CALL 2020 · LOOKING FOR MONSTERS · MEET THE JURY
Get to know the eight jury members who will be in charge of selecting the winning
projects from the 278 applications we received.
Madeleine Amsler is an art historian and freelance curator based in Geneva. She has acquired experience in the institutional art world (e.g. Mamco, Geneva, Print Room of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne) as well as in the independent art scene (Forde and Ex-Machina in Geneva).
From 2011 to 2017, she co-directed
Nicolas Brulhart is the artistic director of , Kunsthalle Fribourg. He holds a MA in Film History and Philosophy from the University of Lausanne. He worked for several years as a researcher for the Swiss National Science Foundation, specialized in the arts of the 1960s. Since 2013, he organized numerous exhibitions including projects focusing on the history of radical artistic practices from that period.
He co-founded the WallRiss independent art space in Fribourg and ran it from 2013 to 2016. From 2016 to 2018, he co-directed the independent art space Forde in Geneva. He presented a series of group shows that explored the figure of the artist as a model of contemporary subjectivity, as well as exhibitions by emerging swiss talents and international artists. During his tenure, Forde also hosted projects of a more social and politically engaged nature. In 2018, his work was awarded a Swiss Art Award by the Federal Office of Culture in the curation category.
Between 2014 and 2019, he managed the archives of the Kunsthalle Bern, for which he organized exhibitions as part of the institution's centennial.
Picture © Nicolas Brodard
Rabea Grand studied cultural studies with a specialization in sociology at the Fernuni Hagen and Luzern Universities. She worked in Dampfzentrale Bern, for Reso – Dance Network Switzerland and collaborated as freelance production manager with several artists in the fields of theater, dance or performance.
From 2014 to
2017, she was responsible for the artistic program of the theater festival AUAWIRLEBEN,
along with the art director. From 2015 to 2017, she has been a member of the Theater Commission for the City of
Zürich and between 2018 and 2019, she participated in the programming of the
Kopano Maroga is a performance artist, writer, cultural worker and co-director of the dance, movement and embodied politics publication and performance platform . They are currently living and working in Ghent, as curator and dramaturg for . They are a Master's candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies in Public Spheres and Performance Studies at the Institute for Creative Arts, University of Cape Town.
Their interests and work
lie at the intersection of art, social justice and healing knowledge systems.
Their current research is in the potential of disidentification and
biomythography as tools for destabilizing rigid identity theory. They very much
believe in the power of love as weapon of mass construction.
Lucas Monème works as a kitchen cook, musician, and music programmer. He is currently focusing his questions on meditation techniques, states of consciousness and their possible relationships with the field of sound arts. The materials used in his work such as sound, space, deep listening, field recording, human voice, foods, the meal and rituals, build relationships and hybridize giving sense to interactions.
Lucas is also influenced by the questions related to acculturation and its Iranian cultural heritage. He has recently exposed his projects, ideas and dj sets in Mexico City, at Fri Art Kunsthalle (Fribourg), Eeeeh (Nyon), Bad Bonn (Düdingen) and in residency at the interdisciplinary festival Technoculture 2 in Fribourg.
Picture © Mehdi Benkler
Pankaj Tiwari is a curator, theatre-maker and educator from India. Between 2011 and 2018, he worked as creative director for the performance-based group The Fotons. After working extensively on creating a dialogue between science, art and nature, he founded Collective-PAST-Collective (2008), in collaboration with Agat Sharma.
Currently based in Amsterdam, he is part of
Mathilde Villeneuve is the artistic director of , in Kortrijk, a place dedicated to the performing arts and cinema, both as a workplace for artists and for public performances. From 2013 to 2018, she co-directed Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, a place of research and experimentation in art open to all artistic fields, with Dora Garcia and Alexandra Baudelot, which strives to create conditions for artists to emerge from singular forms, where art is linked to current social and political concerns. Practice and theory combine to explore, as freely as possible, the furrows of a common thought.
She has accompanied vast and prolific projects, including those of visual artists and filmmakers Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson (Common Infra/ctions), visual artists and performers Romana Schmalisch (La Chorégraphie du travail) and Yael Davids (La Distance entre V et W), performers and choreographers Myriam Lefkowitz (Walk, Hands, Eyes - Aubervilliers), Adva Zakai (The Puzzle Is not a Solitary Game) or Remy Héritier and Léa Bosshard (Land Use). From 2007 to 2012, she coordinated the outdoor projects of the École Nationale Supérieure d'arts Paris-Cergy and programmed its Parisian exhibition space, La Vitrine, including group and solo exhibitions by Simon Boudvin, Oystein Ossan, Olivier Dollinger, Cyril Verde, Cyril Dietrich, Franck Leibovici.
works as an exhibition curator and independent art critic (for art magazines,
magazine and online media AOC). In collaboration with Virginie Bobin, she
co-edited Re-publications, published by Archive Books (Berlin) in 2012,
which analyses artistic practices consisting in the re-circulation of
confiscated historical information. With Claire Moulène, she published in 2008
a book of residence of the Ateliers des Arques (Edition B42). She maintains a
Laurence Wagner graduated in French Literature, Art History, History and Aesthetics of Cinema from the University of Lausanne and obtained her Master in CCC (Critical Curatorial Cybermedia) studies from HEAD Geneva in 2011. She worked as an assistant at the Mamco in Geneva, the Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art in New York, the FRAC Île-de-France, Le Plateau in Paris and for the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
From 2014 to 2018, she was programmer (and much more) for the TU-Théâtre de l'Usine in Geneva. During this period, she won the WFAC scholarship from the City of Geneva for her work in cultural outreach (2015) and participated to numerous juries for institutions and festivals such as the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Premio, Embassy of Foreign Artists, HEAD, the Swiss Performance Prize, the Belluard Festival, Corodis, the State of Geneva.
Since 2018, she has coordinated the Watch & Talk residency program at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, teaches “anger” at the Manufacture (Master's degree in stage direction), has organized events as an independent curator (for the CAN, the Swiss Institute in Rome, the Swiss Salon at the Venice Biennale, etc.), writes about music and the performing arts, produces radio plays and works on a collection of poetry and essays. Between 2018 and 2019, she has been resident at the Swiss Institute in Rome. She is the director of the Belluard Bollwerk International Festival and will present her first edition in 2020.
Picture © Dorothée Thébert-Filliger