14 Apr 2024 - 10 Dec 2024
03 Dec 2023 - 15 Mar 2024
Our digital lives now saturate each moment, as platforms and screens emerge as ubiquitous mediators of relationships, knowledge formation, and very identities.
For the 2024 Misk Art Grant, we invite emerging and mid-career artists from the Middle East and North Africa to explore phenomena shaped by modern technology like constant connectivity, data analytics, and algorithmic systems_. How have these reconfigured human experiences and engagements with the world?
Expanding beyond traditional gallery spaces, we are seeking various forms of multimedia outdoor artworks such as video, virtual reality, sculptures, and installations. We seek artworks that investigate both the opportunities and limitations that media and technology impose, and welcome works critiquing technology's capacity to exploit or alter human behavior as well as pieces investigating its potential for novel social formations.
The selected artworks will shed light on the interplay between technological progress and underlying social dimensions while encouraging critical reflection on the tools and processes that shape perception today.
The Grant champions artistic research by providing funding and access to mentorship. Grant recipients are able dedicate time and effort to creating works that tackle the chosen thematic focus while also expanding ongoing dialogs.
In short, the Grant:
Provides funding opportunities for emerging and mid-career Saudi and Arab artists
Provides technical and conceptual advice and support from mentors
Aims to enhance the quality of local creative production
Provides the opportunity for recipients to engage with and become a part of the regional art scene
Looks to encourage the production of regional artworks
Allows artists to experiment with novel and innovative ideas
Emerging and mid-career visual artists from the MENA who have previously participated in solo or group exhibitions, residencies, and/or participated in international galleries.
2020: Muhannad Shono, Alaa AlGhufaili , Saad AlHowede, Ayman Zedani, and Hmoud AlAttawi
2021: Rashed AlShashai, Obaid AlSafi, Mishari AlNajjar, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Basmah Felemban, Latifa Saeed, Afra AlDaheri, Noor Alwan, and Mira AlMazrooei and Jawaher AlMutairi
2022: Abdulmohsen AlBinali, Athoub AlBusaily, Juri AlFadhel, M’hammed Kilito, Rawdha AlKetbi, and Zeinab AlHashemi
2023: Abdulla Buhijji, Mohamed Almubarak, Hayfa Algwaiz, Hussain Alismail, Maisa Shaldan
Recipients are offered one-on-one sessions with mentors. The overall program aims to help enhance the artist's skills, inspire them, and develop an art community.
For inquiries, please contact us at ([email protected])