Leah Abir is a Tel Aviv-based curator and writer in the field of contemporary art. She is the Artistic Director of Arad Center for Contemporary Art and a co-founding editor of Tohu Magazine.
Since 2007 she has been curating exhibitions and organizing art-related events throughout the world, in public and private venues, in public and alternative spaces. Among her previous engagements: Curator of the Haifa Museum of Art, Deputy Curator and Head of Programming at MoBY- Museums of Bat Yam, and as Artistic Consultant for the Artists Studios in Jerusalem, and curator of RawArt Gallery in Tel Aviv. She was the first recipient, in 2011, of the Artist Grant for curators in Israel, and worked as a Curatorial Fellow at the public art organization Creative Time, NYC.
Abir is a graduate of Art History and Advanced Museology studies at Tel Aviv University, and has earned a Masters degree from Haifa University. She published extensively in various publications and catalogues in Israel and around the world, and in recent years taught history and theory of art and curating at various academic institutions, such as Bezalel Academy, Sapir College, and Haifa University.
Reem Ghanayem – born in 1982, is a Palestinian poet, translator and a researcher in the fields of Arabic and English Literature. Her dissertation concentrated on the theater of the absurd and its different ways of representation. She has published so far two poetry collections: Mag- a Life of Exiles, Prophecies: Self Portraits. Other Publications: Translation of James Joyce’s Poetry, translation of Charles Bukowski’s novel Post Office, translation of an anthology of African American Poetry, translation of the short stories collection The Most Beautiful Woman in Town by Charles Bukowski, translation of Junkie, a novel written by William Burroughs, translation of Richard Wright’s Haiku book This Other World, translation of Naked Lunch, a novel by William Burroughs. Reem is the Arabic section editor at The Short Story Project.
Avi Lubin is a curator and writer in the field of contemporary art. Currently he is curator of HaMidrasha Gallery – Hayarkon 19 and head of theoretical studies of the Postgraduate Program of Fine Art at the Faculty of Arts – Hamidrasha, Beit Berl College. Lubin was recently named as the curator of Aya Ben Ron's exhibition for the Israeli Pavilion in the 58th Venice Biennale. He has curated many solo and group exhibitions in public and private galleries, museums and alternative spaces in Israel and around the world, including “Art School,” Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Helena Rubinstein Pavilion); “The Hidden Passengers,” Apexart, New York; “Dark Times,” The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv University; “Fog,” The National Gallery of Kosovo; “Circular Movements,” Kunstverein Kunsthaus, Potsdam; “Vestige,” Art Cube Gallery, Artists’ Studios, Jerusalem; and Mixed Chromosome, MOM Artspace, Hamburg. His articles have been published in academic journals, magazines, monographs and catalogs.