Founding Director of Ashkal Alwan ,the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts in Beirut, Christine Tohme is the curator of Sharjah Biennale 13, to be opened on March 10th.
Christine supports her non-profit organisation which is engaged to contemporary art and provides numerous initiatives. Other initiatives include “Video Works”, a grant and screening platform supporting the development, production and di usion of projects by artists and filmmakers residing in Lebanon, created in 2006, and “Home Workspace Program”, a tuition-free, interdisciplinary study programme founded in 2011.
Tohme was the recipient of a Prince Claus Award in 2006, given in recognition of her achievements in supporting local multidisciplinary art production and art criticism, as well as the 2015 CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. She is on the boards of Marsa in Beirut, a sexual health centre providing specialised medical services for at-risk youth and marginalised communities, and SAHA in Istanbul, an association supporting contemporary art from Turkey.
On being selected, Tohmé stated “The Sharjah Art Foundation has become a strong and thoughtful voice in a conversation about contemporary art that is taking place not only across the region but internationally as well. The projects the foundation has produced since its inception are now important points of reference in a dialogue among artists and peers all over the world. I am excited to be part of this history, and I look forward to expanding the conversation in 2017.”
- Christine Tohmé, 2015 Photo by Tarek Moukaddem. Courtesy of Sharjah Biennial