Christina Novakov-Ritchey is teaching fellow and doctoral candidate in Culture and Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She teaches on postsocialism, video and performance art, global colonialisms, and anti-colonial resistance. Novakov-Ritchey’s research work focuses on socialist modernity and political ecology in the Yugoslav region. She is a core member of the Dialoguing Posts Network and has recently co-organized the 2019 symposium “Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Empire in Southeastern Europe” at the University of Toronto.
Arushi Singh is a PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow in Culture and Performance at UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance. Her academic research and teaching practice engage anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist readings of global art and performance histories, specifically focusing on political economies of cultural production in India. Arushi is trained in Bharatanatyam, Vinyasa Yoga and the Grotowski technique, and has had a dance-theatre career spanning over a decade. She is currently serving as guest editor for a special issue of Race & Yoga, entitled “South Asian Perspectives on Yoga.”
Darla Migan is an arts writer and cultural critic based in New York. Since 2018 Darla has written and published essays and criticism on visual culture focusing on contemporary artists such as Izzy Barber, Alex Becerra, Bilge Friedlaender, Julie Mehretu, Jon Rafman, Faith Ringgold, and Gabriela Vainsencher. She holds a Master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook’s Art and Philosophy program and in 2019 Darla successfully defended her Ph.D dissertation, Orienting Authentic Judgements: Adrian Piper’s Contributions to Black Aesthetics, in the Philosophy Department at Vanderbilt University. Her writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, CulturedMag, and Texte zur Kunst.
Luce de Lire is a ship with eight sails and she lays off the quay. A time traveller and collector of mediocre jokes by day, when night falls, she turns into a philosopher, performer and media theorist. She could be seen curating, performing, directing, planning and publishing (on) various events. She is working on and with treason, infinities, post secularism, self destruction, fascism and seduction – all in mixed media. For more, see: www.getaphilosopher.com
Triwi Harjito is a PhD candidate in Culture and Performance in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her doctoral research explores the embodied and archival representations of the dancing and performing body on film from colonial to post-independence Indonesia. As a dancer and choreographer specializing in Indonesian and Javanese dance, she has performed throughout the United States and Indonesia, collaborating with noted artists of dance, music, theater and film. She holds degrees from New York University and Cornell University.
Ana Stojanović is an actress, Serbian and Indonesian traditional dancer and a dance researcher. After her bachelor studies at the Acting Department of the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, she was a recipient of IACS Indonesian Art and Culture Scholarship 2013, supported by Ministry of foreign affairs of Indonesia, for studies in the field of Asian Theatre; traditional Indonesian dance; Wayang kulit - traditional Shadow Theatre. In 2016., she acquired her Master’s degree in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage at the consortium of four prestigious universities in Norway, France, Hungary and United Kingdom. As a Ph.D. candidate in Culture and Performance at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance of the University of California Los Angeles, USA, she examines how symbolically nations can be represented through large-scale spectacles, where Sokol physical regimens get appropriated and repacked in different historical contexts. Throughout her academic and professional engagement, Ana had the opportunity to explore various artistic disciplines, both in the capacity of a researcher and a practitioner. She continually strives to develop a unique understanding of what it means to be a socially conscious artist.
manuel arturo abreu (*1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet/artist from the Bronx. They studied linguistics (BA Reed College 2014), & work with what is at hand in a process of magical thinking with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. They are the author of two books of poetry and one book of critical art writing. They've published writing at Rhizome, Art in America, CURA, The New Inquiry, Art Practical, SFMoMA Open Space, AQNB, etc. abreu also composes club-feasible worship music as Tabor Dark, with 12 releases to date. They also co-founded and co-run home school, a free pop-up art school in Portland in its fifth year of curriculum. Recent solo and duo shows: Portland State University, Portland; Yaby, Madrid; the Art Gym, Portland; Open Signal, Portland; Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle. Recent group shows: Superposition, LA; Veronica, Seattle; Felix Gaudlitz, Vienna; Critical Path, Sydney; Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; NCAD Gallery, Dublin; online with Rhizome and the New Museum; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva. Recent curatorial: Yale Union, Portland; Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Iowa City; SOIL, Seattle; Paragon Gallery, Portland; old Pfizer Factory, Brooklyn; S1, Portland; AA|LA Gallery, LA; MoMA PS1, NYC. [MANUELARTUROABR.EU]
Hannah Black is an artist and writer working across installation, video, performance and text. In her often collaborative work, she uses her own writing as a starting point and blends theoretical, historical and personal material. Black’s recent solo and collaborative shows include Beginning, End, None, Performance Space, New York (2019); Aeter, Eden Eden, Berlin (2018); aNXIETINa, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva (2018); Some Context, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2017); I Need Help, Real Fine Arts, New York (2017); Small Room, mumok, Vienna (2017) and Screens Series: Hannah Black, New Museum, New York (2016). As part of a performance collaboration with musician Bonaventure and artist/designer Ebba Fransén Waldhör, ongoing since 2016, she has performed at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; ICA, London and MoMA PS1, New York, among other venues. She has written for a number of publications, including Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Tank, Harpers, 4 Columns and The New Inquiry. She is also the author of two books: Life (2017), co-written with Juliana Huxtable, and Dark Pool Party (2015). Black holds an MFA in art writing (writing-based art practice) from Goldsmiths, University of London (2013), and she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Programme, New York (2013–2014). Born in 1981 in Manchester, Black currently lives and works in New York.