The Board

Gabriëlle Schleijpen (NL), is the artistic director and head of the DAI program. Trained as an artist in the early 80’s, Schleijpen’s lively interest in the intersections between art and theory, between the poetical and the political, soon led her to escape the ‘splendid isolation’ of studio and so-called autonomous artworld – to become a full time educator and curator of discursive as well as practice-based programs.


Yael Davids (NL), is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include Documenta 14 and Dying is a Solo at Museo Tamayo, Mexico. She is presently a research fellow on the Creator Doctus trajectory in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. She has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, and DAI, amongst other institutions.

Donna Wolf (NL/US)

The Advisory Board

Zdenka Badovinac has been the director of Moderna galerija / the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana since 1993. She has curated numerous exhibitions presenting both Slovenian and international artists, and initiated the first collection of Eastern European art, Moderna galerija’s 2000+ Arteast Collection. She has been systematically dealing with the processes of redefining history and the questions of different avant-garde traditions of contemporary art, first with the exhibition Body and the East – From the 1960s to the Present (staged in 1998 at Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, and traveling to Exit Art in New York in 2001). She continued in 2000 with the first public display of the 2000+ Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West (staged at Moderna galerija in Ljubljana and traveling to Orangerie Congress in Innsbruck in 2001), and then a series of Arteast Exhibitions, mostly at Moderna galerija: Form-Specific (2003); 7 Sins: Ljubljana–Moscow (2004; co-curated with Victor Misiano and Igor Zabel); Interrupted Histories (2006); Arteast Collection 2000+23 (2006); and The Schengen Women (2008), staged at the Škuc Gallery as part of the Hosting Moderna galerija! project.


Ami Barak is an independent curator and art critic who lives and works in Paris. He has curated numerous exhibitions and projects, including Taryn Simon Rear Views, A Star-Forming Nebula, and the Office of Foreign Propaganda, Jeu de Paume (Paris, 2015); Julião Sarmento: la chose même – the real thing, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian (Paris, 2016); Peter Kogler – Next, ING Art Center (Brussels, 2016). He was the curator of What does the image stand for? Momenta Biennale of contemporary image Montreal 2017, co-curator of Life – A User’s Manual, Art Encounters Biennale (Timisoara, 2017) of Role playing – Rewriting mythologies Daegu Photo Biennale 2018 and of and Ex-East – Past and recent stories of the Romanian avant-garde, Espace Niemeyer 2019, Paris. From 2016 to 2019 he is the artistic director of the Salon de Montrouge, Paris. Former president of IKT (International Contemporary Art Curators Association).


Ekaterina Degot is a curator, writer and art critic. She is the Director and Chief Curator of steirischer herbst in Graz, Austria. She served as the Artistic Director of Academy of the Arts of the World, Cologne, between 2014 – 2017, and as Artistic Director of the first Bergen Assembly in Norway in 2013, together with David Riff. Her recent curatorial projects include: Volksfronten, the 51th edition of steirischer herbst; Pluriversale, a twice-a-year program of interdisciplinary events, Academy of Arts of the World, Cologne, 2015-1017; What Did the Artist Mean by That? Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2014 (with Yuri Albert. She co-edited Post-Post-Soviet? Art, Politics and Society in Russia at the Turn of the Decade (Chicago University press, 2013). She is a regular contributor to international art journals and magazines such as Artforum, frieze, and e-flux magazine. She has taught at the European University at Saint Petersburg and the Alexander Rodchenko School of Photography and New Media in Moscow, and has held guest professorships at various American and European universities.


Amir Engel is a lecturer at the German department. He studied philosophy, literature and culture-studies at the Hebrew University and completed his PhD. at the German studies department at Stanford University. After that he taught and conducted research at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His main topics of interest include German Romanticism and German postwar literature and culture, theories of myth, literature and philosophy and history of culture. He is also interested in intercultural transference, Jewish German culture, and German 20th century intellectual history. He has written a book about Gershom Scholem and has published articles about Hannah Arendt, Paul Celan, Martin Buber, Jacob Taubes, Salomon Maimon and others.


Gil Hochberg is Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the intersections among psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, nationalism, gender and sexuality. She has published essays on a wide range of issues including: Francophone North African literature, Palestinian literature, the modern Levant, gender and nationalism, cultural memory and immigration, memory and gender, Hebrew Literature, Israeli and Palestinian Cinema, Mediterraneanism, Trauma and Narrative. Her first book, In Spite of Partition: Jews, Arabs, and the Limits of Separatist Imagination (Princeton University Press, 2007), examines the complex relationship between the signifiers “Arab” and “Jew” in contemporary Jewish and Arab literatures. Her most recent book, Visual Occupations: Vision and Visibility in a Conflict Zone (Duke University Press, 2015), is a study of the visual politics of the Israeli-Palestinian. She is currently writing a book on art, archives and the production of historical knowledge.

Nina Möntmann is an art historian and curator. She is Professor of Art Theory at the University of Cologne. Previously she has been Professor of Art Theory and the History of Ideas at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (NIFCA) in Helinski. Recent exhibitions include: Magic Bureaucracy: Måns Wrange (Tensta konsthall, Stockholm 2017); Fluidity (Kunstverein in Hamburg 2016); Harun Farocki: A New Product (Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 2012); If we can’t get it together. Artists rethinking the (mal)functions of community (The Power Plant, Toronto, 2008); The Jerusalem Show: Jerusalem Syndrome (co-curated with Jack Persekian), 2009; the Armenian Pavillion for the 52nd Venice Biennial. Recent publications include Kunst als Sozialer Raum, (Cologne, König Books, 2002 / 2017); and the edited volumes Brave New Work. A Reader on Harun Farocki’s film ‘A New Product’. (Cologne, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014); Scandalous. A Reader on Art & Ethics (Berlin, Sternberg Press, 2013); New Communities (Toronto, Public Books/The Power Plant, 2009) and Art and Its Institutions (London, Black Dog Publishing, 2006).