Jacir has revealed in statements that her curatorial remit will focus on the specific artistic practices of the participants, and will be fine-tuned through exchanges and workshops instead of an over-arching preliminary concept. The themes will likely revolve around discourses on cultural, political and social histories relevant to each of the nominees, with Jacir opting to let the direction evolve organically in order to allow the artists and their works to actively engage in knowledge production and a broader artistic discourse.
YAYA was founded in 2000 in honour of the late artist Hassan Hourani and is presented every two years. It works with seminal artists and industry professionals, such as Mona Hatoum, Okwui Enwezor, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jack Persekian and Samia Halaby, who have served as previous jury members. For this edition, a special selection committee made of previous jurors will select 10 finalists based on their innovation, creativity and excellence. Up to three artists will win the final award and cash prizes.