Moroccan-born artist Yto Barrada has won the Abraaj Group Art Prize, awarded annually since 2008. Barrada gets a $100,000 commission to create a new work to appear in a group show at the seventh edition of the Art Dubai fair (Mar. 18-21, 2015). Also included will be shortlisted artists Sarnath Banerjee, Setareh Shahbazi and Mounira Al Solh. Organizing the exhibition will be Omar Kholeif, curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.
Writing in A.i.A. in 2013, Olga Stefan described the films and photographs in Barrada's Fotomuseum Winterthur exhibition "Riffs," which focused on the city of Tangier, as "thoughtful considerations of a place in transition and the passage of time." Barrada, 43, lives in Paris. She studied history and political science at the Sorbonne, in Paris, and photography at New York's International Center for Photography.
Barrada's work has been on view in exhibitions at London's Tate Modern, New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Renaissance Society in Chicago, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and at the 2011 Venice Biennale. She is included in the exhibition "Here and Elsewhere," at New York's New Museum (through Sept. 28).
The Kolkata-born, Berlin-based Banerjee's drawings and videos have been included in exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Sfeir-Semler Galery in Hamburg and the Frankfurter Kunstverein. Shahbazi, a Tehran-born, Berlin- and Beirut-based photographer and printmaker, has had work on view at venues including Cairo's Gypsum Gallery, Sfeir-Semmler Gallery, Beirut, and the Fondation Cartier, Paris. Beirut-born, Beirut- and Amsterdam-based Al Solh, who works in various mediums, has had works included in the 11th Istanbul Biennial and Manifesta 8, and on view at institutions including SALT Istanbul and the New Museum in New York. The three shortlisted artists receive a cash prize of an unspecified amount.
The prize's sponsor, the Abraaj Group, is a private equity investor in global growth markets.