Speakers

Cristina de Middel (Spain)

Cristina is a photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction.

After a successful career as a photojournalist, Cristina stepped outside of the photojournalistic gaze.
She then produced the critically acclaimed series The Afronauts in 2012, which explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s through staged reenactments of obscure narratives. Cristina continuously produces new bodies of work, including the latest photo series and book titled, This is what hatred did.

Cristina’s work shows that fiction can serve as the subject of photography just as well as facts can. Our presumption, she seems to say, that photography must always refer to reality is flawed.

Cristina has been widely exhibited and has received numerous awards, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, and the Infinity Award (publication) from the International Center of Photography in New York (2013) and POPCAP’13. She was also shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Prize (2013). She lives in Mexico.

Gideon Mendel

Gideon Mendel was born in Johannesburg and studied Psychology and African History at the University of Cape Town. He began photographing in the 1980s during the final years of apartheid. It was his work as a ‘struggle photographer’ at this time that first brought his work to global attention. In the early 1990s he moved to London, from where he has continued to respond to social issues globally. One of the major focuses of his work soon became the issue of HIV/AIDS. Since 2007, Mendel has been working on Drowning World, a series we will be exhibiting in Travel Photo Jaipur.

Mendel has won the Eugene Smith Award for Humanistic Photography, six World Press Photo Awards and the Amnesty International Media Award for Photojournalism. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet 2015 (Disorder) for Drowning World.

Thomas Seelig (Germany/Switzerland)

Thomas studied Visual Communication at Fachhochschule Bielefeld, followed by a curatorial study program at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht/NL.

He joined the Fotomuseum Winterthur team in 2003 as collection curator and became its co-director with Duncan Forbes in 2013. His most relevant group and thematic exhibitions have been The Ecstasy of Things (2004), Research and Invention (2007), Karaoke (2009) and Concrete – Architecture and Photography (2013). Besides organizing monographic exhibitions on James Welling, Yann Mingard, Peter Piller and Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, he co-curated with Beatrix Ruf a retrospective of Mark Morrisroe. He has been closely involved with the conception and execution of Situations (www.situations.fotomuseum.ch), an innovative exhibition and display format.

Mauro Bedoni (Italy)

Mauro graduated from the University of Padua with a research paper on Photojournalism. After working as a freelance photographer for a few Italian news photo agencies. He started working in 2007 as the photo editor of COLORS, the international bilingual magazine published by Fabrica.

He has been nominated for Picture Editor of the Year at the Lucie Awards 2011 and he has served as a portfolio reviewer in various international photo festivals and as a juror in the PDN Photo Annual, the Angkor photo workshop, the CENTER Project Launch Grant, the Burn Magazine Emergent Photographer Fund and the Magenta Flash Forward competition.

As a curator, in 2015 he pulled together two group shows: the Fabrica exhibition at the Łódź Fotofestiwal and the Afterlife exhibition at the Athens Photo Festival.

Mauro has recently left COLORS magazine and is now a freelance photo editor and curator based in both Italy and Germany.

Rafal Milach (Poland)

Rafal is a photographer and book artist based in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland and from the Institute for Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic, where he currently lectures.

For more than ten years he has been working on transition issues in Russian-speaking countries and CEE region. This has resulted in the monographs The Winners (GOST 2014), 7 Rooms (Kehrer 2011) and Black Sea of Concrete (self-published, 2013). In 2012 Czytelnia Sztuki Gallery published the book In the Car with R., a record of Rafal’s travel with writer Huldar Breidfjord around Iceland.

He has taken part in World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and received grants from Magnum Foundation, Polish Ministry of Culture and European Cultural Foundation. His pictures and books have received the World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year International awards. His work is part of the collections of the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, Brandts Museum for Kunst & Visuel Kultur and CO in Berlin.

Rafal is a founding member of Sputnik Photos collective: www.sputnikphotos.com

Waswo X. Waswo (USA)

Waswo studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Center for Photography, and Studio Marangoni, The Centre for Contemporary Photography in Florence, Italy.

His books, India Poems: The Photographs, published by Gallerie Publishers in 2006, and Men of Rajasthan, published by Serindia Contemporary in 2011, are available worldwide.

Waswo has lived and travelled in India for over sixteen years and has made his home in Udaipur, Rajasthan, for the past nine. There he collaborates with a variety of local artists including the photo hand-colourist Rajesh Soni. He has also produced a series of autobiographical miniature paintings in collaboration with the artist R. Vijay.

Waswo is represented in India by Gallerie Espace, New Delhi and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, and in Thailand by Serindia Gallery, Bangkok, and also by Indigo Blue Art, Singapore, and Gallery Minsky, Paris.

Since 2002, the artist has put together a vast personal collection of Indian printmaking, including etchings, lithographs, linocuts and woodcuts. Numbering over 200 individual prints, the collection has been exhibited at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, and the National Gallery of Modern Art in both Bangalore and Mumbai. It is the subject of a book, Between the Lines: Identity, Place and Power, by Lina Vincent Sunish.

Rahaab Allana (India)

Rahaab Allana is Curator of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi, and Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in London. He had an early engagement with the National Gallery of Modern Art, and has subsequently curated, edited and contributed to national and international arts institutions and publications, including Marg, the Lalit Kala Contemporary, The Brunei Gallery (London), The Photography Museum (Berlin) the Rubin Museum (NY), the Royal Fine Art Museum (Brussels) among others. Rahaab has also showcased a solo exhibition of his own photographs, taken over the last 12 years of his experiences related to heritage in India and S.Asia, entitled Worlds of Difference at the Romain Rolland Gallery, Alliance Francaise, Delhi, April, 2010.

This summer he has co-published a book from his own private collection of Cinema stills and ephemera, titled Filmi Jagat: Shared Universe of Early Hindi Cinema, exploring a subculture of photography and print media through a found scrapbook.

Rahaab has been the editor of PIX for over 4 years (www.pixquarterly.in), India’s first theme-based photography quarterly and exhibitionary platform supported by the Goethe Institute, and from time to time by the Japan Foundation, Pro Helvetia and British Council. Its next issue, the 13th, is a special one dedicated to photography from Nepal.

Yumi Goto (Japan)

Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher and consultant who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.

She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and is a nominator and juror for international photographic organizations, festivals and events. She is now based in Tokyo and is a co‐founder and curator of the Reminders Photography Stronghold: www.reminders-project.org

Giles Tillotson (UK)

Giles Tillotson taught for fourteen years at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he was Reader in History of Art, and Chair of Art & Archaeology. He is also a Fellow (and former Director) of the Royal Asiatic Society, London. An expert on the art history of India, he has lectured widely in both Britain and India, and is the author of numerous books on architecture, history and landscape, including Taj Mahal, and Jaipur Nama: Tales from the Pink City (both published by Penguin India). He has lived in India since 2004 and currently works for the City Palace, Jaipur.

Louise Clements

Louise Clements has been the Artistic Director of QUAD (www.derbyquad.co.uk) – a centre for contemporary art, film and new technologies in Derby (UK)- since 2001 and the Artistic Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival (www.formatfestival.com) since 2004.

As an independent curator, she has set up commissions, been involved in publications and in art, film, mass participation and photography exhibitions. She is a juror, portfolio reviewer, workshop leader and award nominator throughout Europe, America and Asia.

She has been guest curator at Habitat Centre and Hauz Khas BlowUp (Delhi, India 2012), Dong Gang Photography Festival (South Korea, 2013), Dali Photography Festival (China, 2013), Noorderlicht 20/20 (Groningen, Netherlands, 2013),Photoquai Biennale (Paris, 2015), Christophe Guye 2020vision (Switzerland 2015), Les Rencontres Arles, Discoveries (France 2015), Hamburg Photo Triennial (Container City, Germany, 2015),  Obscura Festival (Malaysia 2015), Venice Biennale, EM15 (2015), Slideluck Rome (Italy 2015).  Louise is the editor at Large for 1000 Words www.1000wordsmag.com