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Announcing Awardees for the 2018 Bellagio Center Residency

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce Mohammed Hanif (Pakistan), Mourid Barghouthi (Palestine), Naeem Mohaiemen (Bangladesh), Sinan Antoon (Iraq), and Urvashi Butalia (India) as the selected awardees in 2018 for The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency in Bellagio, Italy. These artists have been selected as a result of collaboration between Khoj International Artists’ Association in New Delhi and The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. The purpose of this collaboration is to build on the opportunities and visibility for exceptional artists and creative practitioners from across Asia.

It is the mission of The Rockefeller Foundation to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot. The Bellagio Center based in Italy is one such space where boundaries are pushed and great thinkers from all over the world are given a space to imagine, create and form new connections and knowledge systems. The Center is committed to creating an environment that fosters rich cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchanges.

Khoj International Artists’ Association is a not-for-profit contemporary arts organization based in New Delhi, which provides physical, intellectual and financial support for artists and creative practitioners. In 2015, Khoj was first identified by The Rockefeller Foundation as a key arts space within the Asian region, that has the capacity to reach out and expand upon its vast connections and source potential candidates to take part in a unique residency opportunity at the Bellagio Center, in Italy.

Mohammed Hanif, Mourid Barghouthi, Naeem Mohaiemen, Sinan Antoon, and Urvashi Butalia have been selected from a pool of over 50 applications, to receive a residency award at Bellagio in 2018. The applications were reviewed by an International Jury of Gayatri Sinha, Jane DeBevoise, and Tarek Abou el Fetouh at Khoj, followed by a secondary review by the international jury assembled at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2016 – 17, Khoj invited the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Australia), Theatreworks (Singapore), KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre (Indonesia), International Prize for Arabic Fiction (UK), Salima Hashmi (Pakistan) and YARAT (Azerbaijan) as institutional partners to nominate key artists, writers, musicians, dancers and other creative practitioners from their regions, from which pool this year’s residents were selected.