Yael Bartana was born in Kfar Yehezkel, Israel, in 1970, and currently lives and works in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam. She received her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, her MFA from the New York School of Visual Arts, and participated in Rijks akademie van Beelden de Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her Wild Seeds installation was featured in the 9th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2005). Bartana has been featured in a number solo exhibitions including: PS1 MoMA, New York (2008-09); Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2008); The Power Plant, Toronto (2007); Museum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2005); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (2004). Notable group exhibitions include: Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); and the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2007).
Johanna Billing was born in Jönköping, Sweden, in 1973 and currently lives and works in Stockholm. She received her education from Konstfack International College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. Billing has been featured in a number of solo exhibitions including: This is how we walk on the Moon, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago (2008); Forever Changes, Museum for Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2007); and Magical World, PS1 MoMA, New York (2006). Notable group exhibitions include: Here We Dance, Tate Modern, London (2008); Amateurs, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2008); Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007); Stop. Look. Listen: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY (2007); Belief, Singapore Biennale (2006); 9th Istanbul Biennal, Turkey (2005); Dialectics of Hope, 1st Moscow Biennale, Lenin Museum (2005); and Delays and Revolutions, Italian Pavilion, 50th Venice Biennale (2003).
Phil Collins was born in Runcorn, England, in 1970 and currently lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. He received his BA from the University of Manchester and his MFA from the University of Ulster School of Art and Design. His video installation he who laughs last laughs longest debuted at Frieze Art Fair in 2006. Collins has been featured in a number of solo exhibitions including: soy mi madre, Aspen Art Museum (2008); the world wont listen, Dallas Museum of Art (2007); Forum 59, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2007); New Work: Phil Collins, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2006); yeah…you, baby you, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery and Milton Keynes Gallery, New York (2006). Notable group exhibitions include: Life on Mars, 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2008); War and Discontent, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2007); Turner Prize 2006 Exhibition, Tate Britain, London (2006); 9th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2005); and Belonging, 7th Sharjah International Art Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2005).
Javier Téllez was born in Valencia, Venezuela, in 1969, and lives and works in Long Island, New York. Téllez's Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those who See was a highlight of the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Téllez has been featured in a number of solo exhibitions including: Production-in-Residence, Baltic Art Centre, Visby, Sweden (2007); Distinguished Artist in Residence: Javier Téllez, Aspen Art Museum (2006); La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Rozelle Hospital), The Power Plant Gallery, Toronto (2005); and S-t-e-r-e-o-v-i-e-w, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2005). Notable group exhibitions include: 16th Biennale of Sydney (2008); Whitney Biennial, New York (2008); 2nd Moscow Biennale (2007); Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art (2006); When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York (2006); Bienal Iberoamericana de Lima, Peru (2002); and the 49th Venice Biennale (2001).
Artur Zmijewski was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1966, and currently lives and works in Warsaw. He studied in Gregorz Kowalski's studio at the Department of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Zmijewski's THEM (SIE) debuted in Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany (2007) and its ICA presentation will be its U.S. debut. Zmijewski has been featured in a number of solo exhibitions including: Radical Solidarity, Trafo Gallery, Budapest (2008); Artur Zmijewski, Neuer Berliner Kunsteverein, Berlin (2007); The Polish Pavillion, 51st Venice Biennale (2005); Selected Works, 1998-2003, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (2004); and An Eye for an Eye, MUCA Roma, Mexico City (2003). Notable group exhibitions include: Languages, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2008); History Will Repeat Itself, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2008); The Impossible Theatre, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria and Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw (2006); and Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video 1995-2005, CAA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2005).