Steering Committee

We are happy to introduce you to our Steering Committee:

Patricia Azevedo

Patricia Azevedo, is a visual artist, graduated in Philosophy from the Université Paris VIII, France, with a Master’s degree in Political Philosophy (“Art and Action in Leon Battista Alberti”) and PhD in Visual Arts (“Games of Distance and Proximity: the construction of dialogic space in performative art” with CAPES Award for research at The Warburg Institute-Archive and LADA-Live Art Development Agency, London, under the co-orientation of Dr. Kiff Bamford, UK) both at the University Federal of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil, where she teaches Photography and Performance in the Visual Arts Course. She develops collaborative projects in different media, investigating relations of language, territory and power, working in the public space of the city or the media itself, a work marked by the relationships that are established between people and the communicative act.

She participated in several exhibitions and residences in Brazil and abroad including the most recent such as: 21st Experimental Film Festival of Bogotá, Colombia (2017); No Quiet Place, curator Zoe Sawyer, The Tetley Center for Contemporary Art, UK, (2016); Family Album, curator Daniella Geo, Centro de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, BR (2015); 4th Bienalle of Lubumbachi, Curators Toma Muteba Luntumbue and Daniella Geo, Congo (2015); Digging the Future, curators Renata Marquez and Felipe Scovino, Belo Horizonte, BR (2014). She composes the curatorship team of the exhibitions of FIF BH – International Photography Festival of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She is from Recife, lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Susan Collins

Susan Collins works across public, gallery and online spaces employing transmission, networking and time as primary materials. Most of her work is made in response to specific sites and situations.  Key works include the BAFTA nominated Tate in Space, Tate Online (2002); Transporting Skies (2002) which transported sky (and other phenomena) live between Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance in Cornwall and Site Gallery Sheffield in Yorkshire; Fenlandia (2004) and Glenlandia (2005) – live year long pixel by pixel internet transmissions from remote landscapes; Seascape (2009) a solo show for the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea and short films including Love Brid (2009) for Animate Projects’ ‘Coastcards’ and Wild Life (2016) for Tintype Gallery’s ‘Essex Road III’.

Public commissions include Underglow (2005-6), a network of illuminated drains for the Corporation of London and Brighter Later (2013), a site specific light installation for the Radcliffe Observatory, Oxford driven by live weather data. Recent works include Wembury & Woolacombe (2015), commissioned by the RAMM, Exeter in association with the National Trust, and LAND (2017), a live transmission from Jerusalem looking across the West Bank towards the Jordanian mountains.

Susan Collins is Slade Professor and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL where she established the Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art (SCEMFA) in 1995.

Christine Eyene

Christine Eyene is an art historian, critic and curator. She is a Guild Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire where she collaborates to Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual arts research project based at UCLan’s Centre for Contemporary Art, led by Professor Lubaina Himid. She is doctoral student at Birkbeck, University of London, with Professor Annie E. Coombes, and is writing a thesis on South African photographer George Hallett.

Christine Eyene is a founder of platform, which brings together art news, events, research and curatorial projects developed by her. She is also the co-founder of the Cameroonian photography platform YaPhoto, developed in Yaounde with artist and curator Landry Mbassi. Since September 2015, Christine Eyene joined the acquisition committee of FRAC, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Réunion led by Béatrice Binoche. In this role she is contributing to broaden FRAC Réunion’s collection with new acquisitions and commissions, and develop exhibitions and artistic activities involving Reunion, Metropolitan French and international artists, with a focus on the Indian Ocean. In August 2016, she joined the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco’s scientific committee.

Sunil Gupta

Sunil Gupta (b. New Delhi) is a photographer, artist, educator and curator currently enrolled in a doctoral programme at the University of Westminster. Educated at the Royal College of Art he has been involved with independent photography as a critical practice for many years focusing on race, migration and queer issues. His latest show (with Charan Singh), “Delhi: Communities of Belonging” is at Sepia Eye, New York 2017 and his last book, of the same name was published by The New Press, New York 2016. His work has been seen in many important group shows including “Paris, Bombay, Delhi…” at the Pompidou Centre, Paris 2011 and at the Tate, Liverpool 2014. He is Visiting Professor at UCA, Farnham, and Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London. He is Lead Curator for the Houston Fotofest 2018. His work is many private and public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Royal Ontario Museum, Tate Britain, Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art.

Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr  (USA / UK) was born in Germany and grew up in San Juan Puerto Rico in the 1960’s. She currently lives in London.  She is Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts since 2010. Karen Knorr’s photography explores cultural heritage and its ideological underpinings. Questions concerning post colonialism and its relationship to aesthetics have permeated her photographic work since the 1980’s.  Karen Knorr won the V International Photography Pilar Citoler Prize in 2010. She has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse in 2011 and 2012 and Prix Pictet in 2012.  Karen has exhibited her work worldwide and is included in collections including :Museum of London, Tate, Pompidou, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , Folkwang Museum, Essen, Kyoto Museum of Modern  Art. 

Christiane Monarchi

Christiane Monarchi is the founding editor of the online magazine Photomonitor, dedicated to photography and lens-based media in the UK and Ireland. Christiane writes on photography for a variety of publications, has lectured at photography programmes including Central Saint Martins, Coventry, Sotheby’s Institute, UCA Rochester and Westminster, has curated the most recent Photo50 exhibition at London Art Fair (2017), served as selector at Brighton Photo Fringe (2016), Uncertain States (2015) and Fathom/Four Corners residencies (2014, 2015) and judges competitions including Portrait Salon (2014) and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (2016). She has reviewed portfolios for festivals including FORMAT, WPO, Photo Ireland and Kaunas Photo Festival. Christiane holds degrees including an MA in Contemporary Art History from Sotheby’s Institute, an MBA from Columbia University (NY) and BA (Economics) from Rice University, and she currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Photofusion.

Renée Mussai

Renée Mussai is a London-based curator and scholar of photography, with a special interest in African, Black British and diasporic photographic histories/practices. Since 2001 she has worked primarily with Autograph ABP – an arts charity with a remit in photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights – where she is Curator and Head of Archive, managing a global programme of exhibition, publishing and research initiatives. Over the past decade she has organised numerous exhibitions in Europe, Africa and America, including the critically acclaimed ‘Black Chronicles II’ (2014 and touring) and recently ‘Miss Black & Beautiful’ (2016), as well as solo shows of the late Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Aida Silvestri and Zanele Muholi (forthcoming, 2017). Co-curated projects include the group exhibitions ‘Glyphs: Acts of Inscription’ (with Ruti Talmor; 2013) and ‘Congo Dialogues: When Harmony Went to Hell, Alice Seeley Harris and Sammy Baloji’ (with Mark Sealy MBE; 2013). Her publications include James Barnor: Ever Young (2015), and ‘Black Chronicles: Photography and Difference in Victorian Britain’ (forthcoming, 2017); her writing and in/conversations on contemporary artists, archival matters and exhibition-making have been published in monographs, newspapers, and peer-reviewed art journals including most recently Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art and Aperture. She serves on the Acquisitions and Exhibitions committee of The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University, where she is a regular guest curator, and former non-resident fellow. Twice the recipient of the Fohn Fellowship, Mussai studied in Vienna and London at under- and postgraduate level, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Art History at University College London, working on 19thcentury photography and ‘race’ in Britain. She lectures internationally on curatorial practice, photography, and cultural politics and has appeared on radio and TV programmes such as BBC’s Front Row, The Culture Show, Woman’s Hour and Making History.

Merja Salo (1953-2018)

PhD Merja Salo is Professor of Photography and Visual Communication in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland. She has been teaching history of photography since 1991 and published books about photojournalism, advertising images and fashion photography. Her latest book (Jokapaikan valokuva, 2015) chronicles the development of digital photography in Finland and how this new technology affected the professional fields of photojournalism, studio photography, art photography, and amateur photography. Originally a photographer, Merja Salo continues her artistic practice as well and has published a photo book Carscapes – Automaisemia in 2011.

Jean Wainwright

Jean Wainwright is Professor of Contemporary Art and Photography at School of Film and Media, University for the Creative Arts.She is an art historian, critic and curator living in London. Her areas of expertise are in contemporary art and photography, with particular reference to Andy Warhol, on whose life and works she is an internationally recognised expert. As a writer and academic she has published extensively in the contemporary arts field, contributing to numerous catalogues and books.  She also regularly appears on television and radio, most notably on Channel 4, the BBC, The Open University, Resonance FM and BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Val Williams

Val Williams is a writer and curator based in London. She is UAL Professor of the History and Culture of Photography at London College of Communication and Director of the UAL Photography & the Archive Research Centre and of the Moose on the Loose Biennale of Research . She is an Editor of the Journal of Photography & Culture and  has curated numerous exhibitions in  UK and internationally, at venues including Tate Britain, the V&A, the National Media Museum and for the British Council. She has worked on histories of women photographers since the 1980s and is the author of numerous books on the history of photography  and contemporary work .