Photographer Professor at Tama Art University, Information Design Department
Born in Kanagawa in 1960, Chihiro Minato graduated from the Department of Political Science, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University in 1984. Following that, he started working as a photographer and a writer based in Paris. In 2002 he was appointed researcher at Wolfson College Oxford University. In 2007 he was appointed commissioner of the Japanese Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Since 1995 he teaches at Tama Art University and the member of Art Anthropology Institute.
He does research, production work, exhibition, publication, and curation covering a wide range of civilization themes such as “crowd,” and “memory.” He received the Suntory Academic Award for Social Sciences and Humanities for his written work Memory—The power of creating and remembering and the Ina Nobuo Award for his exhibition Chromatic of the Citizen. His current works are Walk in Paris, Recurrence theory of the Art (2011), Jomon in your hand (2011), The voyage into the Void (2012) .
Assistant Director, International Arts Festival Section, Aichi Prefectural Government Curator, Aichi Triennale 2010, 2013
Born 1976 in Brazil. Daniela Castro is a writer and curator based in São Paulo. Castro graduated in Art History from University of Toronto (2003, Canada). She is currently a Phd candidate at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo.
She is now a member of the CAPACETE teaching program in Rio de Janeiro, together with Anne Szefer Karlsen, Andrea Fraser, Suely Rolnik, Bik van der Pol, Ricardo Basbaum, among others. Castro has been awarded study grants and residency fellowships at the University of Hong Kong (2002, China), Peggy Guggenheim Collection Museum (2005, Italy), the Art Gallery of York University (2007, Canada), Hordaland Kunstsenter (2010, Norway) and IASPIS (2010, Sweden).Conceived and curated the Recombining Territories, an itinerant and interchanging exhibition that’s travelled seven capitals of Brazil (2006-10). Co-curated with Jochen Volz The Spiral and the Square: exercises on translatability at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, which interchanged and travelled to Trondheim and Kristiansand, both in Norway (2011-12). Curated A Radically Condensed History of Post-Industrial Life LADO A/LADO B, an exhibition in LP format for the "Impossible Show" at El Spacio, Madrid, Spain (2010-11) and the TEMPORARY GALLERY in Köln, Germany (ongoing). Curated Lights Out, the inaugural exhibition at the Museum of Image and Sound – MIS (2008, São Paulo).
Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1978, Hattori Hiroyuki completed postgraduate studies in architecture at Waseda University in 2006 before becoming curator at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Aomori Public University in 2009. His constant pursuit of “alternative” setups has led to the establishment of art spaces—all known by the abbreviation “MAC”—in Yamaguchi, Hanoi and Aomori. Recent curatorial work includes Towada Oirase Art Festival (Towada Art Center and other sites in the Oirase area, 2013) and Media/Art Kitchen (Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok and Aomori, 2013–14), among others.
Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1968, Kanai Tadashi received his PhD (Letters) from Kyoto University in 1999. He was curator at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art before becoming Associate Professor of Art Communication, Shinshu University in 2007. Areas of specialty are Italian art history and the history of modern and contemporary sculpture. Major exhibitions he has curated include Water Level of Image: Transformation and Reflection of Narcissus (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2004), Arte Povera (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2005), and Vanishing Points: Contemporary Japanese Art (National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2007). He was also curator of Arts Challenge 2015.
Born 1982 in Turkey. Zeynep Öz is an independent curator, and the co-founder of the SPOT Contemporary Art Projects in Istanbul in 2011, and the Director of the SPOT Production Fund. She curated Anybody Could Be A Sculptor at Elhamra Han, SPOT Production Fund (2014), Plastic Veins at Home Works VI (2013), Selling Snails in the Muslim Neighborhood at the Westfaelischer Kunstverein in Muenster (2013), Change Will Be Terrific! shown at SALT Beyoglu Auditorium, SPOT Production Fund (2012).
She was the assistant curator for the 2010 edition of Home Works V and is also a member since 2014 of the curriculum committee of Home Workspace Program, a pioneering educational initiative in Lebanon launched by Ashkal Alwan
She has developed curatorial and artistic projects for venues including the Reginald Lewis Museum Baltimore, Maryland Historical Society, Frankfurter Kunstverein, and Armory NY.She holds a B.A in Math and Studio Arts from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from Bard College.