Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is a writer, art historian and curator based in Rome, Italy, and New York, NY, USA. Christov-Bakargiev was recently appointed Director of the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2015). She has been the Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Chief Curator at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (2002–2008), and its Director in 2009; Artistic Director of the 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008) and Senior Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA affiliate, New York, NY, USA (1999–2001). The author of publications including Arte Povera (London: Phaidon Press, 1999), she has written extensively on such a movement and on the work of artists such as William Kentridge, Janet Cardiff, and Pierre Huyghe. She curated numerous exhibitions, including among others, ‘On Taking a Normal Situation and Retranslating it into Overlapping and Multiple Readings of Conditions Past and Present’, Antwerp, Belgium (1993), ‘The Moderns’, Rivoli-Turin, Italy (2003), and ‘Faces in the Crowd’, London, UK, and Turin (2004). She co-curated the first edition of the Turin Triennial (2005).
Rasa Antanavičiūtė is the Executive Director of the Nida Art Colony (NAC), a subdivision of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. Located on the Curonian spit in the Baltic Sea five hours away from the Lithuanian capital, NAC was opened in March 2011 with an aim to create favourable conditions for creative contemporary art practices as well as for the implementation of innovations in art education by promoting international cooperation. NAC runs an international artist-in-residence programme, organises and hosts local and international workshops, summer schools, presentations, exhibitions and film screenings. Antanavičiūtė works with art and education project management, the Nida artist-in-residence programme and other issues related to art and education. With a background in art history, her main research interest lies in the history of symbolic public spaces and their function as identity builders, memory constructors and targets of political powers.