Mihret kebede is an Artist/poet graduated from Addis Ababa university School of Fine Arts and Design in painting with distinction in 2007 and has earned her MA in arts from the same school in 2016. She has received a certificate award of recognition as the best practicing artist in 2013 from the Ministry of culture and tourism, Ethiopia.
Mihret did several collaborative poetry and jazz projects and performances with Studio Olafur Eliasson followed by her show in the studio in 2012. Mihret has participated in several local and international art exhibitions, workshops, residencies and collaborative art projects. Beyond her artistic practices she is also known for organizing local and international artistic events and festivals. Mihret is also co-organizing Addis video art festival together with the initiator of the festival Ezra Wube.
Mihret is a PhD-in-practice program candidate at the academy of fine arts with a working title ‘Conversing with Silence’
Robel Temesgen (b. 1987, Ethiopia) received a BFA in Painting from Addis Abeba University in 2010. His practice focuses on painting and encompasses elements of performance, installation, video and collaborative projects.
Temesgen taught painting at the Alle School of Fine Arts and Design, Addis Abeba between 2010 and 2013. He is currently undertaking an MFA at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art, University of Tromsø, Norway. His work has been exhibited in Ethiopia and internationally.
Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir (b. 1989 in Iceland) works in various mediums from performances and videos to collage drawings. Her work is an attempt to use personal or fictional scenarious and narratives to be in dialogue with how personal value versus collective value can overlap within the context of a cultural production.
Dagrún graduated in the year 2016 with M.A degree in Fine Art from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, a partner institute with Goldsmiths University in London. Dagrún works in collaboration with artists in Europe and Asia, organizing, writing and curating projects in collaboration with contemporary art institutions as well as artist run spaces.
Dagrún has exhibited her work in Xiamen and Shanghai China, Basel Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Manila Philippines as well as taking part in various group and solo exhibitions in Iceland. In 2015 she was selected to be part of the Icelandic biennale Sequences VII curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, creative director of Mostyn. In start of 2016 she was chosen to be part of the project Night Transmissions curated by Margot Norton, associate curator at The New Museum, where video works by 38 international artists were broadcasted on the Icelandic National Broadcast Service, Television Channel RÚV.
Currently she is curating and participating in a project called Professional Amateur opening this summer in Kling and Bang Gallery in Reykjavík, Iceland and later this year with ABC Klubhuis in Antwerp, Belgium.
Sarah Workneh has been Co-Director at Skowhegan since January 2010 and works in New York and Maine handling all programmatic and educational matters involving the participants and faculty each summer, related programs throughout the year, and facilities on campus. Before coming to Skowhegan, Sarah worked at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency, most recently as Associate Director (2004-2010), where she worked with thousands of artists at various stages of their careers, creating environments, developing accredited coursework to inspire fresh and exciting work, and overseeing all aspects of operations at the 102-year old school and residency. Sarah has served as a panelist and advisor in a wide variety of conferences and symposia, including for the Alliance of Artists Communities, College Art Association, and ThreeWalls (Chicago). She serves on the committee for the Black Artists Retreat, is a member of Rethinking Residencies, and works directly with Skowhegan alumni to produce and create off-site programs. She was the first guest editor of Art Papers magazine, and contributed toPastelegram, and other publications and projects. Sarah has B.A.s in Linguistics and Russian from the University of Maryland and has pursued coursework toward her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul University.
Kimberli Gant is the Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Texas Austin pursuing research on photographic depictions of Lagos, Nigeria.
Kimberli's curatorial experience includes: The Contemporary Austin (2012), UT's Warfield Center for African & African Diaspora Studies (2013), Deutsche Bank America in New York (2010) and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York where she was the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs (2005-2010). She also recently completed the Center for Curatorial Leadership's inaugural Mellon Foundation Seminar in New York (2014).
Kimberli's work has been published in academic books such as Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (2015), art publications such as Art Lies and African Arts, and exhibition catalogues for The Contemporary Austin, the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos.
Betelhem Makonnen is a conceptual artist interested in the perennial questions of existence. Through her work, she investigates the relationship between elements usually perceived as contradictory using as a platform her own personal experiences in constant dialogue with the findings of her daily practice of observation, reading and wandering. She has exhibited internationally at galleries, festivals and cultural centers, most recently at the Centro Cultural do Brasil RJ (2015), Casa Daros (2014), DakArt Off Senegal (2014), and the Prix Videoformes in Clermont-Ferrand France (2014).
She was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (1972), educated mostly in the United States and currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Austin, Texas.
Will Corwin is a sculptor based in New York. He writes for Frieze, ArtPapers, The Brooklyn Rail, and Artcritical and has a regular interview program on Clocktower Radio. His most recent projects include "La Dolce Vita," the fall 2015 issue of Art Core Journal that was a collection of short videos with artists including Joyce Pensato, Mike Cloud, Carin Riley, Roxy Paine, Mike Ballou, Xaviera Simmons, and Paul Anthony Smith; a series of articles about the origins of human creativity for ArtPapers that began with an interview with Colin Renfrew, and the exhibition Devotion at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery and Cyborg at Zurcher Gallery, both in New York in the fall of 2015. Corwin curated the 2015 Lumen Video Art Festival at Snug Harbor and he curated a short program of mostly New York based artists for the 2015-16 Addis Video Art Festival.
Portia Malatjie completed an MA in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand (2011) following a Fine Art degree at the same institution (2008). She has curated numerous exhibitions, which include it began with a walk, an exhibition of video artworks from the Emile Stipp collection (2013, 2014); commute with intuitive instinct, Brundyn+ (2014); suspension of disbelief, Brundyn+ (2015); Transference, Johannesburg Art Gallery (2012), and many others. In 2012, Malatjie was guest curator for the MTN New Contemporaries Award, which led to an exhibition at the Castle of Goodhope in Cape Town. She lectured History of Art and Visual Culture at Rhodes University, Grahamstown (2012 – 2013) and has guest lectured at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University. She has published in journals, exhibition catalogues and newspapers such as the Mail & Guardian, Artthrob, Third Text, Social Dynamics and Public Intimacy: Art and other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, published by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Malatjie was Head Curator of Brundyn+ Gallery (2014 - 2015) and the director of the AVA Gallery (2015). She was one of the recipients of the 2014 College Art Association Travel Grant where she travelled to Chicago to attend and present at the Annual College Art Association Conference.
Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a mixed media artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Through autobiography his work references the notion of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the dialogical tension between "here" and "there". Ezra's exhibitions include the Dak'Art 2014 Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2014); 5TH Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco (2014); The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art SESC_Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); and At the same moment, Time Square Midnight Moment program, New York, NY (2013).
Ezra's awards and residencies include Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, Wave Hill Winter Workspace Residency, Bronx, NY, Triangle Art Residency (2015), AIM, Bronx Museum of the Arts (2014); Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY (2013); The Substation, Johannesburg, South Africa (2011); Château de la Napoule, France (2011). Ezra received his BFA (2004) from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA and an MFA (2009) from Hunter College, New York, NY.
Francesco Scarel obtained my Ph.D. in 2013 in Germany after four years full-time working as a chemist in the exciting multicultural environment of the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies. During this time he started to focus on scientific communication and publishing, and to consider the audio-video language a very powerful way of communication.
After the Ph.D. he joined Kineofilm, a company with international experience in producing both documentary and fiction movies. Kineofilm invented an approach called "Multisensorial Video Literacy" (VAM) a technique that obtained UNESCO's patronage and is currently developing through workshops and seminars. Through this technique Francesco gained experience in the video production process: editing, filming, sound recording, post-production activities, web-production.
Since 2013 he works as organizer/video-maker in a Multimedia Art Festival in Italy (DobiArtEventi) together with Dobialab, an association mainly interested in improvisation music and performances in Europe. Since 2014 he collaborates with italian NGO "Un Ponte Per" and Italian Consortium of Solidarity ICS, working with refugees and asylum seekers. With Kineofilm he started a series of workshops where VAM technique is used to teach italian language to asylum seekers in Italy.