The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture –AFAC is happy to announce the selection of the newest group of grantees for its Visual Arts General Grants program.
The 2016 Visual Arts jury committee, which met at the AFAC offices in Beirut on July the 9th, included experts from different backgrounds and nationalities:Jurors: Khalil Joreige (Lebanon), Shurooq Amin (Kuwait) and Najlaa El Ageli (Libya).
The open call for The Visual Arts Category was launched on February 1, 2016 and closed on May 1, 2016. 21 projects were selected to receive the grant. Commenting of this year’s selected projects, the jury stated that:
“The jury has decided after prolonged deliberation to award 14 candidates under the individual category and 7 candidates under the institutions category. The selection process was based on diversity, attempting to distribute the available budget equitably studying the applications case-by-case. This led to a rich selection both geographically and in terms of medium. The jury noticed many recurrent concepts: connecting places; time and space; migration and belonging; territory; revisiting the past without nostalgia, but with concern for the present. Several projects crossed over from one medium to another and numerous projects were publications and/or film. The jury’s selection included compelling projects that were found crucial in those troubled time and projects that depended on /relied on their existence from the grants of AFAC. All in all, we are very pleased with the final selection that brought the jury’s final deliberations to an agreement.”
The Winning Projects
Darna by Zineb Benjelloun
Face by Yumna Al-Arashi