Authors

Dirk Vanduffel, Belgium (co-founder, co-editor)
Dirk defines the overall policy of ArtDependence Magazine, in addition to conducting interviews. He specializes in valuation and auctioning.

Anna Savitskaya, Russia, Ukraine (co-founder, coordinator, writer)
Anna is a graduate of Moscow’s Photo Academy, with a previous background in intellectual property rights. In 2012 she founded the company Perspectiva Art, dealing in art consultancy, curatorship, and the coordination of exhibitions. During the bilateral year between Russia and The Netherlands in 2013, Perspectiva Art organized a tour for a Dutch artist across Russia, as well as putting together several exhibitions in the Netherlands, curated by Anna. Since October 2014, Anna has taken an active role in the development and management of ArtDependence Magazine. Anna interviews curators and artists, in addition to reviewing books and events, and collaborating with museums and art fairs.

Anna Maliarevych, Ukraine (editor-in-chief)
Anna is in charge of creating editorial boards, overseeing and editing publications, as well as in business development of the project. She interviews the artists and representatives of art market. Anna holds Master's Degree in international management and specializes in marketing communications with background in advertising, photography, television, fashion, luxury retail and real-estate. She was a co-founder of The School of Modern Photography in 2009, Kyiv, which made a significant contribution to the development of art education in Ukraine.

Etienne Verbist, Luxemburg (senior writer)
Etienne Verbist is an authority in the field of crowd sourcing, disruptive business modelling and disruptive art. After a well filled career with companies such as GE, Etienne was an early adopter of crowd sourcing. Etienne is manager Europe and Africa for Crowd Sourcing Week, a board advisor to a broad range of companies on innovation and new technology, curator of the Disruptive Art Museum – the smallest museum in the world – and columnist for ArtDependence Magazine.

Kitty Jackson, UK (senior writer)
Kitty Jackson has worked as an arts journalist and writer for more than 10 years. She began her career as an Editorial Assistant at WhatsOnStage.com before moving to IdeasTap to become Assistant Editor. After four years Kitty moved towards digital content and began working with leading PR firm PHA Media, helping them to establish a digital department before moving to iProspect, where she was embedded within the digital content team creating content for leading brands including The Body Shop, Thomas Cook and British Gas. Kitty is now excited to return to the world of arts journalism at ArtDependence.

Emma Park, UK (senior writer)
Emma Park studied Classics at Oxford University, with a DPhil thesis on Plato and the Roman philosopher, Lucretius. She has since worked as a classics lecturer, school teacher, and pupil barrister. More recently, she undertook an Editorial Internship at the Spectator magazine. She has written reviews and articles for the Spectator and Apollo, the international art magazine, as well as other publications, including Maritime Risk International and the Oxonian Review. She is currently working as a freelance writer in London, where she also teaches writing at City Lit. Website: dremmapark.com, Twitter: @DrEmmaPark

Jennifer Sauer, USA (writer)
Jennifer Sauer is a writer who holds an M.A. in Literary Arts from New York University. Her background includes writing and communications for diverse fields including the arts, charitable foundations and the financial sector. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Sofia Evangelou, Belgium
Sofia is living and working in Brussels. She holds a BA in History, History of Art and Archaeology, and an MA in Art Management at Maastricht University, where she specialized in the art market and wrote a thesis on the impact of art fairs. She has completed several internships at some of the most important European Museums, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Sofia is also amassing work experience in the art market sector, working for several art galleries in Europe and in the context of leading art fairs. In parallel, she is working as a freelance art manager and advisor, fueled by her passion for art and thirst for new projects. Sofia’s life is going hand in hand with art and travels.

Pavlos Efthymiou, UK
Pavlos Efthymiou is a London-based business and policy consultant with a passion for art. He is contributing to ArtDependence as a guest editor. Pavlos travels systematically to Brussels and Athens and hunts major artistic events and exhibitions throughout Europe when given the chance. Over the years, he has collaborated with several European artists and gallerists. He has a background in politics, economics and international relations, having completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Bath and his postgraduate research at the University Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.

Vanessa Souli, Germany
Vanessa Souli is an Art Manager and Arts Writer. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MA in Arts & Heritage Management from Maastricht University. Vanessa has worked as a translator, editor and writer both in-house and freelance for several years. In the last years, she has been writing art texts for various online art magazines, artists and websites with a focus on artist interviews and exhibition reviews.

Aina Pomar, UK, Spain
Aina Pomar graduated in Sociology and Photography before completing a Master in New Media Art Curatorship. She has collaborated with Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró in Majorca and with CCCBLab and Fundació Foto Colectania in Barcelona. She moved to London to work at the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, where she coordinated visual arts and exhibition projects with the aim of promoting Spanish culture and artists across the United Kingdom. She currently collaborates with various galleries and art projects in London.

Lavinia Rosen, Germany
Lavinia Rosen holds a BA in politics and public administration as well as an MA in art business and contemporary art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York and London. After graduating in early 2016 she returned to her hometown Hamburg, Germany, where she runs a pop-up gallery KUNSTVOLL and works as a curator and art advisor in multiple disciplines of the art scene in Hamburg. She loves to travel around to visit exhibitions and meet artists all over Europe.

Rejane Cintrão, Brazil (senior writer)
Rejane Cintrão is an independent curator. Between 1993 and 2005, she worked as Executive Curator at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo. In 2010, she curated the exhibition 7SP – Seven artists from São Paulo, presented at CAB (Contemporary Art Brussels) in Belgium. From 2006 to 2010, Rejane created and coordinated the Novos Curadores website. Then, in the period 2010-2014, she conceived and curated numerous exhibitions by Brazilian artists. She is presently working as coordinator at Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, a private contemporary art institution. Her texts have been included in the following books: Arte Concreta Paulista- Grupo Ruptura (Cosac & Naify, São Paulo, 2001), and Algumas Exposições Exemplares, As Salas de Exposição na São Paulo de 1905 a 1930 (Editora Zouk, Porto Alegre, 2011). Rejane is also founder of Isso é Arte, a company specializing in editorial projects, educational programs, and curatorship.

Tetyana Filevska, Ukraine
Tetyana Filevska is a free-lance art-manager and scholar based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Graduated from the Department of Philosophy at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Has worked for the EIDOS Arts Development Foundation, CSM/The Center for Contemporary Art Foundation, and the IZOLYATSIA Platform for Cultural Initiatives, as well as at Mystetskyi Arsenal as part of the Education and Public Programming team for the First Kyiv Biennale of contemporary art, ARSENALE 2012. She was a co-curator of the course “Malevych’s Kyiv Lectures: A Reconstruction” (November–December 2015). She initiated and organized International conference “Kazymyr Malevych: the Kyiv Aspect” (6-9 October 2016). Her academic interest is modern art, Ukrainian avant-garde art and Kazimir Malevich.

Bianca Zhuoxian He, USA
Bianca Zhuoxian He is a multimedia journalist from China currently living in the U.S. She has a Master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School, where she specialized in video production. She has been covering stories in immigration, science and the environment.

Georgia Messervy, UK
Georgia Messervy is a London-based contributor who divides her time between working in the commercial art world and writing for publications including Arteviste. Having studied Art History at the University of Bristol and then the Courtauld Institute, Georgia has taken her passion for the art world to the next level within her career. With a refined interest in modern and contemporary art, she is always looking to discover new artists and opportunities in the art world, and has a particular interest in London’s emerging art scene.

Kisito Assangni, UK, France
Kisito Assangni is a Togolese-French curator, consultant and producer who studied museology. Currently living between London and Paris, his research focuses primarily on psycho-geography and the cultural impact of globalisation. He investigates the modes of cultural production that combine theory and practice. His projects have been shown internationally, including the ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe (Germany); Whitechapel Gallery, London; Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Malmo Konsthall, Malmo (Sweden); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles among others. Kisito is the Founder/Curator of Time is Love Screening – International video art program - and [SFIP] Project - Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy (Platform for critical thinking, researching and presenting video art from Africa).

Veronica Posth, Germany
Veronica Posth studied History of Art at the University of Florence and at the University of Glasgow. Specialised in Contemporary Art and Modern Museology she later gained a Master in Curatorial Studies and Exhibition Design between the Fine Art Academy of Florence and the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Since her University studies, she has been working on conceptualising exhibitions as independent curator and as art and dance critic, reviewer. After many years between London and Florence, she is now based in Berlin.

Cristina Esguerra, Germany
Cristina Esguerra is a philosopher and a journalist. She has an M.A in Philosophy from the Freie Universität and an M.A in Arts and Culture from Columbia Journalism School. She’s currently working as a freelance journalist between Bogotá and Berlin, writing for ArtDependece, eltiempo.com, Semana, and Contemporary&, among other media outlets.

Paul White, Germany
Australian born artist Paul White has been living in Germany since 2011. Having worked primarily as a dancer and choreographer Paul has numerous received international recognitions for his creative work. Paul’s interests also extend into the creation and delivery of community-based projects and personal-development training programs. He is an honorary patron of Tanzrauschen Wuppertal (a dance on film society), and currently training as a Wisdom Course Leader for Landmark Worldwide.

Verena Johannsmann, Germany
While thinking about advancement of her theses and post doc research in Avantgarde Performance-Art, Dr. Verena Johannsmann worked for Art Basel on Curatorial Design (between Miami Beach and Hong Kong) in the last months. Before then, she assisted temporarily with the preparation for the Honolulu Biennale Foundation and its Prologue Exhibition in Hawaii while she was finishing her PhD thesis in Europe. Verena Johannsmann currently works and lives in Berlin and feels at home in research activities in international libraries (including the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts), artists’ archives and private collections (Paul Rosenberg Collection, New York). Verena worked in several museum environments like the Museum of Modern Art in New York. As a Trainee, she assisted Klaus Biesenbach in the Media and Performance-Art Department and Michelle Elligott in the Archives of the Museum. Besides press work, corresponding with high profile individuals and international artists (such as Marina Abramovic, Tehching Hsieh), Verena assisted with the preparation and implementation of two major exhibition projects. To that, Verena also worked in several auctioning environments while she was studying and finishing her PhD.

Mariia Kashchenko, UK
Mariia is a graduate of Christie's Education London and University of Glasgow where she studied History Of Art and Art World Practice. Currently, she is completing an MA course at King's College London in Arts and Cultural Management. She has experience in working at private art galleries, museums and auction houses across Great Britain. She currently is working on developing her own project, which is an online platform for Ukrainian emerging artists.

Alexander Kaffka, Georgia
Alexander Kaffka (Georgia) is editor-in-chief of Caucasian Journal, doctor of political science. Previously he was publisher of Avenue art magazine, and contributed extensively to international art magazines such as Wallpaper*. As a conceptual artist he had a personal exhibition at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, in 2006.

Simon Hewitt, UK, Switzerland (Senior writer)
Simon studied History of Art at Oxford University under Francis Haskell before moving to France in 1985 as Paris correspondent for Antiques Trade Gazette and Art+Auction. Since 2008 he has worked as an investigative journalist based in Switzerland and Budapest – his 2018 Art Newspaper exposé of a fake Russian Avant-Garde exhibition in Ghent led to the sacking of the museum director – and pursuing a journalistic and curatorial interest in the contemporary art scene in Central and Eastern Europe. He has also written about wine, travel, soccer and classical music, while his photographs have been the subject of gallery shows. His work Leonardo da Vinci and The Book of Doom, exploring the art of illumination in Renaissance Milan, will be published in October 2019.

Roli Afinotan, Nigeria (writer)
Roli Afinotan is a writer, curator and evolving photographer. She graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, with a double major in Sociology and Information Studies, and has a Masters in Communication and Language Art from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She previously worked in communications, content research and acquisitions for a TV and film production company in Lagos, Nigeria. Her writings on contemporary art were first published in 2015, in The Sole Adventurer, a digital magazine focused on contemporary art in Africa and its diaspora. Since then, she has continued there as a regular contributor and freelanced as an art writer for other art platforms and galleries.

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William Wegman, Casual, 2002. Courtesy of the artist. From the exhibition Being Human

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