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Dr. Nada Shabout

Nada Shabout is an Associate Professor of Art History and the

Director of the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Studies Institute

(CAMCSI) at the University of North Texas, USA. Her teaching

and writing interests are in the area of Arab and Islamic visual

culture, theory and history, imperialism, Orientalism and

globalization. She is the author of Modern Arab Art: Formation of

Arab Aesthetics, University of Florida Press, 2007; co-editor of

New Vision: Arab Art in the 21st Century, Thames & Hudson,

2009; and the founding president of the Association for Modern

and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey

(AMCA). She has curated several exhibitions of Iraqi art, and

published numerous articles on the subject. Current project:

documentation and digitization of modern Iraqi heritage,

particularly the collection previously held at the Iraqi Museum of

Modern Art, which will soon be available on The Open Modern

Art Collection of Iraq website, supported by a National

Endowment for the Humanities-Digital Humanities Start-Up

Grants. Her awards include: TAARII fellow 2006, 2007; MIT

visiting Assistant Professor, spring 2008, and Fulbright Senior

Scholar Program, 2008 Lecture/Research fellowship to Jordan.

She is a board member of the Cultural Development Committee of

the Qatar Foundation.


Love Jönsson

Love Jönsson is a craft and design critic and curator and a

lecturer at the School of Design and Crafts at University of

Gothenburg. He is chairman of Paletten, Sweden’s longest-

running art magazine, and a founding member of the network

Think Tank: a European Initiative for the Applied Arts. He edited

the anthology Craft in Dialogue: Six Views on a Practice in

Change (Stockholm: Iaspis 2005) and has contributed to books

such as NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts (Halifax: NSCAD

Press 2007) and Vrije Vormgeving: Mapping Dutch Conceptual

Crafts (Amsterdam: BNO 2009). His writings on jewellery

include catalogue essays on Suska Mackert, Karl Fritsch, Marc

Monzó, Katja Prins, and Babette Boucher.


Prof' Vered Kaminski

Studied jewelry making and design at the Bezalel Academy,

Jerusalem with postgraduate studies at the Rietveld Academy,

Amsterdam and the University of Paris VIII (M.A.). Professor at

the Bezalel Academy. Winner of various prizes and grants,

including the French Government M.A. Grant and the Israeli

Ministry of Culture Prize for Design. Exhibitions in Israel and

throughout the world, including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem,

Galerie Ra, Amsterdam and Galerie V & V, Viena. Works in the

permanent collections of various museums, including the Israel

Museum, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris and the Pinakothek der

Moderne, Munich.

works by Vered Kaminski

Shari Pierce

Munich based American Jewelry artist, Shari work has a strong

conceptual side and a social approach. Shari opens up spaces for

encounters and dialogues, as she strives ,in her work, to grab the

viewers attention and reaction to complicated and sensitive social

themes. Shari holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of

Fine Arts Munich under Prof. Otto Künzli and a Bachelor of Fine

Arts from the East Carolina University, USA. She participated in

dozens of group and solo exhibitions around the world and was

the winner of  "So Fresh" European Jewellery Award in Vienna,

2007. Her work is shown in galleries such as Galerie Koudijs and

Galerie Marzee as well as in published books, catalogues and

magazines as in New Directions in Jewellery II, Schmuck 2008,

2005, 2004, Wahnsinn Fette Beute Book.


Dr. Otto von Busch

Otto has a Phd in critical fashion design at the University of

Gothenburg, Sweden. In his research he explores the emergence

"hacktivist" designer role in fashion. He is also an artist, activist,

fashion theorist and a designer. Otto recent works includes a

design co-location, applied socio-geography and social art work,

as well as >self_passage< which is a long term research project

in an attempt to create a field of democratic-productive

consciousness and empowerment within design. He is also the

author of the books "Becoming Fashion-able", about engaged

fashion design, and "Abstract Hacktivism" (with Karl Palmas)

about the shift to networked models of economics and politics and

how this has affected business and activism.




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