22-25 September, Unseen Amsterdam, Jullija Berkovica, David Campany, Mark Coetzee, Olfa Feki

Together with Unseen the Mondriaan Fund has invited a group of curators/directors from different countries to participate in this year’s program during the Unseen Photography Fair 2016.
The participants will also take part in different panel discussions to be held at the fair.

Jullija Berkovica

Julija Berkovica (22-26 September 2016)
Founder, Managing director, Association ISSP (Latvia)

Having studied Economics and Business administration and started her career in international organisations, she has turned to photography as a hobby and in 2006 became one of the founders and later director of the International Summer School of Photography, moving it to become a sustainable organisation dedicated to informal photography education. She has developed and managed several other ISSP education and exchange programmes in contemporary photography – ISSP School, International Masterclass and other projects and international cooperation activities. Based in Riga, Latvia.

David Campany, photo by Sam Contis
David Campany (22-25 September 2016)
Writer, curator and artist

David Campany is a writer, curator and artist. His books include A Handful of Dust 2015, Walker Evans: the magazine work 2014, The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip 2014, Jeff Wall: Picture for Women 2010, Photography and Cinema 2008, and Art and Photography 2003.  The first three are also major travelling exhibitions. In addition David has curated shows of the work of Victor Burgin, Hannah Collins, Mark Neville and Jo Spence.  An anthology of his essays, a book of his photographs and a book about the exhibiting of photography are forthcoming.

For his writing, David has received the ICP Infinity Award, the Kraszna-Krausz Book Award, a Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, the Alice Award and a Royal Photographic Society Award. He teaches at the University of Westminster, London.

Mark Coetzee
Mark Coetzee (22-25 September 2016)
Executive director and chief curator Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Mark Coetzee is currently Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, (South Africa); Curator, Zeitz Collection (Switzerland); Cultural Specialist, Zeitz Foundation (Kenya); Visiting Professor, New World School of the Arts, University of Florida (Miami, USA); and International Advisory Council and Adjunct Curator at the Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, USA).

Past positions include: Program Director, PUMAVision and Chief Curator, PUMA.Creative (Herzogenaurach, Germany, 2009 – 2013); Selection Committee, PPR Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights, (Paris, France, 2011 – 2012); Director of both the Contemporary Arts Foundation and the Rubell Family Collection (Miami, USA, 2000 – 2009); Adjunct Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum (USA, 2008 – 2009); Adjunct Faculty Member, New World School of the Arts; Co-Director, New World School of the Arts Honors Program; and Director, Curatorial Training Program (Miami, USA, 2001 – 2009).

He is a recognized artist in his own right as well an art historian and writer. Coetzee has published extensively on art, writing for journals including the Huffington Post, Mail & Guardian, Revue Noire and the Sunday Independent, and written over 30 monograph catalogs on various artists. His latest publications include monographs on Hernan Bas, Keith Haring, Eberhard Havekost, and John Stezaker. Coetzee studied at the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Cape Town, and the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

Olfa Feki

Olfa Feki (21-26 September)
Architect and curator based between Tunisia, France, Morocco, Egypt and the Netherlands

Her interest in photography started when she was still studying architecture. She has moved from promoting photography on a national scale by co-founding the platform Shutter Party, to an international scale with collaboration with international institutions and foundations such as the World Press Photo, Magnum agency, NOOR agency, Arab world institute  and as well as governmental institutions like the Goethe institute and the French institute as a cultural consultant.

She also co-founded La Maison de l’Image in Tunisia, first and sole institution dedicated to the image where she organized multiple workshops talks and exhibitions with international artists, and that she directed till 2015. Hereafter, She moved to Egypt to direct the biennale of contemporary art/ Something Else 2015, with Simon Njami as main curator and 8 other international curators.

Olfa went from representing artists, to jury member as well as producing documentaries and photo essays and curating exhibitions in galleries; Paris , Morocco, Cairo; and in festivals such as World Nomads New York 2013, Dak’art 2014, Something Else Cairo 2015, La Quatrième Image Paris 2017 and the Biennale of photographers of the contemporary Arab World; IMA and La MEP, Paris 2017.
One of her future projects in Tunisia, is #Kekennah01, the first edition of photography/Multimedia festival, which will be curated by 10 international curators.
She is now an independent curator/consultant and Regional Representative in Europe and North Africa for NOOR images Agency, Amsterdam.

The participants will also take part in different panel discussions to be held at Unseen.

Saturday 24 September: 11.30 – 12.30 (Unseen Living Room)
Over the past few decades, African diaspora artists and perspectives from the art sector in Africa have started to question the modes of presentation and representation within the arts. The global art world is opening up to crea- tive communities and initiatives from Africa, and curators and artists alike are turning to the continent for new and innovative ideas. Unseen invites leading gures from a variety of African platforms for a roundtable discussion, during which the birth of many independent contemporary art platforms throughout Africa will be explored.
With: Azu Nwagbogu (director, LagosPhotoFestival, NG) Emeka Okereke (founder, Invisible Borders, NG), Mark Coetzee (executive director, Zeitz MOCAA, SA) and Olfa Feki (independent curator, TN). Moderated by Touria el Glaoui (director, 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, MA)

Saturday 24 September: 15.00 – 16.00 (Unseen Living Room)
The tools for creating pictures are accessible to more people than ever before. As a result, millions of often randomly generated pictures are produced and shared every day. In response, a countermovement among visual artists who acknowledge the importance of craftsmanship, authenticity and the potential to apply old-fashioned analogue processes in a contemporary context has arisen. Craftsmanship in Photography explores the dynamics of this new movement.
With: Caroline von Courten (writer and researcher, DE), Paul Kooiker (artist, NL) and Antony Cairns (artist, UK). Moderated by David Campany (writer, artist and curator, UK)

Sunday 25 September: 12.45 – 13.45 (Unseen Living Room)
The past decade has seen a rise in alternative educational initiatives in the arts. Across the world these new projects are often peer-led or artist-run, and take the form of grassroots colleges, summer schools, immersive workshops and free online courses.
Two alternative education programmes have been invited to Unseen to explain the different approaches taken by these initiatives, and to discuss the phenomenon of alternative ways of learning.
With: Fosi Vegue (founder, Blank Paper, ES) and Julija Berkovica (founder, ISSP, LV). Moderated by Oliver Whitehead (projects curator, The Photographers’ Gallery, UK)