Gallanti holds a PhD in architectural design from the Polytechnic University of Turin (2001) and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Genova (1995). He has taught architecture design and architectural theory in Chile (Pontificia Universidad Católica and Universidad Diego Portales, 2002-2008) and Italy (Polytechnic University of Milan, 2007-2010). He is currently course lecturer at the School of Architecture of McGill University, Montreal. Gallanti has written for international magazines such as A+U, Domus, San Rocco, Clog, Harvard Design Magazine and The Journal of Architectural Education.ELISA NUYTEN is a member of the North American Acquisition Committee for Tate Modern, London, as well as a past board member of The Power Plant contemporary art gallery, Toronto. For the Power Plant she co-chaired the 10th anniversary Power Ball and served as head of the membership committee. Currently Nuyten is chairing the art advisory committee for the Ribbon, a significant public art project in Surrey. Nuyten is a founder of Art en Valise, a not-for-profit that was started in order to showcase new ideas in contemporary visual art. Born and raised in Belgium, she now resides in Toronto with her family. SILKE OTTO-KNAPP was born in Osnabrueck in 1970. She completed a degree in cultural studies at the University of Hildesheim, Germany and received her MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design. Until 2013, Otto-Knapp lived and worked in London. In 2014 she relocated to Los Angeles where she is Assistant Professor for Painting and Drawing at UCLA. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include Land lies in water at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto; Monday or Tuesday at Camden Arts Centre, London; Questions of Travel at Kunsthalle Wien, and Geography and Plays at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Her work has been shown at Tate Britain, London, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Berkeley Art Museum, Migros Museum, Zürich, and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. She is represented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne and Berlin, and greengrassi in London. TODD SAUNDERS is one of the most important young contemporary Canadian architects working internationally. His architecture, simple yet powerful, incorporates elements of his country’s architectural identity – including the use of wood and carefully picked Modernist influences – bringing it at the same time into the 21st century with excellent execution, carefully chosen materials and a hands-on approach. Saunders, who lives and works in Bergen, Norway, has successfully executed work in both Canada, Norway, and Finland, creating architecture with a strong sense of northern identity, an individual approach that is informed by the strongness of natural landscape. Saunders Architecture was founded by Todd Saunders in 1998, and the studio now consists of people from all over the world. Saunders has lived and worked in Bergen since 1996, following his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and McGill University in Montreal. He continues to combine teaching with practice and has been a part-time teacher at the Bergen Architecture School since 2001. Saunders has also lectured and taught at schools in Scandinavia, the UK and Canada and has been a visiting professor at The University of Quebec in Montreal. He will also be a visiting professor at Cornell University during the fall of 2013. Saunders was ranked one of Norway’s 10 best architects by the magazine Bo Bedre in 2009, and was placed number 52 among the 100 best architects in the world by the German magazine BauNetz in 2012. Saunders was also ranked among the five top architects in the world under 50 by The Huffington Post in 2011. Current projects include the completion of a 29-room inn on Fogo Island, Canada, a cultural centre in Labrador, Canada, a centre for UNICEF in Aurland, Norway, and a large scale residential project in Istanbul, Turkey. www.saunders.no
Schafhausen was co-curator of the first Brussels Biennale in 2008 and co-curator of 2010 Media City Seoul festival. He was curator of the Dutch House at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, and, among others, also curated exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Lenbachhaus in Munich, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, and the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius. Schafhausen was collection advisor for the FRAC Nord – Pas de Calais, Dunkerque; DekaBank; and Lufthansa AG, Frankfurt. Nicolaus Schafhausen is also a lecturer at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent. In addition to Schafhausen’s extensive experience in leading institutions and curating exhibitions, he is author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art.
Scott has written extensively on contemporary art for catalogues and journals including Parachute, Parkett, and Canadian Art. She has contributed to numerous books on curatorial studies and written texts for monographic publications on the work of Matthew Barney, Peter Doig, Brian Jungen, and Daniel Richter; and for the publication Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, London, New York, 2010). As an independent curator, she has organized exhibitions including Bankside Browser (2000) for Tate Modern, London, and Universal Pictures (1999) at the Melbourne International Biennial. Scott was the Canadian coordinator for the Seventh International Istanbul Biennial (2001) and also worked on the inaugural SITE Santa Fe Biennial (1995). She is visiting professor for the Curatorial Practice Program at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, as well as an adjunct professor at York University, Toronto, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.