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Kirstine Roepstorff (DK/DE) 
b. 1972

Chairman of the jury.

Lives and works in Berlin.

In her own works, Kirstine Roepstorff creates collages of media images that visualize existing power relations and critically deal with the history of political ideas, including their failure. She simultaneously reorders what exists and develops interrelations between themes such as loss, excess, progress, growth, and capitalism. editing and rearranging the original material generates new contexts that opens spaces for negotiation and new narratives.
Recent solo shows include: Dried Dew Drops: Wunderkammer of Formlessness (Kunstmuseum Basel, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Switzerland, 2010); Illuminating Shadows (Galerie im Taxispalais with Stadtgalerie Schwaz, Innsbruck/Schwaz, Austria, 2010); Nuit: Sun Forms of Beneath (Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark, 2010); The Inner Sound that Kills the Outer (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain, 2009); It's Not the Eye of The Needle That Changed: The Time (The Drawing Center, New York, 2007/2008).
Kirstine Roepstorff will participate in the Danish Pavillion in the forthcoming Venice Biennial 2011


Thora Dolven Balke (NO) 

. 1982

Lives and works in Oslo and Kvalnes.

Thora Dolven Balkes art often comprises marks of human activity, traces that are activated in sound installations, polaroid photos and abandoned scenes. Her works range from recordings of meditative states to the use of violence, with everyday actions taking on a monumental quality. Her polaroids are saturated with silence, and at times have a cruel streak. In both her own art and working with other artists, she attempts to find a language that moves away from a professionalised art and the situation it is dependent on. With Eirin Støen she manages Rekord, an artist-run gallery, nomadically since 2009, and right now curates for Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) which opens august 2011, with Linn Pedersen. in recent years she has exhibited at Galuzin Gallery in slo, the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, the 53rd Venice Biennial, the Biennial in Jafre and Monkey Town New York.


Johanna Billing (SE) b. 1973

Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Johanna Billing has been making video works since 1999 that deal with the notion of performance and the possibility it holds to explore issues of the public and the private. Johanna Billing's videos deftly weave together music, movement and rhythm and place subtle emphasis on individual performance and representations of changing societies. Billing's films often involve music, which in her hands becomes a tool for communication, memory and reconstruction. since 1997 she is also the founder of the Stockholm based record label Make It Happen together with her brother Anders. Recent exhibitions and projects include I´m Lost Without Your Rhythm, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, Moving In, Five films, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, 4th Auckland Triennal, Last Ride in a Hot Balloon, Auckland (2010), Tiny Movements, ACCA, Melbourne, I'm Lost Without Your Rhythm, Camdens Art Centre (2009), Periferic Biennal 8, Art as a Gift, Iasi, Romania, Here We Dance, Tate Modern, London (2008).

René Block (DE) 
b. 1942

René Block started working as independent curator after having made experiences with visual art for about 15 years in his own galleries in Berlin and New York (1964 - 1979).

From 1982 - 1992 he was in charge for the visual artists and composers at the Berlin Artist in Residence program where he organized many projects as well as exhibitions and music festivals. Later on, until 1995 he was responsible for the programming of the exhibition service of IFA, which represents German art in foreign countries. Several times he was the artistic director of biennials (1985 in Bamburg Towards an Art of Peace Biennial; 1990 in Sydney The Readymade Boomerang; 1995 in Istanbul Orient/ation; 2000 in Gwangju (korea) Eurafrica; 2004 in Cetinje, Montenegro Love it or Leave it (together with Natasa Ilic) and 2006 in Belgrade the October Art Salon Art, Life & Confusion (together with Barbara Heinrich).

From July 1997 until December 2006 René Block was the Director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel.

Recent activities included curating the Nordic Pavillon of the Venice Biennale 2oo7, founding the artspace TANAS, a platform for Turkish artists in Berlin (2oo8) and cofounding the summer-exhibition space Kunsthalle 44 Møen in Denmark (2oo8).

Leevi Haapala (FI) 
b. 1972

Leevi Haapala is a researcher of contemporary art, curator and art writer. He works as a senior curator of collections in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma. He has worked as a researcher at the Central Art Archives in Finnish National Gallery (1997-2003). He is making doctoral thesis on art horror in moving image and installation art from psychoanalytic perspective, Institute for Art Research, Art History, University of Helsinki. He has worked as a lecturer, teacher, and free curator in the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, University of Art and Design Helsinki and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art (NTNU). He has written several articles to exhibition catalogues and art reviews. He is a member of board in Pro Arte Foundation, Finland.
Latest curatorial posts Stressed Beauty, plate-forme finlande, Art Paris +guests, Grand Palaise, Paris and in Kiasma: Limbus – Saara Ekström (2011), Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Where is Where? (part of ARS 11 exhibition in Kiasma), Logomo, Turku (2011), It’sa Set-up! (collection exhibition, curator team)(2010), Kristina Norman, After-War (2010), Tracking Traces… (2009), reMAKE 1-5, Full House, and Image and After collection exhibition (2008).