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Three AFAC grantees win the Abraaj Capital Art Prize!

14 Oct, 2011 

On Tuesday Oct. 11th , the winners of the fourth annual award of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize were announced at the Dubai International Financial Center. Three of the five artist awardees are former AFAC grantees: the collaborative duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige from Lebanon, Raed Yassin from Lebanon, and Wael Shawky from Egypt. Taysir Batniji from Palestine and Risham Syed from Pakistan complete this year’s awardee roster, and now the artists have until March 2012 to realize their award-winning proposals under the curatorship of this year’s guest curator Nat Muller from the Netherlands. Abraaj Capital Art Prize awards five regional artists $120,000 each and invites one international guest curator to weave the five independent artistic narratives into a collaborative experience which will result with a published book and a touring exhibition launched annually at Art Dubai. The Daily Star’s Kaelen Wilson-Goldie reported the awarded curator Nat Muller saying “Because the artists and the curator were chosen separately, it’s a very different environment. You really have to find what the curatorial engagement could be.”

 

This year’s selection committee included Glenn Lowry, director of New York’s Museum of Modern Art; Jessica Morgan, a curator at the London Tate; and Antonia Carver, director of Art Dubai. The prize, established in 2008 by the private equity firm Abraaj Capital, was described by Wilson-Goldie as “one of the only art prizes in the world awarded to speculative proposals rather than already existing artworks or established records of artistic achievement. It is also one of the only awards of its kind with a specific geographical focus on the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.” 


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