The winning artists and guest curator revealed for The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015
An artistic fusion of Middle Eastern talent
The Abraaj Group Art Prize – which launched in 2008 in Dubai – is an artistic competition that awards the winning artist with an ambitious project through a $100,000 commission.
The winner's work will then be part of an exhibition taking place on March 18-21 2015, – organised by the guest curator – at Art Dubai, in addition to previous works by three shortlisted artists. This year, The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2015 winner was awarded to Yto Barrada, a visual artist living and working in Tangier, Morocco, while the three shortlisted artists present include Indian artist Sarnath Banerjee, Iranian-born Setareh Shahbazi and Mounira Al Solh from Lebanon.
Working closely with these artists will be the guest curator, Omar Kholeif – who is a curator at The Whitechapel Gallery, London – accepting the esteemed role Kholeif said, "I am particularly excited by the new format of The Abraaj Group Art Prize. By being able to access existing bodies of work alongside the new commission, there will be potential for a rich storytelling experience and a rigorous curatorial framework."