Zehra Doğan is a Kurdish artist and journalist born in Diyarbakır/Turkey. She became one of the founders of Turkey’s first women’s news agency, JINHA. She has received many awards, including the Metin Göktepe Journalism Award, one of the most prestigious in Turkey. She reported from Nusaybin, after clashes had began there, but was detained in July 2016 for an artwork she had painted of the clashes.
Elettra Stamboulis is a curator and comic writer based in Ravenna, Italy. As a curator, she presented Marjane Satrapi's, Joe Sacco's, Zograf's personal exhibitions and many other international drawers in Italy; she is the founder and curator of Komikazen International Festival of Reality Comics, taking place in Ravenna since 2005. She curated Zehra Doğan first solo art exhibition in Italy: “We will also have better days – Zehra Doğan, Works from the Turkish prisons”
Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. Matar's work has been widely published and exhibited in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Carnegie Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and more. A mid-career retrospective of her work was recently on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, in a solo exhibition: In Her Image: Photographs by Rania Matar. She has received several grants and awards including a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2017 Mellon Foundation artist-in-residency grant at the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, 2011 Legacy Award at the Griffin Museum of Photography, 2011 and 2007 Massachusetts Cultural Council artist fellowships. In 2008 she was a finalist for the Foster Award at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, with an accompanying solo exhibition. Her work is in the permanent collections of several museums, institutions and private collections worldwide. She has published three books: L'Enfant-Femme, 2016, A Girl and Her Room, 2012 and Ordinary Lives, 2009. She is currently associate professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and regularly offers workshops, talks, class visits and lectures at museums, galleries, schools and colleges in the US and abroad.
Larry Amponsah is a multi-media artist whose practice investigates traditional modes of image-making whilst employing unconventional strategies of production to look at the contemporary politics of imagery. He received his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (2018) after studying for an MFA in Chinese Traditional Painting at Jiangsu University China (2016) and gaining his BFA in Painting at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana (2015). Larry is currently a Trustee of The Kuenyehia Art Trust in Ghana, was shortlisted for the 2019 Young Masters Art Prize and for the 2019 Dentons Art Prize. In 2019, he won the Be Smart About Art Award. His work has been exhibited at 50 Golborne Gallery, London, UK; The Fine Art Gallery, Hoag Hall, CSU-Pueblo, USA; 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London; Museum of Science and Technology, Accra and many other places.
Eileen Cooper first studied at Goldsmiths College (1971-74) and then at the Royal College of Art (1974-77). She went on to teach at a wide range of art schools including St Martin’s, the Royal College of Art, City & Guilds in London and latterly at the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2000 she was elected a Royal Academician. From 2010-17 Cooper served as Keeper of the Royal Academy, one of only 4 officers selected from the 80 Royal Academicians, and with primary responsibility for the Royal Academy Schools, thereby becoming the first woman to be elected to this role since the RA began in 1768. Originally from the Peak District, Cooper has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Her work is held in many public and private collections. She was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Art and Art Education in 2016. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art, and of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Southampton Solent University in 2014.
Dominic Chambers grew up in St. Louis, MO and currently works and lives in New Haven, CT. He holds an M.F.A Candidate from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT, a B.F.A from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), Milwaukee, WI and an A.F.A from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, St.Louis, MO. Solo exhibitions include "Black Boys, Landscapes & Magic", at The Millitzer Studio and Gallery, St.Louis, MO and "These Brief & Spirited Things" at The Residential Gallery, Des Moines, IA. In 2015, he held a residenct at New York Studio Residency Program, Brooklyn, NY and in 2015, at Yale University School of Music & Art at Norfolk, Norfolk, CT. Dominic Chambers has been awarded the Yale Norfolk Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship (awarded through MIAD) and the New York Studio Residency Program (awarded through MIAD) in 2015, a Varsity Art XVIII Award, STLCC – FV and Transfer Scholarship, MIAD in 2014 and the Board of Trustees Scholarship, STLCC – FV in 2012.
Afifa Aleiby is an Iraqi artist, born in the city of Basra, in the utmost southern part of Iraq in 1953. She took up her studies at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad while working as an illustrator for the Iraqi press, before leaving Iraq for the Soviet Union in 1974 to study and specialize in monumental art at the renowned Suikuv Institute in Moscow. Due to the political situation in Iraq, she was unable to return to her native country after the completion of her studies, and decided to move to Italy and later back to Moscow, before settling in Yemen to work as a teacher at the Institute of Fine Arts in Aden, where she also illustrated children’s books and magazines. Aleiby has since been living and working in the Netherlands, and keeps contributing to a great deal of cultural activities in support or the Iraqi. She has participated in numerous exhibitions through out her career, from Baghdad and Moscow to Yemen, Italy, Syria, Lebanon, England and the United States, as a representative of the artistic and cultural face of the Iraqi civilization. Selected exhibitions include Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011 at MOMA PS1, NY (2019-2020) and a Retrospective of her works in the Museum Catharinagasthuis in Gouda (The Netherlands).