Palestinian artist Emily Jacir to act as curator of the 2018 Young Artist of the Year Award.

Art Radar reports on the curatorial plans for the 10th anniversary of the Young Artist of the Year Award exhibition.

Emily Jacir, artist portrait. Photo credit: Sarah Shatz. Image courtesy Young Artist of Year Awards.

Emily Jacir, artist portrait. Photo: Sarah Shatz. Image courtesy Young Artist of Year Awards.

The Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) is organised by the A.M. Qattan Foundation to spotlight artistic talent from Palestine. Since 2000, it has engaged renowned artists, critics and curators as jury members – including Mona Hatoum, Okwui Enwezor and Khalil Rabah. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the award, and the Palestinian artist Emily Jacir, who previously acted as a jury member, will take up the role of curator of the YAYA exhibition, to be held in 2018.

Before Jacir can begin working on the exhibition, the YAYA participants must first be chosen. The task will be completed by a selection committee consisting of previous YAYA participants, who will review proposals and select ten finalists to be announced in the coming months.

Installation view of “Europa”, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, 2016. Photo credit: Denis Mortell. Image courtesy the artist and IMMA.

“Europa”, installation view at Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, 2016. Photo: Denis Mortell. Image courtesy the artist and IMMA.

Emily Jacir has won numerous awards as an artist and has acted on a number of international selection committees, however this will be her first foray into curating an exhibition. Jacir’s practice traverses the political and the lyrical, often engaging archival material relating to the political turmoil of her native Palestine as well as the complex politics of representation across what the artist defines at the “trans-Mediterranean space and time”. Her 2016 survey exhibition, entitled “Europa”, travelled from the Whitechapel Gallery in London to Dublin’s Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2016-2017. The exhibition featured works as the installation ex libris (2010–12) – originally commissioned by documenta 13 – which is a memorial to the approximately thirty thousand books from Palestinian homes, libraries and institutions that were looted by Israeli authorities in 1948.

Jacir has stated that the curatorial focus for the YAYA 2018 exhibition will be decided in collaboration with the chosen participants through shared discussions, exchanges and workshops. The curator’s intention, stated in the press release, is to create a discourse and discover possible themes based on what cultural, political and social histories the young artists are themselves already exploring in their practices today, rather than imposing a theme onto them.

Rebecca Close


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Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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