HUTCH WILCO

Assistant Curator

New Zealand-born curator residing in Shanghai, China, where he specializes in established contemporary and emerging Chinese artists, Hutch holds a bachelor's Art degree from AUT (Auckland University of Technology). He is currently the International Editor for 99YS Arts Media Group, China, as well as the Art Director/Curator for Cospace Gallery, in the North Bund Art District in Shanghai, China. He is also engaged in research of the Contemporary Chinese art scene and has written art criticism on exhibitions in Shanghai and elsewhere.

Hutch has undertaken several roles as Projects and Senior Exhibitions Manager with the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa (1998-2016). He was also involved as Project Coordinator and translator for the Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino, Venice Biennale (2015), as well as working on the New Zealand Pavilion to the Venice Biennale (2009, 2011, 2013), and several collateral exhibitions to the Venice Biennale (2013, 2015).

Hutch has extensive curatorial experience in China within museums, where he has recently curated exhibitions for Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai and Epoch Museum of Art, Wenzhou (2016).

Hutch will be responsible in curating the Chinese contingent to the fair.

Pierre-Christophe Gam

Artistic Director and Curator for Africa

Polymath artist, curator, art director and cultural entrepreneur Pierre-Christophe Gam, trained as an interior architect at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and Central St. Martins in London. In his professional career, he has specialized in art direction for leading contemporary luxury brands and media companies, including Universal, Maison Martin Margiela, Kenzo, Publicis and Les Galleries Lafayettes among others.Gam is the founder and director of Afro-Polis, an innovative cultural platform, whose aim is to create a multi-dimensional exploration and critical discovery of Africa's cultural DNA by fostering a participatory forum via events, talks and exhibitions.

In his artistic practice Pierre-Christophe explores the legacy of Pre and Post-Colonial ideas developed by Pan-African thinkers. He is interested in evaluating how current social and political changes in Africa and the diaspora negotiate with past intellectual and visual heritage. Using photography, collages, drawing and digital manipulation, he creates ambiguous yet compelling composition where deep cultural references are mixed-up and juxtaposed in a rich and intricate tapestry.  Beyond the visual seduction of his work, Pierre-Christophe questions complex and deeply rooted narratives at the core of the global African experience.

Pierre-Christophe was guest curator of the 2017 Art Africa Fair in Cape-Town and curator of the 2015 Vitra Campus Summer Party during Art Basel (Vitra's largest annual event) and part of the advisory board of the acclaimed touring exhibition Making Africa, curated by Amelie Klein of the Vitra Design Museum.

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WHAT IS UNFOLD

Showcasing emerging and established artists from the BRICS, its neighboring countries and their diasporic communities, UNFOLD entices the world's premier private bankers, financial institutions, government authorities, real estate developers, spatial designers, hotel owners and operators with insights, opportunities, and new partnerships as well as attracts corporate collectors, private and public institutions from across the globe.

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24-28 January 2018
St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

24-28 January 2018
St. Regis Saadiyat Island,
Abu Dhabi

CURATORIAL TEAM
Pierre-Christophe Gam
Artistic Director Africa
Hutch Wilco
Assistant Curator China