Creative Time Reports strives to be a global leader in publishing the unflinching and provocative perspectives of artists on the most challenging issues of our times. We distribute this content to the public and media free of charge.
Asserting that culture and the free exchange of ideas are at the core of a vibrant democracy, Creative Time Reports aims to publish dispatches that speak truth to power and upend traditional takes on current issues. We believe that artists play a crucial role as thought leaders in society, and are uniquely capable of inspiring and encouraging a more engaged and informed public, whether they are addressing elections or climate change, censorship or immigration, protest movements or politically motivated violence.
In an era of unprecedented interconnectedness, Creative Time Reports provides artists with a space to voice analysis and commentary on issues too often overlooked by mainstream media. We believe in the importance of highlighting cultural producers’ distinctive viewpoints on world events and urgent issues of social justice to ensure a livelier, more nuanced and more imaginative public debate.
The views expressed by artists and authors contributing to Creative Time Reports are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Creative Time. Creative Time is committed to free expression and supports artists in their efforts to move the needle of social justice by revealing new ways of looking at and understanding our world.
Marisa Mazria Katz @MarisaMazriaK
Marisa is a New York-based writer who has covered culture and politics in cities that include Casablanca, Kabul, Port-au-Prince and Istanbul. Her work has been featured in several publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Time, Vogue and the New York Times. In addition to her writing, she runs a U.S. State Department-sponsored program in Casablanca that teaches journalism and blogging to marginalized youth.
Marisa graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1998 with a BFA in Film and Television and in Drama. She has worked on several documentaries and television shows, including Channel 4’s The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall, a docudrama that detailed the killing of a peace activist by an Israeli army sniper; HBO’s By The People: The Election of Barack Obama; and DreamWorks’ Spin City.
Kareem Estefan @KareemEstefan
Kareem joined Creative Time in summer 2012 after working at the at the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program and completing an MFA in Art Criticism & Writing at the School of Visual Arts. In addition to his work for Creative Time Reports, Kareem writes about contemporary art and performance for publications including Art in America, Art-Agenda, Art Newspaper, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, The New Inquiry and T Magazine. He also teaches writing and literature at the Visual & Critical Studies department at the School of Visual Arts. Previously, Kareem worked as an editorial assistant at NPR’s Talk of the Nation and hosted a WNYU radio show for conceptually innovative poetry, Ceptuetics, archived at UPenn’s PennSound.
Mirene Arsanios lives in Beirut, where she teaches at the American University of Beirut and edits Makhzin, a bilingual literary journal. Her writings have appeared in Bidoun, Cura, The Rumpus, Ink & Coda and Enizagam, among others.
Omar Berrada is a writer, translator and curator. He co-directs Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and international residency for artists and writers near Marrakech.
Lorna Brown is an artist, curator and writer based in Vancouver, and a founding member of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, a collective whose projects consider the aesthetic, economic and regulatory conditions of public places and public life. She was the editor of Ruins In Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties, a co-curator of the public artwork Digital Natives and an organizer of the conference Institutions by Artists.
Sheyma Buali (@sheymab) works in various aspects of cultural media. She is currently managing the BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival and programming the London Palestine Film Festival. She is also commissioning editor of the Ibraaz Channel, culture correspondent for Asharq AlAwsat and a regular contributor to a number of international arts publications.
Ceren Erdem (@crnrdm) is a curator based in New York and Istanbul. She has curated online projects and publications, and onsite exhibitions in New York, Istanbul and Seoul, working with the Istanbul Biennial and the British Council, among others.
Naomi Lev is a curator and critic who writes about politically-infused contemporary art for Artforum.com, Art in America and BOMB Magazine, among other publications. As a curator she specializes in collaborative art events that connect artists, curators and scholars, and has curated performances and panels with artists such as Jonathan Meese and Vito Acconci.
Ngwatilo Mawiyoo (@ngwatilo) is a poet currently competing an MFA at the University of British Columbia. A Callaloo Fellow, she also writes non-fiction and work for the screen.
Patrick Pierce (@TJMyanmar, @peajaypee) is a writer and researcher with roots in Indiana, Texas, Thailand, the Solomon Islands and Myanmar. He is currently working on a project about freedom of expression and the culture of fear following decades of military rule in Myanmar.
Ben Valentine (@bennnyv | benjaminvalentine.com) is an independent writer and organizer who studies how technology, media and politics intersect around the world. He has written and spoken for SXSW, Salon, SFAQ, YBCA and The New Inquiry, to name a few.
Nato Thompson, chief curator, Creative Time
Since January 2007, Nato has organized major projects for Creative Time such as The Creative Time Summit (2009 and 2010); Paul Ramirez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010); and Jeremy Deller’s It is What It Is, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie (2009). Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including BookForum, Frieze, Art Journal, Art Forum, Parkett, Cabinet, and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. The College Art Association conferred on him as award for distinguished writing in Art Journal in 2004. He curated the exhibition for Independent Curators International titled Experimental Geography, with a book available by Melville House Publishing. His forthcoming book, Seeing Power: Socially Engaged Art in the Age of Cultural Production, will be published by Melville House.
Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director, Creative Time
Anne Pasternak joined Creative Time in the fall of 1994. Since that time, the organization has collaborated with hundreds of artists to ignite the public’s imagination, explore ideas that shape society, and bring groundbreaking public art to millions of people around the world. Under her leadership, Creative Time has produced such renowned projects as Playing the Building, during which the Battery Maritime Building was transformed into an interactive musical instrument; Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated the former World Trade Center site six months after 9/11; Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, a restaging of Samuel Beckett’s play in the streets of post-Katrina New Orleans; and a Global Residency program that supported artists’ processes in exploring questions central to their practice. Along with her work at Creative Time, Pasternak curates independent exhibitions, consults on urban planning initiatives, and contributes essays to cultural publications. She lectures extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and has served as a guest critic at Yale University.
Paola Antonelli, director of research and development, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art
Negar Azimi, senior editor, Bidoun magazine
Shumon Basar, writer, editor and curator
Sunny Bates, president and chief executive officer, Sunny Bates Associates
Jeff Chang, journalist, music critic and executive director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts + Committee on Black Performing Arts, Stanford University
Ken Chen, director, Asian American Writers’ Workshop
Michelle Coffey, executive director, Lambent Foundation
Malkia Cyril, founder and executive director, Center for Media Justice
Beka Economopoulos, co-founder, Not An Alternative
Jordan Flaherty, journalist and author, Floodlines
John Forte, chief executive officer, Le Castle
Kate Fowle, director-at-large, Independent Curators International
Gridthiya Gaweewong, independent curator and co-founder, Project 304
Mariam Ghani, artist, Kabul Reconstructions
Wayne Koestenbaum, poet and cultural critic
Liz Manne, principal, Liz Manne Strategy
Leonidas Martin, artist
Cuauhtémoc Medina, art critic, curator and historian
László Jakab Orsós, director, PEN World Voices Festival and Public Programs
Max Osterweis, creative director and founder, SUNO
Jack Persekian, director, Al–Ma’mal Foundation
Alessandro Petti, Decolonizing Architecture
Favianna Rodriguez, printmaker and digital artist
Jack Rosenthal, president emeritus, The New York Times Company Foundation
Dan Rothenberg, founding member and co-artistic director, Pig Iron Theatre Company
Rasha Salti, writer, independent curator and international programmer, Toronto International Film Festival
Clay Shirky, writer and assistant arts professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Joshua Siegel, associate curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art
Ivan Sigal, executive director, Global Voices
David Weiner, editorial director, Digg.com
Hank Willis Thomas, photo and conceptual artist
Eddie Torres, associate director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Anton Vidokle, artist and founder, e-flux