We are delighted to have enrolled the following experts to act as independent judges.
Fadzai Muchemwa, is a researcher, writer and curator operating between Makanda, South Africa and Harare, Zimbabwe. Her research explores notions of care in artistic practice, national archival records, social justice, histories of cities, topographies of knowledge production and sites of transition. She was Curator for Education and Public Programming at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe from 2017-2020, and Assistant Curator from 2016-2017, where she co-curated Moulding a Nation: The History of the Ceramics Collection of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (2018–2019), Dis(colour)ed Margins (2017), Culture in Communities (2016), and Jazzified: Expressions of Protest (2016). In addition, she curated The Unseen: Creatures of Myth and Legend, an exhibition of artworks by Isaac Kalambata at the Lusaka National Museum in 2018. As visiting curator at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg in 2019, she produced the publication Curating Johannesburg: rest.less, under siege/in transition. Muchemwa is a 2017 fellow of the International Training Programme at the British Museum. She is a collaborator for Independent Curators International and the Zimbabwe Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition in Venice. She is a founding member of the Practice Theory Collective
Moffat Takadiwa, is a visual artist and founder of Mbare Art Space in Harare. Moffat has participated in several international exhibitions and is considered one of Zimbabwe's leading contemporary visual artist.
Marwan Zakhem is the Founder of Gallery 1957. Based in Accra, with a London outpost opened in 2020, Gallery 1957 has a curatorial focus on West Africa. Presenting a programme of exhibitions, installations and performances by the region’s most significant artists, the gallery serves as a vital platform, promoting West Africa’s presence within the art scene by hosting ambitious exhibitions, providing resources for residencies and participating in international art fairs. The gallery evolved from over two decades of private collecting, since Zakhem first arrived in Senegal in 2000. He was a judge on the panel of the inaugral Yaa Asantewaa female arts prize and has previously sat on the Tate Acquisition Committee.
Serge Tiroche (b. 1966) grew up with art and has broad experience as collector, gallery owner, Impressionist and Modern Art dealer, curator and art fund manager. Serge completed business administration studies in Paris in 1992 and then obtained an MBA from INSEAD in 1997. In parallel, he began collecting contemporary art. After graduating, he joined Citigroup’s Private Bank where for 10 years he advised high net worth families on investments and other wealth management issues. In 2007, before the financial crisis, he left banking in order to combine his passions for art and investments, with a mission to enable the broader HNW community to participate in the art world, proposing passion investments. His first project was to found ST-ART, Israel’s first art incubator project. He went on to invest in the Artist Pension Trust and serve as its global chairman until 2010. In 2011 he co-founded Art Vantage, an art fund focused on collecting contemporary art from developing markets, via the Tiroche DeLeon Collection. His most recent initiative was to found Africa First in 2017, focusing his private collecting and promotional work on contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. Over the years Serge was involved with multiple public art organizations: The Batsheva Dance Company, The Tel-Aviv Museum, The Serpentine Gallery, the Israel Museum, and the Shenkar College of Art & Design to name a few. Serge also invests and advises startups seeking a more efficient art market ecosystem
Richard Mudariki is a visual artist and co-founder of artHARARE. His work has been showcased on many international exhibition. In 2018, he was one of the first artists to be an artists in residency at the Zeitz Mocca in Cape Town.