Esa Nickle joined the Performa team in May 2005 as the Biennial Coordinator of the Performa 05 biennial and has since expanded her role as the line producer of Performa commissions, international tours and special events. During her 16 years working in the field she has managed large scale public art events, art education programs, and curatorial projects for the city agencies such as the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival in London. Since arriving in New York in 1998 Nickle has worked with public art consultant Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz, MTA Arts for Transit, managed White Box, a non-profit alternative contemporary arts space in Chelsea and curated several exhibitions and programs on sound art and experimental music. Nickle studied the Sociology of Art at Indiana University and Art History at the City University, London.
Mihnea Mircan is the artistic director of Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, where he has recently curated the exhibitions 'A Slowdown at the Museum' and '1:1. Hans van Houweligen and Jonas Staal'. His forthcoming projects are a project with Jean-Luc Moulène and the group exhibition 'Allegory of the Cave Painting'. From 2005 to 2006 he was curator of Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. At the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, he curated exhibitions such as 'Under Destruction', a series of site-specific interventions, 'Sublime Objects' and surveys of the artists Sean Snyder and Jaan Toomik. Other recent curatorial projects include: ‘History of Art, the’, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 2010; ‘Since we last spoke about monuments’, Stroom Den Haag, 2008; ‘Low-Budget Monuments’, 52nd Venice Biennial, Romanian Pavilion, Venice, 2007. Mircan has recently contributed texts to monographs of Pavel Buchler and Nina Beier, as well as to magazines such as Mousse and Manifesta Journal.
Koyo Kouoh is a Cameroonian-born independent exhibition maker and cultural producer educated in Banking Administration and Cultural Management in Switzerland and France. She is the founder and artistic director of Raw Material Company, a centre for art, knowledge and society in Dakar, Senegal. Kouoh has served as agent to Carolyn Christov-Barkagiev’s dOCUMENTA (13). She co-curated ‘Les Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine’ in Bamako in 2001 and 2003. Specialising in photography, video and art in the public space, she has curated numerous exhibitions internationally and written on contemporary African art. Besides a sustained theoretical and exhibition program at Raw Material Company, she maintains a dynamic curatorial activity beyond the African borders. Over the past years she has overseen exhibitions, publications and discursive programmes including contemporary artists, thinkers and writers. Recent exhibitions include ‘Hollandaise: a journey into an iconic fabric’, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Raw Material Company (2013); ‘Boulevard du Centenaire Made in China, photography of the Chinese migration to Dakar’, Shanghai Biennial and Raw Material Company (2012) and ‘Chronicle of a Revolt: photographs of a season of protest’, Raw Material Company and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2012). In collaboration with Anne-Marie Bouttiaux and David Adjaye, she curated the contemporary section of ‘GEO-graphics: a map of African art past and present’, an exhibition that celebrated 50 years of African Independence at Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium (2010). She co-curated ‘Make yourself at home’, an exhibition in collaboration with Charlotte Bagger-Brandt for Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, Denmark (2010). The project reflected on the notion of hospitality in contemporary art in the context of international migration. Kouoh was associate curator of SUD, Salon Urbain de Douala (2010), a triennial of art in the public space initiated by the contemporary art centre Doual’art in Douala, Cameroon.
RoseLee Goldberg, art historian, critic, curator and author whose book Performance Art: from Futurism to the Present first published in 1979, pioneered the study of performance art. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art (London University), she was director of the Royal College of Art Gallery in London and curator at The Kitchen in New York. In 1990 she organized ‘Six Evenings of Performance’ as part of the exhibition ‘High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Author of Performance: Live Art Since 1960 with Laurie Anderson, she is a frequent contributor to Artforum and other magazines. In 2001-02 Goldberg originated and produced Logic of the Birds, a full length multimedia production by Iranian born artist Shirin Neshat in collaboration with singer Sussan Deyhim, which premiered at the Lincoln Center Summer Festival in 2002 and toured to the Walker Art Institute in Minneapolis and to Artangel in London. RoseLee Goldberg has lectured extensively at The Architectural Association in London, California Institute of the Arts, Yale, Princeton and Tate Modern, and has taught at New York University since 1987.