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About the participants:
Dorota Jarecka (Fot. Arkadiusz Zcichocki / Agencja Gazeta)
Dorota Jarecka (Poland) is a Polish art historian, curator and art critic, writing for key Polish magazines and cooperating with the major Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. In 2011-2012, she hosted a series of meetings - Krytycy i krytycy (Critics and critics) at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, devoted to the condition of art criticism and the workshop of an art critic. In 2012, she was awarded the Jerzy Stajuda Prize for Art Criticism. In 2012 she co-edited the book entitled Krystiana Robb-Narbutt. Rysunki, przedmioty, pracownia (Krystiana Robb-Narbutt. Drawings, objects, the studio). She is member of the Citizens Forum for Contemporary Art and the International Association of Art Critics/AICA.
Marja-Terttu Kivirinta (Finland) is an art critic, journalist (freelancer 1976-1980, 2009) and author of non-fiction books. Kivirinta worked as a staff writer in the cultural section of the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat in 1980-2008 (Helsinki, Finland). She has just finished her doctoral dissertation of Art History in the research project Portrait of Art History (University of Helsinki, Finland, 2009-2013). She has worked as a teacher and lecturer of art history and art criticism (University of Theater, University of Helsinki, University of Art and Design, Helsinki 1978). She has curated or co-curated exhibitions (Galerie Pelin 1991 and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, 2009, Helsinki, Finland). She has published numerous articles on art history and contemporary art and worked as a co-editor in editorial boards for a series of non-fiction books. Kivirinta has had several positions of trust; currently she is a member of the Board in AICA-Finland and AICA International.

Javier Montes (Spain) is a writer, translator and art critic. Though he always ends up back home in Madrid, he has lived for extended periods in Equatorial Guinea, Paris, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. In 2007, he received the José María Pereda Prize for his first novel, Los penúltimos, and has just published another, Segunda parte. Together with Andrés Barba, he received the Anagrama Essay Prize for the book La ceremonia del porno (2007). They also co-edited the anthology of short stories After Henry James (2009). As a translator he has focused on critical publication and research into the works of Shakespeare: he has published versions of Cymbeline,King Lear and Coriolanus, as well as the essay Shakespeare y la música (2009). 'The Hotel Life' is an excerpt from his novel La vida de hotel, published by Anagrama in 2012.
Jonathan T. D. Neil (U.K.) is currently Director of The Sotheby's Institute of Art, Los Angeles, a partnership with Claremont Graduate University. He also serves as Associate Editor for ArtReview magazine and as editor of the Held Essays on Visual Art for The Brooklyn Rail. From 2008 until 2014 he served as Executive Editor at The Drawing Center in New York. In 2005 he co-founded Boyd Level LLC, a private curatorial firm and consultancy that specializes in contemporary art. Jonathan has a PhD in 20th-century Art History from Columbia University and a B.Arch from Cornell University. He has taught courses in modern and contemporary art and architectural history, the international art market, critical writing, critical theory, and the history of photography at Columbia University; Parsons, The New School for Design; and the Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York. He is a member of the US Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).
Tomás Pospiszyl (Czech Republic) is a critic, curator and art historian based in Prague, Czech Republic. He worked as a curator in The National Gallery in Prague (1997-2002), was a research fellow at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2000) and served at the editorial board of the Art magazine Umelec. Since 2003 he teaches at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His publications include anthology Primary Documents; A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s, which he co-edited with Laura Hoptman (2002), and Octobrianaa ruský underground (2004). He has been writing regularly for various Czech magazines such as UmelecTydenA2AteliérCinepur, and Respektand numerous catalogue essays and magazine articles. He is a reviewer for Lidové noviny daily newspaper.

Hrag Vartanian is a writer, art critic, and curator. He is the editor and co-founder of the influential arts blog Hyperallergic. Vartanian was born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Toronto, Canada, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Vartanian has contributed to numerous online and print publications including the Art21 blog, Boldtype, The Brooklyn Rail, Huffington Post, AGBU News Magazine, Ararat Magazine, and NYFA Current. He has guest contributed to Al Jazeera, NPR and WNYC.


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