Yael Bartana’s films, installations and photographs explore the imagery of identity and the politics of memory. Her starting point is the national consciousness propagated by her native country Israel. Central to the work are meanings implied by terms like “homeland”, “return” and “belonging”. Bartana investigates these through the ceremonies, public rituals and social diversions that are intended to reaffirm the collective identity of the nation state. In her Israeli projects, Bartana dealt with the impact of war, military rituals and a sense of threat on every-day life.
Between 2006 and 2011, the artist has been working in Poland, creating And Europe Will Be Stunned, a project on the history of Polish-Jewish relations and its influence on the contemporary Polish identity. Yael Bartana represented Poland for the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice (2011).

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An artist and filmmaker, his investigations focus on the linguistic complexity of the documentary genre. He currently dedicates his time to the relationship between documentary and scientific imaginary. In 2009 he earned his BA in Modern Literature. In 2011 he graduated in Cinema e Video from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan.
He has presented his research in solo and group shows: Allegoria (with Aberto Grif), Viafarini DOCVA; Eclissi, MAGA Museo Arte Gallarate; F (with Alessandra Messali), MAC, Lissone, in collaboration with Viafarini DOCVA; Role Play, Lucie Fontaine, Milan; Focus Group, ROOM Gallery, Milan. His work has been shown in group exhibitions and festivals: Museo del ‘900, Milan, IT; Kino der Kunst 2015, Munich, DE; Glitch. Interferenze tra arte e cinema in Italia, PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Vision du Réel – International Documentary Festival, Nyon, Switzerland; Lo Schermo dell’Arte, Florence; Errors Allowed – Mediterranea 16, Ancona. He has recently shown at Careof DOCVA (in collaboration with Sky Arte), Milan; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; Fondazione Merz, Turin; Festival International Filmmaker, Milan.

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Artist and filmmaker Pia Borg’s films and installations use 16mm photography, archive, and animation to investigate historical events and imagined futures. Her work crosses between fiction and non-fiction to draw relationships between the uncanny, early cinema, psychiatry and moving image technologies. She is the recipient of numerous prizes including the Golden Leopard for best international short (Locarno Film Festival 2014) for the experimental documentary ABANDONED GOODS. In the same year, she completed one third of the triptych film THROUGH THE HAWTHORN – awarded the Grand Prix at Stuttgart International Trickfilm Festival as well as Jury Prizes in Krakow, Annecy, Fantoche and Encounters. Her film/ installation CRYSTAL WORLD (2013) was awarded Best Experimental Short at the Melbourne International Film Festival and PALIMPSEST (2009) was the recipient of the 1st Prize at the Oriel Davies Open Exhibition. Her first film FOOTNOTE (2004) was nominated for an Australian Academy award. Her films have also been in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, SXSW and Experimenta among others. Borg has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Oriel Davies Gallery (Wales) and Szara Gallery (Poland). Other recent exhibitions and screenings include Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum of Modern Art, Poland; Arnolfini, Bristol; FormContent, London; Samstag Museum of Art, Australia; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Site Gallery, Sheffield. Borg was the recipient of a Samstag International visual arts scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London (MA). In 2014 she began teaching at the California Institute of the Arts.

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Gabrielle Brady is an Australian/ British documentary film Director based in Cologne, Germany. She has completed an Arts degree in Theatre Media at the Charles Sturt University in Australia, and Documentary Direction at the Escuela Internacional de Cine in Havana Cuba. Her first short The Broken Pants was filmed in the remote Sierra Maestra Mountains in Cuba and has been shown at international festivals in Portugal, Germany, Cuba, Indonesia, and Australia. At the Escuela Internacional de Cine in Cuba she made several other short documentary and experimental films, and was awarded a post-production grant at the schools international pitching forum. A series of her short experimental films were selected to screen at the Havana Film Festival, and the Canadian Independent Imaging retreat. Recently, Gabrielle made a short documentary project for the United Nations, with women living in a remote mountain community in Java, Indonesia. In 2012, Gabrielle was Associate Producer for the award-winning Australian documentary film Coniston.  Her most recent short documentary Milagro, about a Cuban woman living inside a falling building is recently finished and ready for festival distribution.  Gabrielle is working on her first feature film, with early support from the Bertha Foundation. The film is set on the remote Christmas Island.

Manchester-based Clara Casian‘s practice encompasses film, drawing and collaboration, working with a variety of media including performance, moving image, sound and light. Clara often works on durational projects that re-construct narratives and that employ seriality and repetition, developing gradually through an accumulation of events, sites and objects.
Clara is currently researching Northern UK publishing and censorship and the playful combinations of text and image in unclassifiable ‘speculative Sci-Fi’ anthologies from the early 60’s and 70’s via the history of Savoy Books. She completed her Masters at Manchester School of Art and her work includes research in the digital field and collaborations with artists, makers and collectives.
Clara Casian has exhibited widely in Britain and Europe since 2010. She participated in group discussions, exhibitions and curated crits as part of Film Material collective. In August 2014 she was commissioned by ‘The Exhibition Centre for the Life and Use of Books’ to create a short film as part of the ‘Butterworth’ exhibition at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. The short film was additionally screened at Festival HYPERLOCAL Argentina, Islington Mill, Film Material Toast at Federation House and as part of the MODERN HISTORY VOL. I curated by Lynda Morris, Grundy Art Gallery.
Clara previously worked on research projects at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), exploring mapping, moving image and psychogeography with the use of bio-sensing and adaptive technologies.

Alice Evans is an artist based in London and Wales and works with Film, Theatre and Photography. She graduated from the MA in Photography/ Moving Image at the Royal College of Art in 2012 and has focused her practice on making short films. Her current work concerns the potential critical function of unreliable narration within artists’ film and video. Alice has exhibited both her film and photography works widely throughout Europe and America including 1000+ Altitude Festival, Brighton Photo Fringe and most recently exhibiting a film about the clearance and flooding of villages during Victorian Industrialization which was exhibited in the Balfron Tower designed by Brutalism Architect Erno Goldfinger in Poplar, SE London.

www.aliceevansfineart.com

Elena Näsänen studied at Academy of Fine Arts of Helsinki. Her work has evolved from the structural to the cinematic narrative storytelling and working with actors. She is interested in creating a strong mood and tension by using constructed sound. The other important elements in her videos are time and nature.
Elena’s films have been shown in numerous exhibitions and festivals around the world, such as a group exhibition “Young Scene” in Vienna, 1998; Rotterdam Film Festival, 2003; and a group show in Møøn, 2009 and group show in Frankfurter Kunstwerein, 2014. She was also invited to the artist residency and exhibition to Artspace Sydney by Blair French, 2008-09.
In addition to film and video-making, Elena has also been active in artist policy working as a chairwoman of Artist Association Muu (2000-2003) and as a president of Artists’ Association of Finland (2004-2007). Elena also supported video, sound and media works as a Film Commissioner for media art productions at AVEK.
Currently, Elena is working on a new video installation “The Song,” writing a script for a feature film “The End of the Day,” and starting her last year as a Film Commissioner at AVEK.

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Anna Nykyri (b.1981, Finland, MFA) is visual artist, documentary film director and screenwriter. Nykyri graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Art (MFA, 2011), and mentored by the artists Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Salla Tykkä and Veli Granö. Nykyri has also been studying in Slade School of Fine Arts, London and Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences (BA, 2007) and is currently completing her studies with an MA Choreography Program in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London to complete her artistic and academic approach in relation to “the choreographic”. Nykyri uses film and archive video-footage to create documentary films and cinematic video installations. Her works explore political and corporeal themes, covering questions of gender, power and control. Nykyri’s cinematic works have been screened at several international film festivals, galleries and museums, including Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland, Belgrade City Museum, Serbia and Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, Canada where her film “Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy” won the main prize in short documentary film category in 2012.
Nykyri collaborates with closely with Finnish production company Oktober and award-winning producer Joonas Berghäll (”Steam of Life” (2010), ”Canned Dreams” (2012). A feature documentary film ”Mother’s Wish” screenwritten by Nykyri and Berghäll, directed and produced by Berghäll will have its theatrical premiere in Finland in October 2015.

Alex Reynolds (Bilbao, 1978) is an artist and filmmaker living between Brussels and Berlin. Her work reveals a fascination and questioning of film’s inherent capacity to generate empathy and point of view. Through a series of time-based, site-specific works, often for a single viewer at a time, Reynolds interrogated the basic elements of filmmaking in order to understand their implications in relation to the other. More recently, through her moving image works, she has dealt with unstable narratives, exploring the performative as a way of expanding the self through others, always looking for a balance between emotion and critical distance.
Alex Reynolds’ solo shows and site-specific projects include  De día (2014) at Artium, Vitoria/Spain, Elisabet, Lena Tobias… (2013) at Statens Musikverk, Stockholm, Spinario (2012) at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona/Spain, and We Can Hear You Drink (2011) at BcnProducció ’11, Barcelona. Her works has been included in group shows and screenings such as Stiff Hip Gait (2015), at Komplot, Brussels We Can’t Go Home Again (2015), at CAC, Vilnius, or A Trip to the Moon (2012) at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, as well as festivals such as Aesthetica Film Festival or Les Rencontres Internationales. She has received  residency grants from Akademy Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, 2014) and IASPIS (Stockholm, 2011).

www.alexreynolds.net

Jessica Sarah Rinland (UK/Argentina) – artist-filmmaker. Her work investigates and unifies opposing themes, interweaving original and found material, highlighting the incongruity of factual accounts, or presenting fiction in documentary form. Natural history and science are reoccurring themes in her films, writings and installations, as well as the use of analogue formats.
Rinland’s practice is currently concerned with interdependence; the most minute forms of life having an interrelation and interaction with the most complex forms, in particular the whale and the tree. These two organisms may exist in separate environments, look completely different and have contrasting effects on the ecosystem, but they share two characteristics – size and time. Trees are the largest, longest living non-clonal organisms and whales are the largest, longest living mammals. She is interested in how this element of time can be translated and presented within filmic time.
Her work has exhibited in galleries, cinemas, film festivals and universities internationally. Nulepsy screened at Bloomberg New Contemporaries, NYFF, LFF, IFFR, among others, and was broadcast by Canal+. In 2013 she won ICA’s Best Experimental Film for Electric Oil and had a solo exhibition Dissecting The Exploding Whales at Limbo Arts. In 2014 she was artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and her film Adeline For Leaves won the Arts + Science award at Ann Arbor Film Festival, also screening at Oberhausen, Edinburgh, Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, among others. She recently obtained funding from Arts Council England towards a project based in Argentina, and is also working on a separate film taking place in the Surrey woodlands.

www.jessicarinland.com

Emilija Škarnulytė is a Tromso based artist and filmmaker. She holds a BA in Sculpture at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan and an MA at Tromso Academy of Contemporary Art.
Škarnulytė´s work consists of a series of politically active visions, in which she investigates reality with a political and poetic approach.
Her films have been screened in various International Art events and Film festivals such as: International Rotterdam Film Festival (Netherlands, 2015), Manifesta 10 (Russia, 2014), 31st Sao Paulo Biennial (Brazil, 2014), Pompidou Film Festival Hors Pistes (Paris, 2014), International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany, 2013), Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK, 2013), Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival (Brazil, 2013), Lumen Festival (New York, 2013).
Škarnulytė had numerous solo shows in Italy (Silent Metamorphosis, Milan, 2011), Norway (Hollow Earth, 2013), Lithuania (The Valley of the Missing City, Vilnius, 2011) and France (Limbic System, Paris, 2011). She was awarded the Italian National Prize Of Fine Arts MIUR for her video Limbic System.

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen was born in 1978 in Gol, Norway. She graduated from Bergen National Academy of Art and Design in 2005. She lives in Oslo and is working in the field of film and videoart. Her work has been shown in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2009 and 2015), Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009), Paris Photo, Paris (2007), Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2008) The National Art Exhibition, Oslo (2003, 2005, 2010, 2011)  and she has participated in numerous international festivals, screenings and exhibitions. Syversen has done several national solo exhibitions and  has received numerous national grants.

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