OLGA CHERNYSHEVA, born in Moscow in 1962. She studied at the Moscow Cinema Academy and the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Her work draws on quotidian moments and marginal spaces from everyday life as a way of exploring the increasing fragmentation of master narratives in contemporary Russian culture.

DAVID GOLDBLATT, born in Randfontein, South Africa, in 1930. Goldblatt began photographing in 1948 and has documented developments in South Africa through the period of apartheid to the present. In the 1970s and ’80s David Goldblatt coined the term Particulars for a series of portraits, which through blowups of certain detail views – Particulars – said more about social circumstances than floods of photojournalistic and documentary images.

ZWELETHU MTHETHWA, born in Durban, South Africa, in 1960. Mthethwa studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town and at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The series MAIDENS shows behavioral patterns of young Zulu girls during the Reet dance festival, a very complex ritual during the coming of age of the girls. „They are initiated in their long journey towards respectable, responsible and mature adults, perceived both as individuals and members of a community in society.“ (quot. Thembinkosi Goniwe)

JUERGEN TELLER, born in Erlangen, Germany, in 1964. He studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich. Juergen Teller combines fashion and art, celebrities and unknowns, the professional and the private (he regularly includes himself in his photographs) in a unique way – bluntly, without any false concerns, but with a good sense of humour.

All artists have been exhibited internationally, their works are held in major museum- and private collections worldwide: Guggenheim, New York, MoMA, New York, New Museum, New York, SFMOMA, San Francisco, Smithsonian, Washington D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, MUMOK, Vienna, Albertina, Vienna, EVN Collection, Maria Enzersdorf, MUSAC, León, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Hamburger Kunsthalle, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, South African National Gallery, Kapstadt, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.