Charles Esche (Scotland, 1962) is a curator, writer and part of the curatorial team of the 31st São Paulo Bienal. Since 2004, he has been Director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands. In 2012, he established together with 6 other European museums the L'Internationale confederation that aims to establish a European modern and contemporary art institution by 2017.. He is a professor and co-director of Afterall Journal and Afterall Books with Mark Lewis and co-curator of the forthcoming Jakarta Biennale 2015. He has (co) curated a number of international contemporary art biennales and other events including Muslim Mulliqi Prize, 2012, It Doesn't have to be Beautiful Unless it's Beautiful at National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtinë (with Galit Eilat); 2nd and 3rd RIWAQ Biennials, Ramallah, Palestine, 2009 and 2007 (with Khalil Rabah and Reem Fadda); 9th Istanbul Biennial. 2005 (with Vasif Kortun, Esra Saregidik and November Paynter); 4th Gwangju Biennale, 2002 with Hou Hanru and Song Wan Kyung). Between 2000 and 2004 he was the Director of Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmo, Sweden and from 1998-02 he organized the international art academic research project called ‘protoacademy’ at Edinburgh College of Art. From 1993-97 Esche was Visual Arts Director at Tramway, Glasgow.
Galit Eilat (Israel, 1965) is part of the curatorial team of the 31st São Paulo Biennial. She is a writer, freelance curator and the founding director of The Israeli Center for Digital Art in Holon. Co-founder of Ma'arav — an online arts and culture magazine, she currently is a research curator at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven as well as a member of the Akademie der Künste der Welt in Cologne. Most recent curated and co-curated exhibitions include: ‘It doesn’t always have to be beautiful, unless it’s beautiful’ (2012), (co-curator Charles Esche), National Gallery Kosovo, Kosovo; ‘A Voyage To Cythera’ (2012), The Berlin Medical Historical Museum, Berlin, Germany; ‘And Europe will be stunned’ (2012), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; ‘Beyond the Truth’ (2011) (co-curator Alenka Gregoric) City Art Gallery of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia; ‘Black and White’ (2011) (co-curator Lukasz Ronduda), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland; ‘It’s Time We Got To Know Each Other’ (2011), October Salon 52nd (co-curator Alenka Gregoric), The Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade, Serbia.
Oren Sagiv (Israel, 1969) is part of the curatorial team of the 31st São Paulo Biennial. Working out of his own studio, Sagiv has focused on installation architecture, and designing art exhibitions, theatre, dance and performances. The scope of his work ranges from large-scale public projects, such as the Intersection | Prague Quadriennial (2011), as well as temporary urban interventions, to small scale and experimental interdisciplinary projects. Sagiv is the Head Exhibition Designer of the Israel Museum, in Jerusalem, and is Professor in the Department of Architecture at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem.