Maria Teresa Salvati | Editor-in-chief
Former Director of Slideluck London, and currently Slideluck European Director, Maria Teresa has been curating photographic multimedia slide shows in London and throughout many European cities and festivals since 2008. Since the beginning of her involvement with Slideluck, she embraced the democratic approach of the non-profit organization, which gives opportunities to photographers and artists from everywhere in the world to be heard. Additionally, the growth in interest and sophistication that multimedia and new media have reached lately, are truly important in spreading quickly and easily the word about hidden and less accessible stories.
She moved to Bari (South of Italy) in 2013 – after 7 years in Milan and 10 in London – and collaborates regularly with F.Project – School of Photography and Cinematography, where she teaches a course on Personal Branding for photographers, and co-curates exhibitions and talks.
She’s an independent curator and writer and, among the most important exhibitions, she co-edited Hungry Still: exhibition and publication produced by Slideluck London, FORMAT Festival and QUAD, and designed by Akina Factory. Maria Teresa is also contributing writer for GUP Magazine.
Passionate about psychology, anthropology, traveling and food, she’s worked for over 15 years in advertising agencies as creative strategist.
Soumita Bhatatcharya | Editor
Visual storyteller and new media practitioner, Soumita is a graduate of the International Center of Photography (ICP) Documentary photography and Photojournalism program.” Passionate about responsible journalism as an agent of change, she believes that recent strides in technology, new media storytelling and social media are opening new avenues for storytellers to reach their audiences.
Soumita divides her time between working on long-term personal projects, assignments from arts and humanitarian organizations and is deeply passionate about supporting the local organizations advocating photography. Her current work explores themes of identity and hope for immigrants in the United States.
Her recent responsibilities and projects include: Public, Private, Secret Real-Time Curation at ICP Museum; Independent curator at Just Another Photo Festival (JAPF); project lead at #hackthephoto New Media Narratives program Hackathon; Education Assistant at Fotoweek DC 2013.
She has in the past worked in various capacities with Arts organizations in New Delhi, Washington D.C. and New York City. She currently lives in the emerald-green city of Seattle, Washington.
Dasha Shapovalova | Producer
Dasha Shapovalova is an image maker, curator and Global Producer for Slideluck Global. Ukraine born, and transplanted to Brooklyn at childhood, her feeling of an outsider turned her into a silent observer. She studied Photography at SUNY FIT and Art History at CUNY Hunter College where she was named Edna Wells Luetz/Frederick P Riedel Endowed Scholar. She continues to create work, dealing with tales and myths, long forgotten or imagined. At Slideluck, she enjoys peering into the lives and viewpoints of participating photographers and artists from around the globe.
She is also co-founder of a small bespoke bakery, creating specialty designed and often kitsch cakes and desserts for special occasions, informed by art studies and love for craft.
In her free time she can often be found enjoying obscure films or rummaging through old photobooks.