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Guest Presenters

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Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera is an installation and performance artist who frequently addresses the political climate in Cuba and the world, and also the founder of the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism.

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Sean Dockray

Sean Dockray is an artist, researcher, founding director of the Los Angeles non-profit Telic Arts Exchange, and initiator of knowledge-sharing platforms, The Public School and Aaaaarg.


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Claire Doherty

Claire Doherty is a curator, writer, and educator interested in temporary, place-based art and unconventional curatorial practices. She is the founding director of Situations in the U.K., and author of Public Art (Now).



Not an Alternative (represented by Beka Economopoulos)

Beka Economopoulos is a grassroots field and online organizer, and director of the art, activism, technology, and theory non-profit Not An Alternative. She is also co-founder and director of The Natural History Museum.



Tom Finkelpearl

Tom Finkelpearl is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and author of What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation.


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Future Farmers

Future Farmers is a group of artists, researchers, designers, farmers, scientists, engineers, and illustrators, all working together to challenge current social, political, and economic systems.


Regina José Galindo

Regina José Galindo

Regina José Galindo is a Guatemalan performance artist and poet whose work has earned the Golden Lion, presentations at the 54th, 53rd, 51st and 49th Venice Biennials, and many other international exhibitions.



Mariam Ghani

Mariam Ghani is artist, writer, filmmaker, and educator, whose work focuses on memory, history, language, loss, and reconstruction, particularly through her US, Afghani, and Lebanese background, and her engagement with choreography.


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Rebecca Gomperts

Rebecca Gomperts is a doctor and environmental activist dedicated to providing women access to contraception and safe, legal abortion services. Her Women on Waves initiative has garnered worldwide attention and was the topic of the film The Vessel.


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Chido Govera

Chido Govera is a farmer, campaigner, and educator based in Zimbabwe. The founder of The Future of Hope Foundation, she has promoted mushroom cultivation as a sustainable source of food and income in impoverished regions of the world for many years.



Gulf Labor

Gulf Labor is an international art and research group that pressures institutions to adopt fair labor standards in the Middle East, particularly towards migrant workers during the construction of museums on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.



Hans Haacke

Hans Haacke is an artist whose concept-based work critiques political and social systems. His public commissions include a piece for the Fourth Plinth in London, and the German Parliament.


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Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes is a multimedia artist whose methodological approaches borrow from theater, film, anthropology, linguistics, and journalism. Her works focus on collectivity and dissent and the intersections between history, politics and speech.


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Fran Ilich

Fran Ilich is a Tijuana-raised author of novels and producer of new media works, including technological platforms dedicated to alternative economies. He has worked with the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Diego de la Vega, and Spacebank.



Shannon Jackson

Shannon Jackson is the author of several books, including Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics. She is the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair of Rhetoric and performance Studies and Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts and Design at the University of California, Berkeley.


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Suzanne Lacy

Suzanne Lacy is an artist and educator whose installation, video, performance, public art, photography, and art books focus on social themes and urban issues. She is the author of Mapping the Terrain, Leaving Art, and founder of the Public Practice M.F.A. at Otis College.


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Rick Lowe

Rick Lowe is an artist whose unconventional approach to community revitalization has transformed a long-neglected neighborhood in Houston into a visionary public art project.



Leonidas Martin Saura

Leonidas Martin Saura is an artist, activist, expert joke teller, and member of Enmedio and other collectives like Las Agencias, Yomango, Prêt à Revolter, New Kids on the Black Block. His is also a professor of new media and political art at Barcelona University.



Naeem Mohaiemen

Naeem Mohaiemen uses essays, films, and mixed media to explore borders, wars, and belonging after postcolonial ruptures. The afterlives of the idea of Bangladesh center his research on “global history.”


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Mujeres Creando

Mujeres Creando (represented by María Galindo) is a Bolivian anarcha-feminist collective that participates in anti-poverty movements through propaganda, street theater, and direct action.


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Wanda Nanibush

Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinabe-kwe curator, writer, consultant, and artist from Beausoleil First Nation concentrated on re-contextualizing Indigenous time-based media and performance art.



Enrique Peñalosa

Enrique Peñalosa is the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia and an urban activist. His radical approaches to expand walking, cycling, and more democratic designs to urban transport and land policy have brought him international attention.



Cesare Pietroiusti

Cesare Pietroiusti is an artist and educator who focuses on problematic and paradoxical situations that are hidden in ordinary acts or social relationships. He is also the founder of Evolution de l’Art, a gallery dedicated exclusively to immaterial art.



Jolene Rickard

Jolene Rickard is a Tuscarora artist, curator and visual historian at Cornell University, specializing in issues of indigeneity in a global context. Rickard co-curated two of the four permanent exhibitions for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.


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Chemi Rosado-Seijo

Chemi Rosado-Seijo is a Puerto Rico-based artist whose interdisciplinary projects and public interventions concern urban landscape, social action, and art history, including longterm community engagements like El Cerro at Naranjito.



Abigail Satinsky

Abigail Satinsky is a writer, grassroots organizer, and curator of socially-engaged art. She was a co-founder of InCUBATE, and author of the book Support Networks.



Gregory Sholette

Gregory Sholette is an artist, writer, and activist concerned with issues pertaining to culture and the political economy. He is the author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture.




ruangrupa (represented by farid rakun) is an artist initiated nonprofit organization based in Indonesia that strives to support artistic ideas within the urban context. Their work has included repurposing homes in Jakarta, and transforming them into cultural spaces.



Joshua Wong

Joshua Wong is a student activist at the Open University of Hong Kong, leader of the Scholarism group and the Umbrella Revolution. At age 18 he was nominated as ‘Person of the Year’ by Time Magazine, also appearing on its cover.


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Caroline Woolard

Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer who operates at the intersection of art, urbanism, architecture, and political economy. She has co-founded various resource sharing networks, also focusing on the impact of debt systems in education and real estate.