As a curator, Alessandra has developed exhibitions of photography and has participated to the creation of festivals of photography in Italy and abroad, such as the International Triennial Festival of Photography Backlight in Tampere and SI-Fest in Savignano sul Rubicone.
She is regularly invited for portfolio reviews, and acts as juror for International Photo Awards and Prizes. She is a regular contributor to the Lens Culture website.
Her photographs are shown nationally and internationally. Her works are in private and public collections, including the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the MUSINF in Senigallia, and the Museo di Montelupone.
She is the Director of Zona, an association who develops projects to boost social awareness in collaboration with NGOs, international organizations, public and private institutions, universities, and foundations. It supports the creation, development and production of long-term projects dedicated to a deeper understanding of present-day issues. It helps and supports professionals who interpret the realities that surround us. It involves the general public in themes relating to current events through exhibitions, publications, conferences, Internet and new media.
At the core of Pälviranta’s artistic curiosity are issues relating to violence and masculinity, and often in his works he bridges these two themes. His artistic approach varies depending on the project: the final result can be post-photography or classical documentary, moving or still image. Theoretically much of his work falls into practice that can be categorized as documentary, yet his work aims at activating critical practices within documentary discourse. Along this line of thought, in Pälviranta’s use documentary relates to concepts such as constructed verisimilitude and dramatized, narrated real.
The author of a photo of books, including editions of a digital limited samizdat. Mukhin’s works are in the collections: State Tretyakov gallery, Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow), The Museum of Modern Art(New York), The Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), Fonds National d’Art Contemporian (Paris, France), Wien Museum (Vienna), Biblioteca Panizzi di Reggio Emilia (Italia) and others.
The teacher at the Moscow school of the photo and multimedia of A. Rodchenko.
Born in 1964 in Marseille, Jean-Christophe Béchet lives and works in Paris since 1990. He studied economics (Aix-en-Provence, 1982-1985), and after that photography (Arles, 1985-1988) before travelling for two years in West Africa (1988-1990).
The individual’s place in the contemporary scenery, urban and natural, are at the center of his preoccupations. At the moment, he continues to work in the big cities of Europe, Asia and America and he also, develops a lot of series in the territories of the Haute Montagne. He has shown his work in many exhibitions and in more than twenty books. He is represented by Gallery « Les Douches la Galerie » (Paris, 10ème).
Throughout his career, he has received numerous international recognitions, including a World Press Photo on two occasions, the FotoPres Grant and the Descubrimientos PHE Award. Noteworthy exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Panamá. He has published the books Zonians (La Fábrica, 2015), The Family Project (Bokeh, 2012) and Photobolsillo Matias Costa (La Fábrica, 2014). He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and El País Semanal, and member of the British agency Panos Pictures. A founding member of the collective NOPHOTO, he teaches documentary photography at the Escuela Universitaria TAI, and associate instructor at EFTI and LENS in Madrid.
Since 2010, he runs the The Curator Ship, an online resource for visual artists. Recent curatorial work includes projects for the Daegu Biennial (Korea), Photobook Week Aarhus (DK), and The Birmingham Library (UK). Most recently, others like the exhibition Photobook Phenomenon at CCCB Barcelona, and The Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture, to be published by Taylor & Francis New York in 2018.
He is involved with the visual arts sector in diverse ways, as a visual artist, independent curator, instructor and cultural mediator. He collaborates with museums such as the Museu Coleção Berardo or Universidade Lusofona Humanidades Técnologias where he is an invited assistant professor to the photography programme. Through his work, he explores video, still and moving images, installation and drawing. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions since 1999
His research seeks to elaborate and expand on ideas and concepts such as tension and suspension, weight and lightness, achievement and frustration. His analysis often focuses on physical notions concerning the body/machine, which may be animals, mechanical or industrial objects.
In addition to galleries, she has worked with temporary site-specific public works in collaboration with artists like Annica Karlsson Rixon, Julia Peirone, Ulf Lundin and Björn Larsson. Susanne is publisher for, and together with Linda Bergman founder of Verk tidskrift. As a writer, she has published articles in, among other things, Bulletin, Fotografisk tidskrift, Cora and Verk tidskrift.