Professor of Photography

University of South Wales

United Kingdom

Mark Durden is an artist, writer and curator.  He is Professor of Photography and the Director of the European Centre for Documentary Research at University of South Wales, Cardiff, UK.  Recent books include Double Act: Art and Comedy, co-authored with David Campbell, (Bluecoat, 2016) and Photography Today (Phaidon 2014). Photography Today has been translated into Spanish, French, Turkish and Chinese. Together with Campbell and Ian Brown, Durden has exhibited regularly as Common Culture. In 2017 Durden and Campbell co-curated The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life at the Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre, São Miguel, the Azores. 

Curator of the National Trust

Wales, United Kingdom

Dr. Russell Roberts is the Curator for the National Trust covering south and west Wales that includes stately homes, mountains, coastline and industrial sites. He was previously Co-Director for the European Centre for Documentary Research at the University of South Wales and Reader in Photography for 10 years that included curatorial projects such as WHF Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph (Science Museum, 2015); Mass Observation: This Is Your Photo (The Photographers Gallery, 2013) and The Silent Village (DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, 2011). He was Head of Photography at the National Media Museum (1998-2006) curating many international exhibitions and publishing on various histories and cultures of photography. Between 2004 and 2005, he was visiting Fellow in Photography at University of Wales, Newport, and Research Associate at the University of Oxford, and has served on several committees and editorial boards for both historical and contemporary photography. He is currently curating on an exhibition for National Museum Wales (2019) on the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher with particular emphasis on their research and art practice in Wales during the 1960s.

IHA - Instituto de História da Arte

Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal

Invited Auxiliary Professor at FCSH-Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Research Associate of IHA-Instituto de História da Arte, where she is a member of the Contemporary Art Studies research field and research group Transnational Perspectives on Contemporary Art: Identities and Representations. Holds a PhD in Contemporary Art History by FCSH-UNL, with the thesis O império de regresso ao cais. Imagem e imaginário colonial na arte portuguesa do século XX (funded by FCT Individual Grant). Curated the exhibition Dreaming with Hands. Drawing in the work of Mário Dionísio (Casa da Achada, Lisbon, 2011). Published several scientific papers and has participated in national and international conferences.

Professor of Art History

University of Barcelona, Spain

Professor of the Department of Contemporary Art History at the University of Barcelona. She has also been a teacher at the Universities of Seville and Complutense de Madrid. She wrote The Art of the 20th Century: from the Second World War to Our Times, The Art of the 20th Century and Its Exhibitions: 1945-1995, The Manifestos of Postmodern Art: Texts of Expositions 1980-1995, The Last Art of the 20th Century: From Postminimalism to Multiculturalism: 1968-1995, Art Criticism: Theory and Praxis, Criticism in Dialogue: Interviews About Art and Contemporary Thinking, Discrepant Dialogues in Art Criticism (2000-2011), Formal, Textual and (Con) textual Art Criticism

Currently, Guasch focuses her investigations on three areas: Archiving – Memory and Contemporary Art, Art History and Visual Studies, and Contemporary Art and Globalization.


She has a vast bibliographical production on these subjects, with notable works including El arte del siglo XX en sus exposiciones: 1945-1995 (Barcelona, Serbal, 1997), which was awarded the prize Premi Espais a la Crítica de Arte (1998); El arte último del siglo XX. Del posminimalismo a lo multicultural: 1968-1995 (Alianza, Madrid, 2000); La crítica dialogada: Entrevistas sobre arte y pensamiento contemporáneo (Murcia, Cendeac, 2006 and 2008) and Arte y archivo. Genealogías, tipologías y discontinuidades (Madrid, Akal, 2011). She has been co-editor, with J. Zulaika, of Learning from Guggenheim Bilbao (Reno, University of Nevada, USA). Guasch has been a Visiting Fellow in the Universities of Princeton, Yale, Columbia, San Diego, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in LA. Since 2007 she has been the Project Director of the ongoing R&D&I Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Age: New Methodologies, Concepts, and Analytic Scopes.Parte I, II and III. She also directs and coordinates Global Art Archive, a research group that studies archives and their role as a liaison between collective memory and individual development. She is part of the London-based international study Visual Culture Studies in Europe (HERA), and Art and Globalization research group in Paris directed by Z. Rhamani Art et mondialisation (INHA). Since 1975, Anna Maria has worked relentlessly as a critic of art in numerous national and international publications. Her most recent books are El arte en la era de lo global. 1989-2015 (Madrid, Alianza, 2016) and The Codes of the Global in the Twenty-first Century (AGI/Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2018).

Reader of Photography

University of South Wales

United Kingdom

Lisa Barnard’s photographic practice connects her interest in aesthetics, current photographic debates around materiality and the existing political climate.

“Barnard describes herself as a photographic artist, but her work seems unapologetically political. She pays homage to, and undercuts, the tropes of documentary realism”. Sean O Hagan, Guardian Review of  'Chateau Despair'.

Barnard is Associate Professor in Photography and Programme leader on the MA in Documentary Photography at The University of South Wales. Barnard exhibits regularly and currently has two publications both with GOST, Chateau Despair and Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden. Her new project, The Canary and the Hammer will be published by MACK early in 2019.

Artistic Director of QUAD

Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival

Louise Clements is the Artistic Director of QUAD, a centre for contemporary art, film and new technologies in Derby UK, since 2001, and the Director of FORMAT International Photography Festival, which she founded in 2004. Additionally, as an independent curator since 1998, she has initiated commissions, publications, mass participation, and exhibitions of art, film, and photography. She is a regular juror, portfolio reviewer, workshop leader, speaker, and award nominator throughout Europe, America and Asia. 

Clements has served as Guest Curator for numerous international exhibitions and festivals, among them Habitat Centre and Hauz Khas BlowUp (Delhi, India); Dong Gang Photography Festival (South Korea); Dali Photography Festival (China); Noorderlicht 20/20 (Groningen, Netherlands); Photoquai Biennale (Paris); Les Rencontres Arles, Discoveries (France); Venice Biennale, EM15, and Slideluck Rome (Italy); and Photo Beijing (China). 

In addition to her curatorial work, she has contributed to many publications including Hijacked III, Factory and Beyond Evidence, part of the Editorial Team of RVM Magazine Italy, and advising the WYNG Master Awards Hong Kong, PSC Photography MA Mentor Melbourne Australia and for the Artists Pensions Trust Global. 

She has served as Guest Editor and writer for publications such as OjodePez (Spain), HijackedIII (Australia), PhotoCinema (UK), 1000words, and South Korean Photography Magazine.

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