Alphabet Collection

Alphabet Collection is an artist collective made up of Mohammad Salemy and Patrick Schabus. It functions as a platform for their ongoing research and practice concerning the idea of mythopoesis.

Bruce LaBruce

Bruce LaBruce (1964) is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, photographer, writer, and artist based in Toronto. His film Pierrot Lunaire won the Teddy Award Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale in 2014, while his film Gerontophilia won the Grand Prix at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal in 2013. Additionally, LaBruce has directed a number of music videos, two of which won him MuchMusic Video Awards in Canada. LaBruce has also written and directed theatrical works at the Hau Theater in Berlin, Theater Neumarkt in Zurich, Switzerland, and he participated as a director in the Hau Theater’s ambitious X-Homes project in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a visual artist, he has had numerous gallery shows around the world, including Obscenity, a photography exhibit that caused protests in Spain in 2011. He has been honored with career retrospectives at both TIFF/Bell Lightbox 2014, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, 2015. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York). He has written a premature memoir called The Reluctant Pornographer (1998) and a more recent one called Porn Diaries: How to Succeed in Hardcore Without Really Trying (2016) and has had two books published about his work: Ride, Queer, Ride, from Plug-In Gallery in Winnipeg, and Bruce(x)ploitation, a monograph from his Italian distributor, Atlantide Entertainment. 


Barbara Hammer
 
Barbara Hammer (1939) is an internationally acclaimed visual artist and experimental filmmaker whose work has pioneered feminist and lesbian cinema for five decades. She has had retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Palme (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Tate Modern (London), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Kunsthall (Oslo, Norway), and Toronto International Film Festival. In 2006, she won the first ever Shirley Clarke Avant-Garde Filmmaker Award from New York Women in Film and Television and the Women in Film Award from the St. Louis International Film Festival and in 2008 she received The Leo Award from the Flaherty Film Seminar. Recent solo exhibitions include her retrospective Evidentiary Bodies at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and Truant: Photographs, 1970–1979 at Company Gallery, both New York, 2017. Hammer’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Australian Center for the Moving Image, the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Centre Georges Pompidou. She is the author of Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life (Feminist Press, 2009). Recent monographs include Truant: Photographs, 1970–1979, published by Capricious Publishing, New York, 2017, and Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies, published on the occasion of her exhibition with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, 2018.

Borjana Ventzislavova

Borjana Ventzislavova (1976) lives and works in Vienna. She gained her MA in visual media arts at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. In 2017 she has received the Art Award of the City of Vienna. Her works have been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows as well as at media art and film festivals, including, 21er haus – Museum of Contemporary Art in Vienna, MAK Vienna, MAK Los Angeles, Lentos Linz, Museum of Modern Art Salzburg, Museum of Modern Art Carinthia, Museum of Modern Art - Esterházy Foundation, Gallerie Ostlicht, Thomas K. Lang Gallery, transmediale, Berlin and Rencontres Internationales. She has been granted an honorable Austrian citizenship for her achievements in visual arts.

Viron Erol Vert

Viron Erol Vert (1975) lives and currently works between Istanbul and Berlin. Vert studied at the UdK in Berlin and the Department for Visual Art at the Royal Academy in Antwerp. In 2008 Viron Erol Vert won the first prize in the category Painting and Illustration, of the Turkish Society for Sculpting and Arts awarded by Aksanat, Istanbul and in 2018 he was awarded the prestigious Villa Romana stipend. He presented his works at Enough Room for Space, Gent; Centro Cultural Montehermoso,Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; GalleryOpendahl, Berlin; Colette, Paris; Die ungarische Methode, Ascherleben; Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart; Fellethuset, Berlin; Berghain, Berlin and Galerist, Istanbul. Besides his solo work he collaborated in several projects with different artists like in “13 Monde“, with Sven Marquardt; “Echoes from Mamori” with Olof Dreijer and “Messenger” with Luke Slater.

CURATORS:

Mohammad Salemy

Mohammad Salemy is an independent New York based artist, critic, and curator who holds an MA in critical curatorial studies from the University of British Columbia. He has shown his works in Ashkal Alwan’s Home Works 7 (Beirut) and Witte de With (Rotterdam). His writings have been published in e-flux, Flash Art, Third Rail, and Brooklyn Rail, and he has curated exhibitions at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Access Gallery, and Satellite Gallery in Vancouver as well as Transit Display in Prague. In 2014, he organized the Incredible Machines conference. Salemy’s curatorial experiment “For Machine Use Only” was included in the 11th edition of Gwangju Biennale (2016). He currently co-organizes the education programs at The New Centre for Research & Practice.

Patrick Schabus
 
Patrick Schabus is an independent Berlin based artist, filmmaker and curator who holds an MA in visual arts from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He has shown his works in Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz), Künstlerhaus Wien and the Grazer Kunstverein. Schabus' films have been shown in international film festivals like Anifilm, Animex and Animateka, Viennale, and the Vienna Independent Film Festival. His writings have been published in engagée, Malmoe, and artmagazine.cc. From 2015 until 2018 he was the director curator of the Mandelkern project. In 2017 he was awarded the honorary prize of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

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Viktoria Draganova

Viktoria Draganova is a curator and writer living between Frankfurt/Main, Germany and Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2014, she founded Swimming Pool, an art project space in Sofia focused on artistic and curatorial research, collaborative approaches, art education and art community politics. Her personal research relates to poetic institutions, politics of truth and the potentials of the imaginary and the South East. Outside Swimming Pool, she has worked with Städel Museum and Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt/Main) and curated projects at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow and Art in General, New York. Viktoria writes for research publications, artists’ catalogues and art magazines, her texts have appeared in Badland, Echo Gone Wrong, Flash Art International, Frieze, Mousse magazine and СВЕМА. Viktoria holds a degree in law and PhD in legal history.

João Florêncio

João Florêncio is a Lecturer in History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter, working at the intersection of visual culture, queer theory, and contemporary philosophy. He is currently working on a monograph entitled Bareback Porn, Porous Masculinities, Queer Futures: The Ethics of Becoming-Pig (forthcoming with Routledge), and on a documentary film project exploring masculinity in “post-AIDS” gay porn.

Neda Genova

Neda Genova is a PhD researcher in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College in London and works on a project on the material-semiotic transformation of post-communist surfaces in Sofia. She is co-editor for dversia.net – a Bulgarian journal for left political journalism, activism and critical analyses.

Julieta Intergalactica

Julieta Intergalactica is a fictional character created by the artist Yasen Zgurovski. Her star rises with the opening of the cult night club Spartacus at the end of the 1990s, when, together with Miss Bony, Medea, Cecile, La Costa, Rebecca and Ursula they found the drag culture in Bulgaria, bringing a new sense of glamour in the club life.