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Lara Perry is Principal Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Brighton, and an immigrant. A feminist historian of art, her work primarily concerns nineteenth-century British art. She has also published on contemporary curating and historiography including co-editing with Victoria Horne Feminist Art Histories Now (IB Tauris, 2017) and in 2016 co-organizing/co-editing the programme/publication "On Curating in Feminist Thought" (Zurich/ The volume Politics in a Glass Case: Feminism, exhibition cultures and curatorial transgressions, edited with Angela Dimitrakaki, was published by Liverpool University Press in 2013, following a two-year research network titled Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Art, Feminism and Curating, funded by the Leverhulme Foundation. She is a founding member of fCU (feminist curators united). 
Anne Ellegood is the Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum. In addition to organizing exhibitions and building the collection, she oversees the Hammer Projects series and the Public Engagement program. Prior to joining the Hammer in 2009, she was Curator of Contemporary Art at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. and Associate Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. She recently organized the first North American retrospective of the work of Jimmie Durham. Recent group exhibitions include Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology (2014); Made in L.A. 2012; and All of this and nothing (2011). She has organized numerous solo exhibitions, including those with Kevin Beasley, Latifah Echakhch, Shannon Ebner, Charles Gaines, Judith Hopf, My Barbarian, Jim Lambie, Kelly Nipper, John Outterbridge, Pedro Reyes, Amy Sillman, Francis Upritchard, Sara VanDerBeek, and Lily van der Stokker. Ellegood is currently co-curating the Hammer’s biennial of Los Angeles-based artists, Made in LA biennial, with Erin Christovale, which will open in summer 2018.
Laurence Rassel has developed a line of investigative work centred around feminist artistic thought and practices as well as a critical effort on intellectual property in the area of the new technologies. This line of work can be seen reflected in the artistic programmes of Constant, the cultural organisation that Rassel has directed since 1998. Between 2001 and 2006, Rassel was Project Coordinator of ADA, a network of Belgian training centres for women that promotes knowledge of the new technologies as an integration tool. As curator, conference speaker and cultural director, she has contributed to various festivals, museums and international cultural centres, among which mention should be made of the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica in Barcelona, the Arteleku Centre in Donostia-San Sebastian, the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA) in Antwerp and the Département de Nouveaux Médias at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She was the director of the Tàpies Foundation in Barcelona from 2008 until 2015.
Helena Reckitt is a curator and critic with a longstanding engagement with histories and contemporary legacies of feminist and queer artist, critical and political practice. She is editor of the books Art and Feminism and Sanja Ivekovic: Unknown Heroine, and, with Jennifer, of two recent issues of the Journal of Curatorial Studies on affect and curating, and relationality and affect. Currently Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London, her former positions include Senior Curator, The Power Plant, Toronto; Senior Director of Exhibitions & Education, The Contemporary, Atlanta; and Head of Talks, the ICA, London. In 2015 she worked with six feminist curators and artists to develop the programme ‘Now You Can Go’ across four London arts venues which explored the transmission and resonance of Italian feminist practices.  She is developing the exhibition 'Habits of Care' as part of the 'Take Care' curatorial project at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, which opens in Autumn 2017.
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