. In 2011, Wassim obtains the Jury Special Mention for the Arte / Cutlog Price. In 2012, he was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf and obtains the AFAC Express grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. In 2014, he joined the Studio Hans Lucas. In 2015 he was nominated for the prestigious Gabriele Basilico Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography. www.maisonimage.tn

 

Wassim ghozlani
photographer AND director
Tunis, Tunisia

Born in 1986, Wassim Ghozlani is a freelance photographer who lives in Tunis. His themes often incorporate reflections in relation to the world around us and the men who live in it. Wassim currently divides his time between his photographic work and the coordination of the project Maison de l'Image. In 2011, Wassim obtains the Jury Special Mention for the Arte / Cutlog Price. In 2012, he was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf and obtains the AFAC Express grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. In 2014, he joined the Studio Hans Lucas. In 2015 he was nominated for the prestigious Gabriele Basilico Prize in Architecture and Landscape Photography. www.maisonimage.tn


  SEOK JAE-HYUN CURATOR AND EDITOR DAEGU, KOREA Seok Jae-hyun was born in Daegu, Korea, where he built part of his career. He completed his graduate studies at Ohio University majoring Visual Communication in the United States. His career can be summarized as a photographer, professor and curator. To start off with his works in Korea, he has organized a major Korean photo festival named Daegu Photo Biennale in 2006 with others. Moreover, he has curated many international exhibitions including Imaging Asia in Documents with 33 photographers from around the world for the very first Daegu Photo Biennale. In addition, he did Women in War, Dream and Reality , ON KOREA, Blooming Silk Road and Eye of Istanbul _ Ara Guler. With his works in China, he received the Best Curator Award from DIPE, in China, 2015. After profiling 30 other established photographers from other countries on VON photography magazine recently, he is now working as an associate editor for Photo Dot magazine in Korea. And at the same time, he is also working as a director of Korea Photography Content Institute which was established in 2014. - www.photoseok.com

 

SEOK JAE-HYUN
CURATOR AND EDITOR
DAEGU, KOREA

Seok Jae-hyun was born in Daegu, Korea, where he built part of his career. He completed his graduate studies at Ohio University majoring Visual Communication in the United States. His career can be summarized as a photographer, professor and curator. To start off with his works in Korea, he has organized a major Korean photo festival named Daegu Photo Biennale in 2006 with others. Moreover, he has curated many international exhibitions including Imaging Asia in Documents with 33 photographers from around the world for the very first Daegu Photo Biennale. In addition, he did Women in War, Dream and Reality , ON KOREA, Blooming Silk Road and Eye of Istanbul _ Ara Guler. With his works in China, he received the Best Curator Award from DIPE, in China, 2015. After profiling 30 other established photographers from other countries on VON photography magazine recently, he is now working as an associate editor for Photo Dot magazine in Korea. And at the same time, he is also working as a director of Korea Photography Content Institute which was established in 2014. - www.photoseok.com


  RIXON REED DIRECTOR SANTA FE, NM, USA Rixon Reed is the founder and director of photo-eye and Art Photo Index. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, he attended NYU film school and later worked for Lee Witkin managing the Witkin Gallery photobook department in New York in the mid-1970s. Reed started photo-eye in Austin, Texas in 1979 as a mailorder book business and issued the first photo-eye Booklist – at the time, one of the very few ways you could buy a curated selection of photobooks via mail. The photo-eye Booklist became a widely read catalogue of the best photobooks published. Today, photo-eye Gallery is located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District showing acclaimed contemporary photographers along with emerging artists. In a separate location, photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space showcases the best in photobooks while exhibiting book-related projects. In 2013, Reed created www.artphotoindex.com to help curators, gallerists, publishers and other photo professionals discover new work by emerging talent. Art Photo Index is a resource and search engine of nearly 37,000 works by over 3700 photographers from 90 countries. - www.photoeye.com

 

RIXON REED
DIRECTOR
SANTA FE, NM, USA

Rixon Reed is the founder and director of photo-eye and Art Photo Index. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, he attended NYU film school and later worked for Lee Witkin managing the Witkin Gallery photobook department in New York in the mid-1970s. Reed started photo-eye in Austin, Texas in 1979 as a mailorder book business and issued the first photo-eye Booklist – at the time, one of the very few ways you could buy a curated selection of photobooks via mail. The photo-eye Booklist became a widely read catalogue of the best photobooks published. Today, photo-eye Gallery is located in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District showing acclaimed contemporary photographers along with emerging artists. In a separate location, photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space showcases the best in photobooks while exhibiting book-related projects. In 2013, Reed created www.artphotoindex.com to help curators, gallerists, publishers and other photo professionals discover new work by emerging talent. Art Photo Index is a resource and search engine of nearly 37,000 works by over 3700 photographers from 90 countries. - www.photoeye.com

  JOSELINA CRUZ CURATOR MANILA, PHILIPPINES Joselina Cruz is a curator based in Manila, Philippines. She was co-curator of the 2008 Singapore Biennale and in 2010 curated Creative Index, a multi-site exhibition in Manila, and Roving Eye in 2011 at the Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand (SKMU), Norway. She is a fellow of the Asian Public Intellectual (API) Programme of the Nippon Foundation. She has been nominated for several art prizes in Asia and Europe and continues to write essays, reviews, criticism and art commentary. She currently holds the position of director and curator for MCAD Manila (Museum of Contemporary Art and Design), DLS-CSB, Manila. - mcadmanila.org.ph

 

JOSELINA CRUZ
CURATOR
MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Joselina Cruz is a curator based in Manila, Philippines. She was co-curator of the 2008 Singapore Biennale and in 2010 curated Creative Index, a multi-site exhibition in Manila, and Roving Eye in 2011 at the Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand (SKMU), Norway. She is a fellow of the Asian Public Intellectual (API) Programme of the Nippon Foundation. She has been nominated for several art prizes in Asia and Europe and continues to write essays, reviews, criticism and art commentary. She currently holds the position of director and curator for MCAD Manila (Museum of Contemporary Art and Design), DLS-CSB, Manila. - mcadmanila.org.ph


  BENJAMIN FÜGLISTER ARTIST AND CULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR BERLIN, GERMANY Berlin-based artist Benjamin Füglister was born in 1978 in Zurich, Switzerland. In his work Füglister explores the interchange between photographic media and modern society, questioning social conventions and their visual transformation. He focuses on how photography can be used as an interface to observe and visualize the metamorphosis of the image of man. He was the founding member of Sodbrand, a magazine for words and images. In 2009 he founded piclet.org, a platform for hand-picked photographers’ portfolios. Since 2006 he has worked at the editorial department of European Photography Magazine. Füglister is the founder of and head of the judging panel for POPCAP – the piclet.org Prize for Contemporary African Photography. - www.piclet.org

 

BENJAMIN FÜGLISTER
ARTIST AND CULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR
BERLIN, GERMANY

Berlin-based artist Benjamin Füglister was born in 1978 in Zurich, Switzerland. In his work Füglister explores the interchange between photographic media and modern society, questioning social conventions and their visual transformation. He focuses on how photography can be used as an interface to observe and visualize the metamorphosis of the image of man. He was the founding member of Sodbrand, a magazine for words and images. In 2009 he founded piclet.org, a platform for hand-picked photographers’ portfolios. Since 2006 he has worked at the editorial department of European Photography Magazine. Füglister is the founder of and head of the judging panel for POPCAP – the piclet.org Prize for Contemporary African Photography. - www.piclet.org


  MICHKET KRIFA CURATOR PARIS, FRANCE Michket Krifa is an independent curator, author and consultant for visual arts in the Middle East and Africa. She lives in Paris and has been the artistic director of the 8th and 9th Les Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie since 2009. Michket Krifa collaborates with many institutions and has organized Middle Eastern and African photography events in Europe and abroad. She has written many essays and articles on photography and has edited books and catalogues.

 

MICHKET KRIFA
CURATOR
PARIS, FRANCE

Michket Krifa is an independent curator, author and consultant for visual arts in the Middle East and Africa. She lives in Paris and has been the artistic director of the 8th and 9th Les Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie since 2009. Michket Krifa collaborates with many institutions and has organized Middle Eastern and African photography events in Europe and abroad. She has written many essays and articles on photography and has edited books and catalogues.


  JEANNE MERCIER PHOTO CRITIC PARIS, FRANCE Jeanne Mercier is the co-founder and editor of “Afrique in visu”. In 2005 she wrote a thesis titled "The African Photography Encounters" (LHIVIC-EHESS) and is currently working to develop new ways to spread photography within (or do you mean to? or from?) North and West Africa. Today she divides her time between “Afrique in visu” and cultural programming consultancy activities regarding contemporary photographic practices and the theme of photography as a profession in Africa. She currently teaches in Morocco and France, as well as writing for various art and photographic magazines: she regularly works as a correspondent in Africa for “The Eye of Photography” and “Diptyk”. In 2015 she was the commissioner of “Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie de Fès”. She is also a nominator for the Piclet Prize and a member of the jury at Popcap, the Prize for Contemporary African Photography. - www.afriqueinvisu.org

 

JEANNE MERCIER
PHOTO CRITIC
PARIS, FRANCE

Jeanne Mercier is the co-founder and editor of “Afrique in visu”. In 2005 she wrote a thesis titled "The African Photography Encounters" (LHIVIC-EHESS) and is currently working to develop new ways to spread photography within (or do you mean to? or from?) North and West Africa. Today she divides her time between “Afrique in visu” and cultural programming consultancy activities regarding contemporary photographic practices and the theme of photography as a profession in Africa. She currently teaches in Morocco and France, as well as writing for various art and photographic magazines: she regularly works as a correspondent in Africa for “The Eye of Photography” and “Diptyk”. In 2015 she was the commissioner of “Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie de Fès”. She is also a nominator for the Piclet Prize and a member of the jury at Popcap, the Prize for Contemporary African Photography. - www.afriqueinvisu.org


  JÜRG SCHNEIDER HISTORIAN AND CURATOR BASEL, SWITZERLAND Jürg Schneider is an historian affiliated with the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His writings on historical and contemporary African photography and photography in Africa have appeared in various journals and books. Schneider has organized and participated in several international conferences and symposia. He is co-curator of Portrait d’un Studio. Photo George, Douala at doual'art, Douala and La vie quotidienne au Cameroun dans les années 1960 et 1970 at the Institut Français, Yaoundé.  He is the co-founder of www.africaphotography.org, African Photography Initiatives and a founding member of the African Photographic Society.

 

JÜRG SCHNEIDER
HISTORIAN AND CURATOR
BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Jürg Schneider is an historian affiliated with the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. His writings on historical and contemporary African photography and photography in Africa have appeared in various journals and books. Schneider has organized and participated in several international conferences and symposia. He is co-curator of Portrait d’un Studio. Photo George, Douala at doual'art, Douala and La vie quotidienne au Cameroun dans les années 1960 et 1970 at the Institut Français, Yaoundé. 
He is the co-founder of www.africaphotography.org, African Photography Initiatives and a founding member of the African Photographic Society.


  Shahidul alam PHOTOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR dHaka, bangladesh Recipient of the highest award given to Bangladeshi artists, the Shilpakala Award, photographer, writer, curator and activist Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry at London University before switching to photography. Director of Chobi Mela festival and chairman of Majority World agency, Alam’s work has been exhibited in galleries such as MOMA, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall, Tate Modern and Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran. A guest curator of the Whitechapel Gallery, the Musee de Quai Branly and the Brussels Biennale, Alam’s numerous photographic awards include Mother Jones and Howard Chapnick Awards and the OSI Audience Engagement Grant. He has been a jury member in prestigious international contests, including World Press Photo, which he chaired, and Prix Pictet. Alam is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and on the advisory board of the National Geographic Society and Eugene Smith Fund. - www.shahidulnews.com

 

Shahidul alam
PHOTOGRAPHER AND DIRECTOR
dHaka, bangladesh

Recipient of the highest award given to Bangladeshi artists, the Shilpakala Award, photographer, writer, curator and activist Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry at London University before switching to photography. Director of Chobi Mela festival and chairman of Majority World agency, Alam’s work has been exhibited in galleries such as MOMA, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall, Tate Modern and Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran. A guest curator of the Whitechapel Gallery, the Musee de Quai Branly and the Brussels Biennale, Alam’s numerous photographic awards include Mother Jones and Howard Chapnick Awards and the OSI Audience Engagement Grant. He has been a jury member in prestigious international contests, including World Press Photo, which he chaired, and Prix Pictet. Alam is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and on the advisory board of the National Geographic Society and Eugene Smith Fund. - www.shahidulnews.com


  Steven Evans CURATOR HoustON, USA Steven Evans studied photography at the Atlanta College of Art, graduating with a B.F.A. in 1987. He earned his M.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1989. From 1990, he worked at Dia Art Foundation in New York, where he helped artists such as Douglas Gordon and Vera Lutter create large-scale exhibitions. In 2000, he began work on the Dia:Beacon museum project in upstate New York, and he was the museum’smanaging director until 2010. In 2014, he was appointed FotoFest executive director, and in 2015 he organized the FotoFest interbiennial exhibition I Am A Camera in Houston. In the past year, he has represented FotoFest at photography events and festivals in China, France, Russia, and Korea. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Dutchess County Arts Council in Poughkeepsie, New York. In addition, Evans is an artist who works in a range of media, including photography, and has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, and elsewhere. - www.fotofest.org

 

Steven Evans
CURATOR
HoustON, USA

Steven Evans studied photography at the Atlanta College of Art, graduating with a B.F.A. in 1987. He earned his M.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1989. From 1990, he worked at Dia Art Foundation in New York, where he helped artists such as Douglas Gordon and Vera Lutter create large-scale exhibitions. In 2000, he began work on the Dia:Beacon museum project in upstate New York, and he was the museum’smanaging director until 2010. In 2014, he was appointed FotoFest executive director, and in 2015 he organized the FotoFest interbiennial exhibition I Am A Camera in Houston. In the past year, he has represented FotoFest at photography events and festivals in China, France, Russia, and Korea. He has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Dutchess County Arts Council in Poughkeepsie, New York. In addition, Evans is an artist who works in a range of media, including photography, and has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, and elsewhere. - www.fotofest.org


  VIGNES BALASINGAM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA Vignes Balasingam is a photographer and curator based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the director of the OBSCURA Festival of Photography and the Monsoon Artist In-Residence programme. Vignes produced and edited Ian Teh’s third monograph, Confluence. He has also curated the Travel Photographer Asia 2015 exhibition at MAP KL, Kuala Lumpur. He recently curated PERSON(A), a contemporary photography exhibition featuring 20 Malaysian artists in 2015. www.obscurafestival.com

 

VIGNES BALASINGAM
FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Vignes Balasingam is a photographer and curator based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the director of the OBSCURA Festival of Photography and the Monsoon Artist In-Residence programme. Vignes produced and edited Ian Teh’s third monograph, Confluence. He has also curated the Travel Photographer Asia 2015 exhibition at MAP KL, Kuala Lumpur. He recently curated PERSON(A), a contemporary photography exhibition featuring 20 Malaysian artists in 2015. www.obscurafestival.com


  YUMI GOTO CURATOR TOKYO, JAPAN Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher and consultant who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders. She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and is a nominator and juror for international photographic organisations, festivals and events. She is now based in Tokyo and is a co-founder and curator of the Reminders Photography Stronghold. - www.reminders-project.org  

 

YUMI GOTO
CURATOR
TOKYO, JAPAN

Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher and consultant who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders. She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and is a nominator and juror for international photographic organisations, festivals and events. She is now based in Tokyo and is a co-founder and curator of the Reminders Photography Stronghold. - www.reminders-project.org

 


  MISSLA LIBSEKAL EDITOR VANCOUVER, CANADA Missla Libsekal was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and is a nomad, writer and design consultant. In 2010 she founded the online platform Another Africa, a new venue to chart mythologies about contemporary art and culture from an African perspective. "Art is powerful, it simply needs unleashing and ultimately it will influence, inspire and help to reclaim Africa. The arts are not a first-world luxury, Another Africa is intended to be a constant reminder of this." - www.anotherafrica.net

 

MISSLA LIBSEKAL
EDITOR
VANCOUVER, CANADA

Missla Libsekal was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and is a nomad, writer and design consultant. In 2010 she founded the online platform Another Africa, a new venue to chart mythologies about contemporary art and culture from an African perspective. "Art is powerful, it simply needs unleashing and ultimately it will influence, inspire and help to reclaim Africa. The arts are not a first-world luxury, Another Africa is intended to be a constant reminder of this." - www.anotherafrica.net


  Clara de tanzos PHOTOGRAPHER AND curator guatemala city, guatemala Clara is Co-founder and Director of La Fototeca, Contemporary Photography Center, and GuatePhoto Festival. She has participated in curatorial projects with La Fototeca in Photo Ville (NY), Pingyao International Photo (China), GuatePhoto 2010, 2012, 2015 and all the exhibitions taking place at Fototropía gallery space. She has also participated in Photo Lucida, Critical Mass, Fotovisura Grant, Tokyo Photo Festival and Trastlántica PhotoEspaña, as reviewer or juror, also in Prix Pictet and First Book Award as nominator. www.guatephoto.org | www.lafototeca.org

 

Clara de tanzos
PHOTOGRAPHER AND curator
guatemala city, guatemala

Clara is Co-founder and Director of La Fototeca, Contemporary Photography Center, and GuatePhoto Festival. She has participated in curatorial projects with La Fototeca in Photo Ville (NY), Pingyao International Photo (China), GuatePhoto 2010, 2012, 2015 and all the exhibitions taking place at Fototropía gallery space. She has also participated in Photo Lucida, Critical Mass, Fotovisura Grant, Tokyo Photo Festival and Trastlántica PhotoEspaña, as reviewer or juror, also in Prix Pictet and First Book Award as nominator. www.guatephoto.org | www.lafototeca.org


  DANA WHABIRA CURATOR HARARE, ZIMBABWE Dana Whabira is a trained architect and studied art and design at Central Saint Martin’s College in London. In May 2013, she founded Njelele Art Station, an urban laboratory located in downtown Harare that focuses on contemporary, experimental and public art practice. Njelele is a meeting place for critical dialogue where ideas are birthed then resonate out into the city through projects that provoke discussion and engage with the general public. In 2014, she was curator of the Gwanza Month of Photography festival under the theme Moonwalking that exhibited works by forty-two photographers from Africa in over twenty unconventional public spaces across the city centre of Harare. - www.njelele.com

 

DANA WHABIRA
CURATOR
HARARE, ZIMBABWE

Dana Whabira is a trained architect and studied art and design at Central Saint Martin’s College in London. In May 2013, she founded Njelele Art Station, an urban laboratory located in downtown Harare that focuses on contemporary, experimental and public art practice. Njelele is a meeting place for critical dialogue where ideas are birthed then resonate out into the city through projects that provoke discussion and engage with the general public. In 2014, she was curator of the Gwanza Month of Photography festival under the theme Moonwalking that exhibited works by forty-two photographers from Africa in over twenty unconventional public spaces across the city centre of Harare. - www.njelele.com


  SAMUEL SIDIBE DIRECTOR BAMAKO, MALI Samuel Sidibé is the Director of the National Museum of Mali. In 1975, he received a Master's degree in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, and in 1980, he received a Ph.D. in History of African Societies from the Sorbonne. In 2006, Sidibé was awarded the Prince Claus Prize. He is an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. - www.rencontres-bamako.com

 

SAMUEL SIDIBE
DIRECTOR
BAMAKO, MALI

Samuel Sidibé is the Director of the National Museum of Mali. In 1975, he received a Master's degree in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, and in 1980, he received a Ph.D. in History of African Societies from the Sorbonne. In 2006, Sidibé was awarded the Prince Claus Prize. He is an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. - www.rencontres-bamako.com