Rad Hourani in 2009
June 15, 1982 |
Rad Hourani is a Canadian designer, photographer, and artist known for his neutral, genderless creations. Born in 1982 in Jordan from a Jordanian-Canadian father and a Syrian mother, he moved to Montreal, Quebec at the age of 16 to complete high school. After his graduation, he began working as an art director. At the age of 23, he moved to Paris, where he started photography and shooting videos. He then created his first unisex collection and launched his eponymous brand in October 2007 at the age of 25.
Two years later, he presented his first photo and video exhibition at the Jardins du Palais-Royal in Paris. Since then, Rad Hourani accumulated notoriety exhibiting his photographic work around the world, in particular at the Arnhem Biennale in the Netherlands, at I.T Gallery in Hong Kong, Art Dubai, Arrtco Gallery in Beijing, and Tbilissi for the month of photography in Georgia. He also exhibited a film projection at Centre Pompidou in Paris, an interactive installation at the Tate Modern in London, different installations at FIT Museum in New York, MU Art Center in the Netherlands, and the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark. His most recent multidisciplinary exhibitions were presented at the Phi Center in Montreal and at the Canadian Cultural Center in Paris.
In January 2013, Rad Hourani became an invited member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, marking him both the first Canadian to show during Couture Week, and the first designer to show a unisex collection at this event.
His work is an attentive study of the human body that celebrates neutrality as a defining human trait. The Rad Hourani unisex process advocates non-conformity as the essence of individualism. He sees modernity as an odyssey free of limit, gender, age, religion, boundaries, and conditioning. In his own vision, he is sketching a new, freer way to live.