Patty Chang is a performance and video artist known for probing taboos, stereotypes, and cultural myths. Her humorous and sometimes shocking work mocks exoticized and diminutive depictions of Asian women in Western popular culture. Chang frequently appears in her own work, investigating complex aspects of Asian identity by impersonating contortionists, sex workers, and legendary street fighter Bruce Lee.
Heman Chong was born in Singapore in 1977. He is an artist, curator and writer focused on the future and what we imagine it to be. He describes his work as “conceptually charged investigations into how individuals and communities imagine the future,” which take shape as “objects, images, installations, situations and texts.” For Chong, conceptualism is an approach to art-making through which he aims to shift perception and encourage insight into where we are now, and where we, and generations before us, think we will be. In his ongoing “Stacks” series, for example, he creates visually compelling sculptural assemblages by stacking water glasses on top of carefully chosen piles of books—ranging from science fiction to art to astrophysics—which together suggest various visions of present and future societies.
Romina De Novellis is a performer artist (born in Naples, 1982, she lives and works in Paris since 2008). After few years dedicated to dance and theatre, she lands in the performing art scene cutting off both speech and choreography from her artistic research, deciding to focus on the language of gestures, overall replacing the body in a urban environment. As an artist, Romina De Novellis is represented by Alberta Pane Gallery, in Paris and Dafna Gallery, in Naples.
Jorge González (b. 1981, San Juan, Puerto Rico) conceptual artist who researches landscape, its ecology and material output, and through the lens of modern architecture manifests a sculptural practice with deep socio-economic context.
Monica Rodríguez (b.1980 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.Rodriguez’s work juxtaposes and experiments with archival historical materials she re-creates into drawings, objects, photographs and videos in order to put into question the ways in which information is exchanged and historical narratives constructed.
Mariana Hahn was born in Schwäbisch-Hall, Germany in 1985 and works and lives in Berlin. Studied Theater Studies at ETI, Berlin in 2005 and graduated with a Fine Art Degree at Central St. Martins, London in 2012. Mariana Hahn’s work poetically interrogates the universal fallacy of human fate through the use of photography, performance and video. Believing that ‘weaving’ can be a metaphor for human autonomy, her practice is based on thinking of the body as a bearer of continuously woven narratives. She often uses textiles to take the place of the human body, the textile itself becoming the narrative of a living archive. Her work feeds from sociological, mythological, folkloric and anthropological sources, as well as from experience of everyday life.
MAP Office is a multidisciplinary platform devised by Laurent Gutierrez (1966, Casablanca, Morocco) and Valérie Portefaix (1969, Saint-Étienne, France). This duo of artists/architects has been based in Hong Kong since 1996, working on physical and imaginary territories using varied means of expression including drawing, photography, video, installations, performance, and literary and theoretical texts. Their entire project forms a critique of spatio-temporal anomalies and documents how human beings subvert and appropriate space.
Olivia Mc Gilchrist born in 1981 in Kingston. is a French-Jamaican visual artist exploring translocation and issues of Caribbean cultural identity by proxy of her alter-ego ‘whitey’s’ placement in the Jamaican landscape. Questioning the shifting categories in which she belongs, from the female body in a postmodern space to a visibly white postcolonial creole identity, whitey questions the role of racial, social and gender based categorization, classification and discrimination in the contemporary Caribbean space.
Ignazio Mortellaro (Palermo, 1978) lives and works in Palermo. The study of reality, through its phenomena and paces, is the cornerstone of Mortellaro’s artistic research. Thanks to his training as architect and engineer, his works combine the interest in many disciplines such as science, philosophy, music and literature. The drawing plays a central role in the planning opera, as a privileged instrument of synthesis and reasoning. The production of the artist is heterogeneous, as he uses different media (sculpture, drawing, photography, video and installation) to analyse the complex relationship between man and nature. A minimal and complex reworking that redefines also the technical tools of measurement invented by man, such as geographical and astronomical maps, pendulums, geometric figures, and compasses.
Benedetto Pietromarchi (born March 5, 1972 in Rome) is an Italian sculptor. He studied classical sculpture at Accademia delle Belle Arti in Carrara in Italy and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Benedetto Pietromarchi lived and worked in London for over 15 years, during which time he was the 2009-2011 recipient of the Kenneth Armitage Fellowship. In that period museums, colleges and institutions turned to the contemporary reality. These changes prompted him to follow another route, to a more classical Academy. The artist spent five years in Berlin before he moved to Rome where is now based.