Taiye Selasi is an American writer and photographer of Nigerian and Ghanian origin, she describes herself as a “local” of Accra, Berlin, New York and Rome. In 2005, Selasi published “Bye-Bye, Babar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)“, her seminal text on Afropolitans. Her novel, Ghana Must Go, was published by Penguin in 2013. Selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, the novel has been sold in 22 countries. Selasi graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA degree in American Studies from yale, and earned her MPhil in international relations from Nuffield College, Oxford. She is the author of the children’s book Anansi and the Golden Pot, published in 2022.

Jagdeep Raina is an interdisciplinary artist and writer from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He holds a Masters degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a 2021 Paul Mellon Fellow at Yale University. Raina currently lives and works in Houston, Texas, USA. Jagdeep Raina is a fellow in partnership with the DRG Foundation supporting the Franco-Canadian cultural exchanges.

Andrea Kollnitz is Associate Professor in art history at the Institution for Culture and Aesthetics, and former senior lecturer at the Centre for Fashion studies at Stockholm University. Her current research is focused on the self-fashioning of the avant-garde artist; nationalist visual and textual fashion and art discourse, fashion photography and caricature. She is co-editor, with Marco Pecorari, of Fashion, Performance and Performativity (Bloomsbury, forthcoming), and, with Louise Wallenberg, of Fashion and Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Kathryn Maris is a poet, critic and occasional curator who has published three books of poetry and a chapbook. Her poems have appeared in Penguin Modern Poets 5The Pushcart Prize Anthology and The Best British Poetry; her prose has been featured in the TLS, The New Statesman and other periodicals. A section of Kathryn’s most recent collection, The House With Only An Attic And A Basement (Penguin UK 2018), won the Ivan Juritz Prize for creative experiment. A Royal Literary Fund Fellow from 2020-2023, she now teaches creative writing at City and Guilds of London Art School and edits the poetry for Mixed Feelings, a literary magazine associated with the dating app Feeld. Based in London, she is originally from New York, and spends much of her time there. 

Caroline Deruas has directed a number of festival-acclaimed shorts, including L’Étoile de mer selected in 2006 at the Quinzaine des realisateurs, Le feu, le sang, les étoiles selected at the Locarno Festival and Grand Prix at the Bilbao Festival, and Les Enfants de la Nuit, Leopard d’Argent ́ at the Locarno Film Festival, released in cinemas in 2012. She was a resident at the Villa Médicis, the setting for her first feature film, L’Indompteé released in 2017. As screenwriter, Caroline Deruas has collaborated with numerous filmmakers, including Yann Gonzalez, Julia Kowalski, Valéria Bruni- Tedeschi. In particular, she collaborated on the writing of Les Amandiers, Les Estivants and Les Trois Sœurs. With Philippe Garrel, she co-wrote Un Été Brulant, La Jalousie, L’Ombre des Femmes, L’Amant d’un Jour, and Le grand charriot. At the Dora Maar House, she will be working on a screenplay about two Surrealist women, Claude Cahun and her companion Marcel Moore and their story of resistance during the Second World War.