Yevgenia Belorusets (*1980 in Kyiv, Ukraine) is a writer, literary and art critic, artist and social activist. She is currently studying at the Berlin Art University in the program Art in Context. Belorusets is co-founder of the journal for literature and art “Prostory” (established 2008) and a member of the curatorial group "Hudrada" since 2009. Her works have been shown in the National Art Museum of Ukraine, Chernihiv Regional Art Museum, Visual Culture Research Center in Kyiv (Ukraine); at the International Festival of Activist Art at the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Russia); Vienna University Gallery (Austria); MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain. Yevgenia Belorusets lives and works in Kyiv.
Tetiana Bezruk (*1992 in Fedorivka, Kherson region, Ukraine) is a political science student at the Taurida National V.I.Vernadsky University, an analyst and human rights activist. Her research focuses on "hate speech" in Ukraine and "Xenophobia and racism as a political phenomenon in modern Ukraine." She is a participant of the all-Ukrainian initiative "FOR peaceful protest!" and the studetnts' campaign "For higher education" in Crimea; and coordinator of the intercultural integration project "CLOSER," aimed at facilitating dialogue between Crimean ("our") and foreign ("other") students who come to study (for more than 6 months) in Simferopol. She is a member of the International Observation Mission of Human Rights in Belarus. Tetiana Bezruk lives in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine.
Oleksandra Dvoretska (*1990 in Crimea, Ukraine) studied political science; she is a human rights activist and founder of the human rights center "Action" in Crimea. Her work focuses on combating police tyranny, on upholding the right to peaceful assembly, and on conflict resolution through the liberating pedagogical techniques of Forum Theater and Invisible Theater. She is a member of the International Observation Mission of Human Rights in Belarus and the International Platform "Social Solidarity." She is a participant and organizer of worker and student protests in Ukraine. Oleksandra Dvoretska lives in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine.
Pavel Khlebovskiy (*1986 in Makiyivka, Ukraine) is the Head of Research at the M.P.Kroshitsky Art Museum in Sevastopol since 2010, and teaches at the Sevastopol branch of the Lviv National Academy of Arts. He studied at the Sevastopol branch of the St. Petersburg Humanities University, at the National Academy of Design and Arts in Kharkiv, and at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture in Kyiv. Pavel Khlebovskiy lives in Sevastopol.
Serhiy Popov (*1978 in Komsomolsk, Ukraine) graduated from the National Aerospace University in 2002. He was a resident at CHIOC project, Chisinau (Moldova), GuestRoomMaribor (Slovenia), KulturKontaktAustria (Vienna). Serhiy Popov is a member of the Ukrainian artist group SOSka since 2005, and participates in the group's numerous exhibitions, projects and activities. His works have been shown at exhibitions in the Center for Contemporary Art at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy," Kharkiv Art Museum, M’ars Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow and many other institutions. He also works as a curator and writer. Serhiy Popov lives and works in Kharkiv.
Anastasia Rіabchuk (*1984 in Lviv, Ukraine) is co-editor of the journal of social criticism Spilne [Commons], project coordinator of "Work and the labor movement in Ukraine," and teachers in the sociology department at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy." She studied at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy," the University of Cambridge, UK, and L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. Her academic interests include poverty, homelessness and urban marginality, social politics, high-quality sociological research methods, Pierre Bourdieu's sociology. Anastasia Rіabchuk lives and works in Kyiv.
Tatyana Saigushkina (*1959 in Arkhangelsk, Russia) graduated from the Kharkiv Institute of Culture, and the I.E.Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the USSR Academy of Arts. She spent ten years teaching the history of world artistic culture in Sevastopol schools, and various art history courses in the Sevastopol branch of the St. Petersburg Humanities University. She has authored over 20 publications, including catalogue texts for auctions of Crimean painting and for monographs of Crimean artists (S.Bakayev, A.Stremskyi and others). She is the exhibition curator of the virtual branch of the Russian Museum at the Sevastopol branch of the Saratov National Social-Economic University. Tatyana Saigushkina lives in Sevastopol.
Mykola Skyba (*1973 in Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine) graduated from the Taras Schevchenko Kyiv National University. He is a historian, ethnologist, art critic and exhibition curator, who organized the Polish-Ukrainian project "Cultural Luggage" in the National Art Museum of Ukraine (2012). His research focuses on the socio-cultural transformation processes of Ukrainian society from the 19th–21st centuries and cultural policy issues. In 2012, as an expert of RMSBU, he was involved in the development of analytical base-line reports on the state of culture and cultural policy in the framework of the Cultural Program of the Eastern Partnership. From 2010–2012, he was Deputy Director for Economic Affairs of the National Art Museum of Ukraine. He is also co-founder and Director of the NGO "Agency of Cultural Strategies." Mykola Skyba lives and works in Kyiv.
Tatyana Smirnova (*1946 in Kaunas, Lithuania) holds a Ph.D. in art history; she is assistant professor and chair of the department of Ukrainian studies, pedagogy and culture at the Sevastopol National Technical University, and assistant professor in the design department at the Lviv National Academy of Art in Sevastopol. She graduated from the national university with a degree in Romance and Germanic languages, and from the I.E.Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the USSR Academy of Arts (department of history and theory of art). She is the author of a monograph on the theory of style, as well as numerous academic publications on world artistic culture, English art, gender issues in art. As a women's movement activist, she represented Ukraine in the 52nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Tatyana Smirnova lives in Sevastopol.