Established by The Abraaj Group, a leading private equity investor, to support contemporary artists of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, The Abraaj Group Art Prize invested in and has given resources to artists to develop their practice by realising a unique project. The prize reflects Abraaj’s own investment philosophy, which is to take viable businesses with great potential, and create regional and global champions.
Zoulikha Bouabdellah with Curator Carol Solomon
Walk on the Sky, Pisces is an evocative installation piece that recreates the night sky illuminated by a discernible astrological constellation. The debut of the piece, in March at Art Dubai, takes place when Pisces is in the sky. Constructed as an open, three-dimensional space, it has a footprint measuring 36 square metres and a height of 3 metres. A system of light-emitting diodes (LED-Flex) is used to create a luminous network of polygonal stars varying in size and colour to form the constellation.
Nazgol Ansarinia with Curator Leyla Fakhr
Nazgol Ansarinia’s work explores the patterns and structures of modern-day life. Taking inspiration from her immediate environment, she closely investigates individual systems and patterns before restructuring them into her own configurations. For the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Nazgol continues this exploration with one of the most stereotyped artifacts of her native Iran: the Persian carpet. Typically perceived as a precious commodity, the Persian carpet has been the most utilized object for Iranians throughout history. While we have become numb to the repitition of floral shapes, Ansarinia prompts us to have a closer look at what is being taken for granted. In Rhyme and Reason, Nazgol transforms the traditional floral motifs of the Persian carpet into scenes of contemporary life in Iran.