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Ridha Moumni

Historian of art and archaeology specializing in antiquity and early and modern Tunisian art. Trained in classical archaeology, he earned his Ph.D. at La Sorbonne University before joining the Villa Medici as a fellow at the French Academy. While in Rome, he began working on indigenous archaeology in Carthage in the 19th century, and on early modern Tunisian art. He returned to Tunis in 2014, where he worked as an independent curator and organized exhibitions of photography and modern art. As an Aga Khan Fellow in the Department of Art History at Harvard University, Dr. Moumni currently works on collecting practices in the Ottoman era, as well as art and nation-building in postcolonial Tunisia.


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Amal Khalaf

Curator and artist and current Director of Programmes at Cubitt, London and Civic Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London where she has worked on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. Here and in other contexts, she has developed residencies, exhibitions, and collaborative research projects at the intersection of arts and social justice and recently launched Support Structures for Support Structures a fellowship and grant program for artists working in the field of community practice and spatial politics. With an interest in radical pedagogy, collectivity and community practice, she has developed a migrant justice program through Implicated Theatre (2011-2019) using Theatre of the Oppressed methodologies to create interventions, curricula, and performances with ESOL teachers, hotel workers, domestic workers, and migrant justice organizers. She is a founding member of artist collective GCC and is also a trustee for not/no.w.here. In 2019, she curated Bahrain’s pavilion for Venice; in 2018, she co-curated an international art and social justice conference called Rights to the City at Conway Hall, London; and in 2016, she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.


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Abdullah Al-Turki

Born and raised in Riyadh, he is a board member of the Ad-Diriyah Biennale Foundation and a founding member of the Saudi Art Council and its 21,39 Jeddah Arts initiative. He sits on the Board of Trustees of Ballroom Marfa and is a member of the Solomon R. Guggenheim’s Middle Eastern Circle. Abdullah served as the founding Creative Director for the Edge of Arabia and was a member of Tate’s Middle East North Africa Acquisition Committee. Abdullah has a degree in Finance and Masters's in Management from Cass Business School and initially worked in banking before becoming involved in the contemporary art scene.


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Salwa Mikdadi

Director of al Mawrid Arab Center for the Study of Art (NYUAD) and Associate Professor, Practice of Art History at NYU Abu Dhabi since 2013. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world, Arab art institutions, gender politics in art, and museums and society. Her past positions include: Head of the Arts & Culture Program at the Emirates Foundation (2009-2012). She taught at Sorbonne-Paris Abu Dhabi in the MA History of Art and Museum Studies (2011-2014). Mikdadi was the co-founder and Director of Cultural & Visual Arts Resource/ICWA, one of the first non-profit organizations dedicated to the study and exhibition of the art of the Arab world (USA 1988-2006). She curated numerous exhibitions, including the first Palestinian Exhibition for the 53rd Venice Biennial, 2009, A Century in Flux: Highlights from the Barjeel Collection- Sharjah Art Museum (co-curator 2018), and Forces of Change: Artists of the Arab World (USA 1994). She is the editor of several catalogs, books: Elias Zayat: Cities and Legends, Palestine c/o Venice (2009), Visual Reflections on Arabic Poetry, In/Visible: Arab American Artists, New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art of the 21st Century (co-editor) and wrote the reference guide on the history of twentieth-century art of West Asia, N. Africa, and Egypt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline. Mikdadi is a founding member of AMCA.

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Brahim Alaoui

Initially a researcher at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Brahim Alaoui was subsequently director of the museum of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris where, between 1987 and 2007, he organized numerous exhibitions that contributed to building his reputation. He is the author of many written works and catalogues, notably on contemporary Arab artists. He has been a member of various juries, including the Venice Biennale in 1999 (UNESCO prize) and the Shanghai Biennale in 2001 (UNESCO prize). He was also a member of the UNESCO Advisory Committee for Works of Art until 2007, a member of ICOM (International Council of Museums) and a member of AICA-France (International Association of Art Critics). He now divides his time between his activities as a consultant in cultural engineering and publishing, and exhibition curating.

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Clare Davies

Associate Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Davies joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2015 as the museum’s first curator of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. She has built the foundations of The Met's collection holdings in this area and is the curator of Yto Barrada, Lyautey Unit Blocks (Play) (2018-2019) at The Met and the retrospective Siah Armajani: Follow This Line (2018-2019) at the Met Breuer and the Walker Art Center. She is also co-curator of Rayyane Tabet: Alien Property (2019-2021) with Kim Benzel, Curator in Charge of the Ancient Near Eastern Art Department at The Met and artist Rayyane Tabet. She holds a PhD in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and devoted her dissertation to 19th and 20th century art in Egypt.


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Farah Abushullaih

The Head of Museum at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra). She holds an MA in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University in New York, USA, and a BA in International Business and Intercultural Communications from Aston University in Birmingham, UK. Abushullaih joined the Ithra team in 2012 and worked as Lead Curator of the Great Hall exhibition space. During her time at Ithra, Abushullaih has launched a number of programs and initiatives that greatly support the development of the Kingdom’s creative sector and provide a platform for cross-cultural engagement. She has curated and developed several local and international exhibitions in collaboration and partnership with distinguished institutions. Abushullaih has led bringing global art to the Kingdom, exhibiting works of art by renowned Norwegian artist Edvard Munch for the first time in the Middle East, as well as exhibiting the works of Leonardo da Vinci in Saudi Arabia for the first time. In 2021, she introduced the first immersive art exhibition in the Kingdom that addresses the topic of sustainability. Abushullaih also led the development of the local art scene and artists by working with a pioneering team to create the Ithra Bridges program, a series of creative and impactful programs that provided a platform for more than 50 Saudi artists participating in international exhibitions, including shows at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum.