9-13 december Hoor Al Qasimi, Zeina Assaf, Dia Hamed en Chen Tamir

Hoor Al-Qasimi, President and Director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, is a practicing artist who received her BFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2002), a Diploma in Painting from the Royal Academy of Arts (2005) and an MA in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London (2008). She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the College of Art and Design, University of Sharjah, Member of Advisory Board, Khoj International Artists’ Association, India, and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and serves on the Board of Directors for MoMA PS1, New York, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Ashkal Alwan, Beirut and is a Visiting Lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art, London. Her recent curatorial projects include Drift — an exploration of urban and suburban landscapes (2011), In Spite of it All (2012) and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: A Collective Memory (2013).

Zeina Assaf, Independent curator, arts administrator and artist living and working in Beirut, Lebanon.  She has curated emerging to mid-career artists since 2006 at both non-profit and commercial spaces such as Cuchifritos Gallery/Project Space, NY, artHARLEM, NY, and NY Studio Gallery, NY and was participating artist in OnUnPo, Japan session 2013. A Board Member and Curatorial Committee member at Artists Alliance, Inc from 2008-2011. She has been working with 98weeks Project Space in Beirut since 2012.

Dia Hamed, Born in Cairo, studied Art Education in “Helwan University”, lives and works in Cairo as an artist. He explores through a wide variety of praxis like theater (performing, creation and scenography) and multidisciplinary projects in the contemporary art scene of Cairo. His main focus is to introduce the open source culture and collaborative sharing environments to other local artists and cultural managers by engaging or designing projects that would stimulate these methods. In projects like “situationcomplication” & “Native Tourists” 2007 he focused on experimenting with interactivity in public spaces. He worked as an assistant director with the Berlin based Company “Rimini Protokol” for documentary theater production 2008-12 and co-founded Studio Moroni Theater Company 2004 and the Sabeel performance art forums 2006. Currently he is the programme director at Medrar for contemporary art which he co-founded in 2005.

Chen Tamir, Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel-Aviv. Her previous positions include Executive Director of Flux Factory and Program & Operations Manager at Artis.  She holds an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and her exhibitions have been presented at venues including Art in General and White Box in New York; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, National Gallery of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, and Gallery TPW in Canada, and the Israeli Center for Digital Art and Museums of Bat Yam in Israel.