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Aida Eltorie
Aida Eltorie has worked with multinational galleries, museums and cultural agencies in Cairo, New York and San Francisco. She has worked with The Townhouse Gallery of contemporary art, The Brooklyn Museum, The International Museum of Women and Christie's auction house, and independently produced a number of international projects with artists and cultural practitioners from the Middle East, Europe and United States with the support of the Swiss Arts Council, The Ford Foundation and The American Center Foundation. She holds a Bachelors of Visual Arts and Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo and is finishing her Masters in Islamic Art and Architecture.

Aura Seikkula
Aura Seikkula is a Curator at the Finnish Museum of Photography. She is the co-founder and president of the SKY Society for Finnish Curators. She is currently curating Questions of Conflict: Third Party Observations for the European museum for Peace, Stadtschalining Austria. Seikkula is co-organising a series of seminars entitled: Co-active - Possibilities for collaboration held in various contemporary art centres in the Nordic countries.

Bahia Shehab
Bahia Shehabhas worked with multinational advertising agencies in Beirut, Dubai and Cairo. She has developed a number of international and regional award winning campaigns. She holds a Bachelors of Graphic Design from the American University in Beirut and is currently obtaining her Masters in Islamic Art and Architecture from the American University in Cairo with a focus on Epigraphy.  She likes to focus on projects that are relevant to the Middle East, design, epigraphy, typography and identity.

Christa Benzer
Christa Benzer lives in Vienna. She is Junior Editor of the art magazine Springerin - Hefte für Gegenwartskunst andworks as a freelance writer for the Austrian newspaper Der Standard and several art magazines including Metropolis M.

Daniella Géo
Daniella Géo is an independent journalist, curator and Art critic resident in Antwerp, Belgium. She holds a Master degree and is currently a PhD. Candidate, both at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) Film and Audiovisual Studies Department. Géo is a member of the Artist Pension Trust Intelligence.
Géo is author of Documentary Photography, one of the main contributions of Encyclopedia of the XXth Century Photography, Routledge. Recent projects include co-curator of the 5e Biennale internationale de la Photographie et des Arts Visuels de Liège (2006) and curating the show Black is Beautiful, at GRID and the 3rd International Biennale of Photography, Amsterdam (2006).

Fiona Fox
Fiona Fox is a British Cairo-Based writer and curator; her most recent work included the First International Townhouse Gallery Auction, December 2007. Prior to settling in Cairo, Fiona Fox worked for BBC Arts Television.

Gemma Tully
Gemma Tully is a PhD candidate at the University of Southampton. Her Masters degree in the Archaeology of Art involved collaboration with the local school children of Quseir, Egypt. Archaeologist by education, her interests have focused towards Egypt, Community Archaeology and the communicative potential of art within community collaborations. For the last five years Tully has been involved in the Community Archaeology Project in Quseir, Egypt. Her doctoral research incorporates these elements in the exploration of Egyptian community perspectives within Egyptological display to develop new methods for the re-contextualisation and representation of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the museum environment.

Janet Rady
Based between London and the United Arab Emirates, Janet Rady is a Specialist in Contemporary Art in the Middle East, and holds a Masters Degree in Islamic Art History from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a BA from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Janet Rady has recently been appointed as an Advisor to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, Brussels and is the Honorary Lecture's Secretary for the Iran Society in London.

With over twenty years’ experience of the International Art Market including Auction Houses, Art Fairs and Commercial Galleries, Janet Rady is director of the eponymous Janet Rady Fine Art, and has curated a number of exhibitions featuring Middle Eastern Arts, both in London and internationally.
www.janetradyfineart.com .

Jessica Winegar
Assistant Professor
Temple University
Department of Anthropology
Gladfelter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122 USA
Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006.“Cultural Sovereignty in a Global Art Economy: Egyptian Cultural Policy and the New Western Interest in Art from the Middle East.” Cultural Anthropology 21(2):173-204, 2006.“Framing Egyptian Art: Western Audiences, Islam, and Ancient Egypt.” In Peripheral Insider: Perspectives on Contemporary Internationalism in Visual Culture. Khaled Ramadan and Stine Hoxbroe (eds). Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen Press, 2007.“Of Chadors and Purple Fingers: U.S. Visual Media Coverage of the 2005 Iraqi Elections,” Feminist Media Studies 5(3):391-395, 2005.“Academics and the Government in the ‘New American Century’: a conversation with Rashid Khalidi.” Co-authored with Lori A. Allen and Lara Deeb. Radical History Review, 93:240-259, 2005.“Women, Gender, and Visual Arts: Egypt.” Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures. Leiden: Brill, 2007.
Email address: winegar@temple.edu
work email: winegar@temple.edu
Judith Greer
Judith Greer is a London-based writer, collector and art patron.
From 1986 to 1993 she worked at Tokyo’s Hara Museum of Contemporary Art where she became Director of International Programs. In 1990 She was project director to A Primal Spirit: Ten Contemporary Japanese Sculptors, a travelling exhibition produced by Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1990. She is Chair of Artangel, the London-based arts organization conceived for realizing artists’ projects through commissions in sites across and outside the U.K. She has given talks and participated in panels in both English and Japanese on subjects including art in public places, the role of the museum, on contemporary art collecting and the importance of both individual and corporate arts patronage. Judith Greer is co-author of Owning Art: the Contemporary Art Collector’s Handbook (with Louisa Buck, 2006).

Karin Adrian von Roques
Karin Adrian von Roques
studied History of Islamic and European art, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelm University Bonn, Institute of Oriental Art.
 For the past ten years she has given a particular professional focus on modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. She is Consultant to Sotheby’s London for art from the Arab region and Iran. She advises on the development of public and private collection, including Deutsche Bank and Dolphin Energy.
Her curatorial projects include: The Present out of the Past Millennia – Contemporary Art from Egypt, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2007; Languages of the Desert – Contemporary Arab Art from the Gulf States“ Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2005, Institut du Monde Arabe Paris, 2006, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, UAE, 2007, Galeria Metropolitana, Barcelona, Spain, 2007; Europe and the Islam, Pasinger Fabrik, München, Germany, 2006; Written Cosmos: Arabic Calligraphy and Literature Throughout The Centuries, Museum of Applied Arts in Frankfurt, 2005.
e-mail: adriankunst@online.de
Khaled Hafez
Khaled Hafez is a Cairo-based visual artist; he studied medicine and fine arts  (evening classes) in Cairo in the eighties; in the nineties he wrote about contemporary art for The Middle East Times, Egypt Today and Cairo Times. In 2002 he stopped publishing in lay publication. He is Fulbright Fellow (Fulbright visiting artist, 2005). International group shows include Guangzhou Tiennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, China, 2008; Cairoscape, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, 2008; Neighbours in Dialogue, Collegium Artisticum Gallery, Skenderija Centre, Sarajevo, Bosnia, 2008; Om Kalsoum la quatrième pyramide, Institut du Mode Arabe, Paris, France, 2008;Collectiepresentatie XXI, MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium, 2008; Trilogie Méditerranéenne: from Athens to Marseille to Cairo, Palais des Arts, Marseille, France, 2008; Italia: Arab Artists Between Italy & the Mediterranean, Italian Cultural Institute, Damascus, Beirut & Cairo, 2008; Gates of the Mediterranean, Palazzo Piozzo, Rivoli,Turin, Italy, 2008; Contact Zone, Bamako Museum of Art, Bamako, Mali 2007; The Present Out of the Past Millennia: Contemporary Art of Egypt, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, 2007; Recognize, Contemporary Platform, London, UK, 2007; This Day, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2007; Sharjah Biennale, UAE, 2007; Without Title, MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium, 2007; Neighbours in Dialogue, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007; Singapore Biennale, Singapore 2006; Dakar Biennale, Senegal 2006; Images of the Middle East, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006; Mediterranean Encounters, Messina, Italy 2005; Dakar Biennale, Senegal, 2004, (Francophonie Prize).
Khaled Ramadan
Khaled Ramadan is a video and documentary maker, lecturer and art writer in new media. His fields of specialties are visual, multi-media studies and the history of visual aesthetics art and culture.
Published several articles and books the latest Peripheral Insiders 2007 Museum Tuskulanum Copenhagen University Press. Curate the Coding-Decoding Nikolaj, and Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde. Not on satellite - video and experimental documentary - at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofيa, Madrid, May 2007. Ramadan was part of jury at the AMAL Film Festival, Spain 2007
He is the founder of Chamber of Public Secrets and the independent institute, Chamber for Interventional Media – institute for electronic, didactic and analytical art (www.chamberarchive.com and www.chamber.dk)
Ramadan is member of the Danish art society and the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art IKT.
Currently Ramadan holds a position as lecturer Copenhagen University and documentary maker at Nexus Communication

Martina Corgnati
Martina Corgnati is a Milan-based art historian, curator and critic. She holds the chair of History of Contemporary Art at Albertina Academy, Turin, Italy. Her curatorial practice included contemporary practices and artists from the Middle East in the past decade. She curated Gates of the Mediterranean, Rivoli, Turin, 2008, Arab and Italian Artists around the Mediterranean, Italian Cultural Institutes of Damascus, Beirut and Cairo, 2008, South-East: Mediterranean Encounters, Horcynus Orca Foundation, Messina, Italy, 2005. Martina Corgnati is author of over 20 books and 200 artists’ catalogues essays.
Maymanah Farhat
Maymanah Farhat specializes in Arab visual culture. From 2006-2009 she was the West Asia editor of Art AsiaPacific magazine's annual Almanac, which looks at the year in art for 67 Asian nations. In addition to regularly contributing to bi-monthly issues of the magazine, her critical essays have appeared in numerous exhibition catalogs and publications, including Monthly Review and Counterpunch. She is based in New York.

Nora Amin
Nora Amin is a Cairo-based writer, performer, choreographer and stage director; She has an M.A. degree in French and Comparative literature from Cairo University. In her work Amin explores issues often suppressed by censorship and clichŽs in the Egyptian culture. In the late nineties Amin was one of a generation of female Egyptian young writers who made it to the international literary scene by being translated to several languages. Amin is laureate of Samuel Fischer prize for literature (Germany) and a fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for performing arts. In theater, Amin apprenticed with and is influenced by August Boal (Brazil), Eugenio Barba (Denmark), Bruno Meyssat (France) and Alexander Stillmark (Germany). She is author of "The Egyptian Theater and Human Rights: The Art of Claiming our Right", "Empty Rose Nightgown" and "The Second Death of the Watchman".

Stephanie Sykes
Stephanie Sykes is a writer and curator based in Dubai.  She has worked for a number of cultural organizations, including Art Dubai, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.  Her curatorial practice focuses on publications and can be seen in A Fine Red Line: A Curatorial Miscellany (2008), Global Art Forum Transcripts: 2 (2008) and Global Art Forum Transcripts: 1 (2007).  She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a BA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Steve Sabella
Steve Sabella is a London-based Palestinian artist who uses photography and photo installation as his principal medium of expression. He is laureate of the prestigious Akademie der Kunster (Academy of the Arts) Ellen Auerbach Award in Berlin in 2008. His international shows include:Neighbors in Dialogue (Istanbul, Turkey 2007 and Sarajevo, Bosnia 2008), Gates of the Mediterranean (Rivoli, Italy, 2008), Palestine, La Création Dans Tous Ses Etats, Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris 2009), NOW - Contemporary Art of the 21st Century, Phillips De Pury (London 2009). Sabella received his first MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster. Currently, he submitted his dissertation paper for his MA in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London on “Reconsidering the Value of Palestinian Art and its Journey into the Art Market”. Sabella is one the artists whose work is reviewed in New Vision: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century (Thames & Hudson). 

Victoria Ambrosini
(VAC) is a French political scientist, writer and curator based in Damascus, Syria; She has lived between Cairo, Damascus and several other Middle East cities in the past decade. She is regular contributor to Art Press. Her best-known Curatorial projects are Tahjeen: hybridite (Cairo, Egypt 2003), and Kitsch (Damascus, Syria 2007).

Wael Darwish
Wael Darwish is a Cairo-based painter, installation and video artist; he is Ph.D. holder in art and education form Helwan University, Cairo. International group shows include: Trilogie Méditerranéenne: from Athens to Marseille to Cairo, Palais des Arts, Marseille, France, 2008, The Present Out of the Past Millennia: Contemporary Art of Egypt, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, 2007.
Wael Darwish’s work will be exhibited as part of the next 11th Cairo Biennale, December 2008.