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JM DECROP

Jean-Marc Decrop is an expert specialized in Chinese contemporary art, and has contributed to its discovery abroad. From 1999 to 2007, he was the partner & artistic advisor of the Loft gallery in Paris, where he produced several monographic exhibitions of the main contemporary Chinese artists and thanks to which he made numerous loans to museums. At the same time, he also carried out exhibitions in 11 museums or foundations for which he wrote catalogs. Major collector, he helps many European collections to be constituted. He later enlarged his scope to other emerging art scenes, especially Indonesia, Pakistan and Middle East. He is a shareholder in the Dubai gallery IVDE and was the one who introduced artist Hassan Sharif to that gallery. Since 2010 he had been one of the major collectors of Hassan Sharif and his collection include some of Sharif’s major artworks from the 80’s.

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TAMARA INJA      

Tamara Inja Jaber is an art advisor working for prominent Arab collectors and government institutions. Based in Dubai since 2004, Tamara promotes Lebanese artists and their work in the Gulf region. In 2008, she curated “Lebanese Stories”, a remarkable exhibition showcasing the works of modern and contemporary Lebanese artists at the Dubai International Financial Centre. In 2010, she co-curated in Beirut “Pieces for a Museum”, a retrospective celebrating the renowned and timeless works of Paul Guiragossian and Chafic Abboud. A fierce art advocate, Tamara thrives to create, through art, a bridge between her country of origin, Lebanon, and the Arab world.

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MARC
  

Mark Mouarkech is the managing director of the Arab Image Foundation based in Beirut. He has a master’s degree in curatorial studies and art criticism from Saint Joseph University, Beirut and has a BA in Multimedia and visual arts from the Holy Spirit University, Kaslik. Between 2010 and 2017 he worked at Galerie Tanit, Beirut/Munich where he became director of the Beirut branch in 2012. Between 2014 and 2015 he organized and co-curated several exhibitions in Beirut. In October 2015 he co-founded a collective of 8 curators that adopted the name of MADRASSA (School in Arabic). MADRASSA’s focus are the institutional and collective practices in the region.

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LYNE       

Lyne Sneige is currently the director of the Arts & Culture Program at the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, D.C. Before joining MEI, Sneige was deputy director Lebanon and regional projects manager for Arts and Culture for the Middle East at the British Council operating out of Beirut. Sneige spearheaded several initiatives such as the Creative Economy and Cultural Leadership agendas in the region, and is a strong advocate of the important role that artists play in their societies, and a main contributor to changing perceptions of the cultural sector in the Middle East as an important conduit to social and economic change. Lyne is a Salzburg Global Seminar fellow, a nominator to the Art Jameel Prize, an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition organized in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a nominator to the newly established Agha Khan Music Awards and an adviser to the educational and outreach program of the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) that is set to open in 2023.

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MARIEANN    

Marie-Ann Yemsi is an independent art consultant and curator, born in Germany to German and Cameroonian parents. In 2005, she founded her own agency, Agent Créatif(s), which has developed a renowned expertise in cultural production and art consulting with a focus on emerging artists and artistic scenes in Africa and its Diasporas. She has been the curator at several international exhibitions, including "African Odysseys" at the Brass Cultural Center (Brussels) in 2015, "The Days that Comes" at the Galerie des Galeries (Paris) in 2017 and "A Silent Lines, Lives Here" at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) in 2018. She was the Artistic Director of "Afrotopia", the 11th edition of the Rencontres de Bamako, African Biennale of Photography in Mali (Dec 2017 – Jan 2018).

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