Guest lecturers 2023-2024

Riccardo Arena (Italy)

Riccardo Arena is an artist, researcher and teacher, whose practice is oriented to investigate the philosophical and symbolic contents of images through the creation of visual reflections conceived as poetic formalizations of a research devoted to admiring the plot of significant correspondences that link forms, phenomena, topographies and mirages of consciousness. Arena is currently associate professor at Bologna Academy of Fine Art and Brera Academy of Arts.

Federica Bueti (Italy)

Federica Bueti writes, edits, teaches and occasionally curates exhibitions and public programs. Her research focuses on refusals and decolonial feminist critical poetics. She serves as board member of the WorkField Commission of the MA in Artistic Research at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. She has also taught at The Royal Academy of Art, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and regularly gives workshops, mentors art students and curators.

Carlos Casas (Spain)

Carlos Casas is a filmmaker and artist whose practice encompasses film, sound and the visual arts. His films have been screened and awarded in festivals around the world, like the Venice Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Mexico International Film Festival, FID Marseille, etc... his work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions and galleries, such as Tate Modern, London, Fondation Cartier, Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, CCCB Barcelona, GAM Torino, Bozar Bruxelles, among others.

Lucy Cotter (Ireland)

Lucy Cotter, PhD is an independent writer, curator and trained artist, whose current projects explore the boundaries of the artistic, the curatorial and the theoretical. A regular contributor to journals such as Flash ArtMousseFrieze and Third Text, she is currently working on a book entitled Art Knowledge: Between the Known and the Unknown. She was curator of the Dutch Pavilion 57th Venice Biennale 2017 and guest curator of Art&Education's Platform in 2019. Her next exhibition and performance series entitled The Unknown Artist will take place at the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, Portland, OR in 2020. Formerly director of the Master Artistic Research, Royal Academy of Art, the Hague, she currently lectures at Portland State University and Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR.

Albert Elings (Netherlands)

Albert Elings is a Dutch documentary maker and film editor. Besides art- and filmschool he did a master cultural history at Utrecht University. Many of his films are characterised by a preoccupation with the aesthetics of temporality. Five of his films were screened at IDFA. Together with Eugenie Jansen he made several documentaries of which 'Foreland' won the Jury prize of the Documentary Film Festival in Yamagata. One of the last films he has been editing on is “Four Journeys’ by Louis Hothothot, opening film at IDFA in 2021.

Eugenie Jansen (Netherlands)

Eugenie Jansen is a Dutch director of documentary films and fiction features and a combination between both genres. She graduated in 1991 at the Netherlands Film Academy. Her debut film ‘Tussenland’ (2002) won a Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, ‘Calimucho’ (2008) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, just like  ‘Above Us All’ (2014), a conceptual 3D film about mourning set against the backdrop of the Great War Heritage industry in Ypres, Belgium.

Melvin Moti (Netherlands)

Melvin Moti is a Rotterdam-based photographer and video artist. Moti studied Visual Arts in Tilburg and worked at De Ateliers in Amsterdam and is an advisor at de Rijksacademie. Moti's work has been exhibited around the world, including in Berlin, Tokyo, Boston and Brussels. In the Netherlands, his work has been shown at museums such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Witte de With in Rotterdam. In 2015, he won the ABN AMRO Art Award.

Kumjana Novakova (North Macedonia)

Kumjana Novakova is a filmmaker, film curator and researcher. Currently, she works as a film curator at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Skopje. She collaborates with different film festivals, cinema platforms and exhibitions, curating a wide range of programmes. She is an associate professor at the Non-fiction department of ESCAC, Barcelona, Spain, and has formerly taught at the Béla Tarr’s film.factory in Sarajevo. As an author, she develops projects between cinema and contemporary art, mostly exploring the interplay between identities, memories and the collective self. She currently lives in Skopje.

Matías Piñeiro (Argentina)

Matías Piñeiro is a filmmaker and professor at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first feature-length work, El hombre robado (The Stolen Man) (2007), won awards at the Jeonju International Film Festival and at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival. In 2009, his second feature, Todos mienten (They All Lie), premiered at BAFICI (Buenos Aires Festival International de Cine Independiente), where it won two awards. It also won a prize at the Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine. In 2010, he was selected—along with James Benning and Denis Côté—to screen his third film, Rosalinda (Rosalind), at the 11th Jeonju Digital Project.


Janis Rafa (Greece)

Janis Rafa has a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Leeds. She uses video to convert her experiences into carefully choreographed scenes. Her work walks a fine line between subjective interpretation and the authentic representation of landscapes and events. Her work has been exhibited at venues and festivals such as the Viennale, Tate Modern and IFFR. In 2013, she created the Three Farewells trilogy. Kala azar (2020) is her debut feature film. 

Rada Sesič (Croatia)

Rada Sesič was born in former Yugoslavia and currently lives in The Netherlands. Sesič is specialized in South Asian and Eastern European cinema. She is associated with IDFA, IFFR and NIF (Dutch Institute for film education) as well as Sarajevo Film Festival and Kerala Film Festival. She teaches and gives workshops world wide and has directed four award winning shorts and documentaries that were screened at several festivals and also presented and archived at MoMA, New York. Visit her website here

Ram Krishna Ranjan (India)

Ram Krishna Ranjan is a practice-based researcher and visual artist. He is currently a PhD candidate at Valand Academy. His educational background is in Economics, Media and Cultural Studies and Fine Art and his longstanding areas of interests are decoloniality, migration, gentrification, memory and nation, and the intersectionality of caste, class, and gender. Through his moving-images based practice, he tries to build conversations around place-specific issues of social, economic, and political justice. 

Saodat Ismailova (Uzbekistan)

Saodat Ismailova (Uzbekistan) is based in Tashkent and Paris. She studied film and has made fiction films and documentaries, which have won awards at various international festivals. In 2013, she presented her first video installation, Zukhra, at the Venice Biennale. Since then she has focussed on the intersection of cinema and visual art. In 2022 her work was selected for both the Venice Biennale and Documenta. 

Non-public online lectures

Lina Majdalanie Power of Documents (26 november 2020) 

Rabih Mroué (4 december 2020) 

Frank B Wilderson III Afropessimism (8 dec 2020) 

Onyeka Igwe: Wither Archives? (11 dec 2020) 

Dalia Neis Artistic Processes and the guidance of the Wind (17 feb 2021) 

Korakrit Arunanondchai (24 maart 2021) 

Ali Eslami Documenting Otherworlds (7 april 2021) 

Joshua Oppenheimer The Act of Killing (21 april 2021)

Guest lecturers

Aron Birtalan (theatre maker, Hungary), BMB con. (Roelf Toxopeus and Justin Bennett, performance artists, NL), Eliane Esther Bots (filmmaker, NL), Kate Briggs (writer and translator UK), Stella Bruzzi (professor of film, Italy/UK), Sabeth Buchman (art historian and art critic, AT), Edwin Culp (filmmaker, Spain), Yael Davids (artist, IL), Peter Delpeut (filmmaker, writer, NL), Mirka Duijn (filmmaker, NL), Pol Eggermont (dramaturg, concept developer, NL), Maaike Gouwenberg (curator, producer, NL), Sabine Groenewegen (filmmaker, NL), Lino Hellings (visual artist, author NL) Kevin B. Lee (filmmaker, USA), Dan Oki (film maker, (Croatia), Laurent van Lancker (filmmaker, BE), Stanislaw Liguzinski (film critic, programmer, video eassyist, Poland), Patrick Minks (editor, NL), Maartje Nevejan (filmmaker, NL), Floris Paalman (documentary filmmaker, researcher lecturer, NL), Maria Molina Peiro (filmmaker, Spain), Vesna Petresin (transdisciplinary artist and thinker, SL), Janis Rafa (artist, filmmaker, GR), Francesco Ragazzi (associate professor, filmmaker, Italy), Hidde Simons (director, actor, acting coach, NL), Michel Schopping (sound designer, NL), Michelle Williams Gamaker (moving image and performance artist, UK)

Former mentors

Sander Blom (NL, filmmaker), Marjoleine Boonstra 2010-2011 (filmmaker, NL), Stefaan Decostere 2009-2012 (artist, producer BE), Albert Elings (documentary filmmaker, editor, NL), Laurent van Lancker 2017-2018 (filmmaker, anthropologist, BE), Petra Lataster 2009-2010 (filmmaker, NL), Aneta Lesnikovska (MO), Patrick Minks (director, screenwriter and editor, NL), Wineke van Muiswinkel (NL, radiomaker/curator), Rada Sesic (critic, filmmaker and a programmer, HR)

Artists in Residence (AIR)

Vesna Petresin, Jyoti Mistry (SA), Franz Rodenkirchen (D)
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