Past Residents

Residents Map

Past Resident
2019: Maraya Art Centre
2016

Raja’a Khalid

Raja’a Khalid’s practice is concerned with contemporary narratives of class, luxury, and consumer and material cultures, especially those that connect her native Arabian Gulf region with the world at large. She is interested in how current day capitalist economies articulate ‘culture’ and seek out motifs of soft power that reflect on the Gulf’s streaming constructions of heritage, authenticity, wealth, masculinity, sport, game, athleticism, adornment, wellness and wilderness. Outcomes are often sculptural abstractions based on these investigations and mediums employed include industrial processes, systems or rhetoric e.g. patents, wholesale supplies or B2B goods, etc.

Raja’a Khalid (born 1984, Saudi Arabia) is a Dubai-based artist and writer. She received her MFA in Fine Art from Cornell University, where she was also the recipient of the Cornell Council for the Arts Grant in 2013. Recent awards and residencies include the NYU Abu Dhabi FIND Research Fellowship, 2014; the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen International Fellowship for Art and Theory, 2015, and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Guest Residency, 2015. Her work has been shown in New York, Dubai and Vienna.

Residents from United Arab Emirates

Iliana Antonova

Iliana Antonova is a critic and independent curator whose practice examines the possibilities for alternative models of art presentation. By engaging with the exhibition as an open-ended structural armature, she foregrounds artistic practices invested in experimentation within these frameworks.

Iliana Antonova (born 1984, Bulgaria) is based in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Her writing has been published in numerous publications including Canadian Art, ETC revue de l’art actuel, and C Magazine. she co-founded the directed Silver Flag, an independent exhibition space, from 2009-2012, which featured solo exhibitions by artist such as Scott Lyall, Euan Mcdonald, and Sarah Greig, amongst others. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Astérides curatorial residency in Marseille, France, granted by Fonderie Darling, Montréal. Antonova holds a degree in art history from Concordia University.

Past Resident
2015: Danish Arts Foundation

Astrid Myntekær

Astrid Myntekær constantly tests, challenges and refines materials and technologies in new contexts and compositions. Light and sound merge and hit you in both body and head. Posh and high-tech materials establish sculptural and performative links to more low-key materials from the local DIY shop and low-key industrial producers. In a time when hackers are the new revolutionaries—and there are signs that we could perhaps move completely through the screen—Astrid Myntekær lets topics of biology, emotion and spirit resonate through her work.

Astrid Myntekær (1985, Denmark) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. Her recent solo shows include MANA, Black Sesame Space, Beijing and ORGONE at Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen. Astrid Myntekær’s work has been exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde; Kunsthal Charlottenborg; Kunstforeningen Gl Strand; and Gallery Jacob Bjørn. Astrid Myntekær is representing Denmark at the Jeune Creation Europeenne Biennale, 2015–17.