VIP LOUNGE & SOCIAL HUB/INVITED ARTIST
Polymath designer, artist, and cultural entrepreneur Pierre-Christophe Gam 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 food, photography, collages, set design, drawing, and digital manipulation, he creates ambiguous yet compelling compositions, 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 the making of power and influence.
Gam trained as an interior architect at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and Central St. Martins in London. In his professional career, he has specialised in art direction for leadingcontemporary luxury brands and is the founder of Afro-Polis, a cultural platform that aims to create a multi-dimensional exploration and critical discovery of Africa’s cultural DNA.
Pierre-Christophe was the curator of the 2016 Vitra Campus Summer party and formed part of the advisory board of the acclaimed touring exhibition ‘Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design’. Over the course of his career he has exhibited at the Kunsthal Rotterdam (Rotterdam, 2016); Unseen Festival & Photo Fair (Amsterdam, 2016); Centro de cultura contemporania de Barcelona (Barcelona, 2016); Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Reim, 2015); Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, 2015); 50Golborne (London, 2015); and Lagos Photo Festival (Lagos, 2014).
We are excited to announce that Pierre-Christophe Gam will be curating our VIP Lounge and Social Hub spaces. Designed for the purpose of exchange, these spaces will encourage a relaxed, engaging environment for artists, gallerists, collectors, and thought-leaders to mingle and interact. Pierre-Christophe will also be presenting his latest body of work for the very first time at the ART AFRICA FAIR as a solo exhibition.