Meelis Muhu

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Meelis Muhu (born 1972) is Estonian documentary film director and producer. He graduated at Bussiness School as a business manager (1992) and at Tallinn Pedagogical University, Faculty of Culture as a choreographer-director (1996). Since 1994 he has been involved in several other projects, including ETV Channel 2 as co-author and producer. Between years 2003 and 2010 Meelis Muhu worked at the Estonian Ministry of Culture, as an Arts Advisor in the field of cinema. In 2006 he participated in workshop of European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (professional training, project development and networking organisation for audiovisual producers).

He came out with Meeleavaldaja (2003) movie. His documentary films  Alyosha (2008) and  Kihnu Wedding (2009) was also internationally successful.

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Taija Helminen

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Taija Helminen (born 1984) is playwright from Helsinki. In 2011 she completed Bachelor of the Arts dramaturgy at the Theatre Academy Helsinki. She also studied social policy and cultural studies as a part of her Master degree in Theatre Arts.

She has been working as a dramaturge for touring performance Paperisilta (“paper bridge”), which has been combining movement, singing, music and theatre. The aim of the performance was to bring experiences of joy and beauty and a sense of focus into everyday life in the reception centre. She has also written documentary comedy about everyday life of the precariat called Radikaaleinta on arki (“The most radical thing in everyday life”). The performance directed by Saana Lavaste had its premiere at Tampereen Teatteri Frenckell stage on October 8th 2013.

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Yerbossin Meldibekov

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Yerbossin Meldibekov (born 1964, Kazahstan) is political artist. He creates conceptual multimedia installations reflecting the process of changes and reforms of central Asia. Meldibekov’s installation Peak Communism (2009) was parody on the utopian aspirations of the Soviet former leaders and the progression of the history. Meldibekov expresses an ironic view on ideology as being nothing more than empty mould. The installation Mutation (2009) reflected  how communist symbols, monuments and cultural objects are losing their ideological meaning and became part of new, non-ideological context.

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Ronen Eidelman

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Ronen Eidelman (born 1971, New York City) grew up in Jerusalem. He is artist, writer, activist and cultural producer, based in Tel Aviv.

Eidelman is co-founder and editor of Erev-Rav, the leading online art and culture magazine in Hebrew. He’s founder and editor of numerous art and sociopolitical magazines and journals such as Maarav. He graduated in Fine Arts programme for Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus university in Weimar, Germany.

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Birgit Johnsen & Hanne Nielsen

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Hanne Nielsen (born 1958, Danemark) and Birgit Johnsen (born 1959, Danemark), were both trained at The Art Academy of Jutland and paired up a year after their graduation in 1993. They have participated in several film festivals and their art works have been shown in several museums and galleries worldwide. They are represented by ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, National Gallery of Denmark (Copenhagen) and Bonns Kunstmuseum (Germany).

Hanne Nielsen & Birgit Johnsen’s art work revolves around video projections, installations, documentary and photography. The thematic core is often stereotypes, gender and events occurring in the daily life. The things are put into the extremes, frequently expressed in a humorous manner. The works can be seen as a comment on a global condition and a parody of the modern human being.

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Ibro Hasanović

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Ibro Hasanović (born 1981, Ljubovija, Yugoslavia) is Bosnian artist, currently living and working in Prishtina. He has realized many solo and group exhibitions and screenings. He studied Product design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and completed his studies in contemporary art and cinema at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains in France.

The main topic of his work is individual and collective memory that he manifest in films, videos, photography and installation. His works featured in exhibitions at: Turku Art Museum, Finland (2012); Open Space – Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna; SPACE Gallery, Bratislava; Galleria A+A (Slovenian Exhibition Centre), Venice; 52nd October Salon, Belgrade; Panorama 13, Le Fresnoy; Brot Kunsthall, Vienna; Nappe Arsenale, Venice; Thessaloniki Concert Hall (2011); City Museum of Ljubljana; P74 Center and Gallery, Ljubljana (2010), Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, Verona; Galerija Galženica, Velika Gorica (2009), Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), Washington DC (2008), 1st International Annual Exhibition SPAPORT, Banja Luka (2008), as well as the Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, South Korea (2006). In 2007 Hasanovic was a finalist of ZVONO Young Visual Artist Award, organized by Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art. In 2011 he won the Special Prize at 5th International Art Prize Arte Laguna in Venice. In 2013 he attended Artist-in-Residence Programme in Ljubljana and Vienna.

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Heike Schuppelius

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Heike Schuppelius, German professor of scenography at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, studied Architecture and Stage-Design at the University of the Arts Berlin, Architectural Associaton and Central St. Martin in London. Her other study cities are for example Marseille, New York and Cairo. She received several awards, i.e. 2003 the Bessie-Award for her collaboration with Performance Group ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE, 2004 the Rome-Price, Villa Massimo, the most signifying awards for Germany based artist. In the following year she was asked to design and realize the new conference hall “German Room” at the Food&Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UNITED NATIONS in Rome. In collaboration with Sasha Waltz (since 1999) she realized set-designs and video works, e.g. KÖRPER, S, (Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz) and MEDEA (Staatsoper Berlin).

Her latest works were shown on the Warsaw Autumn, the Athens Festival, in Dresden Hellerau, Garage Istanbul and the Natural History Museum, Berlin. Heike Schuppelius is Artist-in-Residence at the Berliner Festspiele and teaches at HfG Karlsruhe.

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