Art Dubai: The 10th Anniversary Of The Abraaj Group Art Prize
Winner Lawrence Abu Hamdan will be exhibited at Art Dubai 2018
14 January 2018
The Abraaj Group, a leading investor in growth markets, announced Lawrence Abu Hamdan as the winner of the 10th edition of The Abraaj Group Art Prize, as well as Basma Alsharif, Neil Beloufa and Ali Cherri as the shortlisted artists, who will all be exhibited at Art Dubai on 21st to 24th March 2018.
The prestigious prize has now propelled 44 artists to the global stage in the past decade, as each year The Abraaj Group awards US$100,000 to a winning artist to complete a ‘dream project’ and US$10,000 each to 3 shortlisted artists to support their artistic practice.
The leading international art fair, Art Dubai, is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group, as they both work to establish a platform to interact with art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Playing an important role in the cultural development of Dubai, The Abraaj Group Art Prize is celebrating its 10th anniversary of supporting artistic talent in Dubai and internationally, as you will be able to see its highly anticipated exhibition at Art Dubai 2018.
The Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017 Exhibit
2018’s Winner Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Born in Amman, Jordan, Lawrence Abu Hamdan currently works in Beirut, Lebanon. His projects have taken the form of audiovisual installations, which feature performances, graphic works, photography, Islamic sermons, cassette tape compositions, essays, and lectures. Abu Hamdan’s interest with sound and its intersection with politics originate from his background in DIY music.
Winning artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan commented: “I am delighted to be chosen as the winner of the Abraaj Group Art Prize, especially in light of this being the 10th anniversary of an award that has been granted to many excellent artists over the years. The Prize allows me to produce and conceive a work using materials and technologies previously unavailable to me, and in doing so enables me to deepen my exploration of the most contemporary ways of seeing and hearing our world.”
Photo Eric T. White. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Lawrence Abu Hamda's installation at Portikus (image credit: Art Viewer)