2017 Prize curator Omar Berrada and Chair Dana Farouki discussed the 2017 exhibition and commissioned work with winning artist Rana Begum, and short-listed artists Sarah Abu Abdallah, Doa Aly & Raha Raissnia.
Dana Farouki is an independent curator and collector of international contemporary art. Farouki was the first member of the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi curatorial staff, is on the Board of Trustees of MoMA P.S.1, Bidoun and Creative Time in New York and is the Founding Chair of The Guggenheim’s Middle East Circle.
Omar Berrada is a writer, translator, and curator. He is one of the editors of Tamawuj, the online publication of Sharjah Biennial 13, and is at work on projects relating to the archive of Moroccan writer and filmmaker Ahmed Bouanani.
Winning artist of The Abraaj Group Art Prize this year, Rana Begum lives and works in London. Begum has been exhibited in global institutions including Parasol Unit, Royal Academy of Arts, and Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art to name a few.
Represented by Gypsum Gallery, Cairo, Doa Aly’s work spans video, drawing and performance, and has been exhibited internationally, including the New Museum, Tate Modern and the International Center for Photography.
Raha Raissnia creates complex works which combine painting, film and drawing. Much of her work is focused on exploring the intersection of these different mediums and how each informs the other in terms of their materiality and respective processes of making.
Sarah Abu Abdallah, is an artist and puzzle maker, working with video, installation, poetry and images. She is the recipient of Sharjah Art Foundation’s Production Programme grant (2016) in collaboration with Josh Bitelli for their project To Gaze at Ten Suns Shining.