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AFAC Announces Twenty Six New Grantees in Visual Arts

31 Jul, 2017 

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture –AFAC is happy to announce the selection of 26 new projects as part of its 2017 Visual Arts grants program.


The 2017 Visual Arts jury committee, which met at the AFAC offices in Beirut on 18 and 19 July, included experts from different backgrounds and nationalities:  Art adviser, Curator and art Critic Khadija Hamdi Soussi (Tunisia), curator and co-director of Dar al-Ma’mûn Omar Berrada (Morocco) and painter, sculptor and multimedia artist Moataz Nasr (Egypt).


The open call for The Visual Arts category was launched on February 1st, 2017 and closed on May 1st, 2017. Twenty six projects were selected to receive a total of $300,000. Commenting of this year’s selected projects, the jury stated that:

The 75 pre-selected projects that we examined were an overwhelming testimony to the turmoils the Arab region is living through, but also to the immense creativity of its artists and resilience of its societies. Creative minds of various ages, working in different media and across different geographies, are attempting to face the current historical moment. They are carving a meaningful and ethical way out of the ruins of war and subjection. By appealing to archival research, many artists establish overlooked genealogies of the present, thus recharging it with alternative futures. By working within collectives and inventing community-based projects, they create potent political formations of their own. The pervasive desire to bear witness is also evident in the sheer number of book projects among both the applications and the final selection. At a time when its death is routinely announced, the book appears as a supremely versatile medium, used in many different ways to gather documentation, convey ideas, and stage all manner of verbal and visual confrontations. In accordance with previous years, the highest number of applications came from Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine, though the increased number of projects from Morocco confirms the current vibrancy of the Moroccan art scene, with many innovative projects coming from a younger generation of artists. The final selection gives an idea of the variety of projects that were submitted to our attention. We wish we could support more of them, and are encouraging many to reapply in the future.


The Winning Projects


Tints of Resilience by Rania Mneimneh

The Math Book by Hiba Alansari

Carry Over by Sama Alshaibi

Bab Sebta by Randa Maroufi

Palestine – Unsettled by Steve Sabella

Twin Mousticos by Yassine Balbzioui

I'm the Algerian Man of Ellis Island by Oussama Tabti

The Authentic Bedouin by Inas Halabi

Living Room by Sandi Hilal

Think Tangier by Hicham Bouzid

The Pomegranate and the Sleeping Ghoul by Jumana Abboud

Untranslatability; From Palestine to Budapest by Lara Khaldi

Nabil Anani; Art of Memory by Nabil Anani

To Be Continued... by Mohamad Khayata

Syrian Notebook by Azza Abo Rebieh

The Lovers by Alfred Tarazi

One and Multiple by Manar Moursi

Sonic Territory by Raymond Gemayel

Bledless; the Garden of Exile by Malik Nejmi

Product Like an Artwork by Ahmed Darwesh

Retracing A Disappearing Landscape by P21 Gallery

El-Atlal Air #2  by El-Atlal

From Ear to Ear to Eye by Nottingham Contemporary

The Ten Murders of Josephine by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

Utopia by Samandal

Black Earth by Chisenhale Gallery

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