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MENA Prize finalists presented in Berlin at ART NOMADS – MADE IN THE EMIRATES

The MENA finalists are on show in Berlin! The work of three exciting finalists from the inaugural Sovereign MENA Art Prize will be on show from today until December 22, 2016 at Kunstquartier Bethanien Berlin, as part of a new exhibition presented by Etihad Modern Art Gallery in partnership with MOMENTUM and The Sovereign Art Foundation. Art Nomads – Made in the Emirates: From Abu Dhabi comes an exhibition of art from the United Arab Emirates. A young art, new to figuration, it is unsullied by the overbearing preconceptions of western art history, in the most exciting stages of finding its own voice.  Showcasing the work of 20 artists, 60% of whom are women, it is a co-curation by Zsuzsanna Petró of the Etihad Modern Art Gallery, David Szauder, and Rachel Rits-Volloch of MOMENTUM, who is responsible for the Sovereign MENA Art Prize program and the symposium accompanying the exhibition, taking place at Berlin’s Bethanien Art Center on 9-22 December 2016, in cooperation with the Etihad Modern Art Gallery and The Sovereign Art Foundation. The Sovereign MENA Art Prize program presents work by artists based in the UAE who were selected as finalists in this year’s inaugural Sovereign MENA Art Prize, namely Hazem Harb, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, and Walid Al Wawi. The exhibition is accompanied by a symposium on cultural capital: Abu Dhabi builds the Louvre and the Guggenheim with the world’s top architects, while Berlin rebuilds its Stadtschloss, re-homes its museums, and brings famous museum directors from London to run its theaters.  Is this a parallel trajectory?  Is Abu Dhabi going for the “Berlin Effect” of cultural capital?  Art professionals working in and with the UAE are invited to discuss this and other questions linking the two cities. MOMENTUM is a non-profit platform for time-based art, active worldwide since 2010, with headquarters in Berlin at the Kunstquartier Bethanien Art Center. MOMENTUM’s program is composed of local and international Exhibitions, Artist and Curator Residencies, Video Art in Public Space Initiatives, a Performance Program and Archive, an Education Initiative and Archive, and a growing Collection.  Positioned as both a local and global platform, MOMENTUM serves as a bridge joining professional art communities, irrespective of institutional and national borders. Working on a model of international partnerships and co-operations, MOMENTUM supports artists and artistic innovation, bringing to Berlin work by international artists that would not otherwise have been seen here, and ensuring an international audience for exceptional local artists.  By enabling Exhibition, Discussion, Research, Creation, Collection, and Exchange, MOMENTUM is a platform which challenges the notion of time-based art in the context of both historical and technological development, continuously seeking innovative answers to the question ‘What is time-based art?’. Click here to visit the Art Nomads – Made in the Emirates website, learn more about the exhibition and check opening hours.   In partnership with: momentum-logo-black-on-white