Anna Salmane (1980) is a visual artist working with installation, photography and video. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London and Master of Philosophy from University of Latvia. She has been participating in group exhibitions since 2001 and has had solo shows in London, Nottingham and Riga.
Krišs Salmanis (1977) works with the moving image and installation. He holds a master’s degree from the Art Academy of Latvia and went on to a postgraduate course at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. He has had solo shows in Latvia, Lithuania, Germany and the USA. In 2013 he and Kaspars Podnieks created the Latvian pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Kristaps Pētersons (1982) studied at the Latvian Academy of Music in the double-bass class (with Sergejs Brīnums) and the composition class (with Romualds Kalsons). He received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors in both specialties (2005) and his master’s degree in composition (2007).
In 2010 he was awarded first place in the young composers’ category at the International Rostrum for Composers Competition (organized by UNESCO) for his composition TWILIGHT CHANTS.
Since 2005, K. Pētersons has been a musician in the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Since 2015, he is a member of chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica.
In 2014 his first opera MIKHAIL AND MIKHAIL PLAY CHESS was premiered, commissioned by Latvian National Opera.
Bence György Pálinkás
Bence György Pálinkás (1988) is active in various – artistic and non-artistic – fields. He is a board member of the Hungarian Studio of Young Artists’ Association, a founding member of the Advanced College of Art and Art Theory, a co-editor of the radio show SKICC at Radio Tilos. He makes artworks and exhibitions, organizes collaborative projects, takes experimental classes in public education, runs a project room. Currently he is working on a documentary series about invasive alien species.
More info: http://bence-gyorgy-palinkas.tumblr.com
Berat Işık (1976) is video artist, who has studied painting at the University of Dicle and has worked as drawing teacher. He has participated in many group exhibitions in Diyarbakır and Istanbul. His films are mostly short, with titles from films or pop songs from Western culture, while the content is completely changed, often absurd and contains combinations of modern and traditional elements. His videos have been shown in many exhibitions and festivals, including the Placebo Effect in Berlin (2004), Free Kick in Istanbul (2005), and the Istanbul Film Festival (2009). Işık currently lives and works in Diyarbakır.
David Kellner (1983) lives and works in Vienna. He has studied in Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, in Post Conceptual Art Practices class and in the class of film and television studies. He Consider himself as self learned animator and has been active since 2005.
More info: http://www.davidkellner.org
Diana Tamane (1986) born in Riga. She has graduated from Tartu Art College and Sint-Lukas School of Arts Brussels, and is currently studying at HISK, Belgium. She works mainly with photography and video, exploring topics of identity, memory and family ties.
More info: http://www.dianatamane.com
Jevgeni Zolotko (1983) is artist from Tartu, working and teaching mostly in the field of installation and sculpture. He is known for his space installations with totalist character – these are technically, conceptually and theoretically in high level and appear as substantial meditations that often include an ethical dimension. He has won several art prizes, including Köler Prize of 2011.
Matija Plevnik (1978) is an art historian and a senior conservator employed at the Institute for Protection of Cultural Heritage in Slovenia. Graduated from Art History in Department of History of Art (Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana). In year 2008 he established (NGO) PLEVNIK-KRONKOWSKA Gallery, which operates in Celje, Slovenia. Gallery is non-profit organization which promotes young visual artists from Slovenia and abroad. He works there as a chief curator, where he is involved in production and promotion. Since 2009 he is actively involved as an (co)author/artist in the field of contemporary art.
Rapolas Valiukevicius and Aukštasis Moxlas
Rapolas Valiukevicius is related with the Lithuanian protest movement “Aukštasis Moxlas”. He has graduated from Social Policy studies in Kaunas at Vytautas Magnus University. Has been a part and an active observant of recent students and social movements in Lithuania such as ‘Aukstasis Moxlas’ and ‘Gyvenimas Per Brangus’. The first being a small students movement concerning about the privatization of higher education and the second a movement that was born out of a public protest in May 2016 concerning the price hike of commodities and right to the city issues.
Terje Toomistu (1985) is an author, documentary filmmaker and anthropologist, based in Tallinn, Estonia. Her works often draw from various cross-cultural processes, queer realities and subjectivities, and cultural memory. She holds MA degrees (cum laude) in Ethnology and in Communication Studies from University of Tartu, Estonia, where she is pursuing a PhD degree in Ethnology with research in feminist anthropology based in Indonesia. In 2013-2014, she was also a Fulbright fellow in University of California Berkeley, U.S.
Her debut feature documentary Wariazone (2011, co-directed with Kiwa) about transgender women in Indonesia has screened at a number festivals in Europe, Asia and North America. Currently she is directing a documentary film focusing on the hippie movement in Soviet Union (forthcoming in 2017). She has lived and studied in France, Russia, Indonesia and U.S.