Giovanni Aloi was born in Milan, Italy in 1976. In 1995 he obtained his first degree in Fine Art – Theory and Practice, then moved to London in 1997 where he furthered his studies in Visual Cultures (MA) at Goldsmiths University of London. From 1999 to 2004 he worked at Whitechapel Art Gallery and as a film programmer at Prince Charles Cinema in London whilst continuing to work as freelance photographer. Today he is a Lecturer in History of Art and Visual Cultures at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby’s Institute of Art London and New York, and Tate Galleries. He lectures on subjects of modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the representation of natural history. In 2006, he founded Antennae, the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture of which he is Editor in Chief. Counting thousands of readers around the world, the Journal is today the international reference point for the debate on animals in the arts. (www.antennae.org.uk) Art & Animals, his first book part of the series ‘Art &…’ by IB Tauris, was published in November 2011. Aloi is currently working on two monographs, one on taxidermy in contemporary art and another on plants in contemporary art, both due for publication in 2016.
Dr Daniel Pryde-Jarman is an artist and curator who has taught art and design at a range of UK Universities. He holds Masters degrees in Fine Art and Critical Writing & Curatorial Practice, and completed a practice-based PhD in Curatorial Practice. Pryde-Jarman has been involved in setting up several artist-run spaces, and is currently Director of Meter Room project space & studios, an arts charity in Coventry. His research interests include Institutional Critique, artist-curatorship, and the politics of self-organised artist-led culture.
PhD, Curatorial Practice, Coventry University, 09/2010–09/2013 (expected)
MA Critical Writing & Curatorial Practice, Chelsea College of Art & Design, 2008
PGCE Post-compulsory Education, Art & Design, Northbrook College, 2007
MA Fine Art (Distinction), University of Brighton, 2005
BA Fine Art (First), University of Portsmouth, 2003
As an art historian, Nausikaä El-Mecky has always been fascinated by the unwritten rules governing art, a topic she explored in her PhD on Dangerous Art (University of Cambridge, 2013). She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the cultural heritage cluster at the heiEDUCATION project (Heidelberg University and PH University of Education) and a visiting fellow at the SFB Dynamics of Security research group at the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. Here, aside from her work on the topic of Dangerous Art, she is developing new and innovative didactic approaches for art history. She has lectured at the University of Cambridge, Utrecht University, Kings College London and Freie Universität Berlin and has previously held a fellowship at Humboldt University, Berlin. Nausikaä El-Mecky has worked across a wide range of roles in the art world, from commercial to artistic, including the development of a new international art magazine, PR consultancy to various museums and galleries as well as the conceptualisation and execution of large-scale artistic events. Passionate about making art interesting and relevant for a wide range of audiences, her diversified background has provided her with intricate knowledge of the many complex forces that shape art history.