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Han Nefkens Foundation — Fundació Antoni Tàpies Video Art Production Award 2019 : 

Shuruq Harb

In collaboration with Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore  and Wiels Brussels


© Shuruq Harb

“We support the career of emerging video artists by connecting them with the most renowned art institutions and curators from across the world in addition to providing for their production costs”.
— Han Nefkens, Founder Han Nefkens Foundation

Shuruq Harb 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 an international jury with Ute Meta Bauer, Jocelina Cruz, Carles Guerra, Han Nefkens, Nora Razian and Dirk Snauwaert.

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 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), Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2012), among others.artistic practice focuses on online visual culture and traces subversive routes for the circulation of images and goods.

Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Wiels Brussels

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

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)

Jury members:
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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