Gary hill

Gary Hill – an American artist lives and works in Seattle, Washington, often viewed as one of the foundational artists in video art, passionate about women and their beauty. Art historian Lynne Cooke summarizes:

“A pioneer in his embrace of the then novel medium of video, Hill distinguished himself through a radical approach that both literally and conceptually deconstructed it. Single channel works were soon followed by installations in which video screens were unhoused, suspended, multiplied, miniaturized, or otherwise manipulated.

On other occasions, video tubes mysteriously projected unframed images in dark fields or from oscillating beacons panning an empty room, text and figure swivelled in anamorphic distortion. No artist of Hill’s generation probed this medium with such invasive scrutiny, and none deployed it with such protean irreverence. And when his restless curiosity led him to computer based technologies and virtual space in the early Nineties, few of his peers proved so avid or dedicated in exploiting this uncharted terrain for art making.

Since he rarely deployed technology as a tool in service to an exploration of the visual world, questions of representation have played a relatively minor role in his work: typically, he treats mediums as sites and enablers of languages both verbal and visual. Surveying with hindsight what now amounts to more than three decades of his activity, it’s striking how far his path has veered from his peers’ and not least because it betrays so few allegiances to histories of representation.

Sarah Maple - Jury at Passion For Freedom 2014

Sarah  Maple – the best of the new young British artists’ lives in her native Sussex, feminist and activist

Beverley Knowles summarizes:
“Sarah Maple’s artwork is unfailingly bold and brave, not for the coy or faint of heart. These unflinching, occasionally even controversial, investigations into what it is to be a woman and a Muslim in 21st century Britain are made joyful by her own very personal brand of boisterous, tongue-in-cheek humour.

This is not sensationalism for sensationalism’s sake, but rather a heart felt urge by a twenty-seven-year old artist of great sincerity and talent, for the viewer to look again, and this time with a more questioning eye, at traditionally accepted notions of identity, gender, culture and religion.”


Lee Weinberg Photo PFF

Lee Weinberg  is an independent curator and academic working between London, UK and Haifa, Israel. She recently submitted her PHD thesis (Goldsmiths, University of London) on the topic of Curating the Immaterial and the role of the curator in contemporary culture.  

Before embarking on an independent and academic career, Lee worked as assistant 
curator and curator at the Haifa Museum of Art, and as an educational project 
manager in the Haifa Museums’ education department (2004-2011). In these 
capacities, Lee initiated and pursued projects that aimed at opening up the space of 
the museum to a diverse set of audiences, raising the awareness to the possibility of 
using the museum as a communal space for meeting and experimenting with various 
forms of dialogue. Lee had since engaged in various independent projects at the 
Boston-Haifa Connection (2008), Arbyte Gallery (2012), BL_NK (2014) and Haifa’s 
urban space (2008-ongoing, in collaboration with curator Yeala Hazut).  
In her projects Lee is interested in using curatorial frameworks as platforms for the 
generation of inter-cultural and inter-disciplinarexchange. Her projects aim at 
providing opportunities for experimenting with the production of the social sphere
Her interests in the relationship between curating and the social sphere led Lee to 
work with digital and new-media that shed light over the the internet as a liminal 
abstract space that is both public and privateTogether with artist and programmer 
Dr Eleanor Dare, she is developing the Visual Art Interpretation and Navigation 
System (VAINS), a repository, search and recommendation tool for digital online art 
She is currently working with Hackney Council, Haifa Municipality and Beit Hagefen 
Arab-Jewish Cultural Centre on establishing an artists residency and exchange 
programme, based on the twinning agreement between Haifa and Hackney. The 
residency’s programme is dedicated to community-based and socially engaged art 
projects and seeks to create a platform for expressive dialogues and the research of 
urban and communal spaces as a site for meaningful inter-cultural encounters. Lee 
has been living in London for the past 5 years, teaching at Goldsmiths, University of 
East London, JW3 and other alternative educational frameworks. Her articles and
reviews have been published in various magazines and peer-reviewed journals