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posted on 05/03/2015
Find more information on Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali), Gabriel Abrantes (Portugal), Rodrigo Matheus (Brazil), Sonia Gomes (Brazil) and Yto Barrada (Morocco/France)

(Mali, 1953. Lives and works in Bamako, Mali)

Abdoulaye Konaté studied painting in Bamako (Mali) and Havana (Cuba). He is the founder and CEO of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia in Bamako, Mali. In 2009, he won the Passeport – Créateurs sans Frontiéres award from the French government. In 2008, he was nominated for Artes Mundi, an European prize for artists involved with social reality and the human condition. In 2015, he was featured in a comprehensive retrospective show at Blain|Southern in Berlin, curated by Koyo Kouoh, a member of the Award Jury for the 18th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil (2013). In 2002, he was decorated Knight of the National Order of Mali and Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of France. He was featured in exhibitions such as the Documenta 12 (2007) and the iconic Africa Remix: Contemporary Art of a Continent (Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2004; Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2005; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 2005; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 2006; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2007). In Brazil, he was featured in the 24th São Paulo Art Biennial (1998) and in the Transit exhibition, which toured the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Caixa Cultural Brasília (2012) and Oca São Paulo (2013).

(USA, 1984. Lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal)

Gabriel Abrantes is a filmmaker, visual artist and professor active in film, installation and painting. He attended Cooper Union (New York, USA), Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, France) and the École Nationale des Beaux Arts (Paris, France). His works have been exhibited at the MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, USA), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), the Astrup Fearnley Museet (Oslo, Norway), the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), among others. His films have competed at festivals such as the Venice Biennale and Berlinale. He currently teaches at the Haute École d'Art et Design in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2009, Gabriel Abrantes was named one of the promising young contemporary artists of Portugal by the respected Fundação EDP, and won a prize at the traditional Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) in 2011.

(Brazil, 1974. Lives and works in Paris, France)

Rodrigo Matheus holds a baccalaureate degree in Arts from the University of São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil) and a master’s degree in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (London, United Kingdom). He has exhibited solo at Fundação Manuel António da Mota (Porto, Portugal, 2013), the Museu de Arte da Pampulha (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2004), and the Centro Cultural São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil, 2004), among others. He was featured in the 3rd Biennial of Bahia (Salvador, Brazil, 2014) and in the Vancouver Biennale (Vancouver, Canada, 2014), and showed his work at group exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (Lyon, France, 2015), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France, 2013), the Astrup Fearnley Museet (in the emblematic Imagine Brazil travelling show, Oslo, Norway, 2013), the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil, 2013 and 2011) and the New Museum (New York, USA, 2010).

(Brazil, 1948. Lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Sonia Gomes holds a baccalaureate degree in Law from Universidade de Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, and she studied at the Escola Guignard from 1995 to 1997. She is a guest artist for the All the World’s Futures show of the 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor (2015). She has been featured in solo exhibitions at institutional venues in the state of Minas Gerais, such as the Galeria de Arte CEMIG (2009) and BDMG Cultural (2008). Her works have been shown at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (Stuttgart, Germany, 2014), Museu Afro Brasil (São Paulo, 2013), the Kunsten-Museum of Modern Art Aalborg (Aalborg, Denmark, 2013) and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg, Germany, 2013). In 2014, she was featured in the show Made By... Feito por Brasileiros (Cidade Matarazzo, São Paulo, Brazil).

(France, 1971. Lives and works between Tangier and New York)

Yto Barrada studied History and Political Sciences at the Sorbonne (Paris, France) and Photography at the International Center of Photography (New York, USA). She won the The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015, which commissioned the artwork she presented this year at Art Dubai. Her works have been exhibited at the Tate Modern (London, United Kingdom), the Witte de With (Rotterdam, Holland), the Haus der Kunst (Munich, Germany), the Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), and in two editions of the Venice Biennale (2007 and 2011). She was named artist of the year by the Deutsche Bank (2011), and was awarded the Robert Gardner Fellowship (2013-2014) from the Peabody Museum of Harvard University.