Loukia Alavanou is a visual artist who has been working with film and exhibiting her work internationally for over a decade. She completed an MA in photography at the RCA in London in 2005. In 2007 she won the DESTE Prize. Alavanou recently held a retrospective exhibition at State of Concept, Athens (2018). Other solo exhibitions include Kanelopoulos Cultural Centre, Elefsis, Rodeo, Istanbul, Haas & Fischer, Zurich, The Breeder, Athens, upstairs berlin. Group exhibitions including BOZAR – Brussels, SMFA – Boston, Palais de Tokyo – Paris, The Benaki Museum – Athens, State Museum of Contemporary Art – Thessaloniki, The Museum of Cycladic Art – Athens, New Museum – NY, The ikob Museum of Contemporary Art – Eupen, Moscow Biennale, Fiorucci Art Trust – Stromboli, Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens. Recent festivals participation include: Kasseler Dokfest (2017), 62nd Oberhausen Film Festival -international competition (2016), Viennale (2015), KINO DER KUNST (2015). Alavanou’s work has been included in numerous publications and has been addressed extensively by writers such as the acclaimed British psychoanalyst and art critic Darian Leader or the American artist- historian Carol Mavor.
- Loukia Alavanou (Greece)
- Josefin Arnell and Natasja Loutchko (Netherlands/Sweden)
- Mark Chapman (UK)
- Rebecca Digne (France)
- Bettina Eberhard (Switzerland)
- Gabrielle Le Bayon (France)
- Gabriel Lester (Netherlands)
- Sophio Medoidze (UK/Georgia)
- Ann Oren (Israel)
- Ryan (Reynir Freyr) Parteka (Iceland)
- Floris Schönfeld (Netherlands)
- Cecilia Stenbom (UK)
Visual Artists Josefin Arnell and Natasja Loutchko practises shares themes of trauma and taboo. Their new film project HorseGirl blatantly uses socio-politics and addresses subjects like feminine rage and female stereotypes, boredom and rebellion. Additional to their own practices both artists are involved in multiple collaborations and self initiatives focusing on feminism practices that includes performance productions and critical conversation events.
Arnell’s work floats between aspects of documentary and fiction film, she methodically navigating the space of unattainable desires, perfectionism and control. Her work have recently been shown at: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Kunsthalle Münster, Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Beursschouwburg (Brussels). Arnell participated in the two year residency program Rijksakademie van Beeldende kunsten, (2015/2016) Amsterdam.
Loutchko’s trash aesthetic and film work captures an emotional rawness that reflects both tenderness and rage as it navigates a complex layering of emotions. Loutchko’s work has been shown at MMK Zollamt (Frankfurt), Deutsche Filmmuseum (Frankfurt), Dox (Copenhagen), SMK (Copenhagen) Natasja Loutchko graduated from Städelschule, (2014) Frankfurt, with a Meisterschule in Film.
Mark Chapman is a moving image artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His work has been screened internationally across narrative, documentary and experimental contexts, including Edinburgh International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, IKFF Hamburg, Encounters, Tabakalera, São Paulo International Short Film Festival & Jihlava International Documentary Festival. He is also an alumnus of industry development programmes at Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale Talents) and BFI London Film Festival (Network@LFF).
His photographic work has appeared in numerous group gallery shows and magazines such as ID and Aesthetica. He previously worked at Third Films where he collaborated on feature films and installation projects.
He currently teaches at Northumbria University, where he is also working towards a PhD in film practice.
She graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, during two years (2010-2011) she was a resident at the Rijksakademie Van Beelden Kusten in Amsterdam then follow the residency program of the Palais de Tokyo: Le Pavillon, in Paris (2013-2014). In September 2018 she will start one year residency at Villa Medici, Rome.
Among her recent exhibitions: 100 years later (2014) at The Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Climats Artificiels (2015) at the Fondation EDF in Paris, Visio : Next Generation Moving Images, at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Au-delà de l’image (II) Escougnou-Cetraro gallery in Paris (2015), Les pieds dans le plat, La Forme in Le Havre, France (2016), La Ville au Corps, Carreau du Temple in Paris (2016), L’Eternité par les astres, Les Tanneries, Amilly, France (2017). In 2018 Tracer le vide Solo Show at Galerie Escougnou-Cetraro and À la hauteur de la Terre Solo show at Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, Vassivière in 2018.
Her work is part of the collections of the Centre National D’art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Seven Gravity Collection and other private collections in Europe.
Bettina Eberhard was born in Zürich, Switzerland. She studied Fine Arts at Goldsmiths’ College, Institute of London. After graduation she continued her artistic investigations in London and Madrid. In 2008 she graduated from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne with distinction. Since then, she has worked as a visual artist focusing on multi media installations and experimetal filmmaking. Her work has been shown and awarded at renowned festivals: Berlinale, Oberhausen, Locarno etc. She is a co-funder of the artist collective Ulbe, with whom she investigates artistic and multilyered interventions in public space. She focuses on the intermixture of art and everyday life. She works as a lecturer and facilitates workshops in art education. Bettina lives in Zürich and Cologne.
Gabrielle Le Bayon graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2012 with an MA in Photography and lives and works in Paris. Gabrielle Le Bayon is a filmmaker, who’s work is centered upon the relationship between myth and landscape as the trace of History. Her films engage with language and territory, exploring areas of resistance within our everyday environment and interactions in the process.
Recent screenings of her work include MOCA Hiroshima (solo show); W139 Gallery, Amsterdam; International Film Festival Oberhausen Seminar with LUX (UK) & Flaherty Seminar (US); Visions du Réel, Nyon CH, The Book Society, Seoul. In 2017, she was awarded a Visual Art Fellowship with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (US/ IT) and she was shortlisted for the Loop Barcelona Discover Award. In 2018 she has been a resident at the G.R.E.C. (Groupe de Recherches et d’Essais Cinématographiques). Her films are represented by 6×6 Project (UK) and Videocloop Archive (SP).
Lester works across various disciplines including cinema, music, performance, installation, sculpture and architecture. Atmospheric and perceptual, many of Lester’s works evolve around the very nature of the media of our time. Strongly inspired by music and cinema, Lester’s works challenge the reality of perception and draw on collective imagination through his dramatic theatrical illusions.
Recently he had solo shows at: The Groninger Museum (2017) Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius (2016), de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (2016), Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai (2014). He has also exhibited at many major museums and biennales, for instance, 19th Biennale of Sydney (Sydney), Nam June Paik Art Center (Yongin), Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Centre Pompidou (Paris),, Performa 09 (New York), Artists Space (New York), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Liverpool Biennial (Liverpool), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Busan Biennial (Busan), Baltic Triennal, PS1 (New York), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Rijksakademie (Amsterdam), etc. Lester’s work has been placed in many prestigious collections. In 2012 Lester participated in the dOCUMENTA (13). He was also shortlisted for the 2013 Absolut Art Award.
Sophio Medoidze is an artist and filmmaker. Medoidze was born in USSR, brought up in the Republic of Georgia and lives in London. She works with film, photography, text and sculpture, and for a time, she worked anonymously as part of the Clara Emigrand collective. Her work has been shown, amongst others at Kunstmuseum Luzern, Whitechapel Gallery, Arnolfini,Pekhamplex+Serpentine Cinema(Upcoming). She is the current recipient of Tyneside cinema artist film commission. Medoidze studied Film in Georgia (BA hon’s), she graduated from Goldsmiths College (MFA in Fine Art) and London college of communication UAL (MFA photography). She was shortlisted for South London gallery’s graduate residency in 2016. Her work was recently included in Tbilisi Art fair’s public exhibition ’12 woman gone missing’.
Ann Oren is a visual artist and filmmaker. Born in Tel-Aviv 1979, received a BFA in Film and an MFA in Fine Arts, both from the School of Visual Arts, New York. Her works screened at Moscow Biennale for young art, WRO Media Art Biennale, B3 Moving Image Biennial, The Hammer Museum, The Tel-Aviv Museum, The Tel-Aviv Cinematheque, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, PS122, Anthology Film Archives, Apexart, Dok Leipzig, New Horizons Film Festival, Locarno Festival and Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Oren is an award recipient from The New York State Council on The Arts, The National Board of Reviews, New York, The Jerome Foundation, The School of Visual Arts, The Rabinovich Foundation, B3 Moving Image Biennial, Doker International Documentary Film Festival Moscow, and Seoul International New Media Festival.
Ryan (Reynir Freyr) Parteka is an Icelandic-American artist who began working in photography and film before transitioning to immersive interactive installation and narrative sculpture at the turn of the millennium. After receiving a BFA in Photography and Film, he completed a two year research residency at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His work has been shown internationally at galleries, film festivals, and museums.
Parteka’s work explores how man understands and perceives himself and the world through experiences with nature, often with landscape as a paradigm of human fate, using forms of nature in an allegorical manner to accentuate impermanence, and transcend scientific rationalisation and mastery over nature while in search of the sublime or the miraculous amongst the ordinary.
After a decade of producing cinematic installations, Parteka’s work has come full circle. He has returned to filmmaking and is currently in development on his first feature 35mm film.
Floris Schönfeld is a visual artist currently based in Amsterdam. He works mainly with film and performance. The focus of his work in the last years has been the relationship between fiction and belief. In his work he is constantly trying to find the line between defining his context and being defined by it. He holds a BA in Time Based Arts from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and an MFA studio practice degree from the California College of Art in San Francisco. He was a graduate fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the San Francisco and has done residencies at Rupert in Vilnius and most recently at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Schönfeld’s work has been shown at many film festivals and exhibitions including the Amsterdam Film Biennale, Rencontres International Paris/Madrid/Berlin, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the 12th International Shanghai Biennal the International Ghetto Biennale Port-au-Prince, the Haus der Chiltern der Welt Berlin, the Kassel Documentary & Film Festival and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco. His work has the subject of a solo shows at di Rosa Napa, the Kadist Foundation in San Francisco, Nest The Hague, CAC Vilnius and most recently at the Oakland Museum in Oakland California. Floris is currently developing PUK*; a new neuro-diverse form of artificial intelligence.
Cecilia Stenbom is a Swedish artist filmmaker based in North East of England. Employing both documentary and fiction conventions her work explores how filmmaking complicates and blurs the fluctuating boundaries between reality and screen-based representation. Her work is centred on the construction of identity and rules of interaction, often using real life testimony and referencing familiar cinematic and televisual narrative constructs. The work is deliberately staged and stylished and offering a cinematic treatment to the mundane and everyday.
Stenbom studied at Academy of Fine Art, Helsinki, Finland and Glasgow School of Art. projects include: Rules of Engagement, screenings at Regent Street Cinema, London, CCA, Glasgow, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, and Tetley, Leeds; Video Umbrella. CONNECT/EXCHANGEresidency at Chapter, Cardiff; The List, solo exhibition at BALTIC39, Newcastle; Everyday Collateral, solo exhibition, Workplace Gateshead; iShorts, commission by Creative England; North By North East, commission and residency at Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival; MAWAresidency Winnipeg, Canada.