Kader Attia spent his childhood between France and Algeria, between the Christian Occident and the Islamic Maghreb. The more he grew up, the more he felt that being 'in between' was at the root of his identities. Using his own background that has been defined by several cultures simultaneously, Attia explores the impact of Western cultural and political capitalism on the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as how this residual strain of struggle and resistance to colonization impacts the mind of any immigrant as a territory. While each new series employs different materials, symbols and scale, Attia's practice continually returns to a sustained look at the poetic dimensions and complexities of contemporary life.
Elizabeth Smith Executive Director, Curatorial Affairs, at the Art Gallery of Ontario from 2010 to July 2013, and joined the New York-based Helen Frankenthaler Foundation as Executive Director in September 2013. Previously, she held the position of Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Programs at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and was Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. An internationally recognized art historian and museum professional, her curatorial work and writings have ranged broadly across visual art, public art, and architecture from mid-20th century to today. She has curated major monographic exhibitions of artists including Jenny Holzer, Lee Bontecou, Kerry James Marshall, Roberto Matta, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman and Donald Moffett, as well as numerous group exhibitions.
Urs Stahel is currently the curator, editor, and author of numerous exhibitions and publications. He was previously the director of Fotomuseum Winterthur. Between 1982-1992, Mr. Stahel was a freelance curator and art critic, editor of art magazine du, and lecturer in history of art and photography at the School of Art and Design in Zürich.
His numerous exhibition and publication projects include: Lewis Baltz: Regel ohne Ausnahme, Zürich-Berlin-New York, 1993; Axel Hütte – Theorea, Winterthur, 1997; Remake Berlin, Göttingen, 2000; Boris Mikhailov – A Retrospective, Zürich, 2003; Zoe Leonard, Winterthur-Göttingen, 2007; and Darkside I – Photographic Desire and Sexuality Photographed, Winterthur, 2008; Darkside II – Photographic Power and Violence, Disease and Death Photographed, Winterthur-Göttingen, 2009; Ai Weiwei – Interlacing, Winterthur-Göttingen, 2011.