We are delighted to announce the four selected grantees of our first call for a residency organized by the Mahmoud Darwish Chair, Bozar, A. M. Qattan Foundation, Camargo Foundation and Mucem.

This selection was made by a selection committee of seasoned professionals consisting of four members representing each partner:
Yazid Anani (Director of Public Programme, A. M. Qattan Foundation), Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi (Curator & Programme Coordinator of Darwish Chair/Bozar, Julie Chenot (Executive Director, Camargo), Agathe Guillou (Head of International Relations, Mucem) and two advisors: Rasha Salti (curator & writer) and Driss Ksikes (Dramaturge, researcher and writer).

The aim of the call and of the guiding criteria of the selection of grantees is to contribute to a contemporary conversation on Darwish’s legacy as well as to support scholars and artists from the Arab world. The four grantees were selected with this consideration and furthermore in view of the multidisciplinary nature of their proposal, its positioning at the intersection of art and research, its ability to bridge the personal and the universal and to question history as well as contemporary national and international politics. The committee expects from the laureates to unveil future spaces and at the same time to dig in the past and its legacies.

The number of applications exceeded our expectations, forty-nine in total, which were very inspiring and carefully reviewed. This impressive response reinforces the determination of the four institutions in this collective initiative, and we would like to thank all applicants for their proposals.

4 artists awardees: Amr Kamal, Hamdi Dridi, Raeda Saadeh, Sary Zananiri.

Who will make me real by Raeda Saadeh (Jerusalem) – Residency at Camargo/Mucem

Raeda Saadeh was born in Umm al-Fahm (Palestine). Her practice engages with photography, performance and video, Saadeh uses her body as the guise of most of her works. Saadeh lives in Jerusalem and has exhibited her work extensively locally and internationally.

Talking Back to the Sky by Sary Zananiri (Leiden) – Residency at Camargo/Mucem

Sary Zananiri is an artist and cultural historian. He is interested in questions of landscape, colonialism and religious discourse with a focus on photography and visual culture.

BLACK/WHITE /// OPUS SILENCIO by Hamdi Dridi (Tunis/Montpellier) Residency at A.M.Qattan Foundation (Ramallah)

Hamdi Dridi’s practice encompasses hip hop and urban contemporary dance in their widest sense, which coupled with his interest in sound and music creates novel networks and a continually evolving choreographic space.

Iconography of Displacement: Deconstructing Colonial Imagery in Contemporary Mediterranean Cinema by Amr Kamal (Cairo/New York)Residency at Darwish Chair/Bozar (Brussels) 

Amr Kamal is Associate Professor of French and Arabic at City College New York and at the Graduate Center. Kamal’s research focuses on the literature and culture of the Arab world and the Mediterranean from the nineteenth century to the present. 

The Mahmoud Darwish Chair and its partners will continue to present and support various forms of creation and research related to Mahmoud Darwish’s legacy.

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