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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 

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 .perf, a nomadic performance festival in Geneva. In 2012 she founded the artist residency Embassy of Foreign Artists and co-directed it for 5 years. Furthermore, she worked as visual arts specialist for the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and as cultural counsellor (visual arts, video and film) for Canton Basel-City. Since 2018, she is the coordinator of the Swiss Performance Art Award and she teaches theory at the HKB, school of Arts, in Bern.

Nicolas Brulhart

Nicolas Brulhart is the artistic director of Fri Art, 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

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 festival Zürcher Theater Spektakel. In autumn, she will take over the direction of the Gessnerallee Zürich with Michelle Akanji and Juliane Hahn.

Kopano Maroga

Kopano Maroga is a performance artist, writer, cultural worker and co-director of the dance, movement and embodied politics publication and performance platform ANY BODY ZINE. They are currently living and working in Ghent, as curator and dramaturg for Kunstencentrum Vooruit. 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

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

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 DAS Theatre, in curation program. His current research deals with “Language as Power” in the art world and explores the idea of intention and action for larger change. He works with colleges, universities and organizations as a facilitator, consultant, jury and advisor and has curated various international art residencies in India. Food and art being of his interest for community building, he founded two hybrid spaces, Sabarmati Cafe & Theatre in 2017 and Meraki’s Kitchen & Theatre in 2015.

Mathilde Villeneuve

Mathilde Villeneuve is the artistic director of BUDA Arts Centre, 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.

She also 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 blog of text writing and chronicles in literature, dance and film.

Laurence Wagner

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