Category Archives: People

Carla Cruz

Carla CruzCarla Cruz is a visual artist and a PhD candidate in art practice at Goldsmiths, University of London. This research is supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia grant scheme. Her doctoral research project ‘Democracy: A (Non) Artistic Intervention, Attempts to Perform Democracy Through Art’ circumnavigates artistic practices and democratic encounters. Carla is a member of various international art collectives, such as: ZOINA, Caldeira 213, Ateliers Mentol, and AC. She collaborates in art projects with several fellow artists and people from her local community and exhibits collectively and individually since 1997. In 2014 she initiated the Walthamstow Collective for Performing Arts.

Sanchayan Ghosh

My photoW1970, Kolkata, India. Lives and works in Santiniketan, India.

Sanchayan Ghosh secured Masters in Fine Art-1997, Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan,Visva Bharati University- 1995; currently works as an Associate Professor, Department of Painting, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University,Santiniketan.

Over the years, Sanchayan has been interested in site-specific art and has done extensive work in space designing for experimental and contemporary theatre. With his early inspirations from community ritual events in Santniketan and his workshop experience with Third theatre exponent Badal Sarkar he involves community based art activity where he tries to engage in specific community situations through workshops, which then gets transformed into an interactive/participatory activity. It is a necessity therefore to usually share his workshop oriented practice in public spaces. These lead to site-specific interdisciplinary activities and multi layered installations and performances. Through his continuous exploration in site-specific interactive art practice, Ghosh has over the years been exploring spaces between institution and pedagogy and succeeded in extending art and performance from institutional spaces to public situations.

Sanchayan’s Community Based Engagements and Site specific Projects include: Incomplete Circles: Invisible Voices: A workshop based engagement with different communities of Fort Kochi on relationship of Language that evolved into a site specific Sound Installation in Kochi Biennale 2012-13. Merge Emerge: An ongoing Shadow Casting Interactive project with Final year students of Kala Bhavana Visva Bharati, Santniketan, 2004 to 2014.

Goshka Macuga

portrait 1Goshka Macuga was born in Warsaw and lives and works in London after completing her studies at Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths College (1996). An interdisciplinary artist working across media including sculpture, installation, photography, architecture and design, Macuga explores how and why we remember both cultural and personal events, creating and recreating monuments to forgotten histories.

Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008, she has exhibited widely internationally. Recent solo shows include Goshka Macuga: Non-consensual act (in progress), Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; Exhibit A, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; dOCUMENTA (13), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel and Queen’s Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan (all 2012).

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Christian Nyampeta


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Christian Nyampeta is a London based artist. Ongoing contributions include Practice International and a residency at IASPIS in Stockholm. Current writings include a contribution to Stephen Willat’s Control magazine. Recent exhibitions include How To Live Together (2013) at Casco – Office for Art Design and Theory and at Stroom Den Haag in 2014. He is also an MPhil/PhD candidate at the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths, University of London.

Anna Boghiguian


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Anna Boghiguian (born in 1946) is an artist and writer, trained in visual art, music, economics and political science. Using drawing and painting, her work is influenced by the multidisciplinary experiments that investigate mutual relations between image and sound.

In the late 1960s she composed musical pieces based on the sounds of the city and translated them into paintings. The artist is a constant traveller, and the speed of different cities is an important aspect of her work. Boghiguian studied art and music at the Concordia University in Montreal and political science and economics at the American University in Cairo.

Anna Boghiguian created a new commission for Iniva’s 2013 exhibition Tagore’s Universal Allegories. The work is a multimedia installation called A Play to Play, and is inspired by Tagore’s play The Post Office.

Ansuman Biswas

ABAnsuman Biswas was born in Calcutta and trained in the UK. He has an international interdisciplinary practice encompassing music, film, live art, installation, writing and theatre.

Over the last few years his work has included directing Shakespeare in America, translating Tagore’s poetry from the Bengali, designing underwater sculptures in the Red Sea, living with wandering minstrels in India, being employed as an ornamental hermit in the English countryside, touring with Björk, spending two days blindfolded in an unknown place, travelling with shamans in the Gobi Desert, playing with Oasis, collaborating with neuroscientists in Arizona, living for a week with absolutely nothing but what spectators chose to give him, co-ordinating grassroots activists in Soweto, being sealed in a box for ten days with no food or light, making a musical in a maximum security prison, re-designing Maidstone High Street, being a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, bathing strangers, running seminars on democracy for monks in a Burmese monastery, making a radio telescope sing and dance, being locked in a Gothic Tower alone for forty days and nights, and even flying on a real magic carpet in Star City, Moscow.

Ansuman has shown work at many museums and galleries around the world, including, in London, Tate Modern, Whitechapel, ICA, and Saatchi Galleries. He played a leading role in developing new models of interdisciplinary collaboration at Hewlett-Packard’s research lab in Bangalore and has had artists residencies in South Africa, Burma, China, at the Headlands in San Francisco, and at the UK’s National Institute of Medical Research.

Ansuman is an Associate Artist at BAC, a trustee of Arts Catalyst, the science-art agency, and chair of Studio Upstairs, working with the Arts and Mental Health. He is also director of the Tagore Centre UK.

Gabrielle Schleijpen

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photo by Malthe Stigaard

Trained as an artist Gabriëlle Schleijpen’s lively interest in the intersections between art and theory, the poetical and the political, soon led her to break away from the ‘splendid isolation’ of the studio – to become a full time educator and curator of discursive programs and research projects.
Alongside her position as the director of the Dutch Art Institute, school for art, research, experiment, roaming, curating, performance, writing and publishing, she is also the curator in chief at the Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, a cross disciplinary, rambling theory program. Gabriëlle Schleijpen is furthermore active as a chairwoman at the boards of If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and MetropolisM.

Gabriëlle lives and works between Arnhem and Amsterdam.

Other links:
Voice creature of transition
Where are we going Walt Whitman

Wendelien van Oldenborgh

wendelien-van-oldenborghBL-WebWendelien van Oldenborgh develops works, whereby the cinematic format is used as a methodology for production and as the basic language for various forms of presentation. She often uses the format of a public film shoot, collaborating with participants in different scenarios, to co-produce a script and orientate the work towards its final outcome. With these works, which look at the structures that form and hinder us, she participated in various large biennials, and in smaller dedicated shows. Recent presentation include La Javanaise in the 12th Biennial of Cuena (EC) (2014) Après la reprise, la prise in ‘Art Turning Left’, Tate Liverpool (2013); Cinema Bete & Deise in ‘Dear Art’ by What How and for Whom, Calvert 22, London (2013); Supposing I love you. And you also love me (2011) in ‘Speech Matters’, Danish Pavilion, Venice Biennial 2011. Van Oldenborgh has exhibited widely including in Transit Display Prague (CZ), RAW Material Company Dakar (SN) van Abbemuseum Eindhoven (NL), Muhka Antwerp (B), Generali Foundation Vienna and Museum Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz (PL) as well as the 4rth Moscow Biennial 2011, the 29e Bienal de Sao Paulo 2010 and at the 11th Istanbul Biennial 2009.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh has been awarded the 2014 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art.

‘A Well Respected Man’ or a book of echoes

Adrian Rifkin

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Adrian started his working life in the Department of Fine Art at Portsmouth Polytechnic working with art students as well as history and cultural studies students and architects. He finished in Art Writing at Goldsmiths with an episode as professor of Fine Art at the University of Leeds and then of Visual Culture at Middlesex between these two points.

His web site and blog are at []. A collection of some thirty of his essays from BLOCK to the present day, edited and with an introduction by Steve Edwards will appear later this year with Brill, entitled ‘Communards and Other Histories’; while a collection of essays in dialogue with his work, ‘Intersubjective Encounters, Visible and invisible in the work of Adrian Rifkin’, edited by Dana Arnold, will soon appear with I B Tauris.

Otolith Group

The Otolith Group is an award winning artist led collective founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002. The Group’s work explores the legacies and potentials of liberation struggles, tricontinentalism, speculative futures and science-fictions. Recent solo exhibitions include In the Year of the Quiet Sun at Bergen Kunsthall, Medium Earth at RedCat, Los Angeles and AuViCo 2109-2110 at Project 88, Mumbai. Group exhibitions include The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, (2013); ECM: A Cultural Archaeology, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); Death of Life and Fiction: Taipei Biennial, Taipei (2012) and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012). In 2010, The Otolith Group was nominated for The Turner Prize.