An international jury of collectors, curators, art consultants of fine art photography will view the chosen artist’s work throughout the exhibition. All chosen artists are invited to the event in March 2017.

Benedetta Donato

Benedetta Donato is an independent curator, formed between Rome and Paris, she has been Chairman of pianoBI for which she edited and produced several photo projects.

In 2010 she was included in the list of Expert Advisors’ ICCD – Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC).

She has edited many projects and several publications, including: Maurizio Galimberti Italyscapes (Marsilio, 2013) Portraits (SilvanaEditoriale, 2016), Francesco Faraci Malacarne (Crowdbooks, 2016). She is currently art curator of the due piani gallery in Pordenone and collaborates with contemporary art galleries for exhibitions of Italian authors.

As a portfolio reader she participates in industry events, including: Photolux Festival – International Biennial of Photography, SIFEST – Savignano Images Festival, Italy Portfolio Apromastore 2015 Grand Prize – Pentax, Hasselblad Portfolio Italian Grand Prix in 2016.

She is also Contributing Editor for the italian photography magazines Il Fotografo and EyesOpen!

Linda Ferrari

Linda Ferrari works in the sector of professional photography since 2005. She has published some of her reportages on Italian magazines and newspapers and is mainly connected to editorial photography and photojournalism. During the same time, she collaborated with a project focused on documentation and mapping of the monuments of Bulgarian communism. The project became a book edited by Ponchiroli Editori. After her moving to Berlin in 2012, she has organized photo workshops and masterclasses between Milan and Berlin, independently and together with VII Photo press.

Grey Hutton

Grey Hutton is photo editor for VICE Germany. He studied photography at London College of Communication before moving to Berlin where he has since been responsible for commissioning and producing international and local content for VICE Magazine and for the last 5 years. In addition to being photo editor, he’s busy charging around Berlin as the in-house photographer. He has been on the photo jury of the LEAD Awards for the last two years, and mentored at SRH Hochschule der populären Künste in Berlin. In 2014 Grey launched the initiative Hope in Gaza to raise awareness for charities helping traumatised children in the region.

Tobias Kruse

Tobias Kruse was born in Mecklenburg, Northeast Germany, where he also spent his youth. In 2000 he moved to Berlin and worked as a graphic designer for a couple of years. He studied photography at »Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie« with Prof. Ute Mahler from 2005 till 2007 and attended the Masterclass of Prof. Arno Fischer from 2008 till 2009. He joined agency Ostkreuz in march 2011. When not out taking pictures Tobias Kruse spends most of his time with his little children and/or his friends and/or the children of his friends and/or the friends of his children.

Sven Marquardt

“Every picture by Sven Marquardt heralds the start of autumn,” as once aptly observed by Christoph Tannert, artistic director of Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Marquardt’s work combines formal severity and clear imagery with bleak impermanence, impresses through interaction of ease, severity and the dramatic art of monochrome contrasting. The ever- changing metropolis of Berlin has shaped Marquardt’s sensibility for striking characters, his sense for the unusual in humanity and his artistic subject.

Born 1962 in East Berlin Sven Marquardt was a defining part of the emerging Punk, New Wave and arts scene in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood from the mid 1980s. With the fall of the Berlin Wall he halted his work as a photographer and immersed himself in the reunited city’s rising night club scene. The subject-matter of ‘Night’ left a strong impression on Marquardt since the end of the 90s due to his work as a doorman at the Ostgut club. Marquardt has been working on the door of Berghain since 2004 and from 2007 onwards he’s been significantly involved in the visual appearance of the club’s in-house record label Ostgut Ton. In 2010 his first book Zukünftig Vergangen was published, followed by Heiland and Wild Verschlossen (all published by Mitteldeutscher Verlag), 2014 saw the publication of his autobiography Die Nacht ist Leben (Ullstein Extra).

Today Marquardt is considered the only East Berlin photographer whose work follows the tradition of visual artists Arno Fischer and Sibylle Bergemann combined with an avid emphasis on fashion. This blend lead to contemporary cooperations with fashion lines such as Hugo Boss and Levi’s on the one hand and Germany’s cultural institution Goethe Institut on the other. Marquardt’s artistic vision creates suggestive contrasts rife with inextricable friction through his considered compositions. His strict use of analogue cameras and use of daylight is as crucial for his photographs as the defying looks, the staged, vibrant semi-nudes and the symbiotic play of his subjects with symbolic poses and accessories.

Marquardt’s body of work has stood the test of time of major societal and cultural changes. His photography seems classic, the underlying contents of his images merge past, present and future. There are echoes of transformation and reformation in his work, as in one of mankind’s oldest symbols of the snake shedding its skin.

The imagery plays with ideas of transforming creatures and takes on different appearances; in other words: there’s more than meets the eye. The statuary tableaus subtly convey their explosive energy, which makes them intensely powerful, they speak to the subconscious, at times even the archaic mind. The perceived naturalness of Sven Marquardt’s photography causes the conventionally informed image of humanity to unravel considerably.

Irene Russo

Irene Russo, born in Palermo and since 12 years based in Reggio Emilia. She has coordinated different photo projects for Fotografia Europea (“Fotoscopia” from Alessandra Calò ed Circuito Off di via Roma), published tales (“Almanacco 2016. Esplorazioni sulla via Emilia”), has created Apps, interactive books (E se fosse…, ed. De Agostini) and fine arts books. As copywriter she dedicates herself to storytelling and green marketing, blogging and social media. She prefers to write less than a lot or not at all.