A curator, lecturer, and author with a background in cultural studies and art history, Stephanie Bunk maintains longstanding relationships with several arts initiatives. She has worked for Griffelkunst-Vereinigung Hamburg e.V since 2005, a members-centred organization that produces limited editions in photography and printmaking, and for the Freundeskreis des Hauses der Fotografie since 2008. In the context of the 7th Triennial of Photography 2018, Bunk curated [Control] No Control together with Petra Roettig for the Galerie der Gegenwart at Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Katrin Dyballa is an art historian and curator at Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg.
Yolanda Gutiérrez and Chris Schwagga
Born in Mexico, Yolanda Gutiérrez is a Hamburg-based choreographer, video artist, curator, and producer whose projects have been shown widely at international festivals. She works with international artists* from Europe, Asia, Latin America, the US, and Africa. Since 2017 she has choreographed decolonizing audio-walks with dance interventions, performed under the titles URBAN BODIES PROJECT and DECOLONYICITES. Driving questions for Gutiérrez’s practice include the political role of the body in art and how politics emerge from artistic movements.
Christian Mbanza also known as “Chris Schwagga” is a Rwandan artist, born in Burundi and raised in Congo who started his journey with photography in 2006 with a two-megapixel point-and-shoot camera. His inspiration comes from people and traveling, as well as the cultures of the countries he moves between. He has since worked in Bujumbura, Kigali, and Hamburg. Schwagga’s photography, sculpture, installation, and costume have been featured in exhibitions in Africa and Europe.
Martha Kazungu is a Ugandan curator and art historian currently living in Hamburg and working at MARKK Museum am Rothenbaum. She holds a Master of Arts in African Verbal and Visual Arts with a focus on curating and media in Africa from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. She has contributed to several publications including Obsidian Journal, C& Magazine, ART AFRICA, and Start Art Journal, as well as the exhibition catalogues of MÉMORIA (Bordeaux, 2021) and Inya Lake (Oslo, 2019). Selected exhibitions include Seat At The Table (online, 2020), My Mother is Forgetting My Face (Bergen, 2020), Life Classes: an exhibition of Ugandan art on paper (Bayreuth, 2020), Embodiment of Reason (Kampala, 2019), and Here and Here (Addis Ababa, 2016). She was assistant curator for the Kampala Art Biennale curated by Elise Atangana in 2016, and Feedback: Art Africa and the 1980s curated by Smooth Ugochukwu at Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth in 2018. Kazungu's current project Njabala works to create safe spaces for female artists to blossom.
Thomas (T.) Jean Lax and Cameron Rowland
Thomas (T.) Jean Lax is a curator, writer, and scholar specializing in black art and performance. At the Museum of Modern Art, they are currently preparing the exhibition Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present with Lilia Rocio Taboada in collaboration with JAM’s founder Linda Goode Bryant, due to open in October 2022. In 2019, they worked with colleagues across MoMA on a major rehang of its collection and co-organized the exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done in 2018 with Ana Janevski and Martha Joseph. Other recent collaboratively organized exhibitions include the Projects Series for emerging artists; Unfinished Conversations, inspired by the cultural theorist Stuart Hall; and the contemporary art quintennial, Greater New York.
Cameron Rowland lives and works in New York. Their work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne; Établissement d'en face, Brussels; Kunsthalle Freiburg, Switzerland; Artists Space, New York and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York. They have participated in group exhibitions at the Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil; Secession, Vienna; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York and elsewhere.
An art historian specializing in photography, Sebastian Lux is the managing director of the F.C. Gundlach Foundation in Hamburg.
Kuukuwa O. Manful
Kuukuwa O. Manful is a trained architect and researcher from Ghana who creates, studies, and documents architecture in Africa. Through her Accra Archive project, she digitizes endangered historical architectural material and is building an archive of Ghanaian architecture. Her current research, towards a PhD at SOAS, University of London, examines the sociopolitics of West African nation-building, modernity, and citizenship through a study of school building(s).
Omar Mismar is a visual artist based in Beirut. His practice is project-driven, probing the entanglement of art and politics, and the aesthetics of disaster. Mismar takes up conflict and its representations via form deliberations, material interventions, and translation strategies, using the performative as gesture and rehearsal. He has participated in exhibitions at San José Museum of Art, San José (2018), Tabakalera, San Sebastian (2018), the MMAG Foundation, Amman (2018), MoMA, New York (2018), Home Works 8, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2019), VideoBrasil (2019), and Oakland Museum, California (2020), among others. Mismar is Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at the American University of Beirut.
Oluremi C. Onabanjo
Oluremi C. Onabanjo is a curator and scholar of photography and the Arts of Africa. An Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), she is a doctoral candidate in Art History at Columbia University.
Stefan Rahner is Deputy Director of the Museum of Labour, Historic Museums Hamburg Foundation (Museum der Arbeit, Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg).
Dr. Sabine Schnakenberg is curator of the F.C. Gundlach Collection.
Katja Schroeder is director of the Kunsthaus Hamburg. Previously director of the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, she has held positions at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Frankfurter Kunstverein, and the Arthur Boskamp Foundation, among others. Engaging decentralized perspectives in contemporary art and related contexts, Schroeder has produced exhibitions with Goutam Ghosh, Edith Dekyndt, Georges Adéagbo, Tejal Shah, Bani Abidi, Khalil Rabah, Flaka Haliti, Simon Denny, and Yorgos Sapountzis. She has published several books, and organized supporting symposia and thematic programs.
Nicholas Tammens (b. Australia) is the Assistant Curator at Kunstverein Hamburg. He is also founder of 1856, a curated program of exhibitions and events at a workers’ union parliament in Melbourne, Australia which focuses on conditions of labour and cultural production. He has produced exhibitions with artists such as Jef Geys, Yale Union (2018), Patricia L. Boyd, 1856 (2018), Fred Lonidier, 1856 (2017), and B. Wurtz (2015); presented talks at Wiels, Brussels (2019), and Kunsthalle Zurich (2019).
Jeannine Tang is an art historian from Singapore, teaching at The New School as Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History and Interim Director of the Visual Studies program.
Michelle Williams Gamaker
Michelle Williams Gamaker is an artist working in moving image and performance, often in dialogue with film history. Through an interrogation of cinema and its artifice, she recasts characters as fictional activists, proposing critical alternatives to colonial and imperialist storytelling in early twentieth-century British and Hollywood studio films. Her work has featured in BFI Flare LGBTQ+ Film Festival (2017) and BFI’s LFF Experimenta program (2018, 2021), and is in the Arts Council Collection. Her trilogy Dissolution recently screened for MattFlix and I Multiply Each Day, at Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, and is currently on show at The London Open 2022 at Whitechapel Gallery. Williams Gamaker is joint-winner of Film London’s Jarman Award 2020, and is recipient of the Stuart Croft Moving Image Award 2020 for The Bang Straws (2021), which won the Best Experimental Film at Aesthetica Short Film Festival. She is also a recipient of the FLAMIN Productions Award to support her new film Thieves, and between 2022–25 she will be supported by the British Academy's Wolfson Fellowship to research Narrative Reparations: On Fictional Activism, Fictional Revenge and Fictional Healing.
Yechen Zhao is a doctoral candidate in art history at Stanford University and the Marcia Brady Tucker Curatorial Fellow in Photography at Yale University Art Gallery. He is currently completing a dissertation on posthumously discovered photographers in 1970s America. Other research projects include the MoMA installation photographer Soichi Sunami and the sixteenth-century Saint Veronica Altarpiece formerly displayed in Old Saint Peter’s Basilica. His writing will appear in a forthcoming issue of History of Photography dedicated to photography and policing. His work has been generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Center for Creative Photography.