Rahel Aima, Bedouin in Furs, Christina Christodoulou - it’s a shirt, Apart Collective, Tom Clark, Anastasia Douka, Daphne Dragona, Madhursee Dutta, Heather Eade, Enterprise Projects, Gerard Holthuis, Karrabing Film Collective, Raja’a Khalid, Metasitu, Miss Dialectic, Basim Magdy, Ahmad Makia, Natalia Mavridou, Nima Nabavi, Eduardo Navarro, New Media Society, Panos Papanagiotou, Filipa Ramos, Ben Russell, Riwaq, and VASL Artists’ Association

Rahel Aima
Rahel Aima is a writer from Dubai who is based in Brooklyn. She is currently working on a book about colour and futurity and an Art Dubai crime novella.

Aquamarina Adonopoulou
Aquamarina Adonopoulou is the founding director of Alserkal Residency.

Bedouin in Furs
Amirah Tajdin is a Kenyan artist and filmmaker of Afro Omani and Indian heritage. When she's not making films she curates music under her artist alias Bedouin in Furs. 'Cassette Love Letters', which started as mixtapes and DJ sets, has transformed into an online radio show where Amirah matches tracks to the emotional landscapes of her friends (the guests she has on the show) in which they discuss the state and undoing of modern romance.

Christina Christodoulou - It's a shirt
Ιt's a shirt was born and is being raised in Athens, Greece.

The name of the brand indicates exactly what it is, it is definitely not just about two sleeves and a collar.

It. The third person of the personal pronoun which can refer to a person, a place, a thing, an idea.
Is. The verb 'to be' , portrays the existence, the identity of something.
A shirt. A garment which covers the upper part of the human body. It can be made of a light (or not) fabric, it might have a collar, buttons and sleeves.

It's a shirt. A shirt brand based in Athens.
It manifestates the values of slow fashion, natural colours, textures, collaborations, humour, simplicity, openness, timelessness, gender neutrality.

It desires to attract human beings who are concerned about the history behind a garment, yet also the values that engages.

Each and every piece is produced in Athens of Greece under entirely sustainable conditions.

Apart Collective
APART performs research, creative and artistic production, project- and exhibition-making / curatorial production, publication and archiving. The artists initiate, create, organise and exhibit group manifestations (often inviting and giving space to other artists and theoreticians) but they also operate individually.

APART is a meta-participative platform. APART works on a proto-institutional basis – under the principle of shared economies, it slots its poly-subjectivity into contexts that are directly related and desired. Rather than building new networks they aim at activating the acceleration of existing intellectual and poetical synapses worthy of attention. They know that nature is already saturated with networks.

Tom Clark
Tom Clark is a curator and writer. He teaches and has worked on curatorial and publishing projects internationally. He is currently an AHRC/CHASE-Funded PhD Candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, where his research explores infrastructural figures, politics and imaginaries as they relate to the institutions of art. http://tomclrk.com

Anastasia Douka
Anastasia Douka lives and works in Athens. She graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna, Austria and the School of the Art institute of Chicago, US. She works on sculptural installations. Recent shows include: Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, Werft 5,Cologne, Percy Street, London, Klowden Mann, LA, Peana Projects, Mexico. In 2017 she was a resident artist at the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès, Paris. She has also held residencies with the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, NY, the Yaddo Colony, NY and the Salzburg Summer International Academy. She has been awarded with the Toby Devan Fellowship, S. Edes Prize, DESTE Prize, and has been a Trustees Fellow of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Daphne Dragona
Daphne Dragona is a Berlin-based curator and writer. She is the conference curator of transmediale festival since 2015. Through her work she engages with artistic practices, methodologies and pedagogies that challenge contemporary forms of power and foster new forms of transdisciplinary knowledge, shared experience and understanding. Articles of hers have been published in various books, journals, magazines, and exhibition catalogs by the likes of Springer, Sternberg Press, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. Among her recent projects are the exhibitions: Tomorrows. Urban Fictions for Possible Futures (Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, 2017) and “…, an archeology of silence in the digital age", a solo exhibition of the artists Wachter & Jud (Aksioma, Ljubljana, 2017). She holds a PhD from the Faculty of Communication & Media Studies of the University of Athens.

Madhusree Dutta
Madhusree Dutta is a filmmaker, curator and cultural activist from India.

Since 2018 she is working as the Artistic Director of Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne, Germany https://www.academycologne.org/en/ She was the Executive Director of Majlis, a centre for rights discourse and inter-disciplinary art initiative in Mumbai, in1998-2015 www.majlisbombay.org Her area of interests includes documentary and archiving practices, urbanology, public culture,  materiality culture and feminist and migration related discourses. 

Madhusree has studied Economics in Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Dramatics in National School of Drama, New Delhi. Her films are extensively screened all over the world and are taught as texts in numerous university depts. of Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Urban Studies, Women’s Studies and Sociology. Madhusree has received several national and international awards for her films.

Madhusree’s large scale curatorial works includes Expression, the first women’s art festival in the India in 1990, Culture@World Social Forum in Mumbai 2004, in Porte Algre 2005 and in Nairobi 2007; Import Export: Cultural Transfer between India and German Speaking Europe – a European Union project in 2005 and Project Cinema City: Research Art and Documentary Practices – a disciplinary interface between cinema, visual arts, architecture and urban planning in 2009-2014. www.projectcinemacity.com

Madhusree’s publications include The Nation, the State and Indian Identity, 1996, an anthology of essays co-edited with Flavia Agnes and Neera Adarkar; Sites and Practices: an Exercise in Cultural Pedagogy, 2006;  dates.sites: Bombay / Mumbai, 2012, a narrativised timeline of the public cultures of Bombay / Mumbai, co-designed with artist Shilpa Gupta; and Project Cinema City, 2013, an anthology of essays, graphics, cartographs, and annotated films and art works; co-edited with Kaushik Bhaumik and Rohan Shivkumar. This publication has received the Best Printed Book of the Year, 2014 at Printing Next Industry Award. She has also written extensively and taught short term courses on cinema, documentary practices, public cultures, urbanity, and archiving. www.madhusreedutta.com

Heather Eade
Dr Heather Eade is a Canadian board-certified Naturopathic Physician and Integrative Medicine Specialist. She was a regular guest on Eye on Health on Dubai Eye 103.8 and a regular speaker at international medical conferences focusing on wellness-based healthcare and Integrative Medicine.

Manolis Foinikianakis
Born in Heraklion Crete, studied in the field of natural resources in the university of Crete and since 2010 working in films, documentaries and advertising as a director, writer and producer.  Mainly focusing and researching the social structures and the human behaviour and co-founder of Comeet Creative Space in Heraklion.

Enterprise Projects
Enterprise Projects is an Athens based project by Danai Giannoglou and Vasilis Papageorgiou. Created out of our need to express and share our point of view concerning the contemporary artistic creation, this venture aims at experimenting and conversing; experimenting with the curatorial proposal, artistic creation, self-organized function, and conversing with the artistic scene, the Athenian audience and the place itself, which houses the project. As a structure Enterprise Projects has been functioning independently and periodically since September 2015 in Ampelokipoi, Athens.

Gerard Holthuis
Gerard Holthuis (b. 1952, Netherlands) started out as sculptor and switched to moving image and sound at the Free Academy in The Hague. During the eighties he worked as editor, cameraman and production manager. He was co-founder of the Filmstad Foundation, a workshop for experimental filmmakers. in 1995 he founded Filmstad Producties, a vehicle for producing independent films. At the moment he focuses mainly on his own work.

Karrabing Film Collective
The Karrabing Film Collective is an award-winning group of some thirty filmmakers and artists most of whom are Indigenous to the lands and coasts along northwestern Australia. In the Emiyengal Indigenous language Karrabing means ‘tide out’. It refers to a time of coming together, as well as to the coastline that connects the Karrabing Film Collective as an extended family group across social lines.

Raja’a Khalid
Raja’a Khalid is an artist from Dubai. Her practice is concerned with the Arabian Gulf region and its contemporary narratives of class, commodity and consumer culture. Her current work aims to look at the Gulf’s own streaming motifs of masculinity, male initiation, game, discipline, athleticism, sport, adornment, desire, conspicuous production and crypto-secularity. Selected exhibitions include Crude at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, ANTI - 6th Athens Biennale, Athens, Art Athina, Athens, ARCOmadrid (with Grey Noise) Madrid, FASTEST WITH THE MOSTEST, Tashkeel, Dubai, Change Your Life, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, SOLAR FLARE, ALWAYS RED, Grey Noise, Dubai, Sylvain Baumann, Justin Eagle, Raja’a Khalid, VITRINE, Basel. She received her MFA from Cornell University in 2013. From 2013 to 2015, Raja'a was a contributing editor to independent publishing platform THE STATE (Dubai) and is currently a contributor to ZIGG, a Dubai-based collaborative publication founded by writer and editor Ahmad Makia. She currently serves as Alserkal Residency Manager.

Nikolas Leventakis
Was born and raised in Heraklion, Crete. He is working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer in fashion, music clips, video art, documentaries and advertising. Parallel to that he is experimenting with performing arts and he is co-founder of Comeet Creative Space in Heraklion.

METASITU is a research-based and socially-driven practice, pendulating between Kiev and Athens. Founded in 2014 by Liva Dudareva and Eduardo Cassina, METASITU was born with the goal of enabling cognitive emancipations around the (built) environment. With their latest initiative, The Degrowth Institute, METASITU has been working with locals in different shrinking towns, in a collective effort to shift the paradigm of urban growth, shrinkage, and vacancy.

Miss Dialectic
miss dialectic is a nomadic art operator with a focus on research, production, education and exhibition of contemporary visual art. It facilitates a dialectic relationship between art and other disciplines, sciences and crafts to reveal the relevance of contemporary art in everyday life.

miss dialectic’s mission is to promote a more inclusive art viewing experience by focusing on the process and the means of art production rather than the final result.

Basim Magdy
Basim Magdy (born 1977, Assiut, Egypt) works with film, photography, text, painting, sculpture and installation. In 2019 his work will be exhibited at MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France and MAAT, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon among others.

Ahmad Makia
Ahmad Makia is a geographer from Dubai. He writes about wet matters, gulf landscapes and sex.

Natalia Mavridou
Natalia Mavridou holds an MA in Arts and Cultural Management and a BA in Economic Sciences. She has been working as a communications professional and production assistant since 2010. Important collaborations include documenta14, Athens Biennale, European Observatory on Children’s Television, Athens 2018 World Book Capital and more. She has worked closely with artists Georgia Sagri, Zoë Paul, Poka Yio and Eleni Bagaki.

Nima Nabavi
Nima Nabavi is a Dubai-based artist focused on geometric abstraction and its connection to the natural world.

Eduardo Navarro
Eduardo Navarro investigates different ways of transforming our senses in order to have a new understanding of our world. His works range from large scale sculptures to actions and participatory installations that investigate empathy and contemplation. His recent solo exhibitions include: Into Ourselves, The Drawing Center, New York, US/ DER TANK, Basel, Switzerland (2017/18), OCTOPIA, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2016); We Who Spin Around You, The High Line Art, New York, USA (2016). His work has also been included in group show such as: Mercosul Biennial (2009 and 2013); the Bienal de São Paulo (2010 and 2016); ‘Surround Audience: The New Museum Triennial’, the New Museum, New York (2015); the Sharjah Biennial (2015); ‘La era metabolica’ Malba, Buenos Aires (2015); and ‘Metamorfoses’ at the Castello de Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2018).

New Media Society
New media society was founded in summer 2014 in Tehran to act as a hub and mediator for the emerging project spaces across the country. Its main focus has been on archiving and facilitating the projects related to new media arts. This is to be done by organizing talks, workshops, publications, presentations, symposiums and, exhibitions. Its long-term goal is to publish, translate and produce relevant material.  During the past two years, New Media Society has become a research platform for promoting new media arts in Iran. NMS’s approach is set to be as inclusive as possible to maximize its outreach, include and initiate varying collaborations with the existing infrastructures, a network of artists and professionals. NMS promotes interdisciplinary approaches and creates a context for practices, occurring at the intersection of art, science and society. It is geared towards video art, sound art, and performance. The team of the new media is consisted of a small core in contrast to many work-groups busy with various subjects and interests: Archive, curatorial practice, documentary & experimental films, sound, analog photography, translations and architecture along contemporary art.

Panos Papanagiotou
Panos Papanagiotou is a designer living and working in Greece. A collector of all sorts, a typography lover and a music and noise enthusiast. He has been working on a series of identity and graphic design projects, album covers and posters as well as websites and digital applications. Along with a great team of people they have been working on vivl.io, a print and digital publishing experiment, soon available worldwide.

Filipa Ramos
Lisbon-born Filipa Ramos is a writer and editor based in London, where she works as Editor in Chief of art agenda. She is a Lecturer in the Experimental Film MA programme of Kingston University and in the MRes Art:Moving Image of Central Saint Martins, both in London, and collaborates with the Master Programme of the Institut Kunst, Basel. Ramos is co-founder and co-curator of Vdrome, a programme of screenings of films by visual artists and filmmakers. In the past, she was Associate Editor of Manifesta Journal and contributed to Documenta 13 (2012) and 14 (2017). Her writing and research, largely focused on interspecies relationships, has been published in magazines and catalogues worldwide. She co-authored Lost & Found—Crisis of Memory in Contemporary Art (Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2009), and edited Animals (London: Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Press, 2016). She is currently preparing a large group exhibition on becoming animal-becoming other at the Bildmuseet Umeå, Sweden (Summer 2019).

Ben Russell
Ben Russell (b.1976, USA) is an artist, filmmaker and curator whose work lies at the intersection of ethnography and psychedelia.  Russell was an exhibiting artist at documenta 14 (2017) and his work has been presented at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art Chicago, the Venice Film Festival and the Berlinale, among others. He is a recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, a FIPRESCI International Critics Prize (IFFR 2009, Gijon 2017), and premiered his second and third feature films at the Locarno International Film Festival (2013, 2017). Curatorial projects include Magic Lantern (Providence, USA, 2005-2007), BEN RUSSELL(Chicago, USA, 2009-2011), and Hallucinations(Athens, Greece, 2017). He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Riwaq is a leading non-governmental organization in the field of cultural heritage protection and development: its projects and activities are multidisciplinary focusing on bringing life back to historic buildings and centres in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Since its establishment in 1991, Riwaq, has restored more than 120 historic buildings into communal spaces in the different villages and towns in the West Bank and Gaza. Also, the 50 village project has enabled RIWAQ to broaden its scope of work towards rehabilitating an entire towns through rehabilitation projects targeting improvement of services, infrastructure, and living conditions of communities and their surrounding spaces. Since 2005, RIWAQ has intervened in 19 villages and towns out of the 50.  This work wouldn't have been possible without Riwaq's very specialized team; which is composed of 18 members: planners, architects, civil  engineers, community and cultural activities specialist, and support staff, with diverse academic training and experience in conservation, architecture, design, environmental architecture, finance, programme management and a competent admin staff to provide administrative and financial support to the above-mentioned team. Riwaq also relies on great range of experties in IT, Art, social science according to project.

Vasl Artists’ Association
Inspired by the original philosophy of the word ‘Vasl’ which depicts an intangible form of unison, Vasl Artists’ Association functions as a space and a platform for nurturing creativity and encouraging freedom to create experimental work. Established in 2001 and based in Karachi, Pakistan, the organization is a Not for Profit Company. Vasl was granted license under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984, on April 4, 2017 and was incorporated under the Companies Act, 2017 (XIX of 2017) on June 20, 2017.   Vasl is affiliated with the Triangle Network founded in 1982 - a global network of artists and visual arts organizations that supports professional development and cultural exchange. In the past 17 years in Pakistan, more than 2000 international and local artists and individuals related to the arts have been a part of Vasl by attending International and Local Artist Residencies, workshops and other projects of significance such as Art for Health, Educational Outreach and Art for Public.