Danna Lorch is an American writer and editor based in Dubai. She holds a graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and her publications center around arts and culture from the region. She is particularly interested in relationships between Middle Eastern art and current events, gender issues, and human rights, though she also avidly follows the financial side of the art market. Believing strongly in introducing a culture of balanced critique to the region’s press, in the past four years she has published more than 200 articles and interviewed more than 100 artists with roots in the Arab world. With a background directing and writing about large international NGOs in the Middle East and Africa, Danna began her arts career as a blogger (Danna Writes), and after developing a passionate viral following, transitioned into a career as a writer. Her work regularly appears in gallery texts, artist monographs, and well known regional and international publications.
Alessia Zorloni is an art consultant and an adjunct professor at IULM University in Milan. She has developed her professional experience in international museums, in academia and in strategy consultancy. Alessia worked as an Associate Researcher at The Boston Consulting Group in the Milan office, where she completes a research project funded by the European Community on economic management of museum and cultural institutions. She also advised art institutions across a wide range of strategic and organizational issues. Prior to joining BCG, Alessia worked at the Wien Kunsthalle, where she completed a three-year research project on museum management funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Alessia has been a visiting scholar at the Tate Modern, Guggenheim Foundation and at the Smithsonian Institution, where she has been awarded the Smithsonian’s Fellowship in Museum Practice. Alessia received a Ph.D in Economics of Communication from IULM University and a Master's Degree in Arts Management from City University, London. She is the author of “The Economics of Contemporary Art. Markets, Strategies and Stardom”, a best-selling book (translated in Italian and in Chinese) on the art market and several articles, covering topics such as art investments, accountability and social reporting in cultural institutions and collaboration between luxury brands and contemporary art. She is currently publishing a book with Springer on art wealth management and the administration of private art collections.
Dr Zoltan Somhegyi is a Hungarian art historian, teacher and writer based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and working as an Assistant Professor at the College of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Sharjah.
As a researcher of art history and aesthetics, he is specialised in 18-19 century art and art theory, having written his PhD-dissertation on German Romanticism. Apart from being an art historian of classical arts, his other fields of interest are contemporary fine arts and art market trends, with a special focus on the arts of the MENASA-region. He curated exhibitions in six countries, participated in international art projects and often lectures on art in academic conferences. He is a consultant of Art Market Budapest – International Contemporary Art Fair, as well as Delegate-at-Large and Website Editor of the International Association for Aesthetics.
He is the author of books, artist catalogues, and more than two hundred articles, critiques, essays and art fair reviews. Since 2015 he is Advisory Board member of “Argument. Biannual Philosophical Journal” as well as Sharjah Content Curator for the magazine: “Selections. Art / Style / Culture from the Arab World and Beyond.”
Dr Ulrike Al-Khamis has served as Senior Strategic Advisor for Sharjah Museums Department and Co-Director of the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization since 2007. From 1999-2007 she worked as Principal Curator for the Middle East and South Asia at the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK. Between 1994 and 1999, Dr Al-Khamis held the post of Curator for Muslim Art and Culture at Glasgow Museums, Glasgow, UK. Dr Al-Khamis holds a PhD in Islamic Art from the University of Edinburgh and a BA (Hons) from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. In addition to her museum work, Dr Al-Khamis regularly contributes to academic teaching at the graduate, postgraduate and continuing education level, both in the UAE and abroad, with particularly close links to the American University of Sharjah, Zayed University, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, the Institute for the Study of Islamic Civilizations (AKU) and Edinburgh University.
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
Anna McNay is a freelance art writer and editor, she is Deputy Editor at State Media. She contributes regularly to Studio International and Photomonitor and has been widely published in a variety of other print and online art and photography journals and newspapers, including The Guardian and Time Out.
McNay’s work spans a variety of formats, including reviews, profiles, interviews, portfolios and essays. She has written catalogue essays for WW Gallery, Espacio Gallery, the Mall Galleries and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Educated at the University of Oxford (BA, MPhil) and Birkbeck College, University of London (MA, History of Art), she is a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).
McNay’s background is in linguistics and she has held teaching and research fellowships at the University of Oxford and the Humboldt University, Berlin. She has taught at post-graduate level and lectured worldwide.