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Roman Berka, Austria

born 1973 in Vienna
Art historian, curator, author; studied History of Art at the University of Vienna and Exhibition and Cultural Communication Management at the University of Applied Art, Vienna; long term co-worker and since 2009 director of the art association museum in progress (www.mip.at), Vienna; project coordinator of the social organisation one world foundation – free education unit (www.owf.at), Vienna – Sri Lanka; recent publication: Roman Berka, Christoph Schlingensiefs Animatograph. Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit, Edition Transfer, ed. by Christian Reder, Springer Wien – New York, 2011.

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Suresh Jayaram, India

Curator, Colombo Art Biennele 2012, Founder Director of the Visual Art Collective, 1Shanthiroad in Bangalore. It believes in fostering interactions between artists, curators, scholars, writers and young students in the local and global context. In the context of India and Srilanka, the region has seen many political shifts and a lot social unrest; the issue of linguistic nationalism is a matter of concern. The fragile boarders and troubled waters are a constant reminder of our common geography. The conflict between the Sinhalese and Tamils has scarred the landscape leaving us with grief and trauma of loved ones. It is through regional interaction and dialogue that we hope to redeem the trauma. Art connects, heals and is a catharsis for change.



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Suresh Jayaram

Founder and Director of 1, Shanthi Road, an artist collective groups that hosts artists from around the regions to come to work and exhibit in its premises in Bangalore.

Suresh Jayaram is a visual artist and art historian from Bangalore. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore (1990). For his M.A. dissertation on K.K. Hebbar, he received the Nehru Small Study Grant. He obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from M.S. University, Baroda in 1992 in Art Criticism. He has been teaching Art History at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath since then. He was Dean of College of fine Arts, Chitrkala, Parishath, Bangalore during 2005 to 2007. He has also written for most of the leading art journals and magazines in India. Jayaram is the founder director of VAC-visual art collective,1shanthiroad studio gallery, an alternative space in Bangalore.

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Roman Berka

Based in Vienna currently heading Museum in Progress with Hans Ulric Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum on the Vienna Opera House Safety Curtain Project.

Born in 1973 in Vienna, he studied History of Arts at the University of Vienna and Exhibition and Cultural Communication Management at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Working with ‘The Museum in Progress’ from 1994-96, 1998-2006 and again since last year as the Managing Director.

Recently he contributed texts on the artist Christoph Schlingensief to a major catalogue of Thyssen Bornemisza, Contemporary Art and this first English compilation on Schlingensief. Berka is also writing his own book on Schlingensief due to be published in Spring 2011.

Berka has had a deep connection with Sri Lanka for many years, working for the One World Foundation as Project Coordinator. He has travelled to Sri Lanka three times and is very fond of the culture and Sri Lanka’s people and considers being part of CAB a tremendous honour.


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