Nasta Zakharevich is a Belarusian freelance journalist who specializes in the topics of feminism, ecology, urbanism and social inequality. She collaborates with Belarusian environmental online media Zeleny Portal (Green Portal), blogs on Radio Svoboda, and writes for mediakritika.by. She covered the protests in Belarus for the EFE news agency, cooperated with the portal tut.by, city magazine Citydog.by, wrote for a news portal delfi.lv, a non-profit newsroom outride.rs and the international journalistic network ijnet.org. Zakharevich is a refugee.
Anna Engelhardt (b. 1994, Russia) is a media artist, researcher, and writer based in London. Her main interests are the (de)colonial politics of algorithmic and logistical infrastructures in post-Soviet space. Anna is currently conducting her PhD on the electromagnetic infrastructure of Russian cyber warfare at Queen Mary, UoL, under the supervision of Laleh Khalili and Elke Schwarz. She is a part of the Digital Democracies Institute, where she contributes to ‘Cyberwar Topologies: In Struggle for a post-American Internet’ project with her research on Russian cyber warfare. Anna’s recent projects include: Machinic Infrastructures of Truth (2020), an inquiry into the production of algorithmic surveillance, presented at Transmediale as a part of ‘Adversarial Hacking’ symposium; Adversarial Infrastructure (2019), an investigation of how the Russian Crimean Bridge functions according to principles of adversarial machine learning, presented at Ars Electronica Kepler’s Gardens and 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. With Sasha Shestakova, Anna is a co-founder of the research unit Distributed Cognition Cooperative.
Andrey Vozyanov is a social anthropologist (Ph.D. in Social Anthropology), sound-designer and lo-fi musician (kate in the box, Novy Byt) based in Minsk. Since 2016 he is a researcher and editor at Minsk Urban Platform and is currently working on a podcast show about post-Soviet urbanism which he questions from the perspective of a Minsk citizen. Since 2018 he has been teaching media and communications at European Humanities University, Vilnius. In 2020 he developed a lockdown podcast Excursions Through an Mp3-player, which came out of Facebook audio-diary, drawings, and seminars, but remained unreleased due to the events of summer 2020 in Belarus.
Nadya Sayapina is an artist and art educator born and based in Minsk. Her artistic practices include performance, installation, land art, painting, and text. She explores mediation in art through the performative and processual practices, and works with the topics of body, self-reflection, memory, and feminism.
Sonia Hedstrand is an artist, writer, and teacher who works at the intersection between documentary film, art installation, and sociological investigation, through mediums like text, video, photography, and performance. She is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program 2012, and holds an MFA from The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 2011 and has done six years of studies in Humanities at Stockholm University 1995–2001. She has worked as an art critic and reporter, and participated in several artistic collaborations and collectives. In her latest research-based project Life in 2.5 dimensions, Sonia analyzes, through documentary field work as well as work-theory, the increased incidence of emotional, performative, and aesthetic labor, especially with a focus on the Japanese experience-economy with relationships for rent.
Aleksei Borisionok is a curator, writer, and organizer who currently lives and works between Minsk and Vienna. He is a member of the artistic-research group Problem Collective and Work Hard! Play Hard! working group. He writes about art and politics for various magazines, catalogs, and online platforms. His writings were published in pARTisan, Moscow Art Magazine, Springerin, Hjärnstorm, Paletten, syg.ma among others. The focus of his current research is the temporalities of postsocialism.
Alena Chekhovich lives and works in Minsk. She is a human rights activist, a lawyer of the Belarusian human rights organization Human Constanta. She graduated from the European Humanities University (Vilnius, Lithuania) and has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in International and European Law. Her research interests include the socio-humanitarian derivatives of globalization, international migration and mobility, international security in global and regional aspects, gender studies and environmental problems of our time.
Lives and works in Minsk, Belarus. He graduated from the Gymnasium-College of Arts named after I.O. Akhremchik in 2009 and the Department of Graphics at Belarusian State Academy of Arts in 2015. Hramovich has been a member of Problem Collective since 2016. In his art he addresses memory, history of art and architecture, and their influence on politics.