Philippa Adams

Senior Director, the Saatchi Gallery, London

Working directly on the collection, liaising with artists and galleries on new acquisitions and commissions. Since 1998 she has worked on the saatchi exhibitions and accompanying publications drawn from the collection, many of which have travelled to major museums and institutions world wide.

Dr. Ziba Ardalan

Founder, Director, and Curator of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London

Dr. Ziba Ardalan is the Founder, Director and Curator of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, an educational charity and a not-for-profit exhibition space in London. A graduate in the History of Arts from Columbia University, New York, Ardalan worked as Guest-Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and went on to become the first Director/Curator of the city's Swiss Institute. Before moving to London and founding Parasol unit, Ardalan was based in Zurich, Switzerland, where she lectured on art and worked as Art Advisor. Ardalan has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions, about thirty of which have been at Parasol unit. Prior to a career in art, Ardalan obtained a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.

Mat Collishaw


Over the past decade, Mat Collishaw’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows around the world, including Camden Arts Centre, London (1995); Life/Live, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris and The Brooklyn Museum, New York (1998); Galeria d’Arte Moderne, Bologna, Italy (1999); Museum of Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2000); Mat Collishaw, Art & Public, Geneva (2004); Hysteria, Freud Museum, London (2009); Retrospectre, BFI Southbank, London (2010); Creation Condemned at Blain|Southern London (2010) Magic Lantern, Victoria & Albert Museum (2010) and most recently Vitacide, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2012).

Group exhibitions include: Freeze, Surrey Docks, London (1988); Institute for Cultural Anxiety, ICA, London (1994); Brilliant! New Art From London, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis (1995); Sensations, Royal Academy of Art, London (1996); The Edge of Awareness, P.S.I, New York (1998); New Blood, Saatchi Gallery, London (2004); In the Darkest Hour There May Be Light, Serpentine Gallery, London (2006). In 2011 Mat Collishaw’s Bullet Hole was exhibited in the 12th International Istanbul Biennial and Sordid Earth, as part of Ron Arad’s Curtain Call project at the Roundhouse in London. In 2012 Mat was part of Made in Britain, Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Benaki Museum, Athens and Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery London.

Other Criteria and Thames & Hudson have published books with Collishaw’s work, and the Victoria & Albert Museum recently commissioned Collishaw with a monumental onsite project, Magic Lantern, which – installed in the cupola above the entrance – appropriates the very architecture of the V&A creating a beacon of light, complete with an attendant swarm of moths, and visible across London during the winter months of 2010 - 2011.

Dr. Anthony Downey

Director of the Masters Programme in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art, London

Anthony Downey is the Director of the Master’s Programme in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art. He holds a Ph.D from Goldsmiths College and sits on the Editorial Board of Third Text, is the Editor of Ibraaz (, the latter a research forum for visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa, and a Consulting Editor for Open Space (Vienna). He is a trustee of the Maryam and Edward Eisler Foundation, an Advisory Committee member and Curatorial Advisor for the Art and Patronage Summit, sits on the Advisory Board of Counterpoints Arts, the latter a forum on migration and the arts. As part of the 54th Venice Bienniale, he co-edited the catalogue for The Future of a Promise and has contributed essays to Art and Patronage in the Near and Middle East (2010); Giorgio Agamben: Legal, Political and Philosophical Potentialities (forthcoming, 2013);Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artist's Writings (revised edition, forthcoming 2012); Cultural Theory, edited by David Oswell (2010); Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, edited by Zoya Kocur and Simon Leung (2012); Representing Islam: Comparative Perspectives (2011); Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art (2009); Iran Inside Out (2009);and Conspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art (2010).

Anthony is currently researching a book on politics and aesthetics (Thames and Hudson, forthcoming, 2013)

Irit Rogoff

Writer, Theorist and Professor of Visual Cultures, Goldsmith’s College, London

Irit Rogoff holds a university chair in Visual Culture at Goldsmiths College, London University and is director of an AHRB funded international research project "Cross Cultural Contemporary Arts". She writes extensively on conjunctions of critical theory and contemporary arts with particular interest in issues of geography, location, performativity and cultural difference. Rogoff has published "The Divided Heritage" 1992, "Museum Culture - Histories / Theories / Spectacles"", 1994 , "Terra Infirma - Geography's Visual Culture" 2001, A.C.A.D.E.M.Y 2006, “Unbounded – Limits’ Possibilities” (2012) and is currently working on a study of the participatory entitled "Looking Away – Participating Singularities and Ontological Communities"" to be published in 2013 . She has curated "De_Regulation - with the work of Kutlug Ataman" (Antwerp, Herzylia,Berlin 2006/7) and "Academy – Learning and Teaching" (Hamburg, Eindhoven, Antwerp 2005/6).

Professor Rogoff is head of the MA Global Arts and of the PH.D program "Curatorial/ Knowledge" at Goldsmiths and is honorary visiting Professor at Helsinki Aalto University and at Copenhagen University.

Payam Sharifi

Co-founder, Slavs and Tatars

Payam Sharifi is an essayist, artist, and strategist concerned with the politics of culture and the culture of politics. After graduating from Columbia University, Payam received a Marshall Scholarship to attend the Royal College of Art in London where he studied for an MPhil. He is a contributing editor to the Berlin- based bi-annual 032c and the co-founder of Slavs and Tatars, a collective devoted to Eurasia who have exhibited in institutions across Europe, North America and the Middle East, including the Tate Modern, Salt, and 10th Sharjah Biennial. Slavs and Tatars's recent solo exhibitions include Not Moscow Not Mecca at Vienna's Secession, Beyonsense at the MoMA, NY and Khhhhhhh at Moravian Gallery, Brno. His writing has been translated into French, Czech, Portuguese and Russian; with Slavs and Tatars, he has authored and edited several books, including Kidnapping Mountains (Book Works, 2009), Not Moscow Not Mecca (Secession/Revolver, 2012) and Molla Nasreddin: the magazine that would've, could've, should've (JRP-Ringier, 2011).