Emil ALEKSIEV, N. MacedoniaSelector
Emil ALEKSIEV (b. 1959, Skopje) is a curator at the Museum of the City of Skopje. He finished primary school and high school in Skopje. Since 1982, parallel with his studies, he has been working at the Museum of the City of Skopje. In 1987, he graduated from the Institute of Art History with Archeology - Faculty of Philosophy, Skopje, where he got his title of Curator at the Department of Art History at the Museum of City of Skopje. In 1998 he received the title of Senior Curator. The postgraduate thesis entitled Dimitar Kondovski's Fine Poetry was defended in 1998 under the mentorship of prof. etc. Boris Petkovski at the Institute of Art History at the Faculty of Philosophy - Skopje. From 1998 to 2000 he headed the Department of Art History at the Museum of the City of Skopje. From 2000 to 2007 he was the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art - Skopje. Since 2007 he has been working as a Curator at the Museum of the City of Skopje.
Aleksiev has published over a hundred essays, art critics and texts on the theory of visual arts. He is the author of several important studies in the field of art history and monographs on the artwork of Macedonian artists.
The most significant books are the studies on the works by Dimitar Dicho Zograf (Gurga, Skopje 1997); Sergei Andreevski (IGS, Skopje 1998); Dimitar Kondovski (Sigmapress, Skopje 2001); Danco Kal'chev (IGS, Skopje, 2009) and Taki Pavlovski ( MGS, Skopje, 2011), as well as a monograph on the life and work of Dimitar Kondovski (MANU, Skopje 2004), the collection of essays "Short Cuts" (Djurdja, Skopje 2004) and "When Lion Eat the Sun" (Templum, Skopje 2016), "20th Century: Fine Arts in Macedonia - Macedonia, Millennium Cultural and Historical Fact" (Media Print Macedonia and Euro Balkan University, Skopje, 2013) and the Anthology of contemporary Macedonian art "Visual Arts in Macedonia - XX Century | Painting-Sculpture-Prints" (OSTEN, Skopje, 2015).
Maria TSANTSANOGLOU, GreeceJury Member
Maria Tsantsanoglou was born in Thessaloniki. She studied at the School of Philology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her PhD thesis, completed at the Lomonosov University in Moscow, was entitled “Russian Futurism, Historical Criticism and Reception.” In 1998 she was member of the Greek State Committee for the reception of the Costakis Collection. From 1994 to 2002, she served as Press and Cultural Attaché at the Greek Embassy in Moscow. She has taught History of Art at the Lomonosov University in Moscow (1997-2001) and has been teaching Russian Cultural History and Art at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki since 2002. She has been the Director of the State Museum of Contemporary Art-Costakis Collection since 2006. In 2007, she was one of the curators of the main programme of the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art and the Director of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale in 2009. Her scientific interests, her translations and publications apply mostly to the period of Russian avant-garde and the contemporary art of the post-Soviet space. Also, she has been extensively involved with issues on the synthesis of the arts, art and politics, museum policies and transcultural relations. She has organized many exhibitions in Greece, Russia, Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asian regions. She has published two books and has numerous publications and participations in international conferences. She participated in the lawmaking team for the creation of the Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki (MOMus) and is currently executive General Director of MOMus.
Mario PIERONI, ItalyJury Member

Born in Rome in 1937. In 1971 in Pescara with the ‘From the World of Ideas’ he created large prototypes of works by artists for the domestic habitat. From 1975 to 1978 he opened Il Bagno Borbonico in Pescara (a site-specific show or a tailor-made work for the Museo delle Genti by the Florian Metateatro Theater Production Center), and from 1979 to 1991 the Pieroni Gallery in Rome.
Pieroni is a co-founder of Zerynthia, Association for Contemporary Art since 1991, and O.D.V. since 2015, based in Rome and Paliano, of which he holds the position of President.
He is Artistic Director of RAM radioartemobile, a platform for contemporary art based in Rome, dedicated to sound research and an exhibition activity and also to RAM LIVE, a streaming web radio.
In 2017, together with Zerynthia and RAM, he founded the No Man's Land Foundation, of which he holds the position of President, with the French architect Yona Friedman as honorary President.
Lars KÆRULF MØLLER, DenmarkJury Member

Lars Kærulf Møller (b. 1950) is Director at the Bornholm Art Museum (Bornholms Kunstmuseum).

He studied art history at University of Aarhus and architecture at Politecnico di Milano. 


Kærulf Møller has curated numerous national and international exhibitions in Denmark, Sweden, Poland, France and Italy. 


He is the author of books on musicology, graphics, painting and sculpture and has published in several languages. 


Kærulf Møller is former chairman of the board of Danish Art Museums, former chairman of the art historical advisory board of the National Cultural Agency and former chairman of Contemporary Opera Denmark. 


He is head of Board of Directors and founding director of Bornholms Biennals. 


As Director of Bornholm Art Museum since 1988, he has overseen the foundation (1993) and enlargement (2003)  of the museum and is presently engaged in establishing a new large extension of the museum.

He has received multiple grants and awards and is beknighted by the Queen of Denmark.