Sissel Thastum is the director and co-founder of The Independent AIR.
She is a graduate of Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art and Documentary Photography in Copenhagen and holds a BFA in in Documentary Photography from University of Wales, Newport.
Since 2014 she has worked as an assistant director at Niels Borch Jensen Gallery & Editions in Berlin.
She continuously works on her own photographic projects, and has exhibited internationally since 2011. In 2013 she received the Reginald Salisbury Travel Award toward the making of the work I am here when you are here. In 2012/13 she received Marie Langhoff's Artist grant, the Danish Photographic Society grant as well as Anna & Jens Grum’s grant, all towards her artistic studies.
Maya Byskov Gadegaard is a social scientist with a profound interest in aesthetics and contemporary visual culture. She has worked as the director of a contemporary art gallery in Berlin specialised in photography, as well as a curator and editor for various publications and international festivals. She holds an MSc in Economics and Development Studies from Copenhagen Business School and a BA in International Relations from the University of Southern Denmark.
In spring 2016 she joined The Independent AIR's team as artistic director and curator.
Line Thastum is the co-founder of The Independent AIR.
Since 2001 she has worked as an environmental coordinator and project manager in Herning Municipality in Denmark. Her area of expertise and experience are focused on environmental management and green transition; coordination of campaigns and events, press and communication. She has also been involved in work with independent organisations, citizen participation and volunteering management.
Line holds a BA in Human Ecology from Aalborg University, Green Guide training at the Ministry of Environment and Organic Farming at the The Organic Agricultural School.
Catarina Fontoura holds a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Oporto and earned an MA in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport in 2013. Since then Catarina has been living and working in London, both teaching photography and working towards her PhD at the University of Birkbeck, London. Catarina has been a part of the board of The Independent AIR since 2014.
Jens Erik Bæk
Jens Erik Bæk is a commercial photographer and owner of “Highway Studio” in Aarhus since 1976.
He is the president for dff / Danish Photographic Society - the union for professional photographers in Denmark. Dff has been supporting and collaborating with The Independent AIR since 2014. Jens Erik Bæk has been a board member since 2015.
Advisory board member
Adam Jeppesen was born in Kalunborg in 1978. He lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jeppesen graduated from Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art and Documentary Photography in Copenhagen, in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include X at Galerie Van der Mieden in Bruxelles (2014), Scatter at Peter Lav Gallery, Copenhagen (2014) and group shows including Fotografisk Center 20 Years – an anniversary exhibition, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, 2016, The Return of the Real at Niels Borch Jensen Gallery, Berlin (2014). In July 2016, he has a solo show at C/O Berlin. His works are part of numerous public collections, among which are Denver Art Museum, The Danish Arts Foundation, The Swedish Arts Foundation, The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, as well as a large number of private collections in Europe and abroad.
Advisory board member
Trine Søndergaard is a Danish photography-based visual artist. Søndergaard lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1996 she graduated from Fatamorgana, the Danish School of Documentary and Art Photography. Trine Søndergaard’s work is marked by a precision and a sensibility that co-exist with an investigation of the medium of photography, its boundaries and what constitutes an image. Layered with meaning and quiet emotion, her works are highly acclaimed for their visual intensification of our perception of reality.
In 2000 she was awarded the Albert Renger-Patzsch Prize and has since received numerous grants and fellowships, including a three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation 2009-2011. Trine Søndergaard’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions around the world and is represented in major public and museum collections, for instance: MUSAC – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA; the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and the Danish Arts Foundation, Copenhagen. In addition, she has completed public commissions for both museums and cultural institutions.
Trine Søndergaard has published books with Steidl, Hatje Cantz and Hassla Books. She has also exhibited and published extensively in collaboration with the Danish artist Nicolai Howalt. Trine Søndergaard is represented by Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.