Present Futures is a nomadic collective of curators, educators, artists, and organizers that believe in addressing issues around structural oppression and injustice through contemporary art.
Teal Baskerville is curator, organizer and researcher from New York City based in London. Her practice focuses on imagining and enacting new ways of being and learning together that center the knowledge and experiences of women and people of color. She is currently a postgraduate student on the Curating Contemporary Art course at the Royal College of Art, where her research considers the potential for a radical politics of intimacy through the use of disobedience in curatorial and artistic practices. She recently worked at Creative Time where she is coordinated the 2016 Creative Time Summit: Occupy The Future (Washington, DC) and the 2017 Creative Time Summit: Of Homelands and Revolution (Toronto).
Suhaly Bautista-Carolina is a community organizer, educator, and herbalist. Born in New York City to AfroDominican parents, her work is rooted in harnessing and documenting the collective power of community. She has worked in various capacities with organizations such as the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), The Brooklyn Museum, The Laundromat Project, Artspace, and The Brooklyn Children's Museum. Her photographic documents and writings have been published in La Galeria Magazine, United Nations’ International Museum of Women and Caribbean Vistas Journal. Suhaly is a Weeksville Ambassador and serves on the Advisory Boards to Black Girl Project and More Art. She earned her B.A. and MPA from NYU, where she was named one of “NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students.” In 2018, Suhaly founded Moon Mother Apothecary, a brand of 100% natural, hand-made, heart-centered, moon-powered herbal products inspired by her daughter, Luna.
Kathy Cho is an artist-curator who collaboratively produces exhibitions, events, images, and writing to explore the overlaps of identity, affect and technology. Her current research includes the practices of contemporary Asian-diaspora artists, Asian futurism(s), and (bio-)politics.
She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently an MFA Curating candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Lorén Elhili is an independent curator based in London, she currently finishing her MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she also completed her undergraduate in Art History. Her practice co-exists beside a commitment to building support structures, public outreach beyond contemporary art networks and alternative forms of knowledge sharing and production. Elhili’s current research is occupied by the notion of repair as understood through a non-western lens which she is using as the foundations for a project that collaboratively addresses London’s dispersed North African communities to reckon with questions of resistance, civics and cultural production in the U.K as opposed to the region.
Elhili curated Feminism(s) x The Arab & Muslim Diaspora at Protein Studios (2017), Pressure Makes Diamonds (2018). She co-curated Choreophobia, Somerset House Studios (2018) and Laundry Arts Nom, AMP Gallery 2018. She has spoken on panels addressing cultural production in the Middle East and North Africa as well as access to the arts for underrepresented youth in Britain.
Henry Murphy is a Jackson, Mississippi native, technologist, musician, and creative thinker interested in issues of access and equity at the intersection of art and technology. He was a Public Programs Fellow as a part of MoMA and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s collaborative fellowship program. Henry is the Art Production Assistant High Line Art in New York.
Lynnette Miranda is a curator and writer passionate about centering artists and practitioners of color, not only through representation, but through building support systems and redistribution of resources. Her ongoing research focuses on the social and political role of contemporary art, critically examining social practice, contemporary craft, performance, and new media work.
Lynnette has worked at leading arts institutions including Creative Time, ART21, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and recently served as the 2016-2017 Curator in Residence at Charlotte Street Foundation. In 2015, she coordinated three art conferences, including The Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum at the Venice Biennale and at Brooklyn’s Boys and Girls High School. She currently works as the Program Manager at United States Artists. She holds an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Anthony D. Stepter works at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he is the graduate program coordinator for Museum and Exhibition Studies. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies. His work at UIC includes advising graduate students, organizing lectures, partnering with community organizations, and coordinating imaginative projects. He has presented at conferences and universities nationally and internationally. As an independent curator and organizer Anthony has curated exhibitions and projects for ACRE, the Washington Park Arts Incubator at the University of Chicago, and Chicago’s 2nd Floor Rear festival. He served as a juror for apexart, collaborated with the Office of Public Culture in Grand Rapids, MI, and co-curated Extinct Entities, a month-long performance series of commissioned art works exploring the history of Chicago-based art spaces that no longer exist.