For Hannah Traore, a foray into the world of art was almost pre-destined.
Born in Toronto to a Jewish textile artist and art collector mother and a Malian father who immersed her in his culture, the 27-year-old’s early exposure to art—and the many issues surrounding race and representation in its sphere—left her with virtually “no choice” but to pursue a career that would challenge the traditionally gatekept realm.
And after years of art history study, two coveted curatorial internships at the Museum of Modern Art and Fotografiska, and one perspective-changing pandemic: the Hannah Traore Gallery, a space dedicated to “advocating for and celebrating artists who have been historically marginalized”, was born in New York City.
To learn more about how it all began for the up-and-coming curator, The Aje Report caught up with Hannah at her family home in Toronto, where she styled and wore the newest arrivals from Fall 22 ‘Provenance’—a collection partly inspired by the world of art.
From sharing glimpses into her life as a gallerist to her thoughts on fashion and personal style, read on for our conversation with the inimitable, Hannah Traore.