A community of believers, researchers, writers, travelers, and other people passionate about Africa willing to share their knowledge about Contemporary Art Scene in Africa
Andrea Moreira | Mozambique
Andrea was born in 1980 in Montreal, Canada. Since 2012 she has been living in Mozambique, where she is dedicated to research and consultancy and project management. She graduated in Psychology and Anthropology, having completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology and Communication Studies in 2016. Her research has a strong focus on urban visual cultures. Throughout her career, she has always had an interest and propensity to collaborate with artists and has contributed to essays and interviews for exhibition catalogues.
Dominick Alexander Maia Tanner | Angola
Producer, Curator and Founder of ELA-Espaço Luanda Arte and AngolaAIR
British Curator-Producer Dominick Alexander Maia Tanner was born in London in 1973. He has been living and producing various Art Projects in Luanda, Angola for almost twelve years now, and is founding-director of art space ´ELA - Espaço Luanda Arte´ for over four years. He is particularly interested and engaged in: pan-African collaborations between artists, curators and galleries, therefore holding intra-continental workshops and residencies; participating in key international fairs; and exploring project-based and site-specific shows, with ample space for up to three solo private and five collective residencies at any given moment, an area for round-tables, discussions and artist talks, and a very large exhibition area for solo exhibitions, duets and collective shows. With this experience in hand, 2018 marked the inauguration of ´ELA´´s and indeed Angola´s first official ´Artist-In-Residence´ (AIR) programme called ´Angola AIR´. ´ELA´ is a member of Resartis.
Elisabetta Roncati I Italy
Genoese by birth, Milanese by adoption, I decided to combine my managerial experience and my passion for arts and culture. My goal is to bring people closer to the art market in a clear, easy and understandable way. This is how the Art Nomade Milan project was born: a blog that spoke about art. Art Nomade Milan is dedicated to any form of artistic and cultural expression, without preclusion, with particular attention to fibre, African and Islamic art. A nomadic art, or "nomade" in French, to recall the importance of the foreign country in my life. Art goes beyond the borders of individual nations, creating a community of global enthusiasts and experts. Art Nomade Milan project allowed me to listen to people, understanding how the lack of clear information and management structures penalized the relationship within the contemporary art system. My goal is to clarify and solve problems that a non-expert finds in the cultural sector. This is why my services were born: my desire is becoming a bridge between public opinion and the fascinating world of art and culture. Because "Art is in an accident from which you never leave unhurt" (Leo Longanesi).
Estelle Onema | France
Art Historian | Curator
Estelle Onema is an art historian (Ecole du Louvre) and independent curator specialized in African arts, with a long-lasting experience in exhibitions interpretation in the museum field. Since 2018 she takes part in BISO Biennial, an event showcasing contemporary sculpture in Burkina Faso, a country of relevant crafts’ traditions. Her curatorial research is involving the artists’ role in disrupting and deconstructing dominant cultural discourses and frames. She is also acting as a facilitator in the implementation of collective practices which engage individuals made vulnerable by exclusion or displacement.
Ihoby Lysiane Rabarijohn | Madagascar
A graduate of Essec Business School and specialized in the art market of Africa, Ihoby earned a certificate in African Art history as well a Contemporary Art certificate. She is promoting unknown and emergent visual artists in Madagascar, where she is based while creating a niche market in the area as an Art Advisor. Rabarijohn has also worked on organizing the first Madagascar Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2019 with the visual artist Joël Andrianomearisoa. As well, she coordinated Pierrot Men photo exhibition at PHOTOSAINTGERMAIN festival for its 8th edition, a major event on the Parisian art scene.
Nana-Serwa Mancell | UAE & Ghana
Art Adventurer, Entrepreneur and Chef
During her twenty-five year career in Public Relations and Communications working in the UK and UAE, Nana Mancell has led many wonderful projects featuring great African artists, writers and musicians; El Anatsui, Wole Soyinka and Hugh Masekela, to name a few. A recent spell as Communications Manager for the Emirates Literature Foundation succeeded a 10-year freelance career where she worked with brands both small and large, including AKKA Project (the Middle East’s only dedicated African Art gallery), Dubai Airshow, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Hyatt Hotels. Following her passion for cooking, Nana has recently launched Veghana, a catering company serving vegan West African cuisine. In between re-imagining old family recipes and dishing-up delicious West African stews at events, Nana will be contributing to Art and About Africa, learning and sharing her knowledge about the exciting and exploding art scene in Ghana. Nana has a Law degree from the University of Kent UK, and before leaving UK for the UAE, Nana worked with the Greater London Authority (office of the Mayor of London) and at the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Paola Rolletta | Italy
Paola Rolletta is Italian. She has been a journalist since 1987. She worked as a correspondent in Italy for Lusa, the Portuguese news agency, Rádio Televisão Portuguesa (RTP), and the weekly Expresso. In 2002, she moved to Mozambique as a project manager for a program on freedom of the press and expression. She lived in the country for 16 years during when she wrote books and articles, mainly on human rights, culture, and art in the country. Paola worked also as a communication officer, trainer for journalists. She organized and curated art exhibitions and music and film festivals. It was her idea to organize some Mozambican artists to gift Pope John Paul II with a throne made out of weapons, collected after the end of the civil war in Mozambique in 1992. It was in October 2002, during an audience in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Peace Agreement. At the beginning of 2018, she returned to Italy where she works as a freelance journalist. She also is a translator and an exhibition curator. Recently she curated Ilhéus, a photo exhibition of islanders of the Ilha of Mozambique by Moira Forjaz. Paola’s most recent publication is In viaggio con il mio violino, the translation from French of Stéphane Grappelli's autobiography, published by the Ottotipi and Associazione Gottifredo.
Salma Ahmad Caller | UK
Cross-Cultural Art Historian
Salma Ahmad Caller is a British-Egyptian artist whose practice involves creating an imagery of the narratives of body that have shaped her own body and identity across profound cultural divides. It is an investigation of the painful and contradictory mythologies surrounding the female body, processes of exoticisation, and the legacy of colonialism as a cross-generational transmission of ideas, traumas, bodies and misconceptions. Her work is informed by a Masters in Art History and Theory, a background in medicine and pharmacology, and a past life teaching cross-cultural perspectives at Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.