Nestan Nijaradze born in 1971 in Tbilisi, Georgia. After graduating from the Faculty of Journalism at the Tbilisi State Uni-versity, Georgia and obtaining a Master's degree in Cinema and Audio-Visual Studies at Paris University (Paris VII) in 2003, Nestan Nijaradze returned to Tbilisi and started working as a photo curator, contributing to the promotion of the rich traditions of Georgian visual culture on local, regional and international levels. Nestan Nijaradze is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum ― the first Geor-gian institution dedicated to the contemporary image in its different forms ― photography, video, and new media the first international photography festival in Georgia created in partnership with Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2010.
Rei Masuda is the Curator of Photography at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Since entering the museum in 1992, he has been in charge of its photography collection and the curation of its photography exhibitions. His curated exhibitions include “Kiyoji Ohtsuji Retrospective―Experimental Workshop of Photography” (1999), “Zwischen Wirklichkeit und Bild: Positionen deutscher Fotografie der Gegenwart” (2005), “Yutaka Takanashi: Field Notes of Light” (2009), “Suzuki Kiyoshi: Hundred Steps and Thousand Stories” (2010), “Narahara Ikko: Domains” (2014), and “Thomas Ruff” (2016). Ma-suda completed the Master’s Program in Area Studies at the University of Tsukuba.
Awoiska van der Molen is a Dutch artist living in Amsterdam. In 2003, she graduated with an MFA in Photography at the Breda St. Joost Academy in the Netherlands. She is known for her monumental black-and-white images of the natural world. Her work has been exhibited at numerous institutions worldwide. In 2019 Van der Molen was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet prize and in 2017 for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Van der Molen was the Grand Prize Win-ner of the very first Hariban Award in 2014.
Sarah Greene graduated in 1998 with a Master’s Degree from the University of Ghent in Asian Arts and Cultures. She founded Blue Lotus Gallery in 2007 in Hong Kong, originally to support local talent in varied media. Currently, Blue Lotus Gallery is focusing on photography only, expressing Hong Kong’s culture and identity through various exhibitions and book projects. Greene has been instrumental in launching the careers of Hong Kong's emerging photography talent, such as Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, Tugo Cheng, KC Kwan and Christopher Button. The gallery also represents world-renowned artists such as Fan Ho, Greg Girard and Ian Lambot. In 2022 Blue Lotus expanded with a publishing program named ‘blue lotus editions’, creating a collection of visual stories related to Hong Kong and beyond.
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