• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi

New IPC Executive Board to take over for 2015

Friday, 12 September 2014

On 12 September 2014, the General Assembly of the International Panorama Council has decided on changes in the strategic body of our organization.

President Ernst Storm has retired from office. Martin Woolner resigned from his Vice-Presidency in the course of his term due to a change in his professional life, and Executive Board member Yadegar Asisi decided to resign due to time reasons and to facilitate rejuvenation of the Board. Ryszard Wójtowicz, Mimi Colligan and Dominique Hanson continue their Board memberships in their running terms.
The General Assembly elected Sara Velas as new President, Guy Thewes as the  Vice-President and Matthias Thiel as at-large member. The assembly also re-elected Patrick Deicher, now for a full term.

President: SARA VELAS
Sara Velas is a visual artist and the Artistic Director of The Velaslavasay Panorama, which she founded in the year 2000 on Hollywood Boulevard. Dedicated to pre-cinematic phenomena and other traditional art forms, The Velaslavasay Panorama maintains an exhibition hall, theatre and garden in an historic cinema built in 1915 in the West Adams District of downtown Los Angeles. In addition to panorama-related exhibits, the institution presents an ongoing series of illustrated lectures, folkloric music, and visual entertainments. Ms. Velas has traveled extensively throughout the world to experience and research the unique immersive state offered by the panoramic art form in both its historic 19th century and contemporary manifestations, with a special focus on 20th century panoramas created in Asia. Concerned with architectural preservation, she coauthored the nomination which granted the first and only landmark status to a trailer park in the United States in 2002. Ms. Velas is currently a member of the Magic Lantern Society of the United States & Canada and the West Adams Heritage Association. Born in Panorama City, California, she received her BFA in Painting from Washington University School of Art in Saint Louis, Missouri and resides in downtown Los Angeles. 
Vice-president: GUY THEWES
Guy Thewes was born in Luxembourg in 1967. He completed a master degree in history at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium (1991) and a PhD at the Université du Luxembourg (2011). Since 1993 he works as a curator at the Luxembourg City History Museum where he is in charge of exhibitions and collection development. In 2006 he directed the making of an historical panorama depicting Luxembourg in the 17th century, painted by the French artist Antoine Fontaine and on show in the museum since then. He has published in the fields of 17th and 18th century social and military history. His latest book “Stände, Staat und Militär” deals about the logistics and financing of the Austrian army in the Netherlands (Böhlau, Vienna, 2012). From 2002 to 2014, Guy Thewes was president of the Luxembourg Alpine Club. He is married and has two children.
Mathias Thiel was born in Brandenburg/ Havel, Germany,in 1980. After completing a diploma degree in architecture at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin in 2007, he started to work for Yadegar Asisi. After a close collaboration in several panorama projects Mathias Thiel became Creative Director at asisi GmbH. Since 2009 he is in charge of architectural- and exhibition-designs in interaction with Yadegar Asisi’s panorama projects. The asisi GmbH exempts the panoramas from their static, permanent buildings and rises temporary panorama-buildings all around the world - either selfcontained or as part of museums.