Young Artist Award

Young Artist of the Year YAYA 2014


The Culture and Arts Programme launched on 23 October the 8th Young Artist of the Year (YAYA) 2014 exhibition: Suspended Accounts, as part of the second edition of Qalandiya International (QI): Archives Lived and Shared. The exhibition showcases the works of the nine shortlisted artists who reached the final stage of the YAYA.



To view the artowork of the nine shortlisted artists, click here.


For more pictures from the exhibition opening, click here.


To view the YAYA 2014 brochure, click here.


In keeping with the theme of the 2014 Qalandiya International, YAYA 2014 explores, both theoretically and practically, the use of archives and the concept and use of self-historisation.



Click here to read more about the selection of the YAYA 2014 finalists.


For more pictures of the YAYA 2104 finalists, click here.


Curated by Viviana Checchia, YAYA 2014 has been envisioned by the curator as a long-term project. Since the selection of the finalists by an independent jury in March, the shortlisted artists Aya Abu Ghazaleh, Bashar Khalaf, Farah Saleh, Hamody Gannam, Hanadi Abu Jamal, Iman Al Sayed, Majdal Nateel, Noor Abed and Noor Abuarafeh have been engaged in a number of online meetings where they learned more about the conceptual framework of the project and exchanged and shared ideas with other international artists, curators and cultural practitioners - including Uriel Orlow, Rania Bellou, Hrair Sarkisian, Amina Menia, Zdenka Badovinac and Fereshte Moosavi.



Click here to know more about  the YAYA 2014 online meetings.


A jury of distinguished Palestinian and internationally renowned artists, curators, commentators and professionals in the fields of culture and the visual arts met the artists, viewed the exhibition and selected first, second and third prize winners. The YAYA 2014 winners were announced in an Award ceremony on 28 October at the Foundation.



To read the Jury's Statement, click here.


Click here for more pictures from the announcement of the YAYA 2014 winners.


The YAYA exhibition represents one stage in a longer process that continues beyond the opening.  It was followed by a panel - part of the QI Encounters Programme - entitled ‘On self-historization, (in) visible narratives, imagination and other (hi)stories’, with Uriel Orlow, Michael Rakowitz and Carolina Rito, on Tuesday, 28th October, at Al-Bireh Cultural Center; and by a workshop at the International Academy of Art with artist Lia Perjovschi on Monday, 3rd November. A blog will also be created after the end of the exhibition to document the Award, and become an online platform for artists to exchange ideas and connect.


The Foundation will continue in its engagement with the YAYA finalists by generating opportunities for international residencies and offering support for exhibiting their work locally and internationally.


The Young Artist of the Year Award is named after the late Palestinian artist, Hassan Hourani, who passed away in a tragic accident in August 2003. The Award was first organised in 2000 and has been repeated on a biennial basis as part of the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Culture and Arts Programme. It is open to Palestinian artists, regardless of their place of residence, between the ages of 22 and 30 who work in any area of the visual arts. 


Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) 2014

After the seven editions of the Award since 2000, and in recognition of the significant changes and developments in contemporary art and cultural practice over those fourteen years – both regionally and internationally – YAYA 2014 will be approached differently. Unlike previous editions, a curator is being appointed to design the entire process, both conceptually and in practice, that will begin with the call for submission and conclude with the final exhibition.


The final exhibition will be part of the Qalandiya International (QI) 2014 events. Therefore, within QI 2014’s overall thematic framework of “Archive”, artists applying for the YAYA 2014 are requested to submit proposals for projects that will respond to the curatorial concept as set out below. All applicants are expected to respond to this. Any submissions that do not do so will not be considered.


The curatorial concept at the base of this year’s award is the self-historisation and archival methodology. Self-historisation is a strategy assumed by artists to manage their history in situations when the act of writing and analyzing history is not being led by institutions. It is a way for the artists to assume responsibility and personally take control of narrative in their own context.


The idea stands on the fact that many different narratives are continually forgotten, excluded or forbidden by those engaged in the act of writing history. Even assuming the limits of subjectivity in the act of writing and archiving history, this act can be of great relevance to re-introduce missing links of a picture that would otherwise remain fragmentary.


Artists’ practices could include, for example, found material connected with personal or official (/historical) archives, ephemera or immaterial anecdotes. Artists are invited to experiment with different formats to present any documentation, or found and archival material. By entering this process, they become co-producers of the discourse/narrative they choose


To download the full curatorial concept please click here.


The Curator and the Programme invite artists to submit proposals that are in response to these ideas. Applicants should be between 22 and 30 years old at the time of submission (i.e. born between January 1st, 1984 and December 31st, 1991), and should be of Palestinian origin regardless of place of residence. Applicants may also be from the Golan Heights. The proposed artwork must be conceived and produced exclusively for YAYA 2014, and should not under any circumstances be exhibited before the Award exhibition.


The specialised selection committee, including the curator, will review the proposals and select 10 finalists. Decisions will be based on the perceived excellence, commitment, innovation, originality and creativity in the proposals.


The 10 finalists will be given a period of 6 months for the production of their works, which will then be submitted for the final stages of the Award. During these 6 months the artists are expected to be in communication regularly with the curator, who will, in conversation with the finalists, lay out a work plan of the 6 month period. The final artworks will be shown in a 3 week exhibition as part of Qalandiya International (Qi) in October 2014.


Each finalist will be given a grant of $1,000 USD towards production costs. A total of $12,000 USD in prize awards will be awarded to three winners of the YAYA 2014 by a distinguished Jury.


The Young Artist of the Year Award, which is named after the late artist Hassan Hourani, is considered one of the most important events in the Palestinian art scene. Since 2000, it has been organised every two years and has invited renowned artists, critics and curators – such as Mona Hatoum, Okwui Enwezor, Suleiman Mansour, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Jack Persekian, Sasha Craddock, Sharif Waked, Khalil Rabah and Gerardo Mosquera – to act as Jury members. 


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