Studio Visits with Abir Boukhari
MAWA members will have the opportunity to apply for free studio visits with Boukhari, who will be selecting the artists she will meet. Through this selection process, we hope to ensure that the dialogue will be engaging and fruitful for both parties, based on common concerns and interests.
Abir Boukhari is the director and co-founder of AllArtNow, the first contemporary art centre in Syria, founded in Damascus in 2005. AllArtNow helps emerging Syrian contemporary artists to produce and diffuse their artworks. It is devoted to contemporaneity and experimentality (controversial ideas in Syria). Previously, Boukhari was the Artistic Director for Living Spaces Festival for Contemporary Arts, the Artistic Director of Studio (an informal school for contemporary arts in Syria) and the co-founder of Boukhari House for Artist Residencies and Maktab Creative Zone, all of which were located in Damascus. She has worked as an independent curator since 2006, creating exhibitions for institutions and galleries as varied as Taksim Gallery (Istanbul), the Arab Short Festival (Cairo), Les Instants Festival (Marseille) and Gotham Arts Studios (Western Australia). She augmented her training through internships at the Tate Modern (London) and the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum (Germany). She is also the sister of Nisrine Boukhari, who was an artist in residence at MAWA in 2014.