Krist Gruijthuijsen, Director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Krist Gruijthuijsen (b. 1980, NL) is a curator and since July 2016, Director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art. At KW, he has curated exhibitions with, among others, Hanne Lippard, Ian Wilson, Adam Pendleton, Ronald Jones, Hiwa K, Willem de Rooij, Beatriz González, David Wojnarowicz, Hreinn Friðfinnsson, and Hassan Sharif. Gruijthuijsen was Artistic Director of the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz (AT, 2012–16) and Course Director of the MA Fine Arts Department at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam (2011–16). He is one of the co-founding directors of Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organized numerous exhibitions and projects over the past decade.
Hoor Al Qasimi, Director, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
Hoor Al Qasimi is President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation. Her recent curatorial projects include solo exhibitions of the works of Amal Kenawy (2018), Hassan Sharif (2017), Yayoi Kusama (2016), Robert Breer (2016), Farideh Lashai (2016), Rasheed Araeen (2014), and Susan Hefuna (2014). She was co-curator for Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige: Two Suns in a Sunset (2016) and major surveys such as When Art Becomes Liberty: The Egyptian Surrealists (1938–1965) (2016) and The Khartoum School: The Making of the Modern Art Movement in Sudan (1945–Present) (2016–17). Co-curator of Sharjah Biennial 6 (2003), she has since continued as Biennial Director. She curated the UAE National Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2015) and the second Lahore Biennale (2020).
Salma Lahlou, Independent Curator and Founder, ThinkArt, Casablanca
Graduate in both curatorial studies and law, Salma Lahlou has a solid knowledge of cultural project management. After working as the Vice President of the National Museums Foundation of Morocco, she founded Thinkart in the fields of visual arts and curatorial practices in 2015. She has curated various exhibitions, including, most recently, The Whole World a Bauhaus—Breaking the Wave, from the Bauhaus to Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca School to Nassim Azarzar at the ZKM Karlsruhe, DE (2019–20); Loading… Casa during the Dubai Design Week (2017) and in Brussels (2018); In the Carpet/Über den Teppich at the ifa Galleries in Stuttgart (2016) and Berlin (2017); and The Casablanca School of Fine Arts: Belkahia, Chabâa, Melehi and the Fabrication of Art and History during the 6th edition of the Marrakech Biennale in 2016.
Inka Gressel, Director, ifa Gallery Berlin
Inka Gressel currently heads the ifa Gallery Berlin (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). She has researched global narrative forms in textiles since documenta 12 (2007). Prior to this work, she held a curatorial position at Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe (DE). She also co-developed the education program for The Art of Enlightenment exhibition in Beijing on behalf of the Pinakotheken in Munich. She joined the ifa in 2012, with a focus on international art exchange in exhibitions, and co-curated the ifa touring exhibition The Event of a Thread.
Alya Sebti, Director, ifa Gallery Berlin (parental leave)
Alya Sebti has been directing the ifa Gallery Berlin (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) since 2016. She is part of the artistic team of Manifesta 13, which will take place in Marseille (FR) in 2020. In 2018, she was guest curator of the 13th Dak’Art, Biennial of Contemporary African Art, and in 2014, she was the Artistic Director of the 5th Marrakech Biennial. She has curated several exhibitions, including invisible at Musée de l’IFAN in Dakar, Carrefour/Treffpunkt at the ifa Galleries; Casablanca, Energie Noire as part of Mons 2015—European Capital of Culture; and Now Eat My Script at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014).