The Fire Station announced its annual open call for the Curator in Residence programme, which this year is in collaboration with the Qatar-MENASA 2022 Year of Culture to support curators from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

For this edition, two curators will be invited to join the programme from 17 October 2022 to 17 January 2023.  Deadline for application is 18 June 2022.

The three-month residency offers wide-ranging support to the burgeoning talent, including a round-trip ticket to Doha, off-site accommodation, and a monthly per diem. The two curators selected for the residency will also have access to a furnished workspace at the Fire Station and assistance in developing their curatorial concepts.

The residency is designed to immerse participants in the dynamic local art scene through interactive sessions with local artists and curators, participation in Open Studio events, public programmes, and opportunities to organise exhibitions.

Who can apply

The residency programme is open to independent and institutional curators of all curatorial and research-based practices from the MENASA region. Curators from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Bhutan, Egypt, India, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen are eligible to apply. Students enrolled in an academic programme (excluding doctoral candidates) at the time of residency are not eligible to apply.

Curator in Residence

Fire Station launched the Curator in Residence programme in 2020, taking place twice a year for three months in conjunction with the Artist in Residence programme. Three curators have gone through the programme since then.

David Suárez Mira, a Colombian curator based in New York, conducted curatorial research on sound art in Qatar and the Gulf region during his residency, which was presented at the Fire Station in an exhibition featuring local artists titled, Acts of Listening from Future Generations.

Fahad Al-Turky, a Qatari cultural professional and exhibition manager at Msheireb Museums, served as curator and part of the development team for permanent exhibitions at Msheireb Museums, with specific focus on the history of slavery in Qatar, the Indian Ocean Region and global Modern Slavery in Bin Jelmood House.

Hadeel Eltayeb, meanwhile, explored identity and cultural production in her work. Her research explores the haunting effects of ghosts in the archive, negotiating narratives of ownership through oral histories, and negotiating the tension between individual, social and public remembering through cultural practices.

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