Amy Sherlock: Deputy Editor of frieze Magazine
Amy Sherlock is a writer and editor based in London, UK. Since 2015, she has been the deputy editor of frieze, the international arts and culture publication, where she leads on coverage from Asia and of architecture and design. She is the curator of the annual Frieze Art & Architecture Conference, which takes place in London every October and has featured speakers including David Adjaye, Shigeru Ban, David Chipperfield and Annabelle Selldorf. In addition to frieze, she has had writing published in numerous academic journals, arts publications and national newspapers. She was one of the directors and curators of Open Source, a free, artist-initiated contemporary arts festival, which took place in East London between 2014 – 16.
Wang Yanling: CEO of SevenStar Group and Founder of 798 Art Zone
Wang Yanling is the CEO of Beijing SevenStar Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (SevenStar Group), the chairman of Beijing 798 Creative Culture Industry Investment Co., Ltd, as well as the founder of 798 Art Zone. Since the year 2000, he has directed and propelled the renovation of abandoned old factories in the 798 district by transforming them into a cultural zone. In 2010, he successfully listed the Beijing Sevenstar Electronics on the stock market, creating a sustainable ecology for contemporary art institutions. He also made the strategic decision to allow for international art and cultural organizations such as UCCA, the Faurschou Foundation, and the Pace Gallery to become a part of 798, further enhancing the art zone’s influence within the global arena. Now that 798 has become a cultural icon of Beijing, its development has aided in the citiy’s urban regeneration. 798 attracts more and more global visitors every year, with more than 8 million visitors in 2018, it continues to play a vital role in the cultural exchange between China and the world.
Alexis Şanal, born in Los Angeles in 1974, is an architect. Alexıs’ vision of a streamlined relationship between people and the design of their environment is reflected in her academic and professional pursuits. She has received awards for her architectural / urban design contributions from the community which reflects her passion towards pedagogical, cultural and civic environments that serve as spaces of living culture; all while embracing technologies and ecologies intelligently within the physical and natural environment. She is currently leading the research intiative in the Istanbul street market structure, The Pazar, and is launching the Wedgetopia an initiative for transforming residual land into vibrant urban places. She is a member of Bomontiada’s creative board for the district-wide public realm realization. She graduated from MIT with a M.A. in City Planning (2002) and SCI-Arc with a B.A. (1995).
Ma Yansong: Founder & Principal Partner of MAD Architects
Ma Yansong is the Founder & Principal Partner of MAD Architects. Beijing-born architect Ma Yansong is recognized as an important voice in the new generation of architects. He is the first Chinese architect to win an overseas landmark-building project. As the founder and principal of MAD Architects, Ma leads design across various scales. In recent years, many of Ma’s designs follow his conception of the “Shanshui City”, which is his vision to create a new balance among society, the city and the environment through architecture. Since designing the “Floating Island” in 2002, Ma has been exploring this idea through an international practice. At MAD, Ma has created a series of imaginative works, including Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Absolute Towers, Harbin Opera House, Hutong Bubble 32, Ordos Museum, Chaoyang Park Plaza, Huangshan Mountain Village, etc. In 2014, Ma was selected as the principal designer for Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which made him the first Chinese architect to design overseas culture landmark. Parallel to his design practice, he has also been exploring with the public the cultural values of cities and architecture through domestic and international solo exhibitions, publications and art works. Ma graduated from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University. He is currently a professor in Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, as well as an adjunct professor in University of Southern California, and Tsinghua University.
Mari Spirito: The Curator of Beijing Art Summit
Mari Spirito is the Curator of Beijing Art Summit. She has developed curatorial projects and taken part in art management internationally. She is the founding director of Protocinema, a non-profit art organization based in Istanbul and New York, realizing site-conscious exhibitions around the world since 2011. She has programmed Conversations for both Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach since 2014 and was a juror for the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative. She is an Associate Curator of Visual Arts, at the Onassis Cultural Center in both Athens and New York. She served as Curator and Director of Alt Art Space / Bomonti, Istanbul from 2015 to 2017, an Advisor to the 2nd Mardin Biennial, Turkey, 2012, and Director of 303 Gallery New York from 2000 to 2012. She is President of the Board of at Participant, Inc, in New York.
Peng Xiaoyang: Founder of The Bunker, DRC No. 12 and Tattoo Parlour, Beijing
Peng Xiaoyang is the founder and director of the art spaces DRC No.12 (located in the Beijing diplomatic residence), The Bunker and Tattoo Parlour. Using space as a basis to explore locality and realize diversity within the ecosystem of art, he has been a catalyst for experimental contemporary art projects through the establishment and operation of independent spaces. Peng Xiaoyang is concerned with how a personal sense of expansion or isolation within an art system can damage individual rights. He intends to work out solutions through non-profit and decentralized art spaces. Since 2016, he has lead three art spaces and its curatorial projects and realized 23 exhibitions. After graduating from China University of Political Science and Law, where he majored in economic law, he continued to study civil and commercial law at Peking University where he earned his master degree. In addition, he has many years of legal work experience in the field of international trade.
Anne Ellegood: Chief Curator of Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Anne Ellegood has been the Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum since 2009. Previously, she was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. and from 1998-2003, she was the Associate Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. In addition to organizing exhibitions and building the collection, she oversees the Hammer Projects series and the Public Engagement program. Ellegood has contributed texts to a number of journals, including Artforum, Bomb Magazine, Art Journal, Tate Etc, etc. She has written numerous catalogue essays. Ellegood regularly lectures on contemporary art and participates on panels, juries exhibitions, and serves as a visiting critic to graduate programs in fine arts and curatorial practice. She received her MA in Curatorial Practice from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and has taught at Bard’s CCS, Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Visual Arts, George Washington University, and at The Center for the Study of Modern Art, University of Illinois at The Phillips.
Aaron Cezar: Founding Director of Delfina Foundation
Aaron Cezar is the founding Director of Delfina Foundation, where he curates and develops its interrelated programme of residencies, exhibitions and public platforms. Over the last eleven years, he has positioned Delfina Foundation as a leading centre for the development of creative practice from the UK, the Middle East, South Asia and beyond. Cezar has curated external exhibitions, performances and programmes at Hayward Gallery Project Space, SongEun Artspace, and soon, in the framework of the forthcoming Venice Biennale of Art. He has written for The Art Newspaper, Harper’s Bazaar, and ArtAsiaPacific, among others. He is Advisor-at-large at Art Jameel, one of Delfina Foundation’s strategic partners, and he has been appointed to numerous boards, committees and advisory groups. Cezar graduated from Princeton University with a first degree in Economics and a certificate in Dance and Theatre. He earned a postgraduate degree in the Creative & Cultural Industries from King’s College London. In June 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Arts, London.