Anna Shvets – Russia and Ecuador
Anna Shvets is an art manager, an expert on trends in the world of art and CEO at TAtchers' ART Management. She believes that art can be a unique language that unites countries and continents, culture and science. Being an internationally recognised arts manager she actively cooperates with leading art institutions, works as coach and consultant for artists, interested in international developement and promotion. She regularly contributes writing to art and business magazines. As an art educator, she gives online and offline lectures and talks in Europe and Americas. Her art research spans widely across contemporary art theory, a collaboration of art, science, business and new technologies, and focuses on the interaction of art and environmental humanities in exceptional places of our planet. Geography of her projects extends from Europe to South America, from Middle East to Asia, from Antarctica to Galapagos islands. For many years Anna represents Arte Laguna Prize in Russia and CIS.
Mohamed Benhadj – North Africa, Spain
He is the most influential curator and ambassador of the international cultural exchange in the field of contemporary art in Algeria. Mohamed Benhadj has been the unique icon of performance art in the Algerian art scen, known with his audacious and avant-garde movement. He emerged possibilities of change and growth for Algerian and international artists by strengthening the importance of exchange and art promotion. His vision of a connected world through bridges of possibilities and collaborations leads him to establish Al-Tiba9 in 2013, an international exhibition of contemporary art, performance, and fashion design, promoting the exchange between art institutions and artists gathering in a new Arab social-cultural environment. In 2017, Mohamed extended his philosophy to Barcelona, Spain. In 2019 he became a member of Algero-Espagnol cultural association, in partnership with the Spanish embassy in Algeria. He collaborates with the Ministry of culture, museums, art institutions, embassies, and art centers. He aims to create a new pole of contemporary art in North Africa, offering to the world a unique experience of creativity, possibility, and growth like no other around the planet.
Elena Oranskaia – Belgium and Ukraine
The turbulent time in which we live and the challenges that are faced by modern civilization require reflection and innovative (possibly radical) solutions. The role of the designer, artist and philosopher is now more important than ever. Only a creative person can emotionally present the beauty of a floating world and stimulate movement towards improvement. The combination of traditions and innovations, the study of historical approaches and the exchange of ideas by people with different cultural backgrounds and mentalities give us a chance to preserve and improve our planet. These principles are guided by Elena Oranskaia in her work. For the past years, her foundation Art-East+Art-West had organized and overseen exhibitions of Dutch design and architecture in Moscow and exhibitions/events of exploring Ukrainian design at the Dutch Design Week and Fuori Saloni Milano.
Sarp Kerem Yavuz – USA and Turkey
The artworks of Sarp Kerem Yavuz reclaim Orientalist imagery and bring the visual legacy of the Middle East into the present. Through photography, light projection, neon sculpture and digital drawing, he creatives visually provocative works of art in pursuit of peaceful coexistence. Born in Paris in 1991 and raised in Istanbul, his works explore gender, politics, religion, and violence. He is the recipient of several international accolades, including the 2019 Leslie Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship, the 2016 Palm Springs Photo Festival Emerging Photographer award, presented by Leica Camera, the 2013 New Artists Society Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the 2013 Leah Freed Memorial Prize. In 2013, he became the youngest artist to exhibit and be included in the permanent collection of the Istanbul Modern Museum. His artworks are published in Turkey: Istanbul CODEX, and the Boys! book benefitting the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Raffaella Gallo – China and Shanghai
Engineer, with a wide experience as Program Manager and Strategic Consultant, Raffaella Gallo has been nurturing her passion for art since an early age, starting her own collection at 16. After moving to China in 2009, Raffaella had the opportunity to apply her rigorous approach to the art sector and to open a new chapter in her studies, focusing on Chinese contemporary art. In 2012, she founded ARTCaffè, a new concept of meeting, aiming to create a multicultural platform and to activate debates among people who are not strictly involved into the art sector, but share a passion or even a mere curiosity for art. Each month, Raffaella’s living room becomes an arena in which guest artists give a talk to a multifaceted crowd, presenting career stories, work practices and sources of inspirations. It is a unique way for artists present their projects and directly connect to the audience, without filters, in an informal setting; for people to cultivate a passion; for cultures from all over the world to share their different points of view.
Hongbin Zhang, international art broker and editor for the overseas edition of Collection Magazine
He has been engaged in art exchanges for more than 20 years and has made significant contributions in promoting the exchange and cooperation between Chinese artists and overseas artists. At the same time, he also has outstanding performance in eliminating cultural barriers, eliminating language barriers, eliminating traditional differences, and promoting overseas arts to understand China and other cross-cultural communication. Since 2009, Chinese artists have participated in more important international art events, exhibitions, contests, and so on.
He has served as an international ambassador of the Florence Biennale and an ambassador for the ARC Salon competition. Art review articles are often published in the Bazaar Art, Collection, Art Business, and Library Art.
Do you want to be one of our Ambassadors?
We are looking for Photographers, Videomakers or simply art and events lovers, life curious people who would like to live new experiences and who want to be our ambassadors during the international appointments of Arte Laguna Prize (there is no reimbursement of costs).
Send us your candidacy.
Your photos/video/stories and your emotions will be on our social pages and promotional materials.