Fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz is the founder of Maison Rabih Kayrouz with boutiques in Lebanon, Paris and London. Due to the Civil war in Lebanon, a 16 year old Kayrouz, left his home country to begin studying at L’École de La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Pairsienne. Upon graduation, he trained at the Houses of Chanel and Christian Dior. Once Lebanon entered into a peace treaty, the designer returned to his home country, and started to develop his own collections. By 2009, he had established Maison Rabih Kayrouz and was then invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne to become a correspondent member. He is a co-founder of Starch Foundation, a non-profit organisation which helps young Lebanese designers launch and promote their own debut collections. In 2013, he was a finalist for the ANDAM prize. Rabik Kayrouz has been awarded France's Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and in July 2019, Maison Rabih Kayrouz celebrated its 20th anniversary.
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Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto in 1986 and lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town in 2009 and worked towards his Master’s degree at the same institution. His work engages race, the militarisation of society and the deep divides of post-apartheid South Africa and the post-colonial continent. He interrogates the collective narratives that inform our experience of the world, in particular those that evoke the black body as a site of fragmentation and distortion.
Modisakeng was awarded the Sasol New Signatures Award for 2011. He has exhibited at VOLTA NY, New York (2014); the Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012); Focus 11, Basel (2011); and Stevenson, Cape Town (2010). In 2013 he produced an ambitious new video work in association with Samsung as a special project for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair. His work is included in public collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town and the Saatchi Gallery, London as well as in significant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA
Sheetal Gattani (b.1968) completed her Diploma in Art Education (1990) and MFA (1993) from the J. J. School of Art, Mumbai, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Indian Aesthetics in Mumbai (2002). She has showcased her artworks through extensive participation in a number of solo and group shows. Prominent solo exhibitions include those at Chemould Prescott Road (Mumbai, 2016), Bodhi Art Gallery (Singapore, 2007), Gallery Espace (Delhi, 2007) and with Gallery Sumukha (Chennai & Bangalore, 2008). In 2009 she received an award for excellence from the Raza Foundation and her work has formed of a few major group exhibitions including “Soft Spoken” (NCPA, Mumbai, 2007); “Reduced to Essentials” (with Zarina Hashmi at Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2007); “Panchatantra” (Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, 2007); “Anonymously Yours,” organized by Lakeeren Gallery (British Council, Mumbai, 2000); “Festival of Contemporary Art” (with Sohan Qadri at Gallery 7, Mumbai, 1999) and “50 Years of Independence” (NGMA, Mumbai, 1997). Sheetal Gattani lives and works in Mumbai.
Touria El Glaoui is the Founding Director of the leading international art fair, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Touria was listed amongst the 100 most powerful women in Africa by Forbes; amongst the 50 most powerful women in Africa by Jeune Afrique in 2015 and in 2018; and the 100 most influential Africans in business by NewAfrican in 2013. Born and raised in Morocco, El Glaoui completed her education in New York before beginning a career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant. After 10 years, she relocated to London, where she initiated 1-54 in 2013. Parallel to her career, Touria has organised and co-curated exhibitions of her father's work, Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui, in London and Morocco. She has spoken widely and chaired numerous discussions on contemporary African art and women in leadership at international organisations.
Walid Ardhaoui obtained his Interior Design degree in 2006 from the Higher Institute of Fine Arts of Tunis and a Diploma of English in 2008 from the Dublin School of English. He has been exhibiting since 1994, first as a student at the El Omrane Arts Pilot High School and then from 2014 he participated in several artistic events such as “Al Maken” in Sidi Bou Said, and group exhibitions in EL Teatro. His first solo exhibition was “AL MAHJOUZ”, the seized in April 2016, where he presented oil paintings on recycled wood and cement, offering realistic figures, which were immersed in a consumerist newspaper. In 2017 his solo exihibition “BARZAKH”, isthmus was at Aicha Gorgi gallery and part of the Jaou 2017 event organized by kamel Lazaar Foundation. He is currently based in Tunisia and has lived and worked between Dublin, Dubai and Abha (Saudi Arabia).