ARAK Collection is happy to announce Sarah Abdu Bushra as our first recipient of the Arak Collection Curatorial Residency Fellowship for 2020. Sarah is a curator of visual and performing arts exhibitions. She’s a co-founder of Contemporary Nights, an Addis Ababa based curatorial forum. In her creative research practice, Sarah works with performing artists looking at the body and its representations as a focal point of exploration and a metaphor to navigate Ethiopian and East African contemporary identity. Towards this end, she has written a book called, Movements Mean More, documenting traditional dances, navigating Ethiopia’s historical and cultural anchor and weaving its contemporary identity through movements.
Sarah will be in residence at our Doha based research facility and we look forward to working with Sarah and sharing our collection and its potential with her and her new look into it.
Doha has become in the last decade a serious and relevant city for the appreciation, discussion and practice of contemporary art practices, having developed, hosted and initiated projects that involve Artists, Curators and Art Writers from all over the world. ARAK Collection is a complimentary contribution to this local and international dialogue, focusing on Artists, Curators and Art Writers from Sub-Saharan Africa.
We are proud to inaugurate our Curatorial Residency Program with an Ethiopian born curator that currently lives and works in Addis Ababa.