Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe and Alexandre Singh
Age Grade #3, 2008
Custom pigment print
Dimensions variable
Courtesty Ballroom Marfa

Guest editorial contributor Julieta Aranda is a Mexican-born artist currently living in many places. Her work has been exhibited across the globe, including the 10th Lyon Biennial, Transmediale.08 (Berlin), the 2nd Moscow Biennial, Sala Diaz and Museo Alameda (San Antonio), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Platform Garanti (Istanbul), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (Mexico City) and many others. In 2009, she will have a solo presentation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Fia Backström is an artist based in New York who is interested in questions of the social interrelations of images and their signification processes as seen through the shifting faces of politics, marketing, propaganda and art contexts alike. Her work underlines the parameters of format, and the logic of display that art and prosumer culture typically occupy. Her work has recently been shown at White Columns (New York), 2008 Whitney Biennial (New York) and unitednationsplaza (Mexico City and Berlin). Backström has published texts in magazines, including North Drive Press, Artforum and Art on Paper.

Stefan Brüggemann lives and works between London and Mexico City. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Kusthalle Bern, I-20 Gallery (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), TPS and Museo Alameda (San Antonio).

J.C. Fregnan lives and works in Mexico City.

Trained as a theater director, curator and writer Jens Hoffmann is Director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. From 2003 to 2007, he was Director of Exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. He is currently cocurator of the 2nd San Juan Triennial, Puerto Rico, which opens in April 2009, and a Guest Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

Gabriel Lester was born in Amsterdam and lives and works in Brussels. His practice includes installations, performances and film and video works. Lester is represented by Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam, and Natalia Goldin Gallery, Stockholm. He was recently an artist-in-residence at the IASPIS (Stockholm), Capacete (Rio de Janeiro) and the ISCP in New York.

Raimundas Malašauskas is a curator at large of Artists Space, New York.

Naeem Mohaiemen works in Dhaka/New York, blending text, image, video and archival materials to explore historic markers, security, panic and failed utopias. His work has been exhibited at the UK House of Lords’ European Human Rights Commission (London), Finnish Museum of Photography, Dhaka Goethe and Transmediale.08 (Berlin), among other venues. His current project at Gallery Chitrak (Dhaka) uses surveillance imagery from Bangladesh anti-army riots to build cultural spaces in opposition to a local fetish for stylized photography. He is co-author with Doug Ashford of (Artist) Collectives in Atomised Time (Idensitat, 2008).

William Powhida is a G-E-N-I-U-S.

Joao Ribas is a critic and Curator at The Drawing Center in New York. His writings on art, film, design and literature have appeared in the New York Sun, Art Review, Time Out NY, Flash Art, PAPER, Tema Celeste, The Guardian Unlimited, Artnet and ARTnews.

Martha Rosler is an artist working in video, photo-text, installation and performance. She also writes criticism and lectures internationally. Her work on the public sphere ranges from concerns with everyday life and the media, to architecture and the built environment—especially housing—and often centers on women’s experience. Rosler has long produced works on war and the “national security climate” that predisposes war. In 2008, she received an award from the Center for Book Arts (New York). Her work in photography and video is in the collections of numerous museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Tate Modern (London).

Matt Sheridan Smith is an artist based in New York.

David Levi Strauss is the author of Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography & Politics, with an introduction by John Berger (Aperture, 2003), and Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics (Autonomedia, 1999). A new collection of essays on painters, sculptors and poets, From Head to Hand, will be published by Oxford University Press next year. He taught at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College from 2000 to 2005 and is now Chair of the new graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Nato Thompson is a Curator and Producer at Creative Time, where he has organized major projects including Paul Chan’s acclaimed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans. Thompson is currently working on a multiphase national exhibition entitled Democracy in America, a program investigating artists’ relationship with and reactions to the historic roots and practical manifestations of the American democratic tradition.

Anton Vidokle is an artist based in New York and Berlin. His work has been exhibited in such venues as the 50th Venice Biennale, the 9th Lyon Biennial, Tate Modern (London), Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana), Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil (Mexico City), UCLA Hammer (Los Angeles), Artpace San Antonio, ICA (Boston), Haus Der Kunst (Munich) and P.S.1 (New York), among others. As cofounder of e-flux, he has produced numerous projects, including The Next Documenta Should Be Curated by an Artist, An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life and Martha Rosler Library. Additionally, after the cancellation of Manifesta 6, Vidokle set up an independent project in Berlin called unitednationsplaza, an exhibition-as-school involving more than one hundred artists, writers, theorists and diverse audiences.

Michelle White is Assistant Curator at the Menil Collection in Houston, a frequent contributor to Art Papers and the Houston-area regional editor of Art Lies.

Through collaborations with curators, partner organizations and maintaining collaborative frameworks for human interaction, Berlin-based Wooloo Projects develops participatory projects to foster global opportunities for emerging artists.