ITSLIQUID CONTEST JURY MEMBERS

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LUCA CURCI (Jury president)

Italian architect, art curator, designer, professor of Urban Planning and Interior Design at the Bahcesehir University (BAU) in the department of Rome. Founder and director of LUCA CURCI ARCHITECTS and ITS LIQUID Group, that has organized more than 150 events all around the world, involving more than 5.000 artists, in more than 60 international venues.

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ALEXANDRA BLANC

South African fashion designer, she obtained a degree in Fashion Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, receiving the Highest Academic Achievement in the Faculty of Design. She has showcased her collections at various fashion weeks and is a practicing fashion designer of her eponymous unisex label.

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KURT BLUM

Swiss General Manager of Swiss Art Gate UAE, curator and organizer of art exhibitions in public places in the United Arab Emirates. Swiss Art Gate UAE is a UAE-based organisation that initiates, fosters and organises cultural and educational projects in the United Arab Emirates, by international artists, with a focus on music, visual arts, dance, literature, drama, film and news media.

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KSUSHA CHEKHOVSKAYA

Russian digital art producer and artist. She produced exhibitions and special projects at Moscow gallery of audio-visual arts - Center Mars, and worked with one of the most famous russian media design studio - Radugadesign. Media projects produced and created with her were installated on light festivals, as «Circle of light» in Moscow and the Signal Festival in Prague.

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ANDREA CHINELLATO

Italian curator, director of Palazzo Ca' Zanardi in Venice. He co-curated different exhibitions in Venice. Among the last exhibitions realized with It's LIQUID Group, the festival SELF in 2015, and the festival BORDERS, during the period of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, that involved 180 artists from 36 nations, with more than 500 artworks exhibited.

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CRISTIAN CONTINI

Italian gallerist, he is the founder of ContiniArtUK.  He then forged a successful career in publishing, eventually launching his own publishing company, ArtStyle, in 1998 before establishing his own gallery, ContiniArtUK, in London, in May 2014. ContiniArtUK represents many important artists including: Fernando Botero, Igor Mitoraj, Helidon Xhixha and the young talent Omar Hassan.

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MADELEINE ELLIOTT

Swedish artist, architect and designer, she holds a master degree in Industrial design from the Royal Danish Academy of Copenhagen. Her work is well known nationally and internationally as a designer finding new visions in the hospitality industry. Her work have been published, honored and awarded in several magazines world wide, TASCHEN, Condé Nast Travel, Residence, Highlife, The Telegraph, Evening Standard and many more.

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EKATERINA ETUSH

Russian producer, artist and specialist in a cultural studies. Graduated from The Russian State University for the Humanities as a specialist in contemporary theatre, then graduated from The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Moscow) as an artist and exhibited in Russian and international events. Now is working as a a producer of public program at the Moscow-based Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.

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ERIN FERUCCI

American architect and designer, Erin found a passion for her field at a very young age. She began her studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and continued her education abroad in Paris at the Ecole du Louvre. Her design firm, E. Ferucci Designs, has completed projects, including residences, private villas, spas, medical facilities, retail shops, private jets and yachts, all around the world. She has workrooms in Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

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LAURENCE GARTEL

American artist, known to the world as the “FATHER” of Digital Art for nearly 40-years. His career started working side by side with video guru Nam June Paik at Media Study/Buffalo in upstate New York. He taught Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer in order to produce the album cover for Debbie Harry (Blondie). On the last several years he focused on Art Cars, like the TESLA Electric Art Roadster during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2010.

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LAURA HABER

Argentinian gallerist, founder and director of the Galeria de Arte Laura Haber, at Buenos Aires from October 1975. She co-directed the Galería Artemultiple from July 1975 to 1977. In her career she worked with many renowed artists, such as, among the group of Leo Castelli, Contemporary New York, Andy Warhol, Lischtentein, Tom Wasserman, Richard Lidner, Claes Oldenburg, Rosenquist, Liliana Porter with Cesar Paternosto.

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MASATO HAYASHI

Japanese planner, producer and logical engineer of the Japanese lacquerware. President of Marutomi Inc. He developed various lacquered million sellers including "a lacquer telegram" by the collaboration with the Japan's biggest company "NTT". The world's best lacquerware collection by the collaboration with Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Dieter Rams and Fritz Frenkler is given a particular evaluation from the European art museum.

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JORGE JURADO

Colombian visual artist born in Cartagena, Colombia. He is currently the director of Jorge Jurado Art Studio and Jorge Jurado Gallery. During many years his artwork has been characterized by the juxtaposition of different styles and techniques. He has used oil, acrylic, ink, pencil and photography. His works have been exhibited in galleries, museums and private collections in countries like Germany, Austria, France, USA, UK, Colombia, Spain.

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EKATERINA PETROPAVLOVSKAIA

Russian fashion illustrator, blogger and founder of kateillustrate brand. She has a history of successful collaborations with such renowned brands as Fay, LUSH, M.A.C, Benefit, Lost Ink, Mercury, etc. Last year she held a speech at the TEDx conference and her works were published in different magazines including CosmoGIRL (Netherlands) Among current projects - Kate's own line of fashion accessories.

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GREGORY STEEL

American artist born in Detroit, he received a BFA from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and an MFA in New Genres from the University of Michigan. After his studies were completed he took a position at The College for Creative Studies teaching sculpture and experimental media. Steel is currently and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts & New Media at Indiana University Kokomo.

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STEFANO TORDIGLIONE

Italian artist and designer, founder and director of Stefano Tordiglione Design Ltd, an award-winning studio in Hong Kong. His art direction is characterized by East meeting West that every detail is a result of intuition and detailed research. With the "Mind in Italy", Stefano strives to integrate Italian design while preserving local cultures. Since the establishment of the studio, he has directed more than 100 commercial projects.

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ANGELA VIENS

American artist based in the Manhattan, NY. Since moving to New York, Angela has exhibited internationally at renowned galleries and art spaces from the Autocenter Gallery in Berlin, Germany to Select Fair in Miami, Florida along with multiple galleries in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn in New York City. She is currently represented by XY Atelier contemporary art gallery in downtown Manhattan.