Alex Cecchetti is an artist, poet, choreographer. His artistic work - which includes choreography, dance, sculpture, video, performance and painting - is characterized by the production of specific situations or objects that can exist both inside and outside traditional exhibitions. He simultaneously manipulates objects, ideas and language. His work is focused on the construction of specific narratives that are experienced both mentally and physically by the audience. He has recently presented his works in the Serpentine Pavillion, London (2015); Kunstraum, London (2015); Théâtre de Gennevilliers (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); Nuvolari, Paris (2014); CAC Vilnius, Lithuania (2012) and the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2011).
Maria Hassabi (Nicósia, Cyprus, 1973) is a New York-based choreographer and artist. Over the years she has developed a distinctive choreographic practice involved with the relation of the body to the image, defined by sculptural physicality and extended duration.
In 2013 she represented Cyprus as part of The Cyprus and Lithuanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
Her works have already been presented in spaces such as The Kitchen (New York), PS1 MoMA (New York), CCS Bard Galleries at Bard College (Hudson, New York), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Ballroom Marfa (Texas), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art TBA Festival (Oregon), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University, and in festivals such as Performa ’09 and ‘13, Fi:af’s Crossing the Line, in 2009 and 2011, and LMCC’s River to River Festival in 2012 and 2014.
The straightforward reading of her texts, with a very low-key scenic character and using her own voice, placed at a distance and emulating a professional voice, trained for reading, makes Isabel Carvalho’s artistic practice - which also includes drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, publication of books and organisation of exhibitions - a very personal way of confronting the public with recurring issues involved in artistic production: the value of amateurism, the relationship between art and the economy, friendship, the dialectic between rigour and imagination. Some of these issues have been specifically addressed in several exhibitions organized by the artist in the exhibition space Navio Vazio, in Porto. Carvalho has also been responsible for extensive editorial production, after founding a publishing house, Braço de Ferro, which published dozens of books between 2008 and 2011, written by herself and by other authors, including artists, designers and curators. Her exhibitions and publishing activity have served as a laboratory where she has been able to explore possible transformations of publications into three-dimensional experiences.
Her most recent exhibitions include Plateau singers merge languages together, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2013), FIGUR, Kantine Aqua Carre, Berlin (2013), Disruptive Patterns, Plots and Movements (Prelude), Altes Finanzant, Berlin (2013) and The principle of inertia, White Pavilion, City Museum, Lisbon (2012).
Recent presentations of their work include Der Leone Have Sept Cabeças, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France (2014); EDP New Artists Prize, Gallery of the EDP Foundation, Porto (2013); How do you catch a fugitive? – Exhibition of conversable objects, CAM –Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2013) and Impossible tasks (The Servant of the Cenacle), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013).
Loreto Martínez Troncoso
Loreto Martínez Troncoso was born in Vigo, Spain in 1978. She currently lives and works in Porto and Paris. In her artistic practice she primarily uses writing, the spoken word and silence, implemented in interventions in space and in the production of sound pieces. Her works have been presented in Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (Paris), Centro Georges Pompidou (Paris), Arteleku (San Sebastian), Serralves Foundation (Porto), Bétonsalon (Paris), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Palais de Tokyo (Paris).
She has participated in the group exhibitions "El grito/The Cry "(Musac, León), "Une exposition parlée” (Jeu de Paume, Paris) "Los Veraneantes” ( MARCO, Vigo) and produced the solo exhibitions, "Entrar en la obra 1”, (MARCO, Vigo), "Ent(r)e” (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de La Ferme du Buisson, Paris), "There is water in my eyes and ire in my heart, do you want a drink or a spark?” (Galería PM8, Vigo) and "…desde el amor” (Paradise, Nantes); Her creative process includes publishing books and writing stage plays, She is represented by Galeria PM8, Vigo.
Anastasia Ax was born in Stockholm in 1979 and works and lives between Stockholm and Athens. She studied at the Royal Academy of Arts of Denmark, in Copenhagen, in the Photography School, University of Gothenburg, the Department of Fine Arts, Valand School, Gothenburg and the Royal University of Fine Arts in Stockholm. She recently organised exhibitions and performances in the Am Art Space (Shanghai), Göteborgs Konsthall (Gothenburg), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Issue Project Room (New York), Kunsthalle Athena (Athens), among many other art centres and museums. In 2015, she received the Faber-Castell International Drawing Award.
Lars Siltberg was born in 1968 in Stockholm, and continues to work from there. His video works, installations and sound works have been shown at events and institutions such as the 49th Venice Biennale, Miró Foundation (Barcelona), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), STUK Kunsthalle (Leuven), NGBK (Berlin), among others.
Kata Kovács (Kecskemét, Hungary, 1981) is an artist and choreographer and Tom O'Doherty (Dublin, Ireland, 1978) is an artist and musician. They both live in Berlin and have worked together since 2011.
Kóvacs / O'Doherty produce minimalist durational art installations with sound and movement that have been exhibited in venues such as Sophiensaele (Berlin), Ausland (Berlin) and the Bakelit Multi Art Center (Budapest), among others.
New Noveta is a collaborative project between the Swedish artist and performer Ellen Freed and the performance artist and musician Keira Fox, who is also known as a member of the projects, Maria & The Mirrors and Ashkelon. Their performances are multidisciplinary - combining sound production, props and costumes, as they build ephemeral installations, physical actions and dance. They recently presented their work in the context of the group exhibition "Apophenia", in Manchester, and in the ICA, London, included in the Re Materializing Feminism programme and opening of the project of Oreet Ashery for the fig-2 programme.
Angélica Salvi was born in 1981 in Salamanca (Spain) and currently lives in Porto. She completed her classical harp studies at the Madrid Royal Conservatory, studied Jazz in Arizona (USA) and has two Master’s degrees from the Hague Conservatory (Netherlands), specializing in contemporary and experimental music. She has been involved in contemporary, experimental and improvisation music projects. She coordinates the project Female Effects and is a member of the Vertixe Sonora Ensemble.
Emily King lives between Porto and Paris. She studied massage art in the Biopulse school in France, where she obtained her professional certificate in 2008. She is a member of the training team of the Biopulse massage school in Paris and is currently studying traditional Chinese medicine - more specifically, massage and Qigong - at the European Institute of Traditional Chinese Studies of Porto.