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Dana Farouki: the new Chair for the Abraaj Group Art Prize

2 years ago

Abraaj Group Art Prize announced the appointment of curator Dana Farouki as the new Chair of the Abraaj Group Art Prize. She succeeds art historian Savita Apte who, as Chair since the prize’s inception in 2008, has led the development of the Abraaj Group Art Prize to become a leading platform showcasing innovative work from artists in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Dana Farouki is acclaimed for her work in championing contemporary artists and ideas. Based between Dubai and New York, she currently serves as a Trustee of MoMA PS1 and as Co-Chair of Creative Time, New York. Ms Farouki has served as a member of the Abraaj Group Art Prize jury for several years.

Frederic Sicre, Managing Director at The Abraaj Group, said: “We would like to thank Savita Apte for her vision in pioneering and driving the growth of the Abraaj Group Art Prize for the last seven years. We also take this opportunity to welcome Dana Farouki as the new Chair of the prize. Dana’s longstanding experience and active engagement in the field of visual arts will take the Prize to its next evolution and build further on its global stature.”

Dana Farouki, Chair of the Abraaj Group Art Prize, commented: “As the newly appointed Chair of the Abraaj Group Art Prize, I am excited to build on the important legacy developed over the last seven years. The prize is an incredible opportunity for exceptional artists from the MENASA region to explore the possibilities of their practice. Each year, the award is granted to an outstanding application that allows an artist to pursue their most ambitious project. It is a great privilege to be able to support artists in making such meaningful work and I am grateful toThe Abraaj Group for their continued vision.”

Donatella Taranto