An independent researcher, Najrin Islam graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India. A theatre actor and playwright, she takes active interest in Cinema and Performance Studies. She is a regular contributor to Art Dose magazine and has written for several platforms including Critical Collective, Café Dissensus and the National Cinema Series published by Rowman and Littlefield. Najrin is perpetually excited by food and suffers from wanderlust.
Chen Haishu was born in 1986 in Fuzhou, China and is now based in Berlin, Germany. Chen focuses on the critical analyzes of condition of existence, social perception and collective memory in our modern society, especially under specific geo-political and natural conditions, and the role the media of photography plays in these situations. As a photographic artist in the era of image, Chen uses not only photography but also other medium, such as text, video, installation, performance, film and photobook in his works to recontextualize photography and leave it to the future as a visual document. Chen’s works have been shown in different exhibitions such as Istanbul Photobook Festival, PhotoIreland Festival, Festival for Photography Leipzig, Photobook Week Aarhus. He has been selected as the Finalist of New Talent Award 2016 and the 9th Three Shadows Photography Award. His photobook has been selected to the shortlist of Kassel Dummy Award 2017 and won the Project Funding with Spector Books.
For his residency, Chen Haishu will continue paying attention to the relation between nature and human. Chen plans to explore and experience the connection between water and the local society in Switzerland, and then based on this, to create new works reflecting this relation.
The residency of Chen Haishu is supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai.
International artist mp Warming researches leading-edge ideas alongside prominent scientists, architects, and scholars. The American Museum of Natural History, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin have participated in her projects. Warming's art has been in exhibition at the 2009 Venice Biennale détournement and is in the permanent collections of the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg and Foster + Partners’ Library at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is the founder of Art Science Exhibits artists' cooperative and has curated large-scale exhibitions on Nature Science at Yale University and, most recently, at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. While in residence at Villa Straeuli she is creating her art for the Art/NaturSci Pavilion that her group will exhibit at Palazzo Albrizzi for the 2019 Venice Biennale.