Meet the Jury

Guest of Honour

Kendell Geers

Employing a wide range of references — from the realms of history of art, pornography, iconography and kitsch — Kendell Geers questions artistic value and mocks the notion of originality. His work reveals razor-sharp humour that plays with the viewer’s repulsion and ridicules racial or religious stereotypes.​​​​​​​​ Kendell Geers was born in South Africa and now lives and works in Brussels. At the 1993 Venice Biennale he officially changed his date of birth to May 1968, a momentous year in world history for human liberation and equality. Geers creates work that aims to disrupt commonly accepted moral codes and principles. Laden with complex and deep political implications, it is challenging and confrontational. At the same time, Geers’ minimalist aesthetics generate a subtle poetic undertone. His use of language, ready-mades, neon, glass, icons, film, chevron tape and other objects confront the viewer head on. They often startle the eye and require a degree of interrogation from the spectator.​​​​​​​​
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Sophie Clauwaert

Category Manager for Modern Art at Catawiki

Sophie Clauwaert obtained her Masters degree in Art History in Brussels, and then completed her education with a second Masters in Fine and Decorative Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London in 2007. During these years, she specialised in Old Master Paintings, but also gained a strong understanding of art and antiques in general.

After successfully completing internships at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and Sotheby’s (Paris), she decided to start her own business and launched ArtExpert in 2008. An ACAF jury veteran, she now serves as the Category Manager for Modern Art at Catawiki.

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Heidi Ukkonen

Artist

Swedish painter Heidi Ukkonen explores through her paintings themes of the mundane such as relationships, anguish, and suffering. These depictions are represented through playfully deformed animations within the life of modern society.

Her works are built using materials such as acrylic, oil paint, and spray paint which adds and builds texture to her works. Most of her inspiration derives from her life living in the vibrant city of Antwerp where she has worked since graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

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Dr. Rose Vickers

Curatorial Director for Arthur

Dr. Rose Vickers (b. 1984, Newcastle, Australia) is a US-based curator, speaker, and art historian focused on innovative outcomes for digital and real-world projects. She is the Curatorial Director for Arthur, where she oversees teams creating engaging and directed online content, connecting artists, curators, and collectors in meaningful and scalable ways.

Always looking to initiate positive and surprising ways of experiencing art, Rose is motivated by collaborative partnerships, inspiring new content, and the expanding possibilities offered by digital developments.

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Joel Yoss

Art Dealer, Advisor and Curator

Working professionally since 1995, Joel Yoss has acquired close to three decades of experience within the fine art industry.  Joel has collaborated closely with artists, curators, collectors and museums whilst living in and experiencing the cultures of North America, Latin America and Europe. From 2006 to 2015, he was a Director at Hauser & Wirth (London, New York) and from 2010 to 2019, Joel was the co-founder and Artistic Director of Proyecto AMIL, a contemporary sector nonprofit based in Lima, Peru that aimed to bridge local and international art scenes through showcasing large-scale exhibitions, artist interventions, publishing artists' books, catalogues, and hosting both residencies and public events. Joel is currently a curatorial advisor for the rapidly growing Arthur app, working closely with Dr. Rose Vickers, and is based in London.