The Forum Fellows endeavored to formulate criteria, definitions and discourses pertaining to contemporary art curating. Curators take pride in the idea that their profession defies clear categorization. And yet a certain number of historical developments, professional narratives and institutional prerogatives do point toward a surprisingly clear set of curatorial specificities. Our group discerned these traits and also aimed to understand why they are so arduously dissimulated. At the same time, the session attempted to account for conditions the fellows are facing as curators within their own respective contexts. It was kindly supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).


Fellows selected for the 2014 programme were:

Amanda Abi Khalil

Azar Mahmoudian

Yasmina Reggad

Yara Saqfalhait

Ania Szremski


The Global Art Forum’s fellowship programme was led by writer and curator Tirdad Zolghadr. His writing includes novels, criticism and essays on contemporary art.  Zolghadr curatorial work includes a number of discreet, durational projects as well as biennial settings in Taipei, Venice and Sharjah. As faculty member at the Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, he was the editor of Red Hook, an online journal for curatorial studies. The working title of his third novel is Headbanger.