Angela Anderson is an artist & filmmaker working at the intersection of the fields of philosophy, ecology, economics, migration, media and feminist & queer theory. She has worked with many artists and filmmakers on the realization of performative, filmic and installation projects. Since 2013 she has been working with Angela Melitopoulos and anti-mining activists in NE Greece on the audio-visual research project Unearthing Disaster. Recent exhibitions include Framer Framed – Amsterdam, the Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco), the 2015 Thessaloniki Biennale and Holbaek Images. She is the exhibition designer for Forum Expanded (Berlin International Film Festival) and is currently a PhD student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
- Angela Anderson (US / Germany)
- Mariangela Ciccarello (Italy)
- Pauline Curnier Jardin (France)
- Michelle Deignan (Ireland)
- Bart Groenendaal (Netherlands)
- Assaf Gruber (Israel / Germany)
- Ursula Mayer (Austria)
- Mario Pfeifer (Germany)
- Anastasija Piroženko (Lithuania)
- Theo Prodromidis (Greece)
- Janis Rafa (Greece / Netherlands)
- Axel Straschnoy (Finland)
Mariangela Ciccarello is a filmmaker and artist whose work builds on her background in philosophy and art history to reposition historical and contemporary representations of gender and identity across geographic space and time. Her film and video work has been exhibited in festivals such as Festival del film Locarno, Torino Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Art of the Real,” and in contemporary art venues, including the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, La Gaîté Lyrique, and Harvard Art Museums. She has participated in residency programs at the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art (USA) and Spazju Kreattiv (Malta) and her work has been included in a number of collective exhibitions, in addition to recently being featured at the Mediterranea 18 Young Artists’ Biennale. In 2013 she cofounded the artistic collective Nusquam Productions.
Pauline Curnier Jardin, born in 1980 in Marseilles, graduated in 2006 both from the Ecole supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy, and from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD), with a specialisation in cinema and video.
In 2009, she decided to settle in Berlin, and between Germany and Sweden she created her optic opera Le Salon d’Alone, and the ethnographic peep-show Ami. Since her first medium-lenght film Grotta Profunda produced in 2011, she focuses now on making ultra narrative, colourful but dark musical films that always involve the same troupe of dancers, performers, costume designer and photographer: Coeurs de Silexb in 2012, Blutbad Parade in 2014 or lately Resurrection Plot, created in 2015 for her Performa15 Commission.
The diversity of the media she uses in her work, her qualities as a visual artist as well as a filmmaker and performer led her to multiply the exhibition projects in France (MAM of Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Georges Pompidou), abroad (M.I.T List Visual Arts Center of Cambridge, ZKM of Karlsruhe, Watermill Center in N-Y, HKW in Berlin) but also to bloom in numerous collaborations. She has been a resident at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in 2015 and 2016, she is currently participating to the 57th Venice Biennale. Pauline lives in Amsterdam and in Berlin and works with Ellen de Bruijne Project gallery in Amsterdam.
Michelle Deignan (b.1970, Dublin) is a visual artist and filmmaker living and working in London. Her multilayered film narratives often draw on under represented histories, such as histories of women and the diaspora as active producers of culture. Combining factual and fictional forms, these works address the complex contexts that lead to the creation of images and stories made for mass consumption. Michelle’s multichannel installations, single screen shorts and documentaries have been screened and exhibited in international venues such as Whitechapel Art Gallery; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Tramway,Glasgow; Camden Arts Centre; Media Art Lab, Moscow; Irish Film Institute, Dublin; Tate Modern; Konstall Malmo; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and CAN, Neuchatel. She is currently working on Frau W (Her Little Big Lies), a feature length work.
Bart Groenendaal (Amsterdam 1975) is a filmmaker and artist, currently living and working in Amsterdam. He briefly studied cultural anthropology and philosophy before graduating in audiovisual arts. An interest in cultural anthropology has since partly defined his practise. Initially focussing on documentary, his work took him to Africa and the Middle-East (notably Yemen), where he worked on both his own projects and commissions. After completing a residency at the Rijksakademy in Amsterdam in 2008 he lived in Paris and Brussels, partly working in collaboration with performance artist Egle Budvytyte. His practise gradually evolved more towards fiction film, focussing on questions relating to cinematic emotion and the cinematic image in the art space. At the moment he is developing his first feature length fction film. His work was shown among other places at SMBA; de Appel (Amsterdam); Moderna Museet, (Sweden); Palais de Tokyo, (France); CAC, (Lithuania).
Assaf Gruber (Jerusalem, 1980) is a sculptor and filmmaker who lives and works in Berlin. Both his time-based works and installations investigate the manner in which the political ideologies of subjects are intertwined with individual, personal stories, and the way in which they form social relations within private and public spheres.
Gruber is a graduate of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and of the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent. His work has received funding from the Ostrovsky Family Fund, New York, the Berlin Senate, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and the Rothschild Foundation, among others. Upon graduation in Paris he won the first prize of ‘Les amis des beaux-arts de Paris’. His future solo exhibitions include the Museum of Natural History, Berlin (2018) and the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2018). His films have been featured in festivals including the Berlinale Film Festival (2016), the Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival (2016) in Florence, and the International Short film Festival of Oberhausen (2016).
Ursula Mayer’s internationally exhibited practice spans a range of media, including film, video and sculpture. Her single and multi-channel films are crystalline circuits of images, composed of signs borrowed from architecture, fashion, literature, politics, mythology, geology and science. Using the grammar of cinematography and montage, Mayer’s practice strives to indicate how spatial composition, human choreography and narrative construction inform and contribute to one another.
She has been awarded numerous grants such as the FLAMIN Productions Award, Film London and the International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York.
Her work has traveled extensively to venues including SeMA Biennale Mediacity, Seoul (2016); THE NEW HUMAN in Moderna Museet, Stockholm & Moderna Museet Malmo (2016-2017); Audain Gallery, Vancouver; CCA Glasgow;Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; Sculpture Centre, New York; 21er Haus, Museum Belvedere, Vienna. Upcoming solo shows include the Salzburger Kunstverein curated by Seamus Kealy, TANK, FHNW, Institute Kunst, Basel curated by Chus Martinz, and Vleeshal curated by Roos Gortzak.
Mario Pfeifer’s work explores representational structures and conventions in the medium of film and video. Pfeifer works closely with communities, establishing intimate relationships from which he conceives his projects in collaboration with his protagonists. Critically investigating anthropological and ethnographic image production, Pfeifer has expanded essayistic narratives to create multiple screen video installations, integrating scientific imagery, animations or music videos to engage with urgent societal conditions to audiences beyond genre definitions.
Pfeifer’s installations were presented at the Getty Center, Los Angeles; MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main; N.B.K. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; Fotomuseum Winterthur; KOW, Berlin; Beursschouwburg, Brussels; and his films presented at international Film Festivals in Berlin, Cologne, London, Madrid, Paris, Oberhausen, New York, Seoul and Toronto. In 2017 he founded the production house blackbordfilms.
Anastasija Piroženko is an audio-visual artist and filmmaker currently based in Amsterdam. She holds an MA in Film from the Netherlands Film Academy (2016). Her practice spans documentary filmmaking and fiction, video installations, and photography. Her films construct slow narratives, through which she explores absurdity in routine, and beauty in the mundane. She is currently researching mimicry in relation to post-Soviet identity after the transition from Socialism to Capitalism, and the discrepancies between the newly adopted Western ideas and Eastern European realities.
Her films have been screened at several international film festivals and art events, including Visions du Reel International Film Festival (CH, 2017), Vilnius International Film Festival (2013), International Contemporary Art Fair Art Vilnius (LT, 2013), and ZubrOFFka International Short Film Festival (PL, 2011).
Theo Prodromidis is a visual artist, director and producer, based in Athens. He was awarded an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 2007, in London, UK.
His practice includes moving image, photography and performance, which combines historical research, fiction and documentary elements and induces a variety of associations.
His work has been exhibited and screened in galleries, museums and festivals such as Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Nanjing International Art Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, 5th and 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, 4th Athens Biennale , Werkleitzzentrum fürmedienkunst, Contour Mechelen, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou, Fondazione Merz. In spring 2017, he is the co-curator of the screening series Sunday Narratives at Mikrokosmos, Athens and one of the contributors of The School of Redistribution, part of Future Climates by Antonia Alampi andiLiana Fokianaki. In Autumn 2016, he was a Laureate of the Institut Francais residency programme at the Cité internationale des arts and as a Fellow of the Onassis Foundation, where he also started the research for his first feature film.
Lives and works between Amsterdam and Athens. She completed her education in Fine Art (BA, MA, PhD) at the University of Leeds. Her body of work spans from experimental-documentary practices, to video-essays, archival footage and most recently cinematic narratives and medium length films. She completed the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten residency 2013-2014, with the support of Onassis Foundation. Her second solo was presented at Martin van Zomeren Gallery, 2016. She has presented work at EYE Film Institute 2016, Visio 2015, Research Pavilion-Venice Biennial 2015, Netherlands Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI, Rencontres Internationales. Currently, she is resident at Kunstlerhaus Villa Concordia and in development of her first feature awarded with De Verbeelding 2016 by Mondriaan Fonds and Netherland Film Fonds.
Axel Straschnoy (born 1978) is a visual artist born in Buenos Aires, based in Helsinki. His long-term and research focused projects include Kilpisjärvellä (2011-12) a planetarium film on exploration in northern Lapland under the Northern Lights. La Figure de la Terre (2014) a short film based on the book The Figure of the Earth by 18th century French mathematician and explorer Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, and the lecture-performance series, Notes on the Double Agent (2013-ongoing). Other recent exhibitions and screenings include The Great Morning / Winds of long ago / blow through the pine-trees, Del Infinito, Buenos Aires (2016), Le rappel à l’ordre, Forum Box, Helsinki (2016), Emerging Media Artists 2014, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg. The Detective (2017), a VR film on the way virtual reality changes our perception of art and the world—commissioned by Kiasma for ARS17—, will be premiered in May. Straschnoy has participated in Le Pavillon residency at Palais de Tokyo (2008-09) and trained in Art History at University of Buenos Aires.