About me: Lidija Kostic Khachatourian

Founder of AKKA Project Gallery and Art And About Africa platform

Born in Serbia, lived in Switzerland, and currently based in UAE, Dubai. Altho often traveling to Italy or somewhere in Africa.

I started engaging with contemporary artists and building our family art collection while exploring Sub Saharan Africa. I have been always captivated by the cultural diversity of the African Continent. My passion for contemporary African art rapidly grew over the years until it became my mission. 

I began traveling systematically across Africa, looking for emerging artists and organizing exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates and in Europe. 

I’m committed to the elevation of contemporary art from Africa through my two realities as well as other curatorial projects, events and public interventions: 

AKKA Project: is a commercial gallery with its spaces in Dubai since 2016, and in Venice since 2019. The gallery’s mission is to promote artists from Africa, reach a more widespread community of art lovers through exhibitions, art fairs and other events as well as encouraging artist’s growth through residencies in Venice. ( akkaproject.com )

Art And About Africa:  is an online free platform that aims is to create an omni-comprehensive guide with cultural spaces, artists’ studios and art institutions on the African continent, making available to everyone willing to know more about the art scene ad its makers furthermore to facilitate any site-specific visits. (artandaboutafrica.com)

If you want to go fast go alone if you want to go far go together!

african proverb