EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CURATOR
Art historian, writer, passionate teacher and mother of two children, Ruth has made exhibitions since the 1990s. Notable shows co-curated with Roger M. Buergel are Things We Don’t Understand (2000), The Government (2000-2005) and documenta 12 (2007). Amongst recent exhibitions are Notes on Crisis, Currency and Consumption (2015) and Sleeping with a Vengeance, Dreaming of a Life, a series of exhibitions shown in Athens, Prague, Beijing and at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2019-20). Teaching and lecturing internationally for two decades, Ruth headed the Curating Contemporary Art Program at the Royal College of Art in London (2012/13) and lead a Roaming Academy class at the Dutch Art Institute (2015-2019). Ruth is also known for the aesthetic approach she takes to organising symposia.
Ruth has written widely on artists of all genders, on feminist topics and on film and theory. She published the monograph Sanja Iveković: Triangle with Afterall Books, and edited Agency, Ambivalence, Analysis. Approaching the Museum with Migration in Mind (2013). In 2018, Ruth curated Between Subversion and Hallucination, an issue of the Lulea Biennal journal Lulu-journalen (2018). Her research topics include Art and Health, Art Education, Constructing Childhood, Ghosting the Nation and A Museum in a School.
PAULA CASTRO MARTINEZ
Paula Castro Martinez is an artist, abolitionist, educator, and zine-maker living in Washington, DC by way of Broward County. Getting involved with subculture at age 12 via straight edge hardcore, Paula has since then become an active participant of a wider international underground music and arts scene, contributing non-stop since adolescence through both her artistic projects and commitment to hanging out. She graduated from American University in 2019, majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Studio Art. Paula now works as an art educator at The Corner at Whitman-Walker, an LGBTQ+ cultural center, and publishes Demystification Magazine with collaborator Ambrose Nzams.
Sol is a 25 year old, Kenyan-born, DMV creator and curator. She started off as a poet, circulating the open mic scene, grew into loving and sharing her story through Music. Once she found her voice, she began working with a loop pedal to manipulate and create beats. This led her to begin studying sound and its healing power, then leading healing through sound workshops including one at the Alumni of Color Conference at Harvard School of Education. She enjoys curating safe, fun, and soul healing events/workshops and with her debut EP Release she strives to use her art to educate, inspire, heal and shed light on issues that affect her community. As a Black Queer womxnist, she has now taken on a new journey as an Art Educator for the Corner at Whitman-Walker to create opportunities for self-expression for underserved black and brown communities. To keep up with all of her work, follow her on instagram @sollikesoul.