The selection panel for democraSEE 2 consists of leading regional and international experts. They are Paula Nascimento, Jo Ractliffe, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Sarita Lydia Mamseri and John Fleetwood.
Paula Nascimento is an architect and curator, co-founder of Beyond Entropy Africa, a research studio that focuses on the fields of architecture, visual arts and geopolitics. Has developed projects for the Angola Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013 (Awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation), and exhibitions in Angola, South Africa, Portugal, Italy among others. A founding member of the cultural collective Pés Descalços in Luanda and collaborator and contributor to exhibitions and international magazines.
Jo Ractliffe is a photographer and educator, based in Cape Town. Her photographs reflect her ongoing preoccupation with the South African landscape and the ways in which it figures in the country’s imaginary - particularly in relation to the violent legacies of apartheid. Her photobooks include Terreno Ocupado (2008), As Terras do Fim do Mundo (2010), The Borderlands (2013/15) and more recently, Everything is Everything (2017). She has exhibited extensively in South Africa, Europe and America.
Malala Andrialavidrazana’s practice interrogates barriers and interactions within cross-cultural contexts, shifting between private spaces and global considerations to explore social imaginaries. Based on extensive in situ, as well as bibliographic and archival research, her visual compositions open up the possibility of alternative forms of storytelling and history-making. Andrialavidrazana graduated from La Villette School of Architecture (Paris), 1996. She was awarded the HSBC Prize for Photography in 2004. Her work has been exhibited in numerous international venues.
Sarita Lydia Mamseri is an independent educator, consultant and curator of visual arts and material culture. She has worked with many cultural institutions in the UK and Tanzania. In 2013, she co-founded Bookstop Sanaa (BSS), a specialist visual art library and creative learning space in Dar es Salaam. BSS regularly works in partnership with local and international organisations to programme talks, seminars, workshops and exhibitions for the city of Dar es Salaam and region.
John Fleetwood is a photography curator and educator. He is the director of Photo:, a platform that develops photography projects, mainly working with photographers from the African continent. He has curated numerous exhibitions such as Cities and Memory (2016), Against Time (2015), A Return to Elsewhere (2014), Transition (2013) in Africa and Europe. From 2002 to 2015 he was the Head of the Market Photo Workshop, a photography school, gallery and project space. Fleetwood lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.