Gaëtan Chevrier is a trained designer and self-taught photographer. He perfected his practice through workshops in Paris and Arles and since 2006, he has been working as an independent photographer. His artistic work focuses on the representation of the landscape and how this is transformed by the human hand. In parallel, he undertakes commissions for architects and urbanists, always maintaining a sensitive and human approach towards built and developing spaces. In 2019, he co-founded with Jérôme Blin the photography publishing house 'Sur La Crête'. He lives in Nantes, and works in France and abroad.www.gaetanchevrier.com
Originally from Venice, Maurizio Cinquegrani is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Kent and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. After the dark and beautiful winter months spent at the Swedish Film Institute all those years ago, and mentioned in this article, Maurizio has written widely about film, memory, history and place and his work includes the monographs ‘Of Empire and the City: Remapping Early British Cinema’ (2014) and ‘Journey to Poland: Documentary Landscapes of the Holocaust’ (2018).
Vittorio Curzel is a psychologist and holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Padua. He is author and director of documentary films, RAI radio programs dealing with film music (‘I suoni del cinema’) and with the music of nomadic peoples of the world (‘Canto Nomade. Musiche, parole e immagini di popoli in viaggio’), essays. He designed and coordinated the Centro di Documentazione Visiva of Trento. He was a professor at the Universities of Bologna and Trento and director for the study, research and documentation of the territory, at TSM – Step Trentino School of Management – School for the Governance of the Territory and the Landscape. In 2016 he established the Chorus FilmFactory, a company dedicated to the production of documentary films (www.chorusfilmfactory.com).
Filmography: 2018, ‘Storie di terre e d’acqua: Adige Etsch’ (German vers. ‘Geschichten von Ländern und Wasser: Etsch Adige’); 2011, ‘Fino a quando …’ (‘Wie lange noch…’); 2006 ‘Nach Dresden’; 2000, ‘Art note book n.1: Paolo Tait’; 1994, ‘Canto dell’arte contro la guerra – To Sarajevo’
Riccardo Giacconi studied fine arts at the University IUAV of Venezia. His new solo exhibition will be presented at Grazer Kunstverein, as part of the steirischer herbst festival. His last film premiered at Visions du Réel, Nyon. He is a PhD candidate at PhDArts (Leiden University / KABK Den Haag).www.riccardogiacconi.com
Sarah Gray is a Senior Research Analyst for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. By engaging with discourses from different fields Sarah aims to promote interdisciplinary research approaches to Africa. She has an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford and Graduate Diplomas in Arabic and Law. She has lived in London, Paris and Beirut and is currently studying for a PhD in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Hania Halabi is a Palestinian Architect from Jerusalem currently working at Balmond Studio in London, which she first joined as the personal research assistant of Cecil Balmond OBE, to help with his latest research on a new theory of form. Within the studio, she also worked on a collaborative project with Utopia that aims at reimagining the future of slums in Mongolia through the application of emergence theory in planning. In 2014, Hania was awarded Goldsmiths Humanitarian Scholarship to pursue her masters at the Center for Research Architecture where she developed her interest in the interplay between space, power and conflict. In 2015, Hania joined the UK-based team of ‘Open Gaza’ project at Westminster University, pursuing individual research, which inquires into the relationship between Architecture, Time and Emotions. This project was later presented as part of the ‘Architecture, Democracy & Emotions’ conference, held at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin in 2016. Her most recent research entitled ‘Mind the Trap: A Glimpse into Occupied London’ was presented at London Design Biennale in 2018.www.haniahalabi.com
Alžběta Kovandová is a documentary film director and researcher, originally from Prague, Czech Republic. She is currently based in London, works as a freelance filmmaker and is undertaking a PhD in ‘Film: Practice as Research’ at the University of Kent. Her PhD project lies in between documentary film and anthropology and focuses on the topic of home in London. Alžběta has made several short documentary and experimental films, which were screened at international film festivals and shortlisted for awards such as the best Czech short documentary award or Magnesia Award for the best student film. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU in Prague and subsequently studied Master of Research in Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University.www.alzbetakovandova.com
Susana Ljuljanovic was born in Rome in 1987. She works and lives in Bologna, Italy. Her pictorial research explores the features and uniqueness of a person and their identity. Identity is considered through the body that acts as a mediator between us and the world.www.susanaljuljanovic.com
Born in Biella in 1977, Simone Ludovico is an Italian photographer who works as a teacher at secondary school (scuola media). He graduated in Territorial, Urban and Environmental Planning at the Polytechnic of Milan, with a thesis on the relationship between cartography and photography as a means to build specific territorial overviews. Since 2010 he has collaborated with institutions dealing with mental and physical disabilities, as well as economic and social hardship. In 2013 and 2014 he worked with the Voghera prison conducting photo workshops with inmates. Since 2015 he has worked in different schools (primary and secondary), organising projects regarding the exploration of urban space.www.simoneludovico.it
Fantina Madricardo is a researcher at the Insitute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR- CNR) in Venice, Italy. She obtained a degree in Physics from the University of Padova, Italy and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Hamburg, Germany. In 2008, she was post-doc fellow at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. Her main research topics are applied geophysics and underwater acoustics with focus on seafloor mapping and geomorphology. She is interested in semi-automatic classification of seismic and of multibeam echosounder data for seabed sediment characterisation, benthic habitat mapping and geomorphometric analysis.
Pedro Maia is an artist and researcher. He is a Professor in the Drawing Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP), and a Guest Professor at the School of Architecture Lusófona University of Porto (ULP). He holds a PhD in Drawing and is presently engaged in an ARS&URBS Research Project connected with the representation of urban panoramas of the Iberic Peninsula with the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada. Maia has been a practising artist since 1988.
Andrea Morbio studied Anthropology at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale in Paris. He has presented artistic and research projects in various museums and institutions, including the 16th edition of the Rome Quadriennale and the Mudec – Museum of Cultures in Milan, with a work on Sarita Colonia. Along with Riccardo Giacconi, he is the author of the RAI radio documentary ‘Il Ritorno del Vendicatore’, on the shortlist for Prix Italia 71. He works as a Content Specialist at Logotel, Milan.
Andrea Mubi Brighenti
Andrea Mubi Brighenti is a professor of Social Theory and Space & Culture at the Department of Sociology, University of Trento, Italy. His research topics focus on space, power and society. His books include “The Ambiguous Multiplicities: Materials, episteme and politics of some cluttered social formations” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), “Visibility in Social Theory and Social Research” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and “Territori migranti” [“Migrant Territories. Space and Control of Global Mobility”] (ombre corte, 2009). He is the founder and editor of the independent online web journal “lo Squaderno” (www.losquaderno.professionaldreamers.net) and has launched the publishing project “professionaldreamers”.www.losquaderno.professionaldreamers.net
Flavio Pintarelli is a writer from Bolzano, Italy. He studied communication, semiotics and image theory at the University of Siena. He focuses on the exploration of digital, visual and urban cultures. He has published for several magazines, including ‘Internazionale’, ‘Prismo’, ‘The Towner’, ‘Rivista Letteraria’, ‘Vice’, ‘Il Manifesto’. He has also authored two books: ‘Su Facebook’ (:duepunti publishers) and ‘Stupidi Giocattoli di Legno’ (Agenzia X).
Silvia Segalla is an Italian researcher and mountain enthusiast who lives and works in different cities in the Veneto region. She holds a Ph.D in Social Sciences from the University of Padua and, since 2015, has been working in an alpine refuge in the Belluno Dolomites.
Mark Stuart-Smith is a visual artist and researcher. He teaches art history at the City Literary Institute, London, and also runs art workshops for homeless adults in central London. Mark completed a PhD on silence in the work of the Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz in 2013 (Birkbeck) and holds an MA in Cultural Memory (Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London). His main research focus is on the history and memory of Francoism in Spanish art since 1945, and art education and homelessness. Recent articles have included ‘Opticality and Ventriloquism in Juan Muñoz’s The Wasteland (1986)’ (Art History, November 2017), and ‘From Mousike to Synaesthesia: New Interdisciplinary Agendas in Music and Visual Culture’ (Art History, February 2016, 173-181). The text published here relates to an upcoming exhibition of drawings and photographs: Peripheral landscapes: images of rural Spain and Wales. February 19-23, at the Four Corners Gallery in East London.markstuartsmith.co.uk
Christopher Thomson is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. His work concerns notions of home and the significance of place and landscape, often exploring the marginal spaces that give clues to our contemporary condition. His books include ‘The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands’, ‘Travels Through Absence’ and ‘The Place Between’. The film ‘The New Wild’ premiered at various international festivals in 2017 and is now being distributed theatrically throughout Italy by Tucker film.www.christopherthomson.net
Jonathan Zenti is an independent radio producer based in Milan, Italy. He was a finalist at the ‘Prix Europa’ twice, a winner of the ‘GanBéarla Award’ (2015) of the ‘Hearsay Audio Festival’, Ireland and a ‘Third Coast International Audio Festival Award’ recipient in 2018. In 2016, his podcast ‘Meat’ was one of the finalists for the ‘Radiotopia Podquest’. He is the curator of ‘Mondoascolti’ within the ‘Internazionale’ festival held in Ferrara, he is a content curator for ‘Voxnest’ and Creative Director of ‘Agave Production Studio’. Jonathan is a founder and board member of ‘MIRP – Meeting of Independent Radio Producers’. His works have been broadcast by Radio RAI, BBC, CBC and many other radios and podcasts around the globe. He is the author of the currently ongoing podcast, in Italian, ‘Problemi’.www.jonathanzenti.it