Artist and leader of the project
Maëlle Gross (b.1988) and raised in Switzerland, is an artist based in Athens and Geneva. She graduated with honors from the Geneva University of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art and went on to study at Goldsmiths University in London.
From where she received an MFA with Merit in 2015. Working mostly in video, photography, and installation, Gross’s practice oscillates between video art and documentary often intermingling fact and fiction. With a focus on social conditions, her works link the particular and everyday day to the timeless and the universal. Recent exhibitions included Les Rencontres Internationales at La Gaïté Lyrique, Paris, The Tunis international contemporary feminist art festival she also recently shown her “Strike a pose” video at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin and her installation Mersea (a Cyborg story) at Roman&Susan gallery in Chicago and in Forma gallery during "La Fête du Slip" in Lausanne. She recently received the Creation award 2016 from the City of Geneva. Gross will also take part at "Bourse de la Ville de Genève" at the Contemporary Art Center of Geneva in September 2017.
Alice Francillon (b.1988) lives and works in Bern) graduated in Political Science from the University of Lausanne after spending a year in Singapore in 2010. As a post-graduate student, she pursued a curriculum in Asian Studies between the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute (IHEID) where she wrote a Master thesis about the practice of copy in China entitled “from the calligraphic stroke to the current Shanzhai phenomenon”. In 2014, while working for Sotheby’s in Geneva she researches on art as an investment asset. As an individual interested in cultural exchanges as well as in Asia and migration issues, she lived two years in China (2012-2013 in Beijing and 2014-2015 in Nanjing) and volunteered in teaching French to asylum seekers in Fall/winter 2015.
Myrto Katismicha (b. 1991, Athens) is a curator based in Athens, Greece. She holds a BA in Media, Communication, and Culture from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (2012) and an MA in Curating the Contemporary from London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery (2014). Between October 2014 and October 2016, she worked as Gallery Manager at State of Concept, the first Greek non-profit gallery based in Athens. Within the framework of Tandem Europe 2015-17, she co-designed and organized, together with Cristina Perillo, OpenGround 2016, a training workshop for young artists and curators, that took place at the Onassis Cultural Centre and State of Concept in Athens. She has previously worked as Artist Liaison and Content Manager for art:i:curate contemporary art platform and as a Production Assistant at the 4th Athens Biennale – AGORA (2013). Her latest curated projects include Things are left to become concrete, Snehta Residency, Athens (2016); Of other places, State of Concept, Athens (2015); EXOTICA and 4 other cases of the self, me Collectors room, Berlin (2014).
Olivia Fahmy (b.1990) is a curator based in Lausanne, Switzerland. She graduated from the University of both Lausanne and Bern with a Bachelor in History of Art, Political Science and History (2014). During her Master degree, she focuses on the history of exhibition and contemporary photography. She is now completing her education with a second MA in digital humanities. Since 2014, she is working as an associate curator at the Art Museum of Pully where she is in charge of contemporary artists’ exhibitions. In the past, she has been responsible for the inventory of the contemporary art found from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) and worked as well at the Contemporary Art Center of Yverdon-les-bains, at the Schweizerische Institut für Kunst (SIK-ISEA) and for the Rath Gallery in Berlin. Since 2015 she has created with three artists the independent art space TUNNEL TUNNEL in order to pursue curatorial projects. Her latest curated projects include Perforate realty, Photography facing its shortcomings, (2017) assisting the curator Pauline Martin (Musée de l’Elysée); Diva the dog, a performance by the artist Clara Saito (2016); andHotel Ausland, with the artist Sophie Bouvier Ausländer (2015).