Participants – Critics’ Agenda: VIENNA 2017
Andrey Shental (Russia) is an art critic and curator based in Moscow. He holds a BA in Art Criticism at the Moscow State University (Russia) and MA in Critical Theory at Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at the Kingston University (UK). He is a contributor to several publications including Artchronika, Colta, Art Territory, IDEA, MetaMute, Art Leaks, Little Joe, Frieze, Raznoglasiya, Aperto as well as catalogues, where he publishes reviews, interviews, and essays on art, culture, philosophy and politics. He has worked as a senior editor at Theory and Practice (2013-2015) and Moscow Art Magazine (2015-2017). Currently, he is working as a foreign correspondent at Flash Art International.
Jeppe Ugelvig (Denmark/USA) is a curator and cultural critic based in New York. He completed his IB diploma at the Mahindra United World College in India in 2012, and his undergraduate degree Communication, Curation, Criticism at Central Saint Martins in 2016 with 1st Class Honours. He is a current graduate student at the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, New York. Jeppe works and across a variety of publishing platforms and theoretical methodologies with a stern belief in exceeding the dogmas and limited vocabularies of the various cultural ‘industries’. Rooted in cross- disciplinary critical theory, Jeppe’s areas of expertise include conceptual and post-conceptual art, fashion theory, queer theory and politically-engaged cultural practices. Jeppe’s writing has appeared in Frieze, ArtReview, Flash Art International, and i-D, and he has written exhibition catalogues for artists and projects including A Kassen, BODY HOLES, Nicole Coson, Soft Baroque, Kristian Kragelund, and Esben Weile Kjær. He functions as the editor of DANSK Magazine.
Mohammad Salemy (Iran/USA) is an independent NYC/Vancouver-based critic and curator from Iran. He holds an MA in critical curatorial studies from the University of British Columbia. His texts have appeared in Flash Art, e-flux Journal, With de With Review, Ocula, Brooklyn Rail, Third Rail Quarterly, Fillip, Ajam Media. He has contributed long essays to the exhibition catalogues of Hugo Canoilas exhibition Under the Volcano at Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado MNA and Robert Stadler’s exhibition You May Also Like at Staatlich Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and Faces exhibition at Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.
Orit Gat (UK/USA) is a writer based in London and New York whose writing on contemporary art and digital culture has appeared in frieze, e-flux journal, The White Review (where she’s a contributing editor), ArtReview, Art Agenda, Flash Art, The Art Newspaper, Mousse, The Brooklyn Rail, Art in America, Metropolis M, Spike Art Quarterly, Camera Austria, Review 31, Momus, and LEAP.
She is a winner of the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in the short-form writing category (2015) and was a finalist for the Absolut Art Writing Award (2017). Gat has worked as the features editor of Rhizome, the managing editor of WdW Review, the online art editor of BOMB Magazine, and senior editor of Modern Painters. She has taught at CCS Bard and the City College of New York; guest-lectured at a number of universities, including Sandberg Instituut (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, NL), The Royal College of Art (London), Goldsmiths, University of London, The New School (New York), Yale University, and Rhode Island School of Design.
Rebecca O’Dwyer (Ireland) is an Irish art writer and critic. She recently completed PhD studies at the National College of Art & Design, writing on the conditions of contemporary art criticism. Her writing has been published in Paper Visual Art Journal,Enclave Review, Frieze, Eyeline, Fallow Media, and the Visual Artists’ New Sheet, amongst others, and she has written catalogue texts for artists including Fergus Feehily, Niamh O’ Malley, and Barbara Knezevic. She is a previous winner of the VAI/DCC Critical Writing Award, and the editor of the online art-writing platform, Response to a Request, which was launched in August 2016.
Sabrina Mandanici (Germany/USA) is an independent art critic and writer based in New York and Berlin. As a former curatorial fellow for photography at the Krupp Foundation and at The Walther Collection, she holds an MA in Art History and Comparative Literature from the Johannes Gutenberg-‐University Mainz and an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts (New York). Her writing has appeared in Aperture.org, Artcritical, Artforum.com, and The Brooklyn Rail. She has co-‐edited and contributed to several catalogues including Disegno The Art of Drawing for the XXI Century, Katharina Gaenssler: TXT IMG, Natur als Kunst: Landschaft im 19 Jahrhundert in Malerei und Fotografie, Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! Photographs of the 60s and 70s from the Nicola Erni Collection, and Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection. Since 2015 she is the Special Projects Contributor for Artforum.com.