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The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016

Four former residents win the award

Hrair SarkissianHrair SarkissianHrair SarkissianHrair SarkissianHrair SarkissianMahmoud KhaledThe winners of the Abraaj Group Art Prize for 2016 are former residents and artist-duo, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme.
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, who began their collaborative practice in 2007, work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. The duo explain that their experiences in Palestine, where they are originally from, shape their practice, "not in isolation, but in the sense of how each experience speaks to other moments elsewhere and provides a critical vantage point from which to read the contemporary moment."
Artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia were invited to submit proposals for a major new commission—a dream project—to be produced through a 100,000 USD award and then revealed as part of a group exhibition at the 10th edition of Art Dubai, March 16–19, 2016. The exhibition also features works by the three shortlisted artists, each of whom receive a cash prize of 10,000 USD. The Abraaj Group Art Prize is the only art prize of its kind that awards artists based on a proposal rather than on a completed work.  
The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016 shortlisted artists:
–Dina Danish
–Mahmoud Khaled 
–Basir Mahmood 
The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016 guest curator:
–Nav Haq

The Winning Artist of the Abraaj Group Art Prize for 2016 are former residents and artist-duo, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme.  Additionally, Dina Danish and Mahmoud Khaled are Shortlisted Artists.

Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, who began their collaborative practice in 2007, work together across a range of sound, image, text, installation and performance practices. The duo explain that their experiences in Palestine, where they are originally from, shape their practice, "not in isolation, but in the sense of how each experience speaks to other moments elsewhere and provides a critical vantage point from which to read the contemporary moment."

Artists from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia were invited to submit proposals for a major new commission—a dream project—to be produced through a 100,000 USD award and then revealed as part of a group exhibition at the 10th edition of Art Dubai, March 16–19, 2016. The exhibition also features works by the three shortlisted artists, each of whom receive a cash prize of 10,000 USD. The Abraaj Group Art Prize is the only art prize of its kind that awards artists based on a proposal rather than on a completed work.  

The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016 shortlisted artists:
–Dina Danish
–Mahmoud Khaled
–Basir Mahmood 

The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2016 guest curator:
–Nav Haq

Previous Abraaj Prize winners who were resident artists of Delfina Foundation include Hrair Sarkissian, Abbas Akhavan, Raed Yassin, Wael Shawky, Shezad Dawood and Nadia Kaabi-Linke.