Abaseh Mirvali: is Chief Executive Officer and President, Comisaria of Platform 5280, Biennial of the Americas. Between 2005 and 2008, at the invitation of Eugenio López Alonso, Ms. Mirvali was Executive Director of the Fundación/Colección Jumex, where she successfully consolidated, institutionalized, and developed one of the largest and most important collections of contemporary art for a private institution in Latin America.
Saâdane Afif (1970, Vendome): He studied at Bourges School of Fine Arts before completing his post graduate course in Nîmes. His work has been exhibited in places as varied and prestigious as the Palais de Tokyo in 2005 (Paris), the XIIth Kassel Documenta in 2007, with his latest exhibition being held at the Pompidou Centre at the end of 2010. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Abbas Akhavan (1977, Tehran): Akhavan currently lives and works in Toronto. His practice ranges from site-specific ephemeral installations to drawing, video and performance. Akhavan’s work has been exhibited in galleries such as Vancouver Art Gallery and Artspeak (Canada), Kunsten Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), Le Printemps de septembre a Toulouse (France), Botkryka Konsthall (Sweden), The Third Line (Dubai, UAE) and KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Germany). Recent residencies include Foundation Marcelino Botin with Mona Hatoum (Spain), Axeno7 and Video In (Canada), The Delfina Foundation (Dubai) and The Watermill Center (USA).
Hera Büyüktaşçıyan: (1984, İstanbul): İstanbul Marmara Üniversitesi'nde sanat eğitimini tamamlayan Büyüktaşçıyan, işlerinde esas olarak ‘öteki’ olmayı vurguluyor ve bunu boşluk ve görünmezlik kavramlarıyla, kimlik, bellek, mekan & zaman üzerinden imgesel bir bağ dahilinde oluşturmak için birleştiriyor. Yerel mitlerden, tarihi ve ikonik elementlerden metaforlar kullanarak, ‘öteki’ için yeni bir anlatim alanı açıyor. Sanatçı son işlerinde ‘boşluk’ kavramını kollektif bellek içinde sorgulamak için, tam anlamıyla bir kayboluş & yıkıma neden olan kentsel dönüşüm üstüne odaklanmakta. Konuşmasında benlik ve ötekililik düzlemlerinin arasındaki varoluşsal denge üzerinde duracak olan Büyüktaşçıyan, yakın geçmişte SALT Beyoğlu'nda 'Bir İkindi Macerası' adlı performansı gerçekleştirmiş ve ayrıca 'Hafızanın Düzensiz Topografyası'nda' adlı grup sergisinde yer almıştır.
Cevdet Erek (1974, İstanbul): He studied architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts between 1992 and 1999. While practicing as an architect and performing with the Istanbul avant-garde rock group Necropsy, Erek received his master’s degree in sound engineering and design at the Center for Advanced Studied in Music (MIAM) of Istanbul Technical University in 2003. He completed his doctoral degree at his alma mater. During 2005 and 2006, he studied at the Rijksakademie Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Erek has received several prizes such as Garantibank Award (2005) and the Uriot Prize, Rijksakademie Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2006). Erek’s work is characterized by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. He combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space.
Alexander Wagner (1978, Berlin): Drawing on music, architecture, and typography, in his works Alexander Wagner focuses on light, color, and geometry and explores the relationship between the perceptual and the cultural. In his recent works on display at Galeri Manâ, the artist plays with the tension between digital imagery and the imagery of traditional painting, creating multiple layers of material research and conceptual references. Neat geometric forms meet with dynamic gestures and coincidences in these works on paper. The artist gathers a variety of materials with different speeds and languages on these surfaces and creates a unique balance between representation, abstraction and materiality. Wagner has held solo exhibitions at institutions such as RaebervonStenglin, Zurich (2012&2010); JET, Berlin (2009); SOX, Berlin (2008) and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2008). Recently, he has participated at group exhibitions at Galeri Manâ, Istanbul (2012); Laurel Gitlen, New York (2011); Ricou Gallery, Brussels (2011); LOG, Bergamo (2010); and Temporaere Kunsthalle, Berlin (2009). In 2010, Wagner won the Guido Carbone Award at Artissima. In 2009, Revolver Publishing (Berlin) brought out a monographic catalog of the artist.