Myriam Ben Salah has been named as the guest curator of the tenth edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize.
The Tunisian-born Paris-based writer and curator has been running special projects and public programmes at the Palais de Tokyo, probably the most avant garde centre of contemporary art in Paris; she is also Editor-in-Chief of the international edition of Kaleidoscope, definitely one of the best of the international art mags. On that basis alone Myriam Ben Saleh looks a good choice.
She declared herself “excited” to have been selected as the Abraaj Group Art Prize’s guest curator. “My curatorial practice covers different scopes and in recent years, I have felt an urgency to work towards shifting the narratives around the MENASA region and its artistic practices.
“I admire how Abraaj has been consistently supporting artists by offering them a platform for production and the opportunity to realise ambitious projects. Having the resources to produce is the cornerstone to a relevant art scene.”
Chair of the Abraaj Group Art Prize Dana Farouki said the choice was difficult – “we had a great number of excellent applications from curators of over 41 nationalities this year” – but “Myriam’s application really stood out”.
Each year, The Abraaj Group awards $100,000 to a winning artist to develop a new commission, and $10,000 each to three shortlisted artists to support the development of their artistic practice. The work of the winning artist is unveiled at each edition of Art Dubai, and complemented by an exhibition of works by the three shortlisted artists.