Natalia Moussienko Ph.D. is currently a leading research fellow of the Modern Art Research Institute, National Academy of Arts of Ukraine in Kyiv. She studied philosophy at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and then at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Moussienko is a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESСI) and served on numerous FIPRESСI juries. She is member of the Ukrainian Film Academy, and the National Union of Filmmakers of Ukraine. She is the author of five books and numerous articles on the theory and history of culture, cinema, cultural diplomacy, most notably: ‘’Art of Maidan’’, ‘’Kyiv Art Space’’, and ‘’Far Stars Light’’ on film history, in co-authorship with O.S. Moussienko and V. R. Slobodian. Her works have been published internationally.
Teresa Vena (1983) studied history, art history and Spanish philology at the University of Geneva. She has since worked as a curator in the field of visual arts and film and as a film critic for various online and print media. She has created various film series and thematic festivals such as Film:Schweiz, which offers a platform for older as well as current films from Switzerland in Germany. Her expertise and interests focus in particular on cinema from Asia, Latin Amerika and Europe.
Övgü Gökçe is a film critic and a member of the editorial and association board at Altyazı, the prominent independent film publication in Turkey. She has presented at seminars and conferences as well as contributing to numerous catalogues and publications as writer and editor since 2000. After finishing her undergraduate study on philosophy, she completed her MA degree with a thesis on narration in post-revolutionary Iranian cinema, and continued her doctoral studies in interdisciplinary arts. Övgü Gökçe is currently working as director at Diyarbakır Arts Center implementing projects on documentary film, photography and literature, and continues to teach and write on (trans)national cinemas.