Alexandra Lerman

Is  a  Russian  born  New  York  based  artist  whose  work  interweaves  documentary  and  fiction  in  sculpture,  performance,  photography,  and  video  to  interrogate  systems  and  ideologies  governing  the  post-industrial  world  of  immaterial  labor,  production,  communication  and  mediation.  The  themes  of  her  work  locate  themselves  in  historical  moments  in  which  language,  bodily  gesture,  expressive  freedom,  and  natural  ecosystems  come  into  conflict  with  the  abstract  forces  of  private,  institutional  and  governmental  control  such  as  copyright,  artistic  ownership,  and  digital  licensing  and  merchandising.  Lerman's  individual  and  collaborative  projects  have  been  shown  at  SculptureCenter,  Tina  Kim  gallery,  Storefront  for  Art  and  Architecture,  Anthology  Film  Archives,  Austrian  Cultural  Forum,  Artists  Space,  Whitney  Museum,  New  Museum,  Queens  Museum  in  New  York;  SIgnal  Center  for  Contemporary  Art  in  Malmö,  Sweden  and  MUSAC  in  Spain.  Alexandra  took  part  in  LMCC  Workspace  Program,  Open  Sessions  Residency  at  the  Drawing  Center  and  The  Art  &  Law  Program  in  New  York;  Banff  Centre's  "01  The  Retreat:  A  Position  of  DOCUMENTA  (13)"  in  Alberta,  Canada.  She  holds  an  MFA  from  Columbia  University,  2012  and  a  BFA  from  the  Cooper  Union  School  of  Art,  2004

Aleksandra Borys

Born in 1985, in Poland. Aleksandra lives and works in London. Art and science artists, working in a field of art, choreography, video, installations, photography, walking art, ecology, astronomy, anatomy, space science. Graduate of MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins- University of the Arts in London and BA Dance/Performer Codarts – University of Arts in Rotterdam. Her artistic research and interest orbits around the subject of human body in relation to the environment. She is exploring the relation of human body, Earth and Universe in scientific and cultural context. With a fascination into space travel her work admires the beauty of planet Earth Interested in looking at Earth from a distance, and how this ability influences the way life on our planet is approached. With her work, she wishes to challenge the way human physical existence is viewed in relation to its environment. Likes to approach the human body, nature, the Earth and Universe all as a physical being and as a one organism. Her choreographic works base on movement research, physical possibilities and functionality of human body in various environments. Combining choreographic approach to create installations that offer physical and kinetic experience of connectivity, and bring out physicality of scientific concepts.

Alina Duchrow

Alina d'Alva Duchrow was born in Fortaleza - CE - Brazil, lives and works in Brasilia. Architect and visual artist, she has a postgraduate degree in visual arts from the Alanus Hochschule University, Bonn, Germany (2010) and a Masters in Urban Development and Environment at the Federal University of Ceará - UFC (2003). Graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of São Paulo - EESC USP (1996). Alina works with various different  forms of media: Drawing, video, installations and performance. She has participated in collective exhibitions, individual exhibitions, performances and artistic residencies in several countries between Europe, Africa and Latin America.
As an artist she has used video, photography, drawing and installations in public and private spaces. The process is an important part of her work, integral to any consideration of a “final product”. Most of the time, the work focuses on a local context, a starting point that will generate tools and insights on how to deal with time, space and the other. To be aware of what the situation presents and deal with it, without preconceived ideas, allows the work to emerge as a consequence. Get "empty" of "ideas" but willing to the encounter is a key element in her creative process.

Allisson McElroy

Born in the USA in 1968 and currently resides in a rural town in the state of Alabama.

McElroy’s artistic interests lie in an exploration of ecosystem services: provisioning services that provide potable water, food, fibre and medicine; regulation services of crop pests and pollinators; supporting services that provide nutrients and oxygen production; cultural services that influence our beliefs and traditions. These systems make up and fulfill human life.

McElroy’s artistic process includes:

Lens of aesthetic = artistic eye on natural processes and materials. Discovery of new ways to work with natural materials pushing the boundaries of high art that is exhibited in museums.

Lens of science = microscopic examination through a Foldscope, a portable origami microscope that can be taken into the field to examine biodiversity unseen by the human eye.

Artistic Technique = sketching, writing, painting, photography, mixed media, on site recordings, and on site installation using native materials collected from the area.

Amber Marsh

Amber Marsh is an artist and graphic designer with eight years experience in the outdoor recreation industry. She has a passion for wood-working and adventure. After traveling and working abroad in New Zealand and Southeast Asia, she returned to school where she is currently working towards her MFA in Collaborative Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in the United States. Since returning to school she has been exploring our human connection with nature and how to expand these connections through making, research, and collaboration. Amber believes that if we can create a stronger awareness and connection with nature in society, we will instill more care for our environment across all industries, instigating profound impact on the planet.

Ana Brotas

Portuguese visual artist, born in 1990. She is interested in material and aesthetic manipulation in order to tell stories. The constant search to find appropriate forms of visual storytelling has led her to explore a wide range of mediums, consistently embracing a playful discourse that connects art with her social and ecological context. She studied Cinema at the Film and Theater School of Lisbon and Fine Art at both Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths University. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including throughout Europe, America and Asia. She was awarded at both Camberwell’s and Deptford’s Contemporary Visual Arts Festivals and selected works have been published in the “Young, Fresh and Relevant” journal and at several online magazines. Recently she has created a public interactive billboard for downtown Los Angeles commissioned by WeTransfer and an interactive performance piece for the Sydney Opera House Summer Program. Currently, she is coordinating the MAE arts project and teaching Audiovisual Communication at Antonio Arroio Art School in Lisbon.

Ana Carvalho

Portuguese visual artist and digital design consultant based in Lisbon. For the last fifteen years she has been focused on digital design and strategy, exploring sensorial concepts. In the last years she has been longing to explore new forms of visual expression and abstract representation by returning to paper and canvas. In 1999 she completed her degree in Graphic Design in Lisbon and shortly after received her a Master Degree in Digital Interfaces from the Escola Superior de Disseny Elisava / Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), tutored by the intermedia artist, musician and composer José Manuel Berenguer, director of the Orchestra del Caos. At the age of 5, she started music studies, playing the violin followed by the viola that became her main instrument. Ana has been presenting her work on several exhibitions and in late 2016 joined three other artists in the exhibition LIMES curated by Manuel Rodrigues, in Lisbon.
Her artistic and creative practice is a result of a visual media persistent research expressed by a large scope of mediums and distinguished techniques from digital platforms to paper. Influenced by her background, the relation between sound and visual elements has a strong presence. Her organic abstract compositions engage the concepts of place and landscape on different levels of depths.


Ananda Bi

Ananda  Bi  was  born  in  1990  in  Burgundy,  France.  In  2017,  she  received  her  DNSEP  (MFA  equivalent)  in  art  at  Ecole  Nationale  Supérieure  d’Art  Dijon,  France.  Her  work  has  been  exhibited  within  France  and  internationally,  including  «Topographie  de  l’Ailleurs»  at  Saint  Philibert  church,  Dijon,  Burgundy  and  «Take  a  look  on  the  other  side»  NUA  Gallery,  Nagoya,  Japan.  She  is  currently  creating  an  edition  of  prints  at  La  Métairie  fondation  in  Parly,  France  and  will  continue  her  research  into  the  intersection  between  the  painted  and  projected  image.  Upcoming  shows  include  «Variations  en  Forêt»  at  Espace  Culturel  Franco-Chinois,  Paris,  France.  Ananda  Bi  currently  lives  and  works  in  Le  Val  D’Ocre,  Burgundy,  France.

Andrzej Tarasiuk

 Andrzej Tarasiuk was born in Gdynia, Poland in 1980. He moved to Toronto, Canada with his family  while still a teenager.  He graduated with a BFA in Drawing & Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2014. While painting a river zigzagging through a valley in the Chocó reserve, a pattern of growth emerged, like a time lapse stretching back centuries. The artist was able  to discern where landslides occurred, where trees had fallen, and where people burned away the forest to make room for pasture. The seemingly static hill suddenly changed, and  its slow flow became perceptible to his  imagination. The abstract notions of reality as process became evident in the environment around him and he became interested in the possibility of using landscape to highlight the elusive progression of change, connecting its natural, historical, and social dimensions. This expended his research, documentation, and art-making (painting/photography/sculpture) within three visual categories:  access points, soil, and human settlements forming his current project “Nature: a Space of Flows.” The artist’s  goal is to cross-reference his experiences through a variety of landscapes, looking at the underlining processes which shape them and hopefully gaining new insight into the role and responsibility humanity holds in this process.

Angela Francis

 Angela Sangma Francis is a Bangladeshi-British writer who grew up in the bustling city of Hanoi and the rural landscapes of Devon in the South West England. Living and working in Berlin, she now develops fiction and non-fiction illustrated books for children. She works with UK based publishers to create stories that can engage young readers about the natural world. Her first publication, Everest (Flying Eye Books), was released in 2018 and received a ‘Special Mention’ in the Bologna Ragazzi Awards, and selected as an’ Outstanding Science Book’ by the Children’s Book Council, 2019. It has been translated into 14 languages. She is also author or the ‘Secret Lives of…’ series published by Flying Eye Books. Through her writing she endeavours to conjure the majesty and magic of the natural world. She is interested in unpicking the function of nature in myths and how we might cast this into the present and create fables of nature for now and the future.

Anibal Turenko Beça

Fourth generation Visual Artist from Amazonas. Since 1992 investigates the Amazon: from natural, biodiversity and anthropological (indigenous societies)  aspects; specializing in the Amazonian people and their relationship with the rivers, the forest and Amazonian symbols. Conceptual work with different supports and material, performances and urban art derives from this.

Anne Jezini

Anne Jezini was born and lives in Manaus. She comes from a family of Muslim and Moroccan Jewish immigrants who came to the Amazon during the rubber boom period. Jezini is a singer, songwriter, creative director and executive producer. She grew up in downtown Manaus, absorbing the urban environment and the forest that surrounds the city. She graduated with a degree in Biology with an emphasis on Biodiversity and Conservation from the Federal University of Amazonas, and began her musical career after studying music at a school in Hackney, UK. Her delicate musical aesthetic is informed by her experience listening to Amazonian music, Brazilian pop music, Bossa nova, and R & B. She has two studio albums, “Toda queda guarda um susto" (2015) and "Cinética" (2016). In her upcoming work, she will experiment between music and biological sciences, dialoguing and building a parallel between the city in which she was raised and its surrounding landscapes, translating the intrinsic relations between them and the people.

Anne-Katrin Spiess

Anne-Katrin Spiess defines her work as Conceptual Land Art. The Swiss artist lives and works in New York, and is interested in spaces, both physical and psychological, and how the two relate to one another. She creates site-specific projects in wide-open and extremely remote landscapes, where the severance from busy and hectic civilization creates a great distance from the “real” world. Spiess' projects exist only for a few hours or days at a time. Before they are disassembled and the landscape is returned to its original condition, she documents her work through large-scale photography, video and text. In several of her projects, performance and ritual assume an essential role and the space takes on significance through the actions performed in it. Because of the close connection with nature she has developed through her work, and the deep sense of responsibility she feel towards the planet, much of her work addresses and calls attention to environmental issues.

Ashley Cecil

Visual artist Ashley Cecil was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1981 and now resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She specializes in paintings of flora and fauna that illustrate the interconnectedness between the natural world and its inhabitants. Her love affair with all things organic and wild blossomed as the result of studying landscapes with accomplished master painters in London while earning her master's degree at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, immersing herself in vast collections of nature-inspired textile patterns in European museums, painting from live observation at conservation institutions such as the National Aviary, and collaborating with scientists to make research visually relatable to a broad audience.
Ashley’s collaborations with scientists take the form of in-depth residencies at museums and science labs. Her aim is to make work that is approachable and gets members of the general public engaged with dense science that they otherwise may have no means of appreciating.

Barbara Marcel

Has studied Film and Philosophy in Rio de Janeiro, holds a master’s degree in Art in Context at the Berlin University of Arts Berlin (UdK) and is currently a PhD candidate of Fine Arts at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar. Her work is based on the relationship between artistic and scientific research, investigating spaces and specific events with social-political concerns. Her Ph.D. project investigates the Essayfilm as a historiographical tool, focusing on issues related to postcolonial and cultural studies, with the Botanical Garden Berlin-Dahlem and its plants as current material of study.

Bárbara Sánchez Barroso

Bárbara Sánchez Barroso lives in Belgium and works in video and installation. Her studies of art, literature and audiovisual work are shown in the research, books and cinema featured in her practice. Her main interests are in the political dimensions of the personal and the vulnerable, the power of narrative, and the stories hidden in encounters in her daily life. Recently she has been exploring the difficulties of portraying the other through autoethnography and the relations between memories and fiction. She is also interested in the relation between humans and nature, and she lived for a year in a forest far removed from anything she had known. She likes to describe herself as a storyteller who tries to transcend the boundaries of life into fiction. Her work has been exhibited at Fundació Joan Miró and La Capella, Barcelona; and in group exhibitions at MHKA, Antwerp; Rathaus-Galerie Reinickendorf, Berlin; Naturgy Foundation, A Coruña; Centre d'Art La Panera, Lleida; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito; Sala Amadís, Madrid; B'Chira Art Center, and Tunis and Fran Reus Gallery, Mallorca. She has upcoming exhibitions in Lecce and Lissone, Italy and in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) of Taipei. She has screened her work in Jordan and the United Kingdom, and has been a lecturer at Universitat Barcelona (UB). Currently she is doing her post graduate studies at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent. Her works are part of the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Naturgy Foundation.

Benjamin Muzzin

Benjamin Muzzin is a Swiss artist working predominantly with digital moving images. Since graduating in 2013 from the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne in Switzerland, he has exhibited work in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Miami, and elsewhere. His work focuses on leaving the usual frame of the flat screen. He has explored different mediums, including kinetic installations, video mapping and live visuals. This directed his practice towards an idea that he is exploring now: that each animation should have its own custom designed display. He lives and works between Berlin and Lausanne, where he regularly teaches at the ECAL.

Betty Sargeant

Dr. Betty Sargeant is an internationally recognized Australian media artist. She is co-creative director of art and technology duo PluginHUMAN. PluginHUMAN create interactive and participatory art installations for international galleries, museums and festivals. Sargeant creates multi-sensory installations with a focus on disappearing the interface. She was the Melbourne Knowledge Fellow (Australia, 2016), is artist-in-residence at the Exertion Games Lab (RMIT University, Australia), and was creator-in-residence at the Asia Culture Centre (South Korea). Sargeant's PhD was ranked in the top three at the CHASS Prize (2015). She publishes her academic work and regularly speaks at public events. Sargeant has exhibited in Asia, Europe, the United States, and Australia, and has created media art installations for The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Questacon (the National Science and Technology Museum, Australia), the Oil Tank Culture Park (South Korea), C-Lab (Taiwan) and the Asia Culture Center (South Korea). She is currently creating a series of multisensory installations that are controlled by data from natural environments.

Bia Monteiro

Born in 1976, in Rio de Janeiro and is now based in NYC. She Received a MFA degree from the International Center of Photography in New York where she was awarded with the Director’s Fellowship in 2015/16. Bia is a visual artist working primarily with photography, video and installations. Her work references matters of displacement, as well as environmental concerns (mainly in Brazil) through the use of human body, historical references and architecture. Bia has exhibited her work in Brazil, Europe, Japan and New York, and is part of the Studio Duo collective in NYC.

Bianca Lee Vasquez

Born in 1983 in Miami, of cuban-ecuadorian origins, has lived and worked in Paris for the past 10 years. She works with nature in a way that is emphatically corporal, striving for a communion between body, nature and art. As an artist, she is interested in developing a metaphysical understanding and an earthbody expression that advances the promulgation of Ayni. Her interventions involve natural elements such as trees, branches or large stones intently exploring the connections between man and nature. Although she frequently uses her own body, she is rarely representing herself literally. The common thread running through her works draws from her sustained interest in her ancestral beliefs that cosmology and the human body are interrelated.

Blanca Botero

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, where currently lives and works. In recent years studied, worked and expressed point of view on issues of interest, using the expressive languages of art. Working life divided in two phases, the most recent being dedicated to art. Previously studied law and practiced for some years, working in  public and private sectors and a multilateral agency,  in Colombia and  the United States.

Carla Mercedes Hihn

Born 1981 in Hermannstadt (Romania) moved to Germany in 1983. She studied in Berlin at the University of Arts with the emphasis on drawing, printing and painting. Her recent works are drawings with pencil on paper based on the observasion of water surfaces. Appearing and passing waves and their reflections mediate the unstable as well as the continuity. The permanent changing phenomenon is impossible to catch while drawing so the result is a palimpsest structure of line patterns. A very high immediacy between perception, hand and line is achieved through the medium so the concentration on the very moment can be observed in the works. They are titled „Interferenz“, a physicist term, that means the superposition of two or more waves that form a resultant wave of greater, lower or the same amplitude.

During her studies she lived 6 months in Lisbon and gained the Helmuth-Thoma-Award for Grafic. After finishing her studies several other awards followed, such as the 2 year Studio-Grant of the Freundeskreis der Universität der Künste, the Elsa-Neumann-Grant for one year and the Berlin-Senat-Residency for 6 months in Istanbul. In Oktober 2013 she attended the DUCTAC residency in Dubai where she deveolped a permanent installation in DUCTAC Culture Center at the Mall oft he Emirates. 2011 and 2012 Hihn did solo shows in Berlin at Galerie SCHAUFENSTER and Galerie im Turm, 2013 in Istanbul at Hayaka Arti and 2015 in Berlin at Schauraum Ganghofer. Besides Berlin the artist participated in group shows in Vienna, Munich, Dresden, Potsdam, Miami and Budapest. 

Carolina Oltra

Carolina  Oltra  Thennet,  (b,  1968,  Rancagua,  Chile)  Visual  Artist.

Was born in   1968 in  Rancagua,  Chile. She is a  Visual  Artist Living  and  working  in  Santiago,  Chile.  She holds a Bachelor  of  Arts degree  with a major  in  Painting  from  the  Catholic  University  of  Chile,  with  additional  studies  in  architecture  and  photography.  She  has  participated  in  more  than  fifty  individual  and  collective  exhibitions,  in  places  like  Isabel  Aninat  Gallery,  Museo  de  Artes  Visuales,  and  Centro  Cultural in  Spain.  Her  work  has  been  displayed  in  the  United  States,  Brazil,  Spain,  Colombia,  Bolivia  and  Mexico.  She  has  participated  in  Contemporary  Art  Fairs such as  Ch.ACO,  ExpoFoto,  PARTE,  FilaAC.  She  has  also  presented  her  art  pieces  in  exhibitions  in  the  Chilean  Government  Palace  and  Telephone  foundations,  and  also  in  São Paulo – the  ESTAMPA  Symposium  with  an  urban  intervention, andthe  Latin  American  Memorial.    During  2016  she  exhibited  at  MAC  Bogota,  Colombia;  Enlace  Gallery,  Lima,  Perú;  International  Visual  Art  Biennial  of  Santa  Cruz  de  la  Sierra,  Bolivia.  She  undertook  Action  Work  and  Artistic  Residency  programs  at  Centro  cultural  Factoría  Santa  Rosa  in  Santiago,  Chile;  in  Acervo  Pérez  Sola,  Sao  Paulo,  Brazil,  and  Chilean  Patagonia,  Puerto  Tranquilo,  Aysén  Region.    Her work is developed around  studies  of  decomposition,  deconstruction  and  reconstruction  of  photographic  archives  in  digital  and  analog  media,  investigating   the  areas  of  time and space,  and  questioning  the  boundaries  of  territory,  geography  and  physics  through  visual  art

Catherine Sarah Young

Born in 1983, Manila, the Philippines. Artist, designer, and writer whose work explores emerging technologies and alternative futures through interactive storytelling, sensory experiences, and participatory art. She has worked in several countries for more than a decade, giving her unique perspectives into many cultures. Her experimental and interdisciplinary practice evokes conversation about our current systems, collective futures, and individual choices. Catherine has collaborated with scientists, companies, chefs, non-profits, and museums around the world. She often engages local communities, especially children, to participate in her work. In her writing, she explores subjects related to the environment, feminism, and future scenarios. She is the founder of The Apocalypse Project, an interdisciplinary platform that explores climate change and our environmental futures, and Future Rx, a platform for sustainability and citizen science. Catherine received her undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biotechnology from the University of the Philippines, fine art education from Barcelona, and an MFA in Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts NYC as a Fulbright scholar. She has spoken internationally about her work in various conferences and workshops, and has received grants and fellowships in the US, Spain, South Korea, Singapore, and Colombia.

Clarissa Tossin

Clarissa Tossin is a visual artist who uses installation, video, performance, sculpture, and photography to negotiate hybridization of cultures and the persistence of difference. By embracing semantic displacements in given material cultural ecosystems, Tossin's work reflects on circulation from the level of the body to the global industry. Her work has been exhibited widely, including in the exhibition Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2018), and in the Twelfth Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea (2018). In 2017, Tossin received a commission from the city of Los Angeles as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA for the exhibition Condemned to Be Modern at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Also in conjunction with PST: LA/LA, her work was included in the exhibition Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas at the UCR/California Museum of Photography, which will travel to the Queens Museum in 2019. As a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University, Tossin worked towards the installation Encontro das Águas (Meeting of Waters), which became the subject of a solo exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX. The project unfolded into a new exhibition, Future Fossil (2019), commissioned by the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University. Tossin's work has been exhibited domestically at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Queens Museum, New York; and internationally at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Iberê Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mullhouse, France; SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil; and Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Marl, Germany. Tossin holds an M.F.A. from the California Institute of Arts.

Claudia Tavares

Claudia Tavares was  born, lives and works  in  Rio  de  Janeiro,  Brazil.    She is currently a  PHD  student  at the Arts Institute of the State University of Rio de Janeiro – Instituto  de  Artes/UERJ,  Rio  de  Janeiro and holds an MA  in  Image  and  Communication from Goldsmiths  College,  London,  and  an MA  in  Visual  Languages from the Fine Arts School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – EBA/UFRJ,  Rio  de  Janeiro.  She uses  the  languages  of  photography,  video  and  installation  and  is  interested  in  the  many  possible  relations  between  art  and  nature.   Her  solo  exhibitions  are  ”Light  Boxes",  291  Gallery,  London,  "between  cloud  and  wind",  Atelier  Gallery,  “Node",  Espaço  Sérgio  Porto,  “Black  White”,  Galeria  Tempo,  "childhood  dress",  Atelier  Gallery,  Rio  de  Janeiro.  "I,  islands",  Kitchen  Gallery,  Porto,  Portugal  and  “Ephemeral  garden”,  XIX  Biennial  of  Ceveira,  Portugal. She was awarded  3rd place at the Biennial  of  visual  arts  in  Santos,  in 2005,  the  Faperj  Nota10  Scholarship  2016,  and  the  Capes  PhD  Scholarship  in  2017.  She has been teaching  photography  for  the  last  15  years,  at  Ateliê  da  Imagem  (private  school  of  visual  arts)  and    post-graduation classes  in  photography  and  image at the Cândido  Mendes University  .     

Cristina Ataíde

Cristina Ataíde is a visual artist, photographer and video artist. She lives and works in Lisbon. She earned her Masters degree in Sculpture and studied Design at the Superior School of Fine Arts at Lisbon University. She was a guest teacher at Lusofona University in Lisbon from 1997 to 2012. Most of her work is done during the artists' travels, and it transits between sculpture, drawing, photography and video. Concerns about nature are one of the most constant concerns in her work. She moves through different landscapes around the world, trying to understand its questions. She is personally and artisically preoccupied with denunciation of ecological crimes, the preservation of nature, and most recently, the problems that concern refugees. Issues concerning migration, for instance, are featured in her installation NO NAME, which has been presented in Rome, Madrid, France, and Brun, a will be at the Biennale Baku in Azerbaijan this year. She has been an artist-in-residence with Ethiopia Walkscapes' Hangar Residence, the Winter Workspace Program at Wave Hill (NYC), and Verflixt und Zugenauht (Wittenberge, Germany), among others.

Daniel Kukla

Visual artist, currently residing in New York City. Artistic practice informed by  intersection of  work as a photo-based artist and  formal training in biological and anthropological sciences. Works at juncture of these disciplines, creating work that has the power to articulate our ever changing relationship with the natural world.

Dawn M Gaietto

Dawn M Gaietto is a lens-based artist working and living in London. Her doctoral research project "What is happening here? [exploits of the nonhuman]" was an extended proposal for the term anthrodecentric art. Dissecting small components of the agency of a nonhuman allows for the momentary lapse in preconceived notions, the entertaining of a conceptual framework in which the nonhuman acts upon and influences the existence of a human. One of her recent projects focused on the instantiation of a functional pigeon loft within a gallery space. This intervention allowed for a potential reconfiguring of viewership--creating new formulations of sustainability--both in the art making practices and a wider practice of being-in-the-world. She produces work with collaborator Matthew Beach. 

Daniel Reyes León

Daniel Reyes León is a visual artist and writer from Santiago, Chile. He has exhibited in many countries, including Spain, Argentina, the USA, China, Colombia, and Sweden. He has been developing work where paradoxes, systems and machines propose materials that speak of the territory and its symbolic implications, displaying a poetic where interests meet technological, social and historical topics, linked through common materials such as water, gunpowder or magnetism. Some of his most recent exhibitions include “Montaña: la negación del ocio” (NAC Gallery, Santiago), "Montaña: máquinas de ocio (MAC Parque Forestal, Santiago), "La tonelada de lluvia "(CENTEX, Valparaíso, Chile), “Transferencia/Ruidos de fondo "(Edsvik Konsthall Gallery, Stockholm), “Mentiras Triviales" (Barcú, La Factoría, Bogotá),"Whites Lies” ( Convention Center, Los Angeles, USA), and “Las dos caras de la montaña" (Sala el Faro, Santiago). He has also exhibited at the XIII Bienal de Artes Mediales, Matucana 100, the MNBA, and international venues such as One Minute Festival, Digital Media 1.0, and the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM). He lives and works in Santiago, where he teaches at the FAU of the Universidad de Chile. He directs a publishing/editorial group called Adrede Editora, and is a participating artist in the Bacoarte Project at the Batuco Arte Contemporáneo.

Debbie Symons

Dr  Debbie  Symons  is  a  multi-disciplinary  artist  based  in  Melbourne,  Australia.  She  completed  her  PhD  Anthropocentrism,  Endangered  Species  and  the  Environmental  Dilemma  at  Monash  University  in  2014  with  the  support  of  an  Australian  Postgraduate  Scholarship.  Symons  collaborates  with  scientific  organisations  such  as  the  IUCN  Red  List  to  facilitate  the  statistical  data  pertaining  to  her  works.  Symons'  work  addresses  a  range  of  themes,  including  humanity's  complex  relationship  with  the  natural  environment,  the  dynamics  of  the  global  political  economy  and  the  effects  of  consumer  culture.  With  a  strong  research  base  incontemporary  science  and  species,  Symons  utilises  databases  to  investigate  the  links  between  these  themes  through  the  appropriation  of  mass  media  communication  vehicles.  Symons’  works  have  shown  internationally;  The  International  Urban  Screen  Association,  The  Streaming  Museum,  New  York  and  Galerie  Prodromus,  Paris.  Locally,  Symons’  has  exhibited  her  works  at  [MARS]  Gallery,  Craft  Victoria,  Linden  New  Art,  RMIT  Gallery,  Latrobe  Regional  Gallery.  Her  works  are  held  in  a  number  of  private  collections  within  Australia.    She  recently  completed  the  inaugural  Carlton  Connect  residency  for  the  City  of  Melbourne  as  part  of  the  CLIMARTE  Art+Climate=Change  2015  Festival  and  exhibited  in  ARTCOP21,  the  artistic  response  to  the  COP21  talks  in  Paris,  New  York  and  Melbourne

Débora Mazloum

Born in Rio de Janeiro, 1982. Lives and works between Brasilia and Rio, currently living in Brasilia. The artistic conceptual practice of her work is focused on the elaboration of spaces/places that attempts to establish dialogues with various different historical times, looking to develop the relation with territoriality and new landscapes as well as the creation of a hybrid fictional nature, questioning the relations that surround the real effect that institutions like museums, natural history museums and the curiosity cabinets attests trough installation, site - specific and drawings. The works are connected with the botanical universe, the cosmology and science, usually having the nature and the history as a common point. Mazloum holds a master degree in Artistic Contemporary Process from UERJ, the University of Rio de Janeiro State, and a bachelor degree in scenography and cinema from UFRJ. The artist has participated in several exhibitions in Brazil and in the current year is going to be at the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_ Videobrasil. 

Edith Derdyk

Edith Derdyk is a Brazilian artist, author and designer from São Paulo. She attended the Institute of Art and Decoration, and studied Fine Arts at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation (FAAP). The line has always been the structure which the poetics of her work has developed around. She produces drawing, engraving, photography, installation work, objects and bookworks. She has exhibited her work in Brasil at MASP, Pinacoteca of São Paulo, Cultural Center of Banco do Brasil, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tomie Othake Institute, MAM, MAC, Paço das Artes, Paço Imperial, Palácio das Artes; and in Germany, the USA, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Switzerland, and Denmark. Derdyk is the author of Ways of Thinking: The Drawing of Human Figures (Zouk 2010/Scipione, 1988/9); Sewing Line (C/Arte 2010Iluminuras/1997); and Line of Horizon (Escuta/2001), and organized the publications Between one and thousand: the object book and its poetics (Senac 2013) and Disegno.Drawing.Design (Senac 2010). She has received support from the Instituto de Estudios Críticos (Mexico City), Proac, FUNARTE, Porto Seguro, the Paulista Academy of Art Critics, The Banff Centre, and others.

Elin Glærum Haugland

Born in 1988, in Oslo, Norway. She was educated at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts and completed a course in Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, Norway. She explores closeness and collaboration between nature and man in different cultures, especially indigenous ones. Elin is doing this through her work with painting, writing in-depth articles from her discoveries and by producing experimental art films of performances in nature. She conducts journeys for research and art production. Elin creates paintings that are made using color pigments collected from nature. The colors are connected to the places where she travels and the cultures she meets. By using her sensitivity she translates the impressions she receives into a painted language. Upon graduating in 2014, Elin worked in the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo prepairing for her future plans and learning more about Polynesia. As a continuation of this research she started exploring and producing works in the Peruvian Amazon jungle and several islands of the South Pacific - Easter Island, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand. During this period her works have been exhibited in Norway, Sweden, Paris (FR), Peru, Samoa and New York (US).

Elisabetta Zavoli

Elisabetta Zavoli is an Italian documentary photographer and videographer. She studied Environmental Sciences at the University of Bologna and received her Masters in Chemistry for Waste Management in 2005. She had been working as a chemist for 8 years when she returned to school to study towards her Masters degree in Photojournalism at the Contrasto Agency in Milan, Italy. Since then, she has lived and worked as a documentary photographer in North Africa, and currently resides in South East Asia. The main subjects of her photographic and video research are long term documentary projects on environmental and gender issues. Her investigative documentation on the depletion of mangrove ecosystems in Indonesia, driven by the increased demand for cheap tropical shrimp in the EU and USA, was awarded the 2016 Journalism Grant for Innovation in Development Reporting by the European Journalism Centre. She is a member of #everydayclimatechange, an international group of Instagram photographers dedicated to raising awareness of climate change through photographic projects. Her works have been published by major international press, including The New York Times, the BBC, The Guardian, National Geographic, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, El Pais, Wired, and Internazionale.

Emmy Mikelson

Born and raised in rural Iowa. Has lived and worked in  New York City for the past 10 years. As an artist, both in studio and  curatorial projects, is interested in cultivating a philosophical understanding and a visual language that advances nonanthropocentric perspectives.

Erica van Loon

Erica van Loon (NL, 1978) is a visual artist working with a variety of media, among which video, photography, sound, language and drawing. She mainly lives and works in Amsterdam and incidentally as artist-in-residence in places closer to nature. She studied Architectural Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts and Fine Art at Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Subsequently she was a participant at post-academic institution De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Since then she has actively exhibited.

 With her work she reflects on the physical interconnection between the human body and that of the earth, simultaneously she searches for ways to relate the less tangible; like hidden processes inside our planet or the human (sub)conscious.

 Her work is often preceded by a relatively long period of associative research into a wide range of topics (i.a. geology, ecology, anatomy and psychology). Texts, images and conversations from this research phase find a new context in her work, as they move from an educative into a more poetical realm. Her video work 'A Body Is Not A Part of A Head' is a good example of this, as well as her latest audio-installation 'Your Brain Has No Smell', based on conversations with a professor in neuroanatomy.

Fabian Albertini

Fabian  Albertini  is  an  italian  photographer  born  in  Montecchio  Emilia,  Italy  in  1965.  She  lives  in  Rio  de  Janerio  from  2002.  She  is  a  fine  art  photographer,  lately  working  with  photography  and  installations,  experimenting  new  materials  in  order  to  establish  a  visual  dialogue  with  the  photography  in  its  deeper  meaning.    She  has  had  solo  shows  in  Europe,  South  America  and  Asia,  between  the  most  important  for  the  Biennale  FOTORIO2015,  Rio  Arte  Corpo  Movimento  in  2015  Rio  de  Janeiro,  Ama+zônia-Corpos  da  Natureza,  FOTORIO2011  Biennale  di  Fotografia,  Centro  Cultural  da  Justiça  Federal  in  Rio  de  Janeiro,  Brazil,  Eye,  Théâtre  Le  Châtelet,  Paris,  france  2008,  Eye  Teatro  degli  Arciboldi  Milan,  Italy  2007.    During  the  2011  Fabian  presented  her  project  Ama+zônia,  for  the  54th  Venice  Biennale  Arsenale,  Padiglione  Italia  “Lo  stato  dell'Arte  nel  150th  dell'Unita'  d'Italia”curated  by  Vittorio  Sgarbi,  Venice,  Italy.  Between  her  pubblications  the  most  important  is  Ama+zônia,  Brazil  2011with  the  poems  of  Marcia  Theophilo.  Fabian  Albertini  won  several  prizes  and  awards  like  the  prize  “Un  Bosco  per  Kyoto  2010”  with  the  book  Ama+zônia,  under  the  patronage  of  the  President  of  the  Italian  Republic  in  Rome.  The  artist  is  working  nowadays  on  several  projects  between  Europe  and  South  America.  Bianco  Deserto,  Seguindo  uma  linha,Il  Risveglioare  the  newest  ones  and  not  yet  published  ever  before.  In  this  projects  the  artists  is  experimenting,  starting  from  her  photography,  the  use  of  unusual  and  different  materials,  using  them  to  cross  the  borders  or  the  printed  images  in  order  to  explore  new  visual  renderings  and  expand  the  concept  of  time,  space,  light  reflections  and  textures  of  the  different  materials.  Fabian  Albertini  currently  lives  and  works  between  Milan  and  Rio  de  Janeiro.

Faisal Anwar

Faisal Anwar is an artist, creative technologist and interaction designer based in Canada. Anwar explores sociopolitical spaces and patterns in ecologies that intrigue the mind through multi-layered participatory experiences.  His work is often interactive and utilizes public data and engagement to question how rights-of-access are blurring lines between private and public spaces to form new territories. Anwar's project ‘I see my streets’, presented at the Karachi Biennale 2017, investigates a relationship between the spatio-temporal dimensions of cities and our Neo-tech mindsets. Another work, ’En(Light)’, 2017, is a large-scale outdoor sculpture with dynamically-controlled LED lights responsive to time, temperature, changes in weather patterns, and audience engagement.  His new media installations created with open data include ’Charbagh’, 2016, which was projected on the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto and based on Indo-Persian Islamic quadrilateral garden geometry and traditional tile work in that sub-continent. It tracks, visualizes and archives content generated via social media platforms. Anwar is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Habitat-LAB, Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program (2004), and received his Bachelors in Graphic Design from the National College of Arts Pakistan (1996).

Felipe Cidade

Lives in São Paulo and his artistic practice is about establishing a relationship of entropy within the social, gathering historical factors and reconfiguring signs found in society. The observation, reflection and questioning of the present, together to a past that insists in reappear nostalgic in the day-to-day, it creates an entropic character in the artist’s research. Despite of following a political tendency, Cidade’s works move away from mere activism to problematize everything involving political attitudes, allowing reframing the banal into the field of politics. Going through this questions, his production permeates the marked effects in history to face them now as mere myths, is the great myth of democracy or, more simply, the myth of security.

Felipe de Ávila Franco

Felipe de Ávila Franco is a Brazilian artist based in Finland. He earned his MFA at the Finnish Art Academy. Working internationally since 2012, he has investigated the materiality of industrial contamination under the lens of biopolitics and ecocriticism through a sculpture bias. By establishing interdisciplinary links between arts, humanities, and natural sciences, his practice addresses the artistic process as a tool to pursue new perspectives of knowledge, evoking art as a mechanism to activate a deeper discussion on the human conflict with itself and over the misguided notions of ‘nature’ as something separate from the human. Exploring the boundaries between mediums, his artistic process transfigures sculptural principles in installations, electro-mechanic objects, photography, and video.

He participated in and presented work at the Nordic Symposium - Arts in the Environment (FI, 2017), the International Artistic Residence of FAAP-SP (2017), the Third Triennial of Contemporary Art of Tbilisi (GE, 2018), the Hanaholmen Gallery (FI, 2019), the CombArt - International Conference on Arts, Activism and Citizenship (PO -2019), and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (FI, 2019). His works are in collections at the Museum of Brazilian Arts (MAB-SP) and the Finnish National Gallery (KIASMA-FI).

Fernanda Rappa

Started her art production through photography and her works always have been heavily influenced by biological science. Initially, she explored the photographic moment and the mental processes related with that exact instant. Rappa's current research takes on sociobiology, as she studies the evolution of humans in relation to nature and the complex concept of conscience. Through this research, the artist presents a symbolic project that ironically reflects upon human beings and how they relate to drawings made by and for humans.

Gustavo Torrezan

Born in Piracicaba, lives and works in São Paulo. His works come from the notion of art history and culture, public and private spaces, center and periphery , memory and oblivion, territory and counter-territory, place and no-place, in order to show tension on  hegemonic and power relationships.

Guto Nóbrega

Born in Brazil, has been developing series of artworks which encompasses drawings, photos, videos and robotics systems.  Doctoral thesis is a transdisciplinary research in the fields of art, science, technology and nature  investigating how the confluence of these domains (specially in the last decades) has informed the creation of new aesthetics experiences. The study resulted in the development of a theoretical-practical intervention in the field of arts with focus on the ideas of interactivity, telematics, field theories, and hyperorganisms.

Helen Cawley

Helen Cawley is a multidisciplinary artist practicing the intersection of art and science and actively engaged in pushing the boundaries of disciplinary research.  Her practice revolves around a pursuit to understand the fundamental nature of reality, paradoxically trying to reach beyond a subjective experience.  She therefore touches upon many areas of science and philosophy, but the main thread in her research is the use of technology in capturing natural phenomena for observation, experimentation, and to physically simulate aspects of sensibility and experience.  She is in a long term collaboration with the CLOUD experiment at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research), due to a shared interest in cosmic rays and the feedback between human behaviour and atmospheric science.

​Herwig Scherabon

Herwig Scherabon is an award-winning visual artist currently based in Vienna. He is creating work in the fields of CGI, virtual reality and audiovisual installations. Having grown up in the Austrian Alps, Herwig has a long lasting relationship with landscapes and nature and is interested in the sublime qualities of large scale phenomena. This often manifests in his work through the use of meditative and immersive concepts. Partly due to his background in graphic design and architecture, Herwig is invested in the abstract interpretation of space, places and objects. Cartographic data and 3D scans are often the raw material and staring point of his investigations where ideas of reality and evidence are put into question and are blurred into the uncanny valley of virtual transcendence. 

Hugo Fortes

Hugo Fortes is a Visual Artist, Curator, Designer and Associated Professor at the University of São Paulo. As an artist, he has presented his work in more than 15 countries, in venues such as George-Kolbe Museum Berlin, Ludwig Museum Koblenz Germany, Galerie Artcore Paris, Columbus University USA, Royal Academy of Arts of Kopenhagen, Paço das Artes São Paulo, Brasil, Videobrasil, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Argentina, etc. From 2004 to 2006 he lived in Berlin, with a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a PhD research stay. In 2006 he presented his PhD Dissertation "Liquid Poetics: water in contemporary art", which was awarded with the CAPES National Award of Dissertation in Arts in Brazil In 2016 he became full professor with the habilitation thesis "Overflights between Men, Animals, Time and Space: Thoughts on Art and Nature", at the University of São Paulo, where he works as a lecturer since 2008. His research as an artist and docent focuses on art and nature, highlighting landscape, animals and water.