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Pavilion of Lebanon in Venice 2017

Pavilion of Lebanon in Venice 2017
The Lebanese Ministry of Culture has appointed Zad Moultaka to represent Lebanon at at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017. Curator: Emmanuel Daydé

Cimetta ǀ Valletta 2018: Mobility Funding

Cimetta ǀ Valletta 2018: Mobility Funding
Open call for artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Arab region. Deadline: 31 July 2016

Hiwa K: Arnold-Bode-Prize 2016

Hiwa K: Arnold-Bode-Prize 2016
The Arnold-Bode-Prize 2016 of documenta-City Kassel goes to Hiwa K, who was born in Iraq in 1975, and lives in Berlin.

Pavilion of Iraq in Venice 2017

Pavilion of Iraq in Venice 2017
Ruya Foundation has announced Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo as Co-curators of the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017.

Tajwaal Mobility Grant

Tajwaal Mobility Grant
Culture Resource's grant for Arab artists to support international travel, touring their work, and cultural exchange. Deadline: 20 October 2016

Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017

Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017
Open Call for artists from the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia. Deadline: 11 August 2016. Curators from any country can also apply. Deadline: 10 July, 2016.

Abbara Program

Abbara Program
Culture Resource's program supports the institutional development of independent cultural initiatives in the Arab region. Deadline for applications: 22 July 2016.

RAW Academy: Call

RAW Academy: Call
Call for applications for the residential programme for artistic and curatorial thought and practice inquiry in Dakar. Session 1 is led by Rasha Salti. Deadline: 3 July 2016

Focus Iran 2 - Call

Focus Iran 2 - Call
Call for submissions for the 2nd international juried exhibition of contemporary photography and video works relating to Iranian culture and heritage. Deadline: 8 August 2016.

Gülsün Karamustafa. Chronographia

Gülsün Karamustafa. Chronographia
10 June - 23 October 2016, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin. Comprehensive solo exhibition. Curator: Melanie Roumiguière. Curatorial advisor: Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu

 

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Sarkis: Respiro and Beyond

Sarkis: Respiro and Beyond
Reflections on the process of curating a project by Sarkis for the Pavilion of Turkey at the Venice Biennale 2015, in the year of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
By Defne Ayas

Ala Younis: Plan for Greater Baghdad

Ala Younis: Plan for Greater Baghdad
The project looks at monuments, (by) architects, (for) governments, and ideals' tensional relationship to ideologies in times of shifting states. Exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015.

Nidhal Chamekh

Nidhal Chamekh
Conversation with the Tunisian artist about his drawings and installation exhibited at All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale 2015, curated by Okwui Enwezor.
By Emma Chubb

Walid Siti

Walid Siti
About the work of the artist in relation to his Iraqi-Kurdish origin. With photos of his installation at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 and earlier works.
By Lutz Becker

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara
About the Palestinian artist whose work contributed to an early phase of the building of an explicitly Palestinian identity.
By Ulrich Look

 

Leila  Alaoui: An Artist to Remember

Artist & Artwork | Morocco
Leila Alaoui: An Artist to Remember
About the Franco-Moroccan photographer who died in the 2016 Ouagadougou terrorist attack. Her family is establishing a foundation in Morocco, to keep her legacy alive, and continue her work linking art with social action.
By Hannah Kugel, June 2016

Birzeit University Museum: Unlike Other Springs

Exhibitions | Palestine
Birzeit University Museum: Unlike Other Springs
The pioneering institution in Palestine and the dedicated work of a community to create a vivid cultural experience away from setbacks of the political reality. Based on an interview with founder Vera Tamari.
By Inass Yasin, June 2016

Akram Zaatari: This Day at Ten

Artist & Artwork | Lebanon
Akram Zaatari: This Day at Ten
The first solo exhibition of the Lebanese artist in Switzerland, 20 May - 31 July 2016, Kunsthaus Zürich. Works created between 2003 and 2013. Curator: Mirjam Varadinis.
June 2016

Invisible Beauty

Exhibitions | Iraq
Invisible Beauty
The Pavilion of Iraq at the Venice Biennale 2015 is on view at S.M.A.K. Ghent from 28 May to 4 Sept. 2016. Introduction of curator Philippe Van Cauteren and photos of the exhibition in Venice.
June 2016

Transformations: The Emirati National House

Exhibitions | United Arab Emirates
Transformations: The Emirati National House
Pavilion of the UAE at the 15th Venice Architecture Exhibition. 28 May - 27 November 2016. Commissioner: The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation. Curator: Yasser Elsheshtawy.
June 2016

Iran & Co, the Sequel

Art Scene | Iran
Iran & Co, the Sequel
In the aftermath of the Nuclear Deal, the desire for self-determination of Iran's art scene could be overshadowed, again, by the renewed expectations of a Western culture industry hungry for easy definable identity-based movements.
By Michel Dewilde, May 2016

Michael Rakowitz

Artist & Artwork | Iraq
Michael Rakowitz
The invisible enemy should not exist. Exhibition at Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, 30 April - 30 July 2016. Text by Gauthier Lesturgie and images of the project, ongoing since 2007.
May 2016

Hamid Sulaiman: Freedom Hospital

Artist & Artwork | Syria
Hamid Sulaiman: Freedom Hospital
Original drawings for the much-noticed graphic novel by the Syrian artist, presented in an exhibition at Crone Gallery Berlin, 9 April - 18 June 2016.
By Hannah Kugel, May 2016

Mona Hatoum: From Pompidou to the Tate

Artist & Artwork | Lebanon
Mona Hatoum: From Pompidou to the Tate
After the Centre Pompidou last year, Mona Hatoum's survey show is on view at Tate Modern, 4 May - 21 August 2016. Interview by Christine van Assche, one of the exhibition curators.
April 2016

Arash Hanaei: Capital Complex

Artist & Artwork | Iran
Arash Hanaei: Capital Complex
Exhibition at MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, New York, 24 April - 5 June 2016. Curator: Nina Tabassomi.
April 2016

Bouchra Khalili

Artist & Artwork | Morocco
Bouchra Khalili
Until 28 August 2016, Bouchra Khalili's The Mapping Journey Project is on view at MoMA in New York. Excerpts from a conversation, published in the first monograph about the Moroccan artist.
By Omar Berrada, April 2016

In Memoriam: Malick Sidibé

Artist & Artwork | Mali
In Memoriam: Malick Sidibé
On 14 April 2016, the Malian photographer died at the age of 80. Malick Sidibé was one of the most influential photographers of his time.
April 2016

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