Image: Virtual Tour. Mireia c. Saladrigues, 2017
Practices of notation – practices of reflection
Revisiting Utopias of Access
The gift of seeing
Carlos Salvador Diaz got his BA degree in Social Studies 1985 and BA in Indigenous Pedagogics 1990. He was one of the founders of the community-based bilingual secondary school Tatuutsi Maxakwaxi, the first one on the Western Sierra Madre mountains, and the headmaster of the school since 1998. He has served as a member of the board of Indigenous education in the community of Zapopan, Jalisco, as well as an advisor of political capacitation in the state of Jalisco. In 2004 he was invited by the organization INWENT to Berlin to receive a course in Education for Peace and he continued these studies in Bogota (2005) and in San Cristobal de las Casas, México (2006) to be educated in conflict solving. He has lectured on intercultural education in several educational centers, including College of Michoacan, in 2006. Carlos Salvador has served as a sub-secretary of the traditional governor of the community of Tateikie. He also served a member of the group of traditional authorities, rukuri+kate, at the tuki temple of the community of Tsikwaita (San Miguel Huaixtita) 2002–2007.
Katri Hirvonen-Nurmi is an anthropologist and museologist. She works as a curator in Helinä Rautavaara museum in Espoo. She has studied Social organisation among Mexican indigenous communities in the 1980'ies and again, since 2014, as Doctoral student at the University of Helsinki. She follows the founding of Wixarika community museum project through self-governing institutions. She has published on the representation of indigenous peoples in museums.
Jacob Lund, School of Communication and Culture - Aesthetics and Culture, Århus University
Jacob Lund is Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Culture and Director of the research programme Contemporary Aesthetics and Technology at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. He is also Editor-in-Chief of The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, a position he has held since 2007. Lund has published widely within aesthetics, art studies, critical theory, and comparative literature on topics such as image-politics, subjectivity, memory, mediality, enunciation, and contemporaneity. Currently he is engaged on a research project called The Contemporary Condition, which focuses on the concept of contemporaneity and changes in our experiences of time as these might be seen to be registered in contemporary art: www.contemporaneity.au.dk. As part of this project he recently published The Contemporary Condition: Introductory Thoughts on Contemporaneity and Contemporary Art (Berlin: Sternberg, 2016; with Geoff Cox).
Paul O’Neill, Curator, artist, writer, educator and Artistic Director of Checkpoint Helsinki
Dr. Paul O’Neill is an Irish curator, artist, writer and educator. He is Artistic Director of Checkpoint Helsinki. From 2013 until July 2017 he was Director of the Graduate Program at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), Bard College. O’Neill is one of the most widely published authors in the field, most notably with The Culture of Curating, the Curating of Culture(s), published by MIT Press in 2012.
Elizabeth Fisher, Curator
Elizabeth Fisher is an independent curator based in the UK. She has produced over forty exhibitions and publications on modern and contemporary art, including On Not Knowing: How Artists Think (Black Dog Publications, 2014) and The Experimental Generation: networks of interdisciplinary praxis in British art, 1950-70 (Interdisciplinary Science Reviews issue 42.1, July 2017). She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge.
Hami Bahadori, Artist, Activist, Organizer and Writer
Hami Bahadori is an artist, activist, organizer and writer based in Helsinki. He is the founder of artist collective “This Might Not Work” and responsible for curating and organizing many international exhibitions and happenings including “Red May Seattle”, (a month-long radical festival), as well as “Stop Deportation festival" in collaboration with Jo Kjaergaard and “Right To Live” group in Helsinki. Currently, he is the co-organizer of an autonomous reading group for artists and activists.
Sezgin Boynik, Writer and Editor
Sezgin Boynik is theoretician and publisher based in Helsinki. He has completed PhD on the political aspect of Yugoslav "Black Wave" cinema. He has published on structuralist films, cultural nationalism, hard-core punk and conceptual art. He is editor of Rab-Rab: journal for political and formal inquiries in art.
Minna Henriksson, Artist
Minna Henriksson (b. 1976, Oulu) is a visual artist living in Helsinki. Her work is research-based and aims to relate to discussions arising from anti-racist, leftist and feminist struggles. Among her recent works are an installation about history of race science in Nordic countries and a book and installation about the struggles by paper industrialists against leftist organising. In 2017 Henriksson was awarded with the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Award of artistic work committed to the ideal of democracy and antifascism. http://minnahenriksson.com/
Marianne Niemelä, curator
Marianne Niemelä (b. 1985) is an independent curator based in Helsinki. She has an MA in curating from Aalto University and a MA in art history from the University of Glasgow. Her practice is working in the crossings of art, activism and politics, with emphasis on queer and feminist thinking. She is currently co-director of the Museum of Impossible Forms culture space in Kontula, Helsinki, and member of the Third Space collective and art space.
Elina Suoyrjö, Curator
Elina Suoyrjö is an independent curator and a PhD candidate at Middlesex University, London. Her curatorial practice evolves around working collaboratively and site-specifically with artists. Her recent exhibition projects include Only the Lonely (La Galerie, Paris) and Good Vibrations (SIC, Helsinki). She holds an MA in curating from Stockholm University and MAs in both art history and gender studies from the University of Helsinki. Her PhD research focuses on feminist strategies in curating contemporary art, with focus on working with affect, emotion and energies. At the moment she is working as the director of Artist Association Arte and Titanik art space in Turku, Finland.
Knut Ebeling, Medientheorie und Asthetik, Kunsthochshule Berlin
Knut Ebeling is professor for Media theory and aesthetics at Weißensee – art academy berlin. Numerous publications on contemporary theory, art and aesthetics, recently: Das Archiv brennt (together with Georges Didi-Huberman), Berlin 2007; Archivologie. Theorien des Archivs in Philosophie, Medien und Künsten (Mithg.), Berlin 2009; Wilde Archäologien 1. Theorien materieller Kultur von Kant bis Kittler, Berlin 2012; Wilde Archäologien 2. Begriffe der Materialität der Zeit von Archiv bis Zerstörung, Berlin 2016; There is Now Now: An Archaeolgy of Contemporaneity, Berlin: Sternberg 2017.