Dubai, 18 March, 2013 // The International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA), under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Wafa Hasher AlMaktoum, and supported by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA) proudly announced the winners of the 2013 Emerging Emirati and Emerging International artist award categories yesterday at the winner’s exhibition at FN Designs.
The International Emerging Artist Award (IEAA) is the United Arab Emirates’ first contemporary art competition open for artists both from the UAE and internationally. Based in Dubai, the International Emerging Artist Award’s vision is to provide world-class recognition for emerging artists and as a means to showcase their work by offering an international exhibition road show in renowned art galleries around the world.
This year, the IEAA launched the Emerging Emirati Artist Award: a special focus on Emirati talents in junction with the international competition. The initiative is the first of its kind that offers contemporary Emirati artists the chance to showcase their work outside of the UAE. The 2013 award was presented by H.H. Sheikh Saeed Bin Hasher AlMaktoum to 33 year old Dr. Hamad Al Falasi. Shamma Buhazza (age 19, UAE) came in second place with her series questioning cultural and social behavior and Hamdan Buti Al Shamisi (age 31, UAE) came in third with his self-portraits titled short bio a visual documentation of the major stages of his life. Al Falasi’s work, inspired by colloquial Emirati Arabic, is an examination of language. His series of digital photographs aims to document pure colloquial words used within UAE society and emphasizes the beauty of dialect through pieces shot in various locations in the UAE, chosen carefully to reflect on where particular Emirati words originated and where they might fade away.
27 year old Pablo de Laborde Lascaris, a Mexican national living and working the United Kingdom, was the proud recipient of the 2013 Emerging International Artist Award: a category open to artists across the globe. The winning piece revolves around a succession of playful studies, which build upon the associations between carefully chosen objects and the method in which the artist chose to animate them. Lascaris examines primordial, artifacts, games and toys, and alters their mechanization and form to change their functionality and question their practicality or purpose. In attendance to present the award was His Excellency Francisco Alonso, Ambassador of Mexico. In second and third place for the International category were Thiemo Kloss (age 27, Germany) with his digital photography series white rooms and Lucas Davidson (age 40, Australia) with his video installation that suspends photographic emulsion in water.
Both Al Falasi and Lascaris will see their work displayed in Singapore (Vue Privée, May 2013), Istanbul (The Empire Project, July 2013) and Marseille (Galerie Gourvennec Ogor, Dec 2013) European capital of culture as part of the exhibition’s tour – and both artists have been offered full time representation from galleries after the tour’s completion: Falasi at FN Designs, UAE and Lascaris at Galerie Gourvennec Ogor, France.
A number of pieces by the Golden 10 were sold at the opening of the exhibition, attracting the interest of art collectors. Rebia Naim, Director of IEAA commented, "We are so proud of this year’s winners and thankful for the support we’ve gained from H.H. Sheikha Wafa Hasher AlMaktoum, and the DCAA. It has been a truly rewarding journey, not only for the winning artists, but for all of the talented shortlisted entrants. In fact, many of them have been approached to showcase their work in the global galleries we’re working with and I’m confident in saying that these will be the established artists of tomorrow. Keep watching!"
Next year, IEAA will be launching the International Emerging Designer award, under the International Emerging Emirati artist category. The call for entries will be activated in September 2013 for 2014 edition of IEAA.
IEAA will also soon be launching an online gallery of the best artwork from the 2012 awards.
Please note that this Winner’s Opening was part of Alserkal Art Night. The winner’s exhibition, including the top 3 Emirati winners and the Golden 10 shortlisted international artists is running at FN Designs until March 31, 2013.