Vikram Divecha scoops The Middle East Emergent Artist Prize 2014
Awarded for his work ‘Degenerative Disarrangement’
Vikram Divecha has been announced as this year's winner of The Middle East Emergent Artist Prize - an initiative driven by Van Cleef & Arpels, Tashkeel and Design Days Dubai, to recognise and award emergent talent in the Middle East.
Divecha's winning piece 'Degenerative Disarrangement' is a process installation composed of pavement bricks uprooted from a public site and relocated to the courtyard of House 33 in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. According to the artist, the work reflects a loss of original context and is a comparison to the altering and struggling found in society today.
Artists and designers entering The Middle East Emergent Prize were encouraged to submit work based on the theme 'Turning Point' which focuses on the defining moment during the creative process. Over 80 submissions were reviewed by a panel made up of experts including writer and curator Murtaza Vali; Shumon Basar, curator for the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai; Alban Belloir, Managing Director Van Cleef & Arpels Middle East & India; and Cyril Zammit, Fair Director of Design Days Dubai.
Divecha's winning artwork will be displayed at the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition within Design Days Dubai; the artist will also get the opportunity to travel to Paris to attend courses at L'ÉCOLE Van Cleef & Arpels - founded in 2012 with the objective of unveiling the mysterious worlds of jewellery and watchmaking.