Press Release

Fulufhelo Mobadi is our second 2020 Curatorial Residency Fellowship Recipient

Mar 13, 2024
Press Release
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ARAK Collection is happy to announce Fulufhelo Mobadi as our second Curatorial Residency Fellowship Recipient for 2020.

Fulufhelo Mobadi is a South African photographer and curator. Her curatorial and photographic practice focuses on the day-to-day struggles of women within contemporary South Africa and the African continent more broadly. Fulufhelo currently works as the Coordinator for Courses and Training at the Market Photo Workshop. In August 2019, at the Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, she was awarded the first curatorial research fellowship granted for African projects. Entitled “She Bad Bad”, her exhibition project investigates Southern African/East African ideas around contemporary African photography in relation to documentary photography.

Fulufhelo will be in residence at our Doha based research facility from January 2021 and we look forward to working with her while she develops, researches and delivers a final exhibition project featuring and sharing our collection and its potential as experienced through her eyes and critical thinking.
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 can’t wait to share with the Doha art and cultural scene the results of this collaboration with Fulufhelo, and we look forward to promoting a Doha based public program to encourage engagement with our newly appointed Curatorial Residency Fellow.

About ARAK Collection Curatorial Residency Program:

The ARAK Collection Annual Residency Fellowship Program aims to promote a better knowledge and understanding of Contemporary Sub-Saharan Art in the Middle East and Beyond through research of the extensive works part of their collection.

The resident guest curator is expected to research the collection with the intention of curating an exhibition and writing the exhibition catalogue at the end of the residency period, after in-depth research and the submission of a curatorial concept to be approved by the ARAK Collection Curatorial Advisory Committee.

The Residency Fellowship Program was created to support ARAK Collection’s Mission of developing and supporting young and mid-career artists and curators through promoting curatorial research, publications and exhibitions of their collection’s works. The exhibitions developed and produced by ARAK Collection aspire to be impactful and are all associated with relevant public programming.

About ARAK Collection:

ARAK Collection is an independent, Qatari-based initiative, that aims to promote through exhibitions, publications, research and educational programs, Contemporary  African Art and Artists.

The collection is a resource for Artists, Curators and Researchers, it hosts in-house and traveling exhibitions, it also lends artwork to regional and international organizations, institutions and museums, producing print and online publications, and impactful public programs associated with the exhibitions it produces and hosts. ARAK Collection is a public platform to foster critical dialogue around contemporary art practices with a focus on  African Artists and educational programs that have an educational and developmental impact in the local community.

The collection consists of paintings, paper and prints of more than 170 young and mid-career artists of  African countries.