Artist & Photographer
Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi, born in 1962, graduated from Academie Minevra in Groningen in 1987.
Kooi is known for its theatrical images, which combine good landscapes and figures that carry inspiration from the Dutch Golden Age.
Her work has been acquired by the Frans Hals Museum, the Fries Museum and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all in the Netherlands, as well as the Collection Hermès and the Borusan Contemporary, in Turkey, among others. Her work is additionally housed in numerous private collections.
She is represented by Torch Gallery, in Amsterdam.
FOAM – Curator & Researcher
Kim Knoppers is art historian and curator at Foam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has worked on solo exhibitions by contemporary photographers like Melanie Bonajo, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Anne de Vries, Lorenzo Vitturi and Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs and many more.
Kim is a lecturer at the MA Photography at ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she initiated and developed the course Do Not Disturb – Curating in Progress. She was part of the team of advisors for the curation of the Marubi National Museum of Photography, Shkodra, Albania (2014-16). Next to her position at Foam, Kim recently started an independent research on the subject of photography and archaeology.
She lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Selçuk, Turkey.
Art & Fashion Designer
Hussein Chalayan MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and graduated in 1993 from London’s Central St. Martins School of Art and Design. In 1994 Chalayan started his own label. He was named British Designer of the Year in 1999 and in 2000.
In his art and fashion work he uses film, installations, dance and sculptural forms to explore the perception and realities of modern life, with particular interest in cultural identity, migration, anthropology, technology, nature and genetics. His collections are known for innovative design, impeccable tailoring, drapery and an elegant minimalist aesthetic, using techniques that reference past skills and crafts combined with current technology.
Chalayan’s work has been exhibited in museums such as the Palais du Louvre, London’s Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.
Chalayan currently presents six collections a year and is also a Professor of fashion at HTW Berlin.
The Photographers’ Gallery Director
Brett Rogers OBE, (Order of the British Empire) is director of The Photographers’ Gallery, London, the first publicly funded Gallery dedicated solely to photography in the UK. Founded in 1971, it established early on a reputation for its independent approach to curating and its promotion of photography in all its myriad forms.
Before joining the Gallery in 2006, Brett was deputy director of visual arts at the British Council, where she was responsible for establishing the British Council’s Photography Collection and curating an ambitious programme of international touring exhibitions on British photography.
2018 she was the recipient of the Royal Photographic Society’s Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award.
Brett Rogers was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in May 2014.
Metin Çavuş studied Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (BSc), and Art and Design at Yıldız Technical University (Master’s and Ph.D.). Since 2014, he has been a member of the Faculty of Architecture and Design at Özyeğin University, teaching Photography and Cinema. Çavuş is a documentary filmmaker. His film, ‘Kutluğ Ataman’ (2011), was screened at international film festivals as well as several prestigious art galleries and was released as a DVD. Çavuş has been collaborating with a number of international contemporary artists as a member of their creative teams. These artworks were exhibited at several prominent art institutions and exhibitions such as Tate Britain, SFMOMA, and Venice Architecture Biennial. Çavuş’s photography practice focuses on cities and recording different layers of nature. His first photo book on the İstanbul city walls was published in 2019.
Aperture – Managing Editor
Brendan Embser is the managing editor of Aperture magazine. He is also the editor of the Aperture books Deana Lawson (2018), Chloe Dewe Mathews: Caspian: The Elements (2018), Ethan James Green: Young New York (2019), and Ming Smith (2020), and the managing editor of Aperture Conversations: 1985 to the Present (2018). Embser has served on the jury for the Addis Foto Fest, the Changjiang International Photography and Video Art Biennale, the Sony World Photography Awards, and Hong Kong’s WMA Masters. Formerly the director of exhibitions at The Walther Collection, Embser holds a BA in English from Haverford College and an MA in Africana Studies from New York University, and he has contributed essays and interviews to Another Africa, Contemporary And, n+1, Objektiv, Aperture Online, and Aperture’s PhotoBook Review.