Henrie Dennis is the founder and chairperson of Afro Rainbow Austria, she is a lesbian woman from Nigeria who continuously works on improving the living realities of African LGBTI+ communities in the diaspora, in Austria, and on the African continent. She began her activist work at House of Rainbow, an LGBTI+ organization in Nigeria. In Vienna, she has worked at e.g. LEFÖ – Intervention Center for Trafficked Women and selbstlaut – Association Against the Sexualized Violence of Children and Youths. She is a no-border activist and board member of Planet10 – Network for Redistributing Privilege. She has been a board member of the EL*C – European Lesbian* Conference until 2019. Henrie Dennis has participated in e.g. the performances „Iron Mask, White Torture“ has worked with the artist Petja Dimitrova on the project „We Come from Your Future,“ and produced the project „A Punch Below the Belt“ for WIENWOCHE 2018. Moreover, she has been a contributing member of FRIDA, consultancy on asylum and aliens law, since 2019. In January 2019 she received the Austrian children and young adult book prize for her book „Ein bisschen wie du / A little like you“, in which she took part as a co-author.
Maria Herold is a cultural producer and mediator, organizer, curator and musician. She studied musicology at the University of Vienna and completed the Music Business course at the FH Kufstein and the IKM Vienna. She works as art and cultural producer at kulturen in bewegung/VIDC, where she realizes concerts, festivals, exhibitions, performances, discussions and workshops on an international and local level and supervises and co-curates projects such as Fem*Friday, Dis-Othering - Beyond Afropolitan & other Labels, Smashing Wor(l)ds - Cultural Practices for re/Imagining & un/Learning Vocabularies and Reumannblast - Street Art Festival. She manages the music space and label Sendeschluss, is a musician and songwriter with the band The Sir Teens, co-curated the Art Space Feldversuch - A Temporary Place for Experiments, as well as the festival Indigo City – Die Stadt danach, produced sound- and radio art for and with the Radia.fm Vienna collective, and is part of the Mistresses of Ceremony at the art project Ver*sagen Ver*lernen.
M.A. Nataša Mackuljak
Nataša Mackuljak (b. 1977 Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a performer, multimedia artist, social worker, curator and cultural producer. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, with the thesis On Historical Continuities between Anti-Fascist Women's Action and Feminist Performance Art in the Former Yugoslavia. For three years (2016/17/18) she worked as artistic director and managing director of the International and Transcultural Festival for Art and Activism-Wienwoche. In November 2013, she completed her master's degree at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the class for post-conceptual art practices with the performance „Bodies, Borders, and the Politics of Transition“. Her art projects deal with questions of migration, precarity and gender. She studied sciences and technology of multimedia at the University of Social Sciences in Udine and worked in Italy on media projects as radio and TV editor of weekly programmes on radio and TV Rai 3 (2005–2008). As a war refugee in the 1990s, she became involved in feminist anti-war movements in the former Yugoslavia: since 1994 she has been part of Woman in Black Belgrade; she was co-founder and deputy leader of the Youth Peace Group Danube, Vukovar, Croatia (1997–2002); and she was international project coordinator for youth issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the programme of the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo (1999–2002).
Office Management: Luciana Siegenthaler
Production: Michael Podgorac
Communication: Mahnaz Tischeh, Martin Lengauer
Art Direction Graphic Design: Gerhard Jordan
Photography and Image sujet: Abiona Esther Ojo
Social Media Content Management: Maira Caixeta
Webdevelopment: Robert Schwieger
verein zur förderung der stadtbenutzung
The “Verein zur Förderung der Stadtbenutzung” (“The Association for the Promotion of City Use”) was founded in 2011, as the supporting association of the new cultural project, WIENWOCHE. The development and promotion of socio-political and cultural latitude for artistic, socio-cultural and civil society participants – also in the sense of reclaiming urban space - will be the focus of activities.
The members of the board are:
Ivana Pilic (Chairperson)
Myassa Kraitt (Deputy Chairperson)
Gabu Heindl (Treasurer)
The members of the board from 2016 till 2019 were:
Cornelia Kogoj (Treasurer), General Secretary of the Minorities Initiative, curator
Luisa Ziaja (Deputy Secretary), curator, author, editor
Asli Kislal (Chairwoman), theatre maker
Eva Meran (Secretary), curator
The members of the board from 2011 till 2016 were:
Martin Fritz (Treasurer), curator, advisor and publicist
Simon Inou (Deputy Secretary), journalist, co-founder of afrikanet.info and the communication campaign Black Austria, managing director of M-MEDIA
Asli Kislal, (Chairwoman), director, dramatist, scriptwriter, artistic director of the theatre project „daskunst“
Cornelia Kogoj (Deputy Treasurer), General Secretary of the Minorities Initiative, curator
Marissa Lôbo, artist and activist in the Black and Migrant movement, chairwoman of the association "Forum Interkulturalität"
Markus Wailand (Deputy Chairperson), director, author and producer of documentary, short and TV films
Luisa Ziaja, (Secretary), curator, author, editor
External advisory board 2019
Abiona Esther Ojo works as photographer and visual artist. At WE DEY x Space – a selforganized art space for queer/trans*/inter/black people/people of colour she co-organizes monthly Self Care Sundays. Esther is a youth worker at SFC – Black Women Community.
Nadine Jessen is a curator and dramatic advisor. Since 2007 she works at the festival Kampnagel Hamburg. In 2017 she was a member of the curatorial team at Wiener Festwochen.
Persy-Lowis Bulayumi is an activist and educator. He is vice-chairman of IDB – Initiative for a non-disciminatory education system and an active member of the initiative „Jedes K!nd“ aswell as of „Bildungsplan für Österreich“.