is pleased to announce the selection for this year’s first round of Grants for Artists. The projects were selected from over 250 applications – the largest number received to date – by a committee composed of Ahmed El Gendy (choreographer, Cairo/Amsterdam), Simone Frangi (researcher and curator, Milan), Xenia Kalpaktsoglou (curator and researcher, Athens), Manuela Moscoso (curator, Liverpool), and Reem Shilleh (film researcher and curator, Ramallah/Brussels).
The grants will support:
Alaa Abu Asad (PS) and Ulufer Celik (TR) for the production of an audio-visual book around identical words used in Turkish and vernacular Palestinian Arabic. This research-based project is a reflection on translation, the relationship between the two languages and their interconnected histories from an individual perspective.
Rami Chahine (LB) for the implementation of a research-based experiment on collective creation of large-scale interactive installation games. The project focuses on ‘games’ as a free and joyous activity governed by its own rules and offering a fictive second reality that unlocks individual creativity and accentuates non-verbal communication.
Mahmoud Elhosseiny (EG) for the production of a graphic design book introducing a new Arabic typeface ‘The Dictator’. The project is a typographic reflection on the attributes given to the figure of the absolute ruler, and the limits and boundaries of power. It uses a critical graphic design approach to question this discipline, its forms, and effects in and on society.
Shady Emad (EG) and Hoor Mallas (SY) to take part in the danceWEB Scholarship Program, a five-week contemporary dance training in the frame of ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival.
Nermin Habib Farag (EG) to participate in the Amsterdam Summer Intensive program at Henny Jurriëns Studio – a prominent dance center offering workshops and open training for professional dancers.
Sarah Ibrahim (EG) for the production of Before the Mouth Devours, a publication and an experimental short film, exploring a visually and sonically distorted geography similar to that of dreams, to reflect on the state of the sleeping body.
Sarah Maher and Engy Mohsen (EG) to produce a research-based publication exploring the different spatial and ethnographic aspects of curating a room where different types of knowledge can be generated. The project proposes to rethink existing models of meeting and to explore the ability of a space to allow conversations to unravel.
Mariam Mekiwi (EG) for the development phase of her film entitled El Markebba El Omm. The project engages with science fiction, the figure of the femme fatale, and magic realism, to speculate on the relationships of the female body, power, and mothership.
Seif Nechi (TN) for the production of a graphic novel focusing on the events that took place during the Bread Revolution in the 1980s in Tunisia. The novel will tackle those socio-political events from an intergenerational and subjective perspective.
Youmna Saba (LB) for a residency at Cité des Arts in Paris during which she will conduct a music research project including theoretical and practical fieldwork on the possibilities of fusion between Arabic traditional music (mainly qasida) and electronic/electro-acoustic treatments.
Jihan Al Tahri (EG/FR) for the production of an audio-visual memoir charting a map of overheard and remembered soundtracks across the global south and north, as part of the Lubumbashi Biennale in DR Congo. The project weaves together memories and personal family ties to convey a diasporic hybrid identity composed of Arab, African, and 'global' culture.
Please note that the deadline for the next round of Grants for Artists applications is October 1, 2019.