Palestinian Visual Artist And Writer Shuruq Harb Wins $15,000 Award

BY Ayesha Sohail Shehmir Shaikh / Jun 20 2019 / 15:52 PM

Palestine-based artist, filmmaker, writer and editor Shuruq Harb has been announced as the recipient of the Han Nefkens Foundation - Fundació Antoni Tàpies Video Art Production Award 2019

Palestinian Visual Artist And Writer Shuruq Harb Wins $15,000 Award
Courtesy of the artist
Shuruq Harb. The White Elephant, 12 min. 2018. Supported by A.M. Qattan Foundation

The award serves to provide recognition for artists living in Western and Central Asia aged forty and under. In support of the artist's work, Harb has been awarded $15,000 from the Han Nefkens Foundation, which provides an international platform for emerging video artists.

Harb’s works have been presented widely in solo and group exhibitions at Art Asia Biennial, Taiwan, New Museum, New York, Columbia University GSAPP, Gwanjgu Biennial, South Korea, and more.


A portrait of artist Shuruq Harb. Courtesy of Civitella Ranieri

Seven artists were shortlisted for the prestigious award by the Founder of the Han Nefkens Foundation, Han Nefkens. The selection committee stated that Harb was selected for "her capacity to generate knowledge out of a conflict-ridden lived reality. Her incisive filmmaking provides a critical reading of contemporary existence; a poetic reflection on image production and how this is used in conflict zones. Her singular practice is simultaneously nuanced and complex."

Her works include A Book of Signatures, a mixed media installation with over two hundred signatures from different individuals named Mohammad in Palestine and All The Names, a public installation about street names in Ramallah. Harb is also co-founder of online publishing platform, ArtTerritories.


Shuruq Harb. The Keeper, 5:45 min. 2013. Supported by the Arab Culture Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC). Courtesy of the artist

Next year, the renowned artist's works will be showcased in five international institutions including Jameel Arts Centre in Dubai, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona, the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, WIELS in Brussels and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila.

Currently, Harb is leading a project for Arab artists at Amman-based MMAG Foundation entitled Acts of Simulation.


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