|Shuruq Harb (CRF 2015) will receive $15,000 from the Han Nefkens Foundation to support the production of a new, limited edition video. From 2020, her resulting art work will be exhibited in five institutions internationally: the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona; the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; WIELS in Brussels; the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila, and Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai.|
|The Han Nefkens Foundation – Fundació Antoni Tàpies Video Art Production Award appraises the work of emerging artists aged 40 and under, who live in West or Central Asia and have established a solid trajectory but not yet received recognition by international art institutions. |
Eight highly respected art critics and curators undertook the process of scouting, proposing three candidates each, the shortlist of seven artists was drawn up by the Fundació Antoni Tàpies and the Han Nefkens Foundation.
Shuruq Harb was selected from this shortlist by Han Nefkens, Founder of the Han Nefkens Foundation, and the director of each venue for the forthcoming travelling exhibition.
The Selection Committee stated that Shuruq Harb was chosen for “her capacity to generate knowledge out of a conflict-ridden lived reality. Her incisive filmmaking provides a critical reading of contemporary existence; a poetic reflection on image production and how this is used in conflict zones. Her singular practice is simultaneously nuanced and complex”.
Shuruq Harb is an artist filmmaker, writer and editor. She is currently leading a programmed learning residency for Arab artists at MMAG Foundation in Amman, entitled Acts of Simulation. Her artistic practice focuses on online visual culture and traces subversive routes for the circulation of images and goods.
Her works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions at Art Asia Biennial, Taiwan (2017), New Museum, New York (2014), Columbia University GSAPP, New York (2013), Gwanjgu Biennial, South Korea (2012), among others.
The artist long-list for the Han Nefkens Foundation – Fundació Antoni Tàpies Video Art Production Award 2019 was proposed by: Eva Khachatryan: Curator, Suburb Cultural Center, Armenia, Fawz Kabra: Independent Curator, Palestine/USA, Lali Parteneva: Art Historian/Critic, Georgia, Omar Berrada: Co-Director at Dar al-Ma’mûn, Morocco, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian: Iran-born artists based in Dubai, Sona Stepanyan: Independent Curator, Armenia, Tina Sherwell: Program Director, Contemporary Visual Arts, Palestine, Yotam Shalit Intrator: Dvir Gallery Director, Belgium
The artist short-list for the Han Nefkens Foundation – Fundació Antoni Tàpies Video Art Production Award 2019 included: Basma Alsharif (Palestine, 1983), Benji Boyadgian (Palestine, 1983), Farah Al-Qasimi (UAE, 1991), Omar Mismar (Lebanon, 1986), Rouzbeh Akhbari (Iran, 1992), Shuruq Harb (Palestine, 1980), Simohammed Fettaka (Morocco, 1981).
The final jury was composed of: Carles Guerra: Director of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Dirk Snauwaert: Director of WIELS, Brussels, Han Nefkens: Founder of the Han Nefkens Foundation, Joselina Cruz: Director/Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Nora Razian: Head of Exhibitions at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, Ute Meta Bauer: Founding director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore
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