Artists

Fiona Kelly — Ireland

Fiona Kelly was born in 1985 in Westmeath Ireland and illustrates contemporary fables through her artistic practice. In uniting common objects with playful slogans she creates happenings to facilitate the viewer’s questioning of the banal absurdity found in everyday situations.  What was thought to be familiar has to be re-assessed.

Fiona Kelly holds a B.A in Fine Art, Sculpture, received from Cluain Mhuire, Galway (2005) and a B.A (Honours) in Fine Art, Printmaking, from the Crawford College of Art, Cork (2008). She has exhibited both Nationally and Internationally including exhibitions in Galway, IRE, Jyvaskyla, FI, Shanghai, CH, Zoetermeer, NL (Solo), New York, USA, and Reykjavik, IS.

Kelly’s work can be seen in the public collections of The Jyvaskyla Museum of Art, Finland; The Art Students League of New York, U.S.A; and at Crawford College of Art, Eli Lilly, and the Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Georgia Kotrestos — Greece

Georgia Kotretsos (b. 1978, Thessaloniki, GRC) is a visual artist based in Athens, Greece. She has attained an MFA Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Full Merit Scholarship (2004) in the United States and a BFA Degree from the Durban Institute of Technology, in KwaZulu Natal, (2000) in South Africa.

In her work she primarily focuses and critiques the conformity of seeing and perceiving artworks in relation to their surroundings. By studying liberating and anarchic approaches of art viewing – she has created an interdisciplinary body of work in an effort to support that seeing is site-specific and audience members accountable for their art knowledge. Her practice is research based and whether it is manifested as an artwork, a text or an interview, it always encourages speculative approaches to how knowledge is produced by resisting the traditional and historical etiquette of its acquisition.

She has exhibited her work extensively in group exhibitions in Greece, as well as abroad and has had five solo|two women shows.

Yasemin Yilmaz — Germany

The three main subjects that influence the creation of her work artistic works and projects are: GLOBALIZATION – CONNECTIONS – TIME.

TIMEimages and TIMEprojects mirror the result, the fugaciousness of the moment. The work consists of many detail screens that are generated in a predetermined period of time, either by her or the circumstances (a visit to another place or including other artists). At the end of this period the detail screens are newly combined to a complete work thus giving a reflection of various aspects of just this time of life. Afterwards no more work is added to any art work. The result is what it is neither repeatable nor changeable.

Some of her most intense Projects as an Artist and Curator were: “Globalization-Connections-Time” in 2008 & 2012 with a global exhibition tour. “I love BCN” showing the daily life and its habitants in a shared flat in Barcelona. “YY()TD=Kurt” a Hommage to the Dadaist Kurt Schwitters. Yasemin Yilmaz TIMEimages and TIMEprojects were shown in – Germany, Turkey, USA, Romania, Namibia, Argentina, Slovenia, India, Venezuela, Spain, Serbia, Morocco, Hungary, Austria, Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait and Egypt and is included in many collections.

Paula Jeanine Bennett — USA

Born in the heartland of the USA (Cleveland, Ohio), Brooklyn-based vocalist/ percussionist/composer Paula Jeanine Bennett is an American original with a global focus. Her current project, the folk opera “A Village Of One”, features her gifts for song, story and rhythm. “A Village Of One” was created to adapt to the locations where it is presented and addresses social issues of community, women’s issues and isolation framed by hypnotic melodies.

Whether performing vocal interpretations of ghazal as an American Cultural Ambassador in India, lecturing on creativity at the Arts Summit Indonesia, providing the sonic pulse for the “Tavola Del Silenzio” in Assisi, Italy and at Lincoln Center, or singing jazz in a millionaires’ night club in Cairo, Paula Jeanine Bennett brings a wealth of experience to her work.

She lives on the New York waterfront and can see the Statue of Liberty from her rooftop.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarke — UK

Mr and Mrs Clarke live and work in South Wales (UK), where they have been making performance, live art and dance theatre since 2002. Often their work has a playful and interactive element inspired by happenings and live art events that bring art forms and people together. They have a DIY approach to exploring and developing ideas and have a multidisciplinary approach to their work. They have worked in a variety of ways by producing original dance theatre productions and site-specific events, creating interactive performance pieces for festivals all over the world. They have collaborated with other theatre companies, venues and artists and curated events that bring other artists and participants together by teaching and inspiring through workshops and residencies.

Cat Wilson — Australia & Morocco

Cat Wilson is a freelance photographer and new-media artist.

As a photographer she specialises in candid portraiture and street photography. Recently having also started working with Cyanotype, making prints using digital contact negatives. As a video artist constraint and repetition feature regularly in her process, which consists mainly of time-lapse footage created using still photographs. This work is driven by an exploration of the nature of time. Before moving into new media Cat trained and worked as a theatre director and dramaturg. Following her graduation from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama in 2003 she worked closely with Australian writers to direct and produce five works of new Australian writing in the years 2004-2009.

Cat is currently Exhibitions Project Coordinator at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image having worked on several major shows such ‘Shaun Tan’s the Lost Thing: From Book to Film’, ‘Hollywood Costume’, and most recently ‘DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition’.  Previously she has held positions at ACMI as an installation technician, working on over 16 shows and as Acting Registrar (2009-2010) on the shows ‘Len Lye, Setting the Scene’ and ‘Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood’.

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