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Who’s on our Jury for 2024?

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Across the varied talents and backgrounds of our multifaceted jury members, there’s a common thread that unites them: a firsthand understanding of the challenges confronting artists. Alongside a passionate commitment to social justice, they all bring practical experience to the role—and we think that’s really special.

We’re bursting with pride to have them on board, and even more excited to see their shortlist of grantees. 

Feel free to learn a bit more about them and their work (although if you have any questions about your application, please send them to us instead).

Impact Grant 2024 Jury:

Charlotte Hochman

Charlotte Hochman is an award-winning Paris-based innovator and artist who centers questions of agency. She designs and carries out projects in emergent contexts through collectives she has co-founded, such as Wow!Labs, the social-innovation space La Ruche, and PLACE, exploring innovation and migration. Her work focuses on creating interventions in the public space that move the needle on delicate yet pressing conversations.

Lina Ruiz

Lina Ruiz is Director of Social Responsibility at WeTransfer, playing a key role in expanding its Environmental, Social, and Governance efforts; helping it achieve climate-neutral and B Corp certifications; and cementing its status as a business with high environmental and social-impact standards. She is passionate about growing a healthy, diverse creative community, and collaborating with disrupters and changemakers to push the boundaries of sustainability and technology.

Lara Parmiani

Lara Parmiani is a theater-maker, performer, and facilitator. She is also the Artistic Director of LegalAliens Theatre, a London-based, international ensemble that was awarded an Impact Grant in 2023. LegalAliens produces both community and professional work, with migrants at its core.

Maya Richman

Maya Richman is a jack of all trades who has spent the last ten years listening and learning about the plurality of struggles for technological justice across the world. Throughout, she has supported organizations in untangling technology’s hold on our lives, while also reclaiming its power to bring about social and political transformation.

Severin Matusek

Severin Matusek is the founder of co—matter, a Berlin-based research and strategy studio investigating the societal and cultural impact of emerging technologies.

Creative Bursary Jury:

Anaïs Esmerado

Anaïs Esmeraldo has a background in design and sociology, and specializes in social creativity for education. She teaches at various universities and develops practice-based research on how design can be a tool for social transformation. With this aim, she leads Ojalá Projects, which runs collaborative projects for groups in vulnerable situations and for young creatives.

Chrisoula Lionis 

Chrisoula Lionis is a writer and cultural producer based in Athens. She is co-director of the international platform Artists for Artists, and research fellow at the University of Manchester, working on the AHRC project Understanding Displacement Aesthetics. Her books include Laughter in Occupied Palestine: Comedy and Identity in Art and Film (2016) and the edited volume Comedy in Crisis: Weaponising Humour in Contemporary Art (2023).

Halar Soomro 

Halar Soomro is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, archiving, and video - and a 2023 Creative Bursary recipient. His work investigates the gray boundaries between colonial depletion in the Indian subcontinent and its aftermath. He focuses on oral testimonies and collective remembrance as the apparatus to amplify decolonial labor and reclaim hope between India and Pakistan.

Kubra Khademi

Kubra Khademi is an Afghan feminist artist, with a practice informed by her life as a woman and a refugee. Forced to flee her home country in 2015, she is based in Paris, creating performances with production company Latitudes Prod., and drawings and paintings (represented by Galerie Éric Mouchet). In 2023, her stage creation The Golden Horizon was premiered at Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, and her gouaches were displayed at Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

Marika Seo

Marika Seo is a visual, graphic, and digital designer based in the Netherlands. Originally from Tokyo, she moved around a lot as a child, so she thrives in multicultural settings, where people bring different things to the table, and feel comfortable when being their authentic selves.

If you’d like to read more about our Impact Grant and Creative Bursary programs, click here.

If you have any questions about our jury members or the process, you can always get in contact with us here.

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