Professor Geoffrey Batchen

Geoffrey Batchen is the Professor of History of Art at the University of Oxford. His writing about art and photography has featured in numerous journals, books and exhibition catalogues and been translated into 21 languages. His books include Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography (1997, and in Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Slovenian, Chinese, Italian and Ukrainian); Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History (2001, and in Chinese); Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance (2004); William Henry Fox Talbot (2008, and in French); What of Shoes?: Van Gogh and Art History (2009, in German and English); Suspending Time: Life, Photography, Death (2010, in Japanese and English); Repetition och Skillnad (in Swedish, 2011); Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph (2016); Obraz a diseminace (in Czech, 2016); More Wild Ideas (in Chinese, 2017); Apparitions: Photography and Dissemination (2018) and Negative/Positive: A History of Photography (2021). He has also edited Photography Degree Zero: Reflections on Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida (2009) and co-edited Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (2012 + Turkish). His curated exhibitions have been shown at the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro; the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; the National Media Museum in Bradford, UK; the International Center of Photography in New York; the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne; the Izu Photo Museum in Shizuoka, Japan; the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik; the Adam Art Gallery in Wellington; and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, NZ.

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Interviews:

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Maureen Paley - Youssef Nabil - Eileen Cooper OBE RA - James Watt CVO- Tom Fletcher CMG - Saleh Barakat-Sama Alshaibi-Myriam Boulos - Rania Matar - Zehra Do─čan and Elettra Stamboulis - Dominic Chambers -Touria El Glaoui -Ali Cherri -Afifa Aleiby - Laure d’Hauteville and Joanna Chevalier-Larry Amponsah - Victor Ekpuk - Mohammed Omer Khalil - eL Seed - Ahmed Morsi - Aaron Cezar - Ashekman - Michael Landy Part I & II - Sarah Hermez - Natalie Gibson MBE - Helen Storey MBE - The Voice of a Generation Fashion Print Class 2018 Central St Martins - Art Dubai: Myrna Ayad Director and Shumon Basar - Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi - V&A: Kate Bailey - SHOWstudio: Emily Knight and Bex Cassie - Dr. Anthony Brandt - Hassan Hajjaj -Yannis Munro - Dr Benjamin Dix - Michaela Crimmin - Fiona Hawthorne - Hrair Sarkissian- Walid Ardhaoui - Rabih Kayrouz - Hayle Melim Gadelha - Charles Tripp -

 

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Katya Grokhovsky

Born and raised in Ukraine, Katya Grokhovsky is a New York-based artist and educator. Grokhovsky received an M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a B.F.A from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia and a B.A (Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Grokhovsky’s work has been supported through numerous residencies including The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) Studio Program, Sculpture Space, Tiger Strikes Asteroid NYC STAR Residency, SVA MFA Art Practice AIR, Pratt Fine Arts Department AIR, The Museum of Arts and Design Studio Program, BRICworkspace Residency, Ox-BOW School of Art Residency, Wassaic Artist Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts AIR, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Fellowship AIR, Studios at MASS MoCA, NARS Residency Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Watermill Center, and more. She has been awarded the New American Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Council Grants, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship, ArtSlant 2017 Prize, Asylum Arts Grant, Australian Council for the Arts Grant, and Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, among others. Past exhibitions and performances include Smack Mellon, BRIC Biennial, FLUX factory, EFA Project Space, Equity gallery, Queens Museum, MAD Museum and more. Grokhovsky is a Founding Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial (est.2019).

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YOUSSEF NABIL

Youssef Nabil began his career in 1992 by staging tableaux in which his subjects acted out melodramas recalling film stills from the golden age of Egyptian cinema. The past decade also testifies to the artist’s foray into the medium of film; with "You Never Left", 2010, "I Saved My Belly Dancer", 2015, "Arabian Happy Ending", 2016, and "The Beautiful Voyage", 2021.Youssef Nabil’s International solo and group exhibitions include the Studio Museum in Harlem and Aperture Foundation in New York, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in Canada, at the Aga Khan Museum of Art in Toronto ; in France, at the Centre Pompidou, Maison Rouge – Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Institut du Monde Arabe and Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, amongst many other places. Youssef Nabil had his first retrospective exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, titled Once Upon A Dream. His work is part of various international collections, among which: in the USA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Pérez Art Museum in Miami (PAMM), the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art (SCAD) in Savannah; in France, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Collection François Pinault, and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris;  in Qatar, the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha; in the United Arab Emirates, the Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi; in the UK, the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; amongst many others. 

Interview as part of Art Breath x MENART FAIR

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Saleh Barakat

Saleh Barakat is a Beirut-based gallerist specialising in modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. He founded Agial Art Gallery (1990/1991), and Saleh Barakat Gallery (2016). On the ground floor of Saleh Barakat Gallery, The Upper Gallery hosts an ongoing series of rotating small-scale exhibitions. He has also curated exhibitions elsewhere, including The Road to Peace (2009) at the Beirut Art Center, retrospectives of Saloua Raouda Choucair (2013), Shafic Abboud (2013), Michel Basbous (2014), and Jean Boghossian (2015) at the Beirut Exhibition Center, and he co-curated the first national pavilion for Lebanon at the 52nd Venice Biennale with Sandra Dagher, as well as the itinerant exhibition Mediterranean Crossroads, in collaboration with Martina Corgnati and the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs. In 2006 he was nominated as a Yale World Fellow. He has lectured at Princeton University, the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the British Museum, Christie’s Education, and most of the academic institutions in Beirut. He served on the steering committee of the Arts Center at the American University of Beirut, and on the founding committee of the Saradar Collection. He has been a board member of the National Unesco since 2015, and currently serves on the advisory board of the School of Architecture and Design at the Lebanese American University and on the advisory board of the faculty of Literature and Humanities in USJ.

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Ghasem Hajizadeh

Ghasem Hajizadeh born in 1947 in Lahijan, north of Iran, is a contemporary Iranian–French painter and a pioneering Pop art figure in contemporary Iranian art. He received his diploma in arts from Tehran High School of Fine Arts in 1967. In 1972, he participated in the first art exhibition, held by Iran–America Society and in 2015 his art was part of the Pavilion of Iran at the 56th la Biennale di Venezia. Solo exhibition have been held at Goethe Institute, Tehran. Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran. In 1999 - 2004 as part of Salon d’Automne, Paris; 2008: Exhibition in New York in LTMH Gallery; 2009: Galerie Françoise Souchaud, Lyon; amongst others. Group exhibitions include UNESCO Exhibition, and Ghandris Mess Gallery, Tehran. In 1974 at the 7th Festival of Art & Culture: The Works of Iranians Contempory Artists at the 100th; 1987: R.V.S. Gallery, Southampton to New York, United States; 1988 : L'Art pour la Vie , Institut Curie, Paris; Arts Olympiad in Seoul, South Korea; Revelation 89, 5th International Exhibition of Plastic Arts, space Lamartine, Paris SOS Armenia Art, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris and 2011: Salon Comparaisons, Paris Biennale 109, Paris, amongst many others.                *

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