Director, International Emerging Artist Award & Award Curator
World Art Dubai 2016 Advisory Committee, UAE
Rebia Naim is the Director and Founder of the International Emerging Artist Award of Dubai, the UAE's first contemporary art award open for both Emirati and international emerging artists with the aim to provide world class recognition and outstanding career opportunities to its laureates. Rebia has curated the award editions since 2012 bringing to the UAE's art scene refreshing art events showcasing artists from over 120 countries. She also developed an award program for Emiratis, the Emerging Emirati Artist Award which aims at bringing forward contemporary Emirati visual artists and showcasing their art on the international art scene. Rebia holds a Master’s degree in Arts & New Technology of Communication and Information from the University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis (France). In 2008 she was offered to run the first art gallery dedicated to emerging photographers, Portfolio Gallery. She also worked actively for the Alliance Francaise of Dubai, developing cultural programs with the aim to encourage dialogue between cultures through different events and festivals, based on art, music, literature and conferences. In 2012, Rebia was assigned on two major art projects for Saadiyat Island (Abu Dhabi) through Brunswick Arts, the Louvre Talk Series and the British Museum's international touring exhibition, " Treasures of the World's Cultures'. Rebia is an advocate of entrepreneurship in art supporting the career development of emerging artists through partnerships and international collaborations. Rebia is also part of the World Art Dubai Advisory Committee, Dubai’s newest art fair dedicated to affordable art and emerging visual artists.
Emirati Author and Photographer, UAE
After receiving a BA in Photography from Griffith University 2004 she worked as a photojournalist for local newspapers covering regional and international news.
In 2008 she gained a MA in Photo-Image from Durham University and has lectured photography as an adjunct at the American University of Sharjah.
Her photography has been exhibited internationally and holds awards including: EDAAD Scholarship 2007, British Council Cultural Leadership International 2010 and 2011 Emirates Woman Artist of the Year.
Al Shamsi’s recently published book Alayah has been awarded the support from Dubai Culture part of their printing and publishing movement “Reading in Arabic Challenge”.
Alia works actively to bring forward Emirati and international talents to the UAE’s art scene by collaborating with artists and organizations on public art projects, contributing to the UAE’s vision to make the city an open platform for art showcase.
Director, TAG Bxl Gallery, Belgium
Co-founder Arts Lab Brussels, Belgium
Johanna Suo is Director of TAG bxl, The Accessible Gallery which aims to introduce art to larger audiences. Johanna also co-founded Arts lab Brussels, an association which focuses on arts diplomacy by presenting international projects, exchanges and conferences on both emerging and established art. Johanna has a past in performing arts and is also active in cultural management and cultural politics. She has worked for the Swedish Institute, The Goethe-Institut, CUMEDIAE, culture and media agency Europe.
In 2008 she founded the association Innovation Culture Europe (ICE) which aim is to improve knowledge between European countries and cultures and to encourage values, such as awareness, engagement and openness through art and cultural projects. She conceptualized cross discipline and visual arts project such as the large-scale exhibition project United States of Europe – a travelling exhibition about European Identity and Europe today, coordinated by the Goethe-Institut, Paris. She lived in Paris and London then moved to Brussels in 2014.
Artistic Coordinator, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels
'Enzo' holds the function as Artistic Coordinator at Académie Royale des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles (Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels) ARBA-ESA. At the school he has developed and curated exhibitions, conferences, workshops, lectures, festivals and happenings with participants from all over the world.
In Brussels he has also co-developed activities at other well-known institutions such as 'Les Brigittines' where he worked with cross disciplinary projects.
Enzi is also the Co-founder of A.L.E.P.P.O (Laboratory for experiment in performance and politics); Co-founder and artistic director for L'Institut Supérieur des Arts et des Chorégraphies (Brussels) and Scientific Director at Aurelio Petroni Foundation (Italy). Enzo has a past as dancer and choreographer and studied in Naples, New York and Paris.
Founders, QLOCKTWO, Germany
Marco Biegert and Andreas Funk from Schwaebisch Gmünd achieve global success. They are the inventors of the word clock "QLOCKTWO®". The principle behind displaying the time in words is as amazing as it is brilliant.
The two friends founded their company "BIEGERT & FUNK" in 1999 already. The emerging internet turned out to be the ideal booster and soon the company was offering web- and print-related services, design and advertising concepts, growing to 20 employees.
Alongside day-to-day business, Biegert and Funk were constantly exploring new ideas. They are enthusiastic about anything to do with time displays and new techniques. "It must be possible to display time with words instead of with clock hands or numbers," they were thinking. After countless discussions and a few approaches, they developed a concept that is known today in the world of time display as the global phenomenon "QLOCKTWO®". The basic principle is simple as it often is with good things. A matrix with a seemingly random arrangement of letters forms the basis. However, the design contains the words necessary to describe the hours and five-minute intervals. "Es ist halb acht" or "It is twenty past nine".
Behind each letter cut out of the front plate there is a white LED. The two designers also found a way to display the minutes between each five-minute interval – through four LEDs in the corners of the square clock. The rest is a success story based on a lot of hard work. Production started at zero in 2009. All components needed to be delivered by suppliers who could meet the two perfectionists' high quality standards. The uncompromising premium standard has developed into a significant pillar of the entire company philosophy and was jointly responsible for the many global design awards and prizes. In 2014 alone, the QLOCKTWO® received four design awards, including the iF Product Design Award, the GOOD DESIGN Award and the Plus X Award for functionality and design.
General Manager, En Vogue Concept Store, UAE
Samir Chammas is the General Manager of En Vogue Concept Store, Dubai’s premium home concept store specializing in furnishings from high-end luxury to affordable pieces as well as offering interior design, architectural and fit-out services for bespoke and large-scale turnkey residential and commercial projects. An MBA graduate, highly accomplished, and results-driven sales, operations and marketing management professional with over 24 years of experience in managing overall retail operations of leading furniture retail stores such as 2XL and interior design companies in UAE, Lebanon and KSA.
Samir initiated the concept of En Vogue Interiors, where he was highly involved in the creative process, expressing his love for the arts, and design, and the execution of all projects. Being the new general manager of the concept store, Samir consistently achieves noteworthy results in this ever-changing business environment while promoting his passion for creative design and arts where En Vogue is a passionate advocator of.
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