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Focus: Theatre & Dance
Rahel Leupin is passionate about making arts and cultural policies more inclusive. For more than twenty years she has worked as a performing arts curator, arts funder and manager in Switzerland, the US and Denmark. She is a specialist in contemporary dance and theater and regularly consults for Swiss institutions, developing new funding and collaboration formats for artists, cultural workers and audiences. She holds a doctorate in Performance Design from Roskilde University.
Markus Baumann develops and produces interdisciplinary cultural mediation programmes for various target groups, working with artists and the support of private and public donors. Trained as an anthropologist, he has over twenty years of experience in the promotion, management and production of projects in the film industry, the visual arts and music.
Programme Manager: Global Sounds from Switzerland
Roberto Hacaturyan is an ethnomusicologist and musician. He studied and performed as a multi-percussionist in Ghana, Cuba, Brazil and several countries in the Middle East. His research focuses on transcultural musical developments. Hacaturyan has collaborated with a range of artists both on stage and in the studio.
Focus: Visual Arts
Programme Manager: Shifting Places
Anastasia Alexandrova supports artlink as a program manager of the Turntables project. She has fifteen years of experience as an art historian and cultural coordinator, collaborating with state and independent cultural institutions as well as publishing houses in Russia and Switzerland. Alexandrova worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and currently studies modern material and media conservation at the HKB in Bern.
Responsible Communication & Outreach
Nadina Bazzi is responsible for communication and outreach at artlink. She majored in Anthropology and Media Studies at the University of Basel. Bazzi is interested in looking into how the dynamics of the Swiss cultural landscape can be made more inclusive. Particularly drawn to projects developed in a collaborative process she manages the initiative #seinodernichtsein, which seeks to provide social security for artists.
Turntables and Open Calls
Flurina Rothenberger is a Swiss artist raised in Côte d’Ivoire and based in Abidjan and Zurich. Her work draws on both photography and writing and brings a research-based approach to collaborative endeavours in the form of books, zines, installations and workshops. Rothenberger is a co-founder of Nice, a publication and knowledge hub that showcases the works, narratives and experiences of creative talents in various African cities.
Responsible for Finances & Administration
Matthias Dellsperger translates artlink's activities into financial figures. He gained his many years of experience at various NPOs, cantonal institutions and SMEs. His business education and further specialised trainings complete his portfolio of competences. In his spare time, Matthias is a passionate musician and producer, releasing creations that are at the intersection of electronica and guitar.
Bubblegum Studio and its publishing division Bubblegum Club, is a team of cutting-edge thinkers and digital creatives based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bubblegum Studio designed the artlink website and consults artlink on strategies of digital content creation and communication.
Sturm und Bräm is a web development and design studio in Bern, Switzerland where it developed and built the artlink website. The Sturm und Bräm team creates future proofed web solutions for all artlink projects.
Omne is in charge of artlink's IT management. Their experience and troubleshooting skills are essential for the smooth daily working of artlink.
Tabea Roxane Wappler is responsible for the project design of the Here We Are programme. She is a transdisciplinary process designer, creative producer and facilitator based in Basel, Switzerland.
Rahel Arnold is a graphic designer and illustrator. Her work spans the fields of publications, corporate, exhibition design and illustration. Rahel is also a lecturer at F+F and ZHdK and the deputy art director at NZZ. She is the co-founder of Klaym, which publishes the magazine Nice in collaboration with African editorial collectives.
Simone Häberli supports artlink as a freelancer specializing in digital marketing and social media. Formerly the head of digital marketing and fundraising at Helvetas, she now works for the digital startup Crowd Container.
Jasper Walgrave began his career with the Lisbon-based performing arts platform Danças na Cidade/ Alkantara, and went on to work as project coordinator for the South African-Flemish project for Community Arts Centres. From 2007 to 2019 he worked for the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, first in Cape Town and Johannesburg heading its Southern African Liaison Office, then in Zurich managing the network of Liaison Offices, and later as head of the South America programme COINCIDENCIA. He is currently writing his PhD on Swiss-South African Cultural Relations 1948-94, hosted by the Bern University of the Arts and enrolled at the Université de Fribourg.
Ursula Pfander works as a freelance publicist, author and concept developer with a focus on culture, film and cinema. Her extensive expertise in the field include among other recurring mandates for the Locarno Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Solothurner Filmtage, the Bildrausch Filmfest and the Swiss Film Awards. Before making a name for herself as a communications specialist in the Swiss film scene, she was head of communications at the Fribourg International Film Festival and responsible for film culture at the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.
Sandro Lunin is the artistic director of the Kaserne Basel and the biennial international Theaterfestival Basel. With a special interest in the African continent and the Middle East, he has been active in theatre and dance for several decades. In the 1980s he was co-director of the theatre and dance department of the Rote Fabrik in Zurich and co-founder of the Blickfelder Festival, an international platform for experimental theatre for young audiences. From 1997 to 2007 he was artistic director of the Schlachthaus Theater in Bern, then artistic director of the Theaterspektakel Zurich until 2017.
Barbara Stocker is the artistic co-director and managing director of Bühne Aarau. She worked as an assistant director at the Theater Neumarkt in Zurich and was then engaged as a production manager for GO Theaterproduktionen, running theater and cultural projects in Switzerland and abroad. From 2008 to 2015 she directed the Biennale Bern, a transdisciplinary festival for contemporary arts. Furthermore, she teaches project management at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio.