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Christine Tohmé Appointed Curator of 2017 Sharjah Biennial

Christine Tohmé has been named curator of the Sharjah Biennial 13, opening March 2017. She is the founding director of Ashkal Alwan, or the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, a non-profit institution that supports contemporary art and which also encompasses the multidisciplinary platform “Home Works: A Forum of Cultural Practices,” which Tohmé founded in 2001. She has also spearheaded a grant and screening program supporting artists and filmmakers residing in Lebanon, called Video Works.

Formerly a winner of a Prince Claus Award in 2006, and the 2015 CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence, she serves on the board of SAHA, a group supporting contemporary art in Turkey.

“She has been a close colleague for many years, participating as a speaker in numerous Sharjah Art Foundation March Meetings and acting as jury member for the Sharjah Biennial Prize in 2011,” said Sharjah Art Foundation president and director Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi. “With her deep knowledge and understanding of the region’s art and artists, we are confident that she will bring a compelling vision and perspective to the next Biennial in 2017.”