Culture & Development's advisory board is made up of international experts from diverse disciplines who share similar interests and goals and have agreed to provide support to our organization and our project participants.
Anna-Luise Ruttmann, Chairman
is a curator and urban planner for historical sites and areas. She has gained significant experience with international organizations and academic institutions in Africa and Europe. Currently she is mainly working on a study to appraise the value and benefit of heritage in Madagascar and Bermuda.
Main Interests Heritage Preservation and Regeneration, Tourism Programming, Participation and Poverty Reduction Experiences Worldbank/Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure, Madagascar; UNESCO, Paris; House of Europe, Leipzig Qualifications PhD candidate Spatial Planning/Human Geography, MSc Built Environment (Centre for Sustainable Heritage, Bartlett School of Planning and Architecture, University College London); MA International Cultural Policies and Management, History of Art (Alma Mater University of Leipzig)
Christoph Balzar, Second Chairman
Christoph Balzar is an artist and curator who works in the context of ethnological and contemporary art museums. His work deals with topics of postcolonialism, heritage and the museum as an artistic format. He has collaborated with representatives of the Australian Anangu and Wiradjuri nations on various international exhibitions and currently works with the Kogi people from Columbia.
Main Interests contemporary art, photography, museums Experiences Schuermann Collection, Berlin; Dohmen Collection Aachen Qualifications M.A. Art In Context, Institute for Art in Context, University of the Arts Berlin; Diploma in Visual Communication, University of Applied Sciences Aachen / Aboriginal Culture, University of Technology, Sydney; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health, ORYGEN Research Centre University of Melbourne
Julia Kellermann, Consultant and Treasury
is an art historian, art communicator and photographer. She focuses on how museums can open up dialogues with the public and how they function as places of learning for everybody.
Main Interests Art Communication, Language Teaching and Translation, Photography Experiences Project: Language Through Art (Sprache durch Kunst), Museum Folkwang Essen; Museumsdienst Köln; Didart (Contemporary Art Education), Bologna, Italy; experimentem amb l’art Barcelona, Spain; Qualifications M.A. in Art History, Spanish and Geography (University of Cologne)
Hanune Shalati, Consultant
Hanune Shalati is a philosopher and artist who lives and works in Berlin. His research focuses on the relationship between the transcendent and art. "If we take art as the happening of unconcealment could holy relics be essentially explained with this notion of art? Would this turn art into a revelation of the transcendant itself?"
Main Interests metaphysics, art theory, phenomenology Experiences 2004 research about traditional, herbal medicine in Andra Pradesh, India; 2008 field work with the Wiadjuri people, New South Wales, Australia; 2010 founding of the C&D project group for questions of restitution Qualifications B.A. candidate of philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin
Emese Benkö, Consultant
is a cultural mediator working on artistic linguistic and literary projects with a special focus on the mediation, research and interpretation of the language and literature of the Hungarian Boyash. Presently she is initiating the first intercultural Boyash-Roma Forum in Berlin.
Main Interests languages, communication, literature (myths, stories, usages, modern poetry and prose), participatory art and cultural mediation Experiencesdiploma in German Studies, Károli Gáspár University, Budapest, Hungary; studies in Hungarian Language and Literature ibid.; advanced training in cultural administration, Berlin, Germany; she speaks German, Hungarian, Romanian, Boyash, English and Spanish Qualifications Kulturring in Berlin e. V., International Literature Festival Berlin; conception and implementation of various artistic projects with artist Andre J. Raatzsch
André J. Raatzsch, Consultant
is an artist and cultural theorist whose work includes performance and socially engaged art practice. He focuses on fields of cultural mediation and deals with the role of art in emancipatory processes, particularly of the Boyash-Roma. He is currently working both on his PhD and Master`s thesis and the realization of an art academy in Berlin with the objective to attend and promote young Romas on their way to college.
Main Interests education and art pedagogy, the heritage of the culture of Hungarian Boyash-Roma Experiences The First Roma Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art; solo exhibitions in Budapest, Hungary; selected group exhibitions in Pécs, Budapest, Stuttgart, Brussels, Paris, etc.; projects on the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg Germany; participatory art projects with Roma and non-Roma Youth in Budapest and Berlin (Kurt-Löwenstein-Secondary-School in Berlin/Neukölln and Künstlerhaus Bethanien; Interflugs-Academy/Manege Youth Centre) Qualifications M.A. University of the Arts Berlin, Institute for Art in Context; PhD Visual Art, Diploma in Visual Art, Sculptor programme, University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
Culture & Development e.V.
offers resources and support including:
* Experienced Advisory Board to answer questions and provide guidance
* Non-profit, fiscal sponsorship for fundraising
* Grant-writing consultation
* Marketing and PR expertise
* Contacts for publishers, galleries and museums