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28 Mar, 2013

Abraaj Group exhibits extraordinary Middle Eastern art – Ahram Online

The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013 was awarded to proposals of installations by five emerging artists from the Middle East: Iman Issa from Egypt; Hrair Sarkissian from Syria; Vartan Avakian and Rayyane Tabet from Lebanon, and Huma Mulji from Pakistan. The artists have been working with guest curator Murtaza Vali for the past six months to realise and fine-tune their projects, which were unveiled as per tradition at Art Dubai in an exhibition entitled extra / ordinary held from 19 to 23 March.

Funded by leading private equity investor, the Abraaj Group, the Art Prize seeks to support and showcase exceptional talent emerging in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

Underlining the annual art grant is a pursuit for projects that transcends geographic borders, while being entrenched in the region from which they emerge. Another curatorial commitment on the part of Abraaj is to toy around with the boundaries of mediums. The result? Five installations that carry political undertones within the context of broader social critique.

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