Delfina Foundation

Valand Academy

New partnership

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

Delfina Foundation is delighted to announce a new partnership with Valand Academy, Sweden. Organised in collaboration with the MFA programme lead by Jason E Bowman, each year two of Delfina Foundation's international residents participate in a series of presentations and meetings with students at Valand Academy. The participants will also have the opportunity to engage in meetings with members of the arts community across the city of Gothenburg.   

Jumana Emil Abboud was the first participant taking part in a programme in February 2015.  In November 2015, resident Maryam Monalisa Gharavi will travel to Gothenburg to give a presentation as well as conduct a number of studio visits with the MFA students.