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Our Jury for 2014 is drawn from range of disciplines and parts of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artraker's Jury 2014:

 

\ Dr. Bernadette Buckley

Lecturer in Art and Politics, Politics Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

 

Her research interests cut across several fields from art to politics, philosophy and cultural studies. She has published widely in exhibition catalogues, art publications and journals.  Key essays include ‘Mohammed is Absent. I am Performing’: Contemporary Iraqi Art and the Destruction of Heritage’ in The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq, eds., Stone & Farchakh Bajjaly, 2010 (winner of the AIA James R. Wiseman book award); ‘Forum: Art and Politics’, in Postcolonial Studies, 2010; ‘The Workshop of Filthy Creation: Or Do Not Be Alarmed, This is Only a Test’ in the Review of International Studies, 2009; ‘Terrible Beauties’ in B.rumaria: Art Aesthetics Politics, 2009.

 

She has worked on a number of funded research projects for AHRC, ACE, En-quire, Heritage Lottery and the Wellcome Foundation and is currently working on a book entitled Not Not Art Not Not Politics.

 

Dr. Buckley was also an Artraker Jury member in 2013.

 

 

\ Rohan Jayasekera

Journalist, editor and online free expression advocate, tracking human rights, digital media, cultures of change and the conflict zeitgeist.

 

Rohan Jayasekera is a journalist and online producer, developing investigative journalism and creative advocacy projects in conflict zones and repressive states. Formerly the deputy CEO of Index on Censorship and before that, managing editor of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, he reported from conflicts in Bosnia, Palestine, Afghanistan & Iraq. He is currently researching ways to use emerging digital media technology in the collection, study and publication of evidence of free expression rights abuse. He is also studying the impact of media narratives and human rights advocacy on nationalist, ethnic and sectarian conflict at the University of London.

 

 

\ Nikki Diana Marquardt

Curator, Gallerist at Nikki Diana Marquardt (Paris) and founder of NGO Work in Progress

 

Nikki holds a doctorate in psychology and worked in the first crisis intervention center in New York before moving to Europe to study Art History.  She studied at the Ecole du Louvre and the Sorbonne in Paris, then in Italy, becoming a specialist of the Seicento Italiano. Back in Paris, she worked as an assistant to Man Ray, working with his wife Juliet Man Ray after his death.  In 1986, Nikki opened her Paris Gallery and began her collaboration with Leo Castelli, working with the second generation New York School; Roy Linchtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella as well as American minimalists Donald Judd, Dan Flavin and Carl Andre.  She presents both works by more established artists and uses her Gallery to launch fresh talent from France and overseas, with a focus on contemporary artists from emerging countries and conflict zones (Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iran, Bosnia, Algeria, to mention some).

 

In 1992, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nikki founded "Work in Progress / Project for Europe" to express what this new Europe had to say through art. The first group show, "Europe Rediscovered: the artist as catalyst for change”, curated by Nikki and Work in Progress, was held in the framework of "Copenhaguen 96", while the city was designated European Capital of Culture.  A sequel followed in Belfast called “The Bridge” and then in 1997, the group show "Algérie: Je ne quitterai jamais mes amis / Algeria: I will never leave my friends”, which took place during the terrible civil war that rocked Algeria for a decade.  Other exhibitions followed on human rights violations  in Lebanon by Israel, and one devoted to Palestinian art and artists, and statehood issues called “Palestine in Progress: a room with a viewpoint.” Nikki and Work in Progress have since been engaged artistically and politically in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, with the organization of contemporary art prizes in war zones and establishment of educational facilities in refugee camps.

 

We are proud to have Nikki Diana Marquardt as the curator for this year's travelling exhibition "Art of Peace".

 

www.galerienikkidianamarquardt.com

 

 

\ Fatima Kyari Mohammed

Managing Partner, WACAS (West Africa Conflict and Security) Consulting Ltd.

 

Prior to joining WACAS/INCAS, Fatima was Programme Manager, Regional Cooperation for West Africa with the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and Regional Project Manager for Security Policy Projects in West Africa with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Her thematic expertise is on regional integration, conflict prevention, peace and security, social and economic development. She has worked with a number of international and regional organisations including ECOWAS, UEMOA, AU, GIZ, UN agencies, as well as NGOs, CSOs, researchers, and experts both in the public and private sector.

 

www.wacasconsulting.com

 

 

\ Elvira Santamaria Torres

Political Performance Artist

 

Elvira was born in Mexico City (Mexico) in 1967. Since 1991, her performance art practice follows personal research on humanistic issues by means of many forms of action art (chamber performance, public interventions, processes, urban actions and Insitu installations). For her, action art is an existential practice of self-knowledge and humanistic engagement. Its poetics postulate self-creation through symbolic acts. These create important reference points in the evolution of the artist´s consciousness, but the un-symbolic act is the true dimension of the present.

 

www.elvirasantamariatorres.co.uk

 

 

 

\ JURY 2014

Jury-Summary-2013

Artraker Jury 2014:

 

 

\ Dr. Bernadette Buckley

 

\ Rohan Jayasekera

 

\ Nikki Diana Marquardt

 

\ Fatima Kyari Mohammed

 

\ Elvira Santamaria Torres