Mark R. Westmoreland
Mark R. Westmoreland directs the MA program in Visual Ethnography at Leiden University and is a founding member of the Writing with Light curatorial collective for ethnographic photo-essays. He previously served as Co-Editor of Visual Anthropology Review and as a research consultant for the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative he conducted research on the state of photographic collections in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories.
Westmoreland’s work has appeared in several art catalogues as well as Aperture, Critical Arts, Invisible Culture, Journal for Cultural Research, Cairo Papers in Social Science, Alif Journal of Comparative Poetics, and Ibraaz Contemporary Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, among other academic journals. He has organized numerous workshops and events, such as the Cairo Documentary Festival in 2011, which explored issues facing documentary practices during Egypt’s revolution.
With particular research interests in the interface between sensory embodiment and media aesthetics in on-going legacies of contentious politics, his work explores the epistemological possibilities and productive frictions at the intersection between art, activism, and ethnography. His current book project, Catastrophic Images, shows how experimental documentary practices play a crucial role in addressing recurrent political violence in Lebanon.
Mirna Kalash Itani
Mirna Kalash Itani is the Head of the Archives and Special Collections Unit at the Institute for Palestine Studies (IPS) Library, an institute that strongly believes in the preservation of Palestinian intellectual and cultural heritage. Mirna began her career in 2003, as an Assistant Librarian at IPS. Now her work is focused on the acquisition, management, preservation and digitization of the photographic and private papers collections.
Mirna holds an MA in Information Management from the Lebanese University. She has been a member of Lebanese Library Association (LLA) since 2003, and The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI) since 2009.
Dr Maja Kominko
Dr Maja Kominko manages Arcadia’s cultural grants portfolio, which currently includes nearly thirty large projects working to preserve endangered cultural heritage around the globe. The projects focus on documentation and in-country capacity building in the heritage-rich at risk areas. Maja joined Arcadia in 2012. She was previously a research fellow at the University of Oxford, having worked as a researcher and lecturer at Sabanci University in Turkey, and at Princeton University, Uppsala University and York University. Maja holds a DPhil from Oxford in Byzantine history. Her publications focus on late antique and Byzantine intellectual history and art history.
Marc Mouarkech is the managing director of the Arab Image Foundation based in Beirut. He is pursuing a master’s degree in curatorial studies and art criticism at Saint Joseph University, Beirut and has a BA in Multimedia and visual arts from the Holy Spirit University, Kaslik.
Between 2010 and 2017 he worked at Galerie Tanit, Beirut/Munich where he became director of the Beirut branch in 2012.
Between 2014 and 2015 he organized and co-curated several exhibitions in Beirut.
In October 2015 he co-founded a collective of 8 curators that adopted the name of MADRASSA (School in Arabic). MADRASSA’s focus are the institutional and collective practices in the region. MADRASSA kicked off its own practices presenting the exhibition “Something to generate from” at Kunsthal Aarhus in June 2016.
محمود محمد خليفة هدية
Kristine Khouri is an independent researcher and writer. Khouri’s research interests focus on the history of arts circulation and infrastructure in the Arab world. She curated The Founding Years (1969 – 1973): A Selection of Works from the Sultan Gallery Archives (2012) at the Sultan Gallery, Kuwait. She co-led a Digitizing Archives Workshop with Sabih Ahmed (Asia Art Archive) in Kuwait as part of Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum (2015).
Together with Rasha Salti, she is a co-founder of the History of Arab Modernities in the Visual Arts Study Group, a research platform focused around the social history of art in the Arab world. They co-authored the paper, Beirut’s Musée Imaginaire: The promise of modernity in the age of mechanical reproduction, on the history of a 1957 exhibition of reproductions. Their current work is focused on the history of the International Art Exhibition in Solidarity with Palestine that was opened in Beirut in 1978. This research was transformed into an exhibition, Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts of the International Art Exhibition for Palestine,1978, which showed at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) in 2015 and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, in 2016.
Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro
Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro is currently Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special collections, Head of the Archives Department at the University Libraries of the American University of Beirut. Prior to joining AUB, Dr. Chebaro was the Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian at Columbia University. She earned an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. She participated in several MEPPI symposia, including MEPPI Beirut 2011, MEPPI Rabat 2012, MEPPI Beirut 2015.
Endangered Archives Programme Curator
Jody has been working for the Endangered Archives Programme for just over four years and finds it an incredibly rewarding job. Previously, she worked in the Collection Care Department and the Prints, Drawings and Photographs section of the British Library, where she had the privilege of cataloguing the photographic collections of Henry Fox Talbot and Fay Godwin. Her eclectic experiences prior to the Library include working for the National Trust, the Ashmolean Museum and the Royal Collection, teaching English in Japan and China and learning Buddhist thangka painting in Mongolia.