Marisa Bellani is the founder and director of Roman Road, a contemporary art gallery located in the East End of London. Established in 2013, the gallery conceives and achieves innovative solo and group shows with a focus on process-based art and new developments in photography. In 2013, Marisa joined The Photographers’ Gallery Young Patron Steering Committee and has been a member of the Tate Photography Acquisition Committee since 2012. The popularity and growing success of her represented artists have seen Roman Road expand its programme to include international pop-up shows and the gallery continues to participate in notable art fairs, including Paris Photo and Photo London.
Foam Photography Museum
Mirjam Kooiman is an art historian and curator at Foam Photography Museum Amsterdam. She curated exhibitions such as Foam Talent 2015 and Ai Weiwei - #SafePassage. She holds a BA in Art History and a MA in Museum Curating from the University of Amsterdam, with a special interest in postcolonial approaches in the arts and museum studies. She previously served as a curator in training at the photography collection of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. She has written for L'Internationale and she is a regular contributor to Foam Magazine. Mirjam is currently working on solo-exhibitions with Daisuke Yokota and Dominic Hawgood, as well as the travelling group show Foam Talent 2016.
Shoair Mavlian is a curator at Tate Modern, London, focusing primarily on photography. Shoair researches acquisitions for the international collection whilst curating exhibitions and displays across Tate Modern. She curated the major exhibition The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection (Tate Modern, 2016), Conflict, Time, Photography (Tate Modern, 2014) and the collaborative exhibition Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions (Tate Modern and TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica, 2014). Shoair has also worked on many of the photography displays of the permanent collection across Tate Modern. Her independent writing is regularly published in magazines and recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge (Arles 2016) and In flux (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015).
Shoair has a background in fine art photography practice and the history of photography focusing on the twentieth century. She has a strong interest in photography relating to conflict and memory, Central and Latin American photography and emerging contemporary practice.
Paola Paleari was born near Milan in 1984. After a Master Degree in Design, she took her first steps into the art world by working in a gallery in Prague. Later on, she moved to Rome where she specialised in contemporary photography. She currently lives in Copenhagen, where she work as a free-lance writer, editor and curator.
Paola is Deputy Editor of YET magazine, a publication dedicated to international photography, and member of artnoise, a web portal and curatorial collective dealing with contemporary art and culture.
Her main area of interest is the photographic language and its relations with the visual art practices.
Krakow Photomonth 2017
Gordon MacDonald is a curator, writer and artist based in Brighton, UK. He is currently guest curator on Krakow Photomonth 2017, devising the exhibition and public programmes for this edition of the festival. He was, until October 2016, the founder and Director of GOST Books, London. Previously he was a founder of the Brighton Photo Fringe and Chair of the Board from 2003 until 2011. In 2003 he also co-founded Photoworks magazine and was it’s Editor from 2003 until 2011. MacDonald is also one half of the creative partnership MacDonaldStrand with the artist Clare Strand.
Based between London and Tuscany, Federica is a photography critic, curator and editor. She is the founder of The Photocaptionist, a platform that promotes the practice of concubinage between photography and literature, images and words. She has recently been appointed guest co-curator of the 2017 edition of the Jaipur Photo Festival in India. Her past exhibitions include Feminine Masculine: On the Struggle and Fascination of Dealing with the Other Sex, for Photo50 at the London Art Fair (2016), P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author, at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with the V&A and the Art Fund (2015–2016), and Amore e Piombo [Love and Lead]: the Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy, co-curated and co-edited with Roger Hargreaves for the Archive of Modern Conflict at the Brighton Photo Biennial and winner of the Kraszna Krausz 2015 Best Photography Book Award (2014). Her writings have appeared in Der Greif, Photoworks, Foam, Objektiv, Unseen magazine, EXTRA, The British Journal of Photography, Krakow Photomonth,The Photographers’ Gallery Blog and MAPP Editions (MACK).