Lebanese curator and founding director of Ashkal Alwan Christine Tohmé will be taking on the role of curator at Sharjah Biennial 13, opening in March 2017

Curator Christine Tohmé, founding director of the Lebanese Association for the Plastic Arts, Ashkal Alwan, has been named the curator of Sharjah Biennial 13, which is due to open in March 2017. The director of non-profit organisation Ashkal Alwan, committed to the production and circulation of a broad spectrum of multimedia artistic endeavours since 1993, Tohmé has headed six editions of the Home Works Forum on Cultural Practices, launched in 2001, and since 2011 has overseen the annual Home Workspace Program, a tuition-free, multidisciplinary educational programme dedicated to arts education and production. She also received a Prince Claus Award in 2006 for her achievements in supporting local art production and criticism and won the 2015 CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with Christine Tohmé, whose substantial contributions to the development and direction of the cultural landscape of the Middle East have been recognised both regionally and internationally,” said president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi. “She has been a close colleague for many years, participating as a speaker in numerous Sharjah Art Foundation March Meetings and acting as jury member for the Sharjah Biennial Prize in 2011. With her deep knowledge and understanding of the region’s art and artists, we are confident that she will bring a compelling vision and perspective to the next Biennial in 2017.”

Tohmé, who will be directing Home Works 7 from November 12 to 24, expressed excitement about her role at the 2017 Biennial. “The Sharjah Art Foundation has become a strong and thoughtful voice in a conversation about contemporary art that is taking place not only across the region but internationally as well,” she said. “The projects the foundation has produced since its inception are now important points of reference in a dialogue among artists and peers all over the world. I am excited to be part of this history, and I look forward to expanding the conversation in 2017.” •