Christine Eyene is an Independent Curator and Art Critic currently working with Autograph ABP, London. In 2011 she was curator of the African section of the 3rd edition of ‘Photoquai – Biennial of World Images’, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris and ‘Gwanza – Month of Photography’, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare.
Her current exhibitions are: ‘Reflections on the Self: Five African Women Photographers’, Hayward Touring, UK (2011-2014) and ‘Women Speak Out’, Dakar and touring Africa (2011-2012). Previous projects include ‘FOCUS – Contemporary Art Africa’, as part of Art Basel Public Program, Switzerland (2010-2011).
As an art critic she has contributed to Africultures, Art South Africa, Basler Zeitung, Manifesta Journal, Third Text, and written essays in art books and exhibition catalogues.
Eyene has been member of jury of Fondation Blachère Prize at the Bamako Encounters 2007 and 2009, as well as Dak’Art Biennale 2008 and 2010. She is currently member of the selection committees of Art Moves Africa and Visa for Creation, Institut Français.
Nadira Laggoune is curator and art critic. Graduated in Law and Masters degree in audiovisual and critical theory of art, doctoral student in art, she is currently a lecturer at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Algiers where she teaches the history of the contemporary image , aesthetics and leading a seminar on contemporary art since 1986.
She has taught in parallel the mastery of critic and aesthetics at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art and the Higher Institute of Music in Algiers from 1995 to 2000.
She has been on numerous juries of plastics arts in Algeria and abroad including the Arab Fund for Culture (AFAC). Today she is a permanent member of the Fund for Assistance to the Algerian Cinematographic Production, of IIAC.
She has written extensively on contemporary art in general and mainly on actual Algerian art, its development and question of gender in art.
She is the curator of many international and local exhibitions, such as the Panafrican Festival of Algiers in 2009, the International Festival of Contemporary Art in Algiers (FIAC 2009 and 2011).
Nadira Laggoune-Aklouche lives and works in Algiers, where she works to give visibility to new generations emerging in the field of contemporary art in Algeria and the African continent.
Riason Naidoo was born in 1970 in Chatsworth (Durban), South Africa. He has BA and MA in Fine Art from University of the Witwatersrand. Riason has curated several photographic exhibitions dealing with the archives − most notably on the work of photographer Ranjith Kally − and more recently the exhibition entitled The Indian in DRUM magazine in the 1950s. He most recently directed the South Africa-Mali Project: Timbuktu Manuscripts project for the South African Presidency and the Department of Arts & Culture, also NEPAD’s first cultural project. He has previously been in charge of artistic projects at the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) in Johannesburg; taught drawing, painting and art history in the Department of Architecture at the University of Witwatersrand; and worked as Education Officer at the Durban Art Gallery. He has been on exchanges to the MS University of Baroda in India (1997) and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux in France (2001).
He is currently director of the South African National Gallery and the Old Town House museums, part of Iziko Museums based in Cape Town. He recently curated 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, that showcased a century of South African art at the South African National Gallery. He has also worked as an artist in painting and new media.