Cosmin Costinaş (born 1982) is executive director/curator at Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong since late 2011. He was curator at BAK – basis voor actuele kunst since early 2009, where he curated the exhibitions I, the Undersigned by Rabih Mroué; Expo Zero (together with Martina Hochmuth); and Surplus Value by Mona Vătămanu and Florin Tudor.
He co-edited (with Jill Winder) the first monograph on the work of Vătămanu and Tudor (2009). Costinaş studied art history and history at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. He is an advisory board member of PATTERNS/ERSTE Foundation, Vienna. Costinaş co-curated (with Ekaterina Degot and David Riff) the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, entitled Shockworkers of the Mobile Image, Ekaterinburg, 2010, and was an editor of documenta 12 Magazines, Kassel/Vienna in 2005–2007. He co-authored the novel Philip (2007) and has contributed his writing to numerous magazines, books, and exhibition catalogs across Europe and South East Asia. Other recent curatorial projects include: After the Final Simplification of Ruins. Forms of historiography in given places, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2009; The Demon of Comparisons, Electric Palm Tree, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) and University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2009; Like an Attali Report, but different. On fiction and political imagination, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2008; and Textground, Display Gallery, Prague, 2004. Costinaş lives and works in Hong Kong.
Izabela Kowalczyk is an art historian, art critique and curator. She studied Art History at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (1990-95), Gender Studies at CEU in Budapest (1998) and was a participant of the Summer Institute in Art History and Visual Studies University of Rochester, USA in 1999.
In 2001 she defended a doctoral dissertation titled Body and Power in Contemporary Polish Art at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Currently she works at The School of Humanities and Journalism in Poznan (she teaches Art and Gender among others). The author of the books: The Dangerous Liaisons of Art and Body and Body and Power in Polish Critical Art, 2002, Polish-Mothers, Boys and Cyborgs. Art and Feminism in Poland, 2010; co-editor of the books: Women in Popular Culture, 2002, The Looking for the Little Girl, 2003, Women, feminism and media, 2005 (with Edyta Zierkiewicz). The founder and co-editor of the net magazine on feminism and visual culture Artmixwww.obieg.pl/artmix (since 2006 in cooperation with Obieg magazine, www.obieg.pl).
Martina Pachmanová is an art historian, independent curator, and writer. She is Assistant Professor at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. Her many essays and articles on modern and contemporary art, many of them dealing with issues of gender, sexual politics and feminism, have been published in periodicals and exhibition catalogues in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Croatia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Pachmanová is an author of several books: Mobile Fidelities: Conversations on Feminism, History, and Visuality (Prague 2001; English version: www.ukonline.co.uk/n.paradoxa); Invisible Woman: Anthology of Contemporary Texts on Feminism, History, and Visual Culture in the U.S. (Prague 2002); Unknown Territories of Czech Modern Art: Through the Looking Glass of Gender (Prague 2004); Artemis and Dr. Faustus: Women in Czech and Slovak Art History (together with Milena Bartlová; Prague 2008); and a monograph of a forgotten Czech female modernist, Milada Marešová: Painter of New Objectivity(Prague – Brno 2008). She is an author and editor of a website focused on gender and modern visual culture www.zenyvumeni.cz (in Czech only).As a curator, Pachmanová organized more than twenty exhibitions of contemporary art; among the most recent projects are: Bodies – Languages – Institutions (part of a large project Formats of Transformation: Seven Views on the New Czech and Slovak Identity) House of Art, Brno, 2009 (CZ) – MUSA, Vienna, 2010 (AU); Behind the Velvet Curtain: Seven Women Artists from the Czech Republic, Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, Washington, D.C., 2008 (USA); Cultural Domestication – Instinctual Desire, University of Toledo, Ohio, 2005 (USA).
Georg Schöllhammer is an editor, author, curator and editor-in-chief of the magazine Springerin – Hefte für Gegenwartskunst, Vienna, which he founded in 1995. From 1988 to 1994 he was visual arts editor for the Austrian newspaper Der Standard.
Schöllhammer has been a visiting professor in the field of theory and contemporary art at the Kunstuniversität, Linz. From 2005 to 2007, he was editor-in-chief of Documenta 12 and head of documenta 12 magazines, an international cooperative project involving more than a hundred magazines worldwide. In addition, Schöllhammer is chair of The Július Koller Society, Bratislava, leads the research group Local Modernities – Architecture at the Margins of the Soviet Empire (Frankfurt/Berlin, exhibition 2012 AZW Vienna), is project director of Sweet Sixties (a joint research initiative on late modernism and the neo-avantgarde in Central and West Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa, based in Istanbul and Vienna), and co-founded the international research group L’International Art from the Decline of Modernism to the Rise of Globalization (Ljubljana, Barcelona, Vienna). Schöllhammer is head of tranzit.at and a member of the art advisory committee of Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Bank. From 2011 to April 2012 he was artistic director of Viennafair together with Hedwig Saxenhuber.