The Abraaj Group announced today that Myriam Ben Salah, editor in chief of the international edition of Kaleidoscope Magazine, will curate the upcoming iteration of the Abraaj Group Art Prize. Ben Salah is a Tunisian-born, Paris-based writer and curator who has been coordinating special projects and public programs at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris since 2009.
“I am very excited to have been chosen as the guest curator of the tenth edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize,” said Ben Salah. “My curatorial practice covers different scopes and in recent years, I have felt an urgency to work towards shifting the narratives around the MENASA region and its artistic practices. I admire how Abraaj has been consistently supporting artists by offering them a platform for production and the opportunity to realize ambitious projects. Having the resources to produce is the cornerstone to a relevant art scene.”
Chair of the Abraaj Group Art Prize Dana Farouki said, “Over the last ten years, the Abraaj Group Art Prize has become an exceptional platform for artists and curators working in the region. We had a great number of excellent applications from curators of over forty-one nationalities this year, which made it difficult to choose. Myriam’s application really stood out and we’re delighted to have her on board for the tenth edition of the prize.”
Each year, the Abraaj Group awards $100,000 to an artist to develop a new commission, and $10,000 each to three short-listed artists to support the development of their artistic practice. The work of the winning artist as well as the three finalists is unveiled at each edition of Art Dubai.
The jury included Farouki; Fayeeza Naqvi, a founding trustee of the Aman Foundation; Frederic Sicre, managing director of the Abraaj Group; Zeina Arida, director of the Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock Museum in Beirut; Myrna Ayad, director of Art Dubai; Stuart Comer, chief curator of media and performance art at New York’s MoMA; Rashid Rana, artist and curator of the Lahore Biennale; and Omar Berrada, guest curator of the 2016 Abraaj Group Art Prize.