Panel Discussion: “Tehran to Bogota, Enqelab Street to 22nd Street, spaces of micro politics
Dr. Kathrin Wildner, Alireza Labeshka
ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
Dr. Kathrin Wildner is an urban anthropologist. She has done ethnographic fieldwork in New York City, Mexico City, Istanbul, Bogotá and new urban periferies. As an urban researcher, she teaches, publishes and participates in transdisciplinary projects and international exhibitions. She is a founding member of metroZones – Center for Urban Affairs (www.metrozones.info). and was the coordinator of arts and sciences within the interdisciplinary research and art project The Global Prayers Congress: Faith in the City (2010-2014) (www.globalprayers.info). Between 2013-2015 she was Visiting Profesor at the Masters Program „Spatial Strategies “ (Raumstrategien) at the Art Academy Weißensee, Berlin. Since 2012, she has held the position of professor of Cultural Theory and Practice at HafenCity University, Hamburg. Some of her recent publications include:
Alireza Labeshka is a curator based in Tehran/Berlin whose main concerns are the public domain, the city’s urban transformation, and their relation to political and social issues. In addition to being an M.A student of Literary Studies at Humboldt University, Berlin, he is currently working on a project called “Urban Hegemony”. Alireza is the director of an independent art space called Raf Projects which he established in 2012 in Tehran. His curating experiences compromise several projects with galleries and museums, including ZKU Berlin, WBA Wroclaw and Raster from Poland, and also M.I.A Gallery in Seattle, USA. Besides curating more than ten exhibitions for Iranian galleries like Raf, Sareban, S-CC and The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, he has written various articles, interviews, exhibition catalogs and art reviews for several art magazines, among them Golestaneh, Tandis and Mokkab, as well as a recently founded Persian online Journal called KAAF. Alireza has also had the opportunity of residencies in the Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Warsaw, and Aedes Berlin in collaboration with IFA. He is the co-designer of a residency program for the KAAF Foundation in Tehran, and has invited and worked with esteemed artists like Aneta Grzeszykowska, Olaf Brzeski, and Daniel Kötter.