• Ulrike Gerhardt

    Ulrike Gerhardt is the artistic director of D’EST Prologue: O’ Mystical East and West, produced by Xandra Popescu and Vlad Anghel on behalf of Atelier 35, Bucharest. She is a curator and writer on art and cultural theory with a special focus on cultural memory on postsocialism in contemporary art, which has formed the shape of D’EST Prologue (2016) and The Forgotten Pioneer Movement (with Suza Husse, 2014). Since 2013 she has been a PhD candidate and member of the doctoral research group Representation Visuality Knowledge at Leuphana University Lüneburg as well as an associate member of the doctoral school at the Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg (HfbK).

  • Xandra Popescu

    Xandra Popescu is the curator and producer of the screening program D’EST Prologue: O’ Mystical East and West. She works as a writer, filmmaker and curator in Berlin and Bucharest. From 2012 to 2016, together with Larisa Crunțeanu, she has led Atelier 35, one of the most active project spaces in Bucharest. She has a background in Political Science and Philosophy and studied Dramatic Writing at the National Film and Theatre University in Bucharest. Popescu has written for cinema and works as a filmmaker at the intersection between the narrative and the visual. Currently she is in the process of setting up Eroika, a production framework for female artists and directors from the former East.


  • Suza Husse

    Suza Husse is co-initiator and co-organiser of D’EST Prologue: O’ Mystical East and West. She is interested in queerfeminist and decolonial approaches to the body, ecology, community and history as well as in implications of a pOst-Western present. Since 2012 she has run the interdisciplinary art space District Berlin with an emphasis on artistic research, collaborative practices, public space, critical education and political imagination. Current projects and publications: Undisciplinary Learning. Remapping The Aesthetics of Resistance (2016), Johannes Paul Raether: Transformellae ikeae – Constructing The Bio-Techno ReproTribe (2015), and The Forgotten Pioneer Movement (with Ulrike Gerhardt, 2014).