Patricia Bickers is editor of Art Monthly. She is the author of The Brit Pack: Contemporary British Art, the View from Abroad, Cornerhouse 1995, and of numerous articles, catalogue essays and chapters in books, and co-editor, with Andrew Wilson, of Talking Art: Interviews with Artists since 1976, 2006, Volume 1, published by Art Monthly and Ridinghouse; she is currently working on Volume 2. In 2008 she curated Print the Legend: The Myth of the West for the Fruitmarket Gallery which was accompanied by a book of the same title. She was a co-selector, with Barry Barker and Rachel Whiteread for the 1994 New Contemporaries, was a Turner Prize judge in 2001, a selector for CAS in 2004, and was a judge for the Northern Art Prize 2009. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a trustee of the Serpentine Gallery.
Rodney Graham is an internationally acclaimed artist, living and working in Vancouver, Canada who is known for his intellectual work which uses many historical, philosophical and literary references. His practice encompasses a variety of media including photography, film, video, music, sculpture and painting.
Graham came to prominence after his solo presentation of Vexation Island in the Canadian Pavilion at the 1997 Venice Biennale and is now recognised as being one of the most original artists of his generation. Recent exhibitions include Rodney Graham – Through the Forest which toured to MACBA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg and Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, 2010, Harun Farocki / Rodney Graham, Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2009 and Rodney Graham - A Glass Of Beer, CAC – Centro de Arte Contemporàneo, Malaga, 2008. The Whitechapel Gallery held a retrospective of Graham’s work in 2002 and also commissioned him to create a new weathervane for the Gallery during its expansion. Rodney Graham originally trained at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
After reading history at Christ Church, Oxford, Jack Kirkland studied law at BPP Law School and worked for the City law firm Lovells. He then worked in real estate and investments with the Abstract Group of Companies before becoming a director of Bowmer & Kirkland, one of the largest privately held construction companies in the UK. He also acts as a consultant to Hinde Capital, a group of precious metals and equity hedge funds. A former trustee of the Sick Children's Trust, Jack Kirkland also sits on the board of Modern Art Oxford and the Latin American and Photography Acquisitions Committees of Tate.
Marta Kuzma has a wealth of international experience as a curator, critic, and lecturer, and has directed institutions both in the United States and Europe. Kuzma is currently Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), where her recently curated exhibitions include Big Sign - Little Building, 2009, and Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?, 2008. She co-curated Manifesta 5 in San Sebastián, Spain, 2004, and numerous other exhibition projects reflecting wider research initiatives. She currently serves as part of the curatorial team of documenta (13) under Carolyn Christov Barkargiev.
Kuzma is a visiting professor at the post-graduate programme of Visual Arts at the University IUAV in Venice and a member of the editorial board of the London-based contemporary arts journal Afterall. She is the founding director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Kyiv, Ukraine, and has served as the director of the WPA in Washington, D.C. in addition to heading the International Exhibitions Program at the International Center of Photography in New York. She is a graduate of Barnard College, New York, and postgraduate of art theory and aesthetics from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Middlesex University in London.
Since May 2009 Kirsty Ogg has been Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, where she has curated exhibitions including Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; Bethan Huws: Capelgwyn and Paul Graham Photographs 1981-2006. Previously, she was director of The Showroom, London and during her time there, she commissioned new work from artists including Jim Lambie, Claire Barclay, Eva Rothschild, Subodh Gupta and Daria Martin for their first solo shows in London.
From a fine art practice background, Kirsty has been involved with Transmission Gallery, Glasgow and worked for Norwich Gallery at Norwich School of Art & Design. While based in Norwich she opened up her flat as an independent exhibition space. She has also curated freelance projects including A Show of Many Parts; Each Part More Spectacular and Elaborate than the Last for Leicester City Gallery, Leicester; High Red Center for the CCA, Glasgow and Slight for the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh. Kirsty is also currently a lecturer on the MA Curating course at Goldsmiths.
Image 1: Patricia Bickers
Image 2: Rodney Graham
Image 3: Jack Kirkland
Image 4: Marta Kuzma
Image 5: Kirsty Ogg