As Director of Art Jameel since August 2016, Antonia Carver oversees the not-for-profit organisation’s work across the arts, heritage and education. This new role is designed to lead the expansion of Art Jameel, as the organisation builds new local institutions, grows its international partnerships, and initiates exhibition, educational and publishing projects.
Antonia was previously Director of Art Dubai (2010-2016), where she led the annual fair’s development into the leading international fair for the Middle East and South Asia, and the world’s most global art fair. Under Antonia’s leadership, the fair’s diverse programme expanded to include the community school Campus Art Dubai, Art Dubai Projects, fellowships for writers and curators, and a new sector dedicated to Modern works, in addition to ongoing contemporary gallery halls, artists’ residencies and commissions, film and video; the Abraaj Group Art Prize; and a raft of educational initiatives.
Antonia, who has been based in the UAE since 2001, has written extensively on Middle Eastern art and film for international and regional publications, and also edited books and journals. In 2004, she joined Bidoun as an editor and later became the director of the Middle Eastern arts organisation’s projects division, co-organising education programmes, artists’ projects, and film and video series. Antonia played a role in establishing and curating the Dubai International Film Festival as a member of its programming committee (2004-2014), and has also acted as an Arab and Iranian film specialist for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Prior to moving to the UAE, Antonia was based in London, UK where she served in a number of roles, including as an editor at Phaidon Press; in development and projects at the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva); and in publishing at G+B Arts International.
Kuiyi Shen’s research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese art. His major publications include A Century in Crisis (1998); Between the Thunder and the Rain (2000); Shanghai Modern (2004); The Elegant Gathering (2006), Chinese Posters (2009); Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution (2011); The Art of Modern China (2012), winner of the 2013 ICAS Book Prize in Humanities; and Light before Dawn (2013).
Professor Shen also maintains an active career as a curator. Among the exhibitions he has curated, the best known have been A Century in Crisis: Tradition and Modernity in the Art of Twentieth Century China, at the Guggenheim Museums in New York and Bilbao in 1998; Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennial, in 2007; Why Not Ink In, 2012; and Light Before Dawn in 2013. He is a recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Social Science Research Council, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Stanford University, and Leiden University.
Shen was a member of the Advisory Committee for the first Chengdu Biennial (2001), the Shanghai Biennale (2002), Contemporary Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum (2016), and Ink Global Hong Kong (2017). He is also the managing editor of Brill’s book series, Modern Asian Art and Visual Culture.
Tim Marlow joined the Royal Academy of Arts in 2014, as Artistic Director. His remit includes the RA’s exhibition programme and Collection, as well as Learning, Architecture and Publishing. Prior to this, Marlow was Director of Exhibitions at White Cube (2003-2014).
He has worked with many of the most important and influential artists of our time including, Antony Gormley RA, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume RA, Anselm Kiefer Hon RA, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Chuck Close, Tracey Emin RA, Gilbert & George RA, Julie Mehretu and Doris Salcedo.
Marlow is an award-winning radio and television broadcaster, who has presented over 100 documentaries on British television. He was the founder editor of Tate magazine and is the author of numerous books and catalogues. He has lectured, chaired and participated in panel discussions on art and culture in more than forty countries.
Director of the Power Station of Art, Shanghai
Chief Editor of Art World magazine
Gong Yan graduated from the Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris. In 2005, she established “O Art Center” at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, focusing on unstable media art and city research, and devoting herself to providing a dynamic platform for talented young artists and curators. Her works have been shown at the Shanghai Biennale, in 2002 and 2006. She has been director of the Power Station of Art since 2013.
Recently curated exhibitions: Yu Youhan (2016), in the PSA Collection series; Snacks (2016); Mobile Architecture: Yona Friedman (2015); Anticlimax Poetry: Kazunari Sakamoto (architecture exhibition) (2015); Decorum: Carpets and Tapestries by Artists (2014); Shinohara Kazuo (2014); Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal (2013); Power - Thonik Design (2008); Ordinary Architecture, in the Chinese pavilion at the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale (2008); Yona Friedman: Utopies Réalisables (2007); Body Media - International Interactive Art (2007).
Raqs Media Collective
Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta) are a contemporary art practice based in New Delhi. They have been working together since 1992. Raqs enjoy playing a plurality of roles, often appearing as artists, occasionally as curators, and sometimes as philosophical agents provocateurs. They create installations, make videos, photographs, print and online works, play with archival traces, make exhibitions and art interventions in public spaces, write essays, enact lecture-performances, engage with pedagogical procedures, edit books, design events, and foster collaborations. They have worked with architects, scholars, coders, writers, designers, translators, performers, artists, curators and theatre directors, and founded processes that have become an influential force in contemporary intellectual and cultural life.
Raqs have exhibited widely, including at Documenta, and the Venice, Istanbul, Taipei, Liverpool, Shanghai, Sydney and São Paulo Biennales. They have had solo shows in museums and educational and independent art spaces, in Boston, Brussels, Madrid, Delhi, Shanghai, London, New York and Toronto, etc. Works by Raqs are included in several contemporary art collections and museums, and their essays have been published in numerous anthologies. Raqs curated Rest of Now, Manifesta 7 (Bolzano, 2008), Sarai Reader 09 (Gurgaon, 2012-13) and INSERT2014 (Delhi, 2014). Recently, they curated the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Why Not Ask Again.
In 2000, Raqs co-founded the Sarai Initiative at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, and the Sarai Reader Series, which they edited until 2013. They have been invited to teach in many institutions and self-organised initiatives. Raqs received the Multitude Art Prize in 2013.