Charles Esche is a curator and writer from Scotland. As a writer, he co-founded Afterall, a publishing house specializing in books and journals on contemporary art. One of the books it published is Art and Social Change, which he co-edited with Will Bradley in 2008. As a curator, he has made his mark in various international biennales, including the 2002 Gwangju Biennale, the 2009 Istanbul Biennale, the 2014 Sao Paulo Biennale, and now the 2015 Jakarta Biennale. Heis also known as the director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, since 2004.
Anwar ‘Jimpe’ Rachman (born in Balikpapan, 1975) is a prominent presence in Indonesia’s literary scene. In 1999, he co-founded Tanahindie, a Makassar-based non-profit organization focusing on researches and publications on urban cultures. He also ran the Ininnawa publishing house, the Kampung Buku library, and the citizen journalism website makassarnolkm.com. In 2013, he wrote his first book, Chambers: Makassar Urban Culture Identity. Jimpe has also been actively involved as a facilitator and curator in various art exhibitions in Makassar; among which are a series of exhibitions entitled Bom Benang Makassar (The Makassar Yarn Bombing, 2012-2014) and Lembaran Halaman yang Hilang (The Lost Pages, 2014).
Asep Topan (born in Majalengka, 1989) pursued a degree in Graphic Art at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts (IKJ, 2007-2011), and is now continuing his education on Curatorial Studies at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). He has been actively involved as a curator for various exhibitions. His curatorial debut was for Print: Process (2013) in ruangrupa, and most recently for Sidewalk Warfare (2015) at the Japan Foundation Jakarta. Asep also writes about art, and published his first book of art essays and exhibition reviews, Sketsa dan Sebuah Kesalahan (Sketches and a Mistake), in 2014.
Benny Wicaksono (born in Sukapura, 1973) is currently a member of the Art Committee in the East Java Arts Council. He started his career in 1999, with a solo exhibition of new media art at Surabaya’s Universitas Kristen Petra, where he was pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. In 2009, he initiated a creative collective called WAFT-Lab. One of their programs is Video:wrk, a biannual video festival, focusing on the role of technology in art development. In the same year, Benny received the Innovator in Media Art award from the Surabaya Biennale.