Majid Adin (b. Iran) holds a BA in fine arts from Sistan and Baluchestan University, Iran and an MA in animation from Tarbiat Modares University, Iran. His critical stance towards the political regime, which took the form of a series of caricatures/comics and articles, led to his arrest. When released for his trial, he escaped and fled to Europe. He spent six months in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp, where he worked with a theatre group (Good Chance Theatre). Through them, he got encouraged to enter Elton John’s The Cut Competition, which would be a commission of music videos for three of his 70s hits. Majid won and went on to direct 'Rocket Man’. Since then, he has been learning English and keeps creating art and animation, while he collaborates with various filmmakers/singers and organisations.
Martha Cattell (b. UK) is currently a project assistant at the arts and science organisation Invisible Dust. She is also completing her collaborative (AHRC-funded) PhD with the History of Art Department at the University of York and the Hull Maritime Museum – focusing on the visual and material culture of the 19th-century whaling industry. This has involved a number of fellowships in the USA, the co-curation of ‘Turner and the Sea’, at Hull Maritime Museum and filming with the BBC. Current and past issues surrounding environmentalism, climate change and animal representation are of particular interest to Martha and her research.
Forensic Oceanography is a project initiated within the framework of Forensic Architecture by Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani, in the wake of the Arab uprisings of 2011. It seeks to critically investigate the militarised border regime imposed by Europe across the Mediterranean Sea, analysing the political, spatial and aesthetic conditions that have led to the death of large numbers of migrants in the region over the last 30 years. By combining human testimonies with traces left across the digital sensorium of the sea constituted by radars, satellite imagery and vessel tracking systems, Forensic Oceanography has mobilised surveillance means ‘against the grain’ to contest both the violence of borders and the regime of (in)visibility on which it is founded. While the seas have been carved up into a complex jurisdictional space that allows states to extend their sovereign claims by operating police operations beyond the limits of their territory, but also to retract themselves from obligations, such as rescuing vessels in distress, Forensic Oceanography has sought to locate particular incidents within the legal architecture of the EU’s maritime frontier, so as to determine responsibility for them.
For more see, https://www.forensic-architecture.org/case/left-die-boat/.
Kyveli Lignou-Tsamantani (b. Athens) is a PhD candidate in the History of Art Department at the University of York (WRoCAH [AHRC] and Leventis Foundation funded). There she is working towards a thesis with working title: (In)visible Atrocity Images in Contemporary Art: Towards a Reconsideration of the Ethics and Politics of Photographing and Viewing Atrocities, under the supervision of Dr James Boaden and Prof. Michael White. Her research focuses on the intersection between photojournalistic atrocity images and contemporary art, with a particular focus on the ethics and politics of spectatorship, as well as on issues of visibility. She holds an MA in History of Art, University of York, and a BA in Theory and History of Art from the Athens School of Fine Arts. She has collaborated with contemporary artists and has participated in research projects at various Universities in Athens.
Ina Lounguine (b. Odessa, 1993) is a Ukrainian visual artist. She Graduated the Tavricheskaya Art School of Saint-Petersburg and received a Degree in Esthetics and Culture at the Ukrainian Academy of Arts. Ina’s body of work aims to trigger political and social debates and encourage dialogue. With visual metaphors, she creates scenery for matters she wishes to bring attention to, such as racism, drug use, gun violence and human migrations among others. Her work questions the relationship between perception and reality through the use of misleading images. Blending various kind of imagery and also working with video and sounds she aims to push the role of the photographic medium and play with its boundaries. She has had her work exhibited across Europe and appeared in various publications such as Libération, Le Monde, Vice, Modern Weekly, and Zeit Magazin among others. She is currently based in Lyon, France.
For more see, https://www.thelivewildcollective.com/ina-bio.
Janne Malmros (b. Denmark) studied for a BA at University of the Arts and did an MFA at The Slade School of Fine Art, London, and is currently completing a Ba in Middle Eastern Studies with Persian. She works between London, Copenhagen and Kabul. Recent solo shows include: Pandesia, MOCA London; Nothing Endures But Change, Andipa Gallery, London; Much Light Strong Shadow, Skagen Museum, Denmark; In Circles, The Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen; Black-veined White, Acme Project Space, London. Recent group shows include: Nature Morte: Contemporary artists reinvigorate the still-life tradition, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK; Abstracted Mythologies 3, Beton7 Arts, Athens, Greece; Secret Watercolour, Incinerator Art Space, Sydney, Australia; Nature Morte, Bohusläns Museum Sweeden; Fabric, Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wales, UK; Afghan Contemporary Art Prize, Queens Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan; Bone, The Florence Nightingale Museum, London, UK; Surface Noise, Jerwood Space, London, UK; Spazi Aperti, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy.
For more see, https://www.jannemalmros.com.
Maria Tzanakou(b. Athens, 1973) is a graduate of Athens School of Fine Arts and attended the Ma Performance Design and Practice at Saint Martins College of Art and Design London. Her work occupies the space of art as a public intervention in the streets of her native Athens. Using various mediums such as graffiti art, photography, painting and video installations she brings attention to critical contemporary issues. Her work has been exhibited in Greece and abroad. Solo shows: “33 is my favourite word”, Ileana Tounta Art Center, Athens, 2017. Selected group shows: “The Garden Sees”, Anna Kafetsi, The Athens Concert Hall, 2017 ”Epigrams”, Christoforos Marinos, Nitra Gallery Athens, 2017 “ROOMS2017”, St George Lycabettus Hotel, KAPPATOS GALLERY, 2017 "AICA Hellas", AICA Hellas, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens, 2015 "Desk Issues/Artists’ books project", 3 137, Sluice Art Fair, London, 2013 " WOMAN | OBJECT | CORPSE ", Meghna Singh, Centre for African Studies CAS, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 2013 "THE NON ZERO SUM ART GAMES", Aoife Giles, Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan, Unit 4, MART, Dublin, Ireland, 2013 "A Wonderful Life", Marina Fokidis, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, 2012.
For more see, http://mariatzanakou.wixsite.com/mariatzanakou.