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March 25, 2015

Harlem resident and CCNY graduate art student Basel Abbas has won the 2015 Sharjah Biennial Prize, an international award.

Basel Abbas, a graduate student in The City College of New York’s digital and interdisciplinary art practice MFA program, is a co-winner of the 2015 Sharjah Biennial Prize. The international award is given out by the United Arab Emirates-based Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF). 

Abbas, a Harlem resident, and his collaborator, Ruanne Abou-Rahme, won for their work “The Incidental Insurgents (2012–15),” a three-part mixed-media installation that the SAF jury said “spatialises a contemporary search for a new political language and imaginary.”

It will be presented as a solo exhibition at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway in Oslo opening April 8. 

Other Sharjah Prize winners this year are American filmmakerEric Baudelaire, Spanish multimedia artist Asuncion Molinos Gordo, Argentine sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas and, posthumously, the Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid.

Launched in 1993 and offering up to $30,000 in total to winners, the prize rewards artists for their “contribution to the cultural landscape of Sharjah and the Middle East.” Sharjah is one of the states that make up the United Arab Emirates.

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